Government of Wales Act 1998


Government of Wales Act 1998

Infobox UK Legislation
short_title=Government of Wales Act 1998
parliament=Parliament of the United Kingdom
long_title=An Act to establish and make provision about the National Assembly for Wales and the offices of Auditor General for Wales and Welsh Administration Ombudsman; to reform certain Welsh public bodies and abolish certain other Welsh public bodies; and for connected purposes.
statute_book_chapter=1998 Chapter 38
introduced_by=
territorial_extent=Wales
royal_assent=31 July 1998
commencement=
amendments=Government of Wales Act 2006
related_legislation= Scotland Act 1998, Northern Ireland Act 1998
status=Current|
"This is about the Act that set up the Welsh Assembly. For the newer Government of Wales Act 2006, see that article."

The Government of Wales Act, 1998 (1998 c. 38) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

The long title of the Act is "An Act to establish and make provision about the National Assembly for Wales and the offices of Auditor General for Wales and Welsh Administration Ombudsman; to reform certain Welsh public bodies and abolish certain other Welsh public bodies; and for connected purposes." It was passed in 1998 by the Labour government to create a national assembly for Wales.

It transferred most of the powers of the Secretary of State for Wales, and made provision for elections to the Assembly.

Background

The Act led to the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, after the referendum held in 1997 which narrowly approved devolution.

ee also

*Royal Commission on the Constitution (United Kingdom)

External links

*UK-SLD|2046325
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/19980038.htm Text of the Act] (OPSI site)
* [http://www.wales.gov.uk/governmentofwales Government of Wales Act 2006 website]


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