The National Assembly for Wales has three key roles: representing Wales and its people; making laws for Wales; and holding the Welsh Government to account.
The Assembly is made up of 60 elected Assembly Members. Forty are chosen to represent individual constituencies, and 20 are chosen to represent the five regions of Wales (North Wales, Mid and West Wales, South Wales West, South Wales Central, and South Wales East).
Following a referendum on the National Assembly for Wales’s legislative powers held on 3rd March 2011, the people of Wales voted in favour of granting the National Assembly for Wales further powers for making laws for Wales.
Assembly Members undertake their tasks of representing Wales and its people, making laws for Wales and holding the Welsh Government to account in a number of ways. These include attending Plenary debates and sitting on Assembly Committees to discuss specific issues.
Plenary meetings are attended by all Assembly Members (AMs) and are one of the key mechanisms for AMs to hold the Welsh Government and Assembly Commission to account.
Effective scrutiny of a government’s work is at the heart of any democratic process, and this work is undertaken by the National Assembly through a number of Committees made up of Assembly Members. Committee functions include scrutinising the Welsh Government, holding Ministers to account, and examining proposed legislation in detail.