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Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill – Bill Summary

Published 18/04/2024   |   Reading Time minutes

A new law, which aims to ensure the Senedd is more representative of the gender make-up of Wales, has been introduced to the Senedd.

The Bill responds to a recommendation of the Special Purpose Committee on Senedd Reform that the Senedd should be elected with “integrated statutory gender quotas”.

The Bill introduces two types of gender quotas: one that relates to the candidates political parties choose for a list in individual constituencies, and the other about how many women are in first position in each of the party’s lists across Wales.

This Bill Summary provides an overview of the provisions in the Bill, and signposts to where further information can be found.

You can follow the Bill’s progress on the Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill page. This includes the Bill itself and the Explanatory Memorandum, which includes Explanatory Notes and a Regulatory Impact Assessment.

Article by Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament