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The Assembly’s Achievements


Since its creation in 1999 the National Assembly for Wales has seen many milestones and received national and international recognition for its forward thinking and considerate approach to assisting democracy in Wales.

The First Assembly


Royal assent is given for the Referendums (Scotland and Wales) Act and in September the Welsh electorate are asked whether they do or do not agree that there should be a Welsh Assembly. The result is Yes 50.3 per cent, No 49.7 per cent.


On 31 July Royal Assent is given to the Government of Wales Act.

The National Assembly for Wales has responsibility for both parliamentary and governmental functions.


The First Assembly elections takes place and Lord Elis-Thomas AM

(Plaid Cymru) is elected as Presiding Officer                    


On 27 November, the First Minister announces that the term Welsh Assembly Government will in future be used to describe the policies and actions of the Cabinet, making a distinction between the executive and legislative parts of the Assembly.


The electoral arrangements of the National Assembly are established.

The Second Assembly


First Minister and Presiding Officer visit Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda to cut the first Welsh slate for use on the new Assembly building.


Two Wales-only bills are announced in the Queen's speech during the state opening of Parliament at Westminster; The Transport (Wales) Bill and The Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill.


The Welsh Assembly Senedd Building opens its doors. Designed by Lord Richard Rogers the building was officially opened on 1 March 2006 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.


The Government of Wales Act 2006 formally separates the parliamentary and governmental roles and creates separate legal entities to carry them out: The Welsh Assembly Government and the National Assembly for Wales.


The new Chief Executive and Clerk of the National Assembly for Wales, Claire Clancy begins her post and the third Assembly Elections take place

The Third Assembly


The Commission is recognised through the Disability Two Ticks Award, which demonstrates excellence in diversity for the way in which it recruits and develops disabled staff.


Siambr Hywel is launched as Europe's first dedicated youth debating chamber, acting as a flagship example of the Assembly's proactive engagement with young people using the latest technologies


The Senedd is recognised as the greenest government building in the UK and the Commission publishes a report, focusing on how to make democracy work in Wales and


The Assembly is ranked in the top 100 gay-friendly places to work in the UK according to the Workplace Equality Index produced by Stonewall and The Assembly unanimously votes for a referendum on whether it should be granted further legislative powers.


There is a 'Yes' vote in the Referendum on future powers for the Assembly.

Detailed reports on the achievements of the Assembly to date:

Third Assembly (2007 – 2011) – Legacy Report

Second Assembly (2003 – 2007) – Key Events

First Assembly (1999 – 2003) – Key Events

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