Wales Bill (HC Bill 5)

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Wales Office, are published separately
as Bill 5—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Secretary Alun Cairns has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the
Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Wales Bill are compatible with the Convention
rights.

Contents

  1. Part 1

    Constitutional arrangements

    1. Permanence of the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government

      1. 1. Permanence of the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government

    2. Convention about Parliament legislating on devolved matters

      1. 2. Convention about Parliament legislating on devolved matters

    3. Legislative competence

      1. 3. Legislative competence

      2. 4. Wales public authorities

    4. Elections

      1. 5. Power to make provision about elections

      2. 6. Timing of elections

      3. 7. Electoral registration: the digital service

    5. Other provision about legislation by the Assembly

      1. 8. Super-majority requirement for certain legislation

      2. 9. Super-majority requirement: amendments relating to procedure etc

      3. 10. Introduction of Bills: justice impact assessment

      4. 11. Submission of Bills for Royal Assent: role of Presiding Officer

    6. Other provision about the Assembly

      1. 12. Financial control, accounts and audit

      2. 13. Composition of Assembly committees

      3. 14. Assembly proceedings: participation by UK Ministers etc

      4. 15. Change of name of the Assembly etc: translation of references

    7. Welsh rates of income tax: removal of referendum requirement

      1. 16. Welsh rates of income tax: removal of referendum requirement

    8. Executive competence etc

      1. 17. Functions of Welsh Ministers

      2. 18. Implementation of EU law

      3. 19. Transfer of Ministerial functions

      4. 20. Transferred Ministerial functions

      5. 21. Consultation about cross-border bodies

  2. Part 2

    Legislative and executive competence: further provision

    1. Onshore petroleum

      1. 22. Onshore petroleum licensing

      2. 23. Onshore petroleum: existing licences

      3. 24. Onshore petroleum: right to use deep-level land in Wales

    2. Road transport

      1. 25. Roads: speed limits, pedestrian crossings and traffic signs

      2. 26. Bus service registration and traffic commissioners

      3. 27. Taxis: transfer of functions to Welsh Ministers

    3. Harbours

      1. 28. Transfer of executive functions in relation to Welsh harbours

      2. 29. Transfer of executive functions: amendments of the Harbours Act 1964

      3. 30. Transfer of harbour functions: application of general provisions

      4. 31. Reserved trust ports

      5. 32. Development consent

      6. 33. Cross-border harbours

      7. 34. Cross-border exercise of pilotage functions

      8. 35. Sections 33 and 34: supplementary

    4. Planning for electricity generating stations

      1. 36. Development consent for generating stations with 350MW capacity or less

      2. 37. Generating stations and public rights of navigation

      3. 38. Associated development of overhead lines

      4. 39. Alignment of associated development consent

    5. Equal opportunities

      1. 40. Equal opportunities: public sector equality duty

      2. 41. Public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities

    6. Marine licensing and conservation

      1. 42. Marine licensing in the Welsh offshore region

      2. 43. Marine conservation zones

    7. Miscellaneous

      1. 44. Intervention in case of serious adverse impact on sewerage services etc

      2. 45. Transfer of functions in relation to excepted energy buildings

      3. 46. Renewable energy incentive schemes

  3. Part 3

    Miscellaneous

    1. 47. Provision of information to the Office for Budget Responsibility

    2. 48. Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

    3. 49. Licensing of coal-mining operations: approval by Welsh Ministers

    4. 50. Office of Communications

  4. Part 4

    General

    1. 51. Consequential provision

    2. 52. Transitional provision and savings

    3. 53. Commencement

    4. 54. Short title

    1. Schedule 1

      New Schedule 7A to the Government of Wales Act 2006

    2. Schedule 2

      New Schedule 7B to the Government of Wales Act 2006

    3. Schedule 3

      New Schedule 3A to the Government of Wales Act 2006

    4. Schedule 4

      New Schedule 9A to the Government of Wales Act 2006

    5. Schedule 5

      Minor and consequential amendments

      1. Part 1

        Amendments of the Government of Wales Act 2006

      2. Part 2

        Amendments relating to onshore petroleum

      3. Part 3

        Other amendments

    6. Schedule 6

      Transitional provisions