Plenary is the meeting of the whole Assembly which takes place in the Siambr, the Senedd’s debating chamber. Plenary is chaired by the Presiding Officer and is the main forum for Assembly Members to carry out their roles as democratically elected representatives.
These roles are to represent the interests of Wales and its people, to make laws for Wales, agrees Welsh taxes and to hold the Welsh Government to account. They do this through questions to Ministers, debates and voting on issues affecting everyday life in Wales.
Plenary takes place twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is open to the public to come and watch. The Record of Proceedings, a transcript of all Plenary meetings, is available and fully searchable on our business search. You can also watch Plenary meetings live or watch past meetings on demand on Senedd TV.
For a useful introduction Plenary procedures, download our Guide to Plenary (PDF, 364kb). You can read more about the types of business, the organisation of business and the rules Assembly Members must follow here.
Find the information you need:
Find the latest agendas for Plenary meetings and minutes of past meetings as soon as they become available. Draft agendas are published one week in advance.
Business Statements and Announcements provide a longer term view of what will discussed in Plenary over the next three weeks.
Every word spoken and every decision taken in the Siambr is recorded and is published on our website within 24 hours. A draft version is also available during meetings, updated every 15 minutes.
A motion is a proposal made for the purpose of obtaining a decision from the Assembly. Except where Standing Orders provide otherwise, Members may propose amendments to any motion.
Oral Questions are tabled each week to be answered in Plenary by the First Minister; and every four weeks for answer by Welsh Cabinet Secratries, Ministers, the Counsel General and the Assembly Commission.
Members may ask Topical Questions to a member of the government if the Presiding Officer is satisfied that the question relates to a matter of national, regional or local significance where an expedited response is desirable.
Assembly Members can table written questions. Answers to written questions are sent directly to the Assembly Member and subsequently published in the Assembly’s official Record.
Members may ask Emergency Oral Questions which are taken without notice. Emergency Questions may only be asked if the matter is judged by the Presiding Officer to be of urgent national significance.
If all the questions tabled for Plenary are not answered within the allotted time, the remaining questions are answered in writing and published as Questions not Reached (QNR).
Short Debates are based on a topic rather than a motion and do not require the Assembly vote. Any Member outside of the Government can be selected to put forward a topic in a ballot held by the Presiding Officer.
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The rules outlining how Assembly proceedings should be conducted and how Assembly Members should behave in the Siambr are known as the “Standing Orders”.
Experience Plenary and keep up with the latest:
There's nothing quite like watching Plenary in person at the Senedd. Places in the viewing gallery can be booked up to three weeks in advance and pre-booking is advisable.
Senedd TV offers live coverage of every Plenary meeting and an archive of past meetings. You can also shared and embed customised video clips.
If you're on Twitter you can follow our official @SeneddChamber account where our team will keep you updated with what is happening every Tuesday and Wednesday.