Government's Legislative Programme (Wales)

Wales Office written statement – made on 20th December 2019.

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Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

The legislative programme for the First Session was outlined by Her Majesty on Thursday 19 December. This statement provides a summary of the programme and its application to Wales. It does not include draft bills, Law Commission bills or Finance Bills.

This Government will get Brexit done. We have introduced the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill to implement the deal agreed by the Prime Minister, which will ensure our exit from the EU on 31 January. We will end the uncertainty and leave as one United Kingdom, allowing us to move on and unleash the potential of all four nations. Together, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are safer, stronger and more prosperous, and as such the Government remains committed to strengthening the Union.

The legislative programme for this session will deliver on the opportunities Brexit brings for the whole of the United Kingdom. The Government expects that the return of powers from the EU will lead to a significant increase in the decision-making powers of the Devolved Administrations. It will mean that decisions and powers sit in the right place and closer to people than ever before.

Getting Brexit done will allow us to focus on delivering important domestic reform delivering benefits in Wales and across the United Kingdom. The programme includes an ambitious set of measures to support citizens across all nations of the UK.

The following bills would apply to Wales (either in full or in part).

  • Agriculture Bill
  • Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill
  • Armed Forces (Legal Protections) Bill
  • Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill
  • Building Safety Bill
  • Counter Terrorism (Sentencing and Release) Bill
  • Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill
  • Domestic Abuse Bill
  • Employment Bill
  • Environment Bill
  • European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
  • Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill
  • Fisheries Bill
  • Financial Services Bill
  • Health Service Safety Investigations Bill
  • High Speed Rail 2 (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill
  • Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (European Union Withdrawal) Bill
  • Online Harms Bill
  • Medicines and Medical Devices Bill
  • National Security and Investment Bill
  • Pension Schemes Bill
  • Police Powers and Protections Bill
  • Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill
  • Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill
  • Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill
  • Sentencing Bill
  • Serious Violence Bill
  • Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill
  • Telecommunications (Connectivity) Bill
  • Thomas Cook Compensation Bill
  • Trade Bill
  • Windrush (Compensation Scheme) Bill

The Government will continue to work constructively with the Welsh Government to secure the legislative consent of the National Assembly for Wales where appropriate.