On the 24th January the Wales Bill was returned to the House of Commons for consideration of the House of Lords amendments in its Third Reading. The amendments were then agreed and the Bill now awaits its final stage-Royal Assent.
Stephen Crabb who has been behind the Bill stated- "To be absolutely honest, I do not think that this represents the end of the book on Welsh devolution, but we need a prolonged period in which the Welsh government learn to deploy their powers and use their competencies in a way that benefits the people of Wales."
"It is not the end of the story, but I hope that it is the end of an interesting chapter for Welsh devolution."
This marks a key step in the Wales Bill and we will keep you updated of any further progress.
On Tuesday 17 January 2017 the National Assembly for Wales debated a Legislative Consent Motion on the Wales Bill. According to a convention (“the Sewel Convention”) the UK Government would not normally bring forward or support proposals to legislate in relation to Wales on subjects in which the Assembly has legislative competence without the Assembly’s consent. The consent of the Assembly is gained via a Legislative Consent Motion (LCM). The Wales Bill changes the powers of the Assembly therefore an LCM was required.