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Explanatory Notes to Acts
Explanatory Memorandum to Bills
Notice of amendments
Marshalled list of amendments
Groupings of amendments
Committee Reports

An Act is a piece of law made by the Senedd. It has similar effect to an Act of Parliament. The Senedd is able to pass an Act on any ‘matter’ listed in Schedule 5 to the 2006 Act. While an Act is in progress through the Senedd, it is known as a Bill.

Who can introduce a Bill?
A Bill may be introduced by:
The Welsh Assembly Government; a Senedd committee; an individual Member whose name is drawn from a ballot or the Senedd Commission.

Explanatory Notes to Act
Explanatory notes are prepared to assist the reader with the Act. The Explanatory notes should be read in conjunction with the Act but are not part of it.

A Bill is a proposed law. If the Senedd approves the proposals then the Bill is ready to become an Act. A Bill can only become an Act of the Senedd once it has been approved by the Monarch, a process called Royal Assent. Acts are often referred to as primary legislation.

Explanatory Memorandom to Bills
Each Bill presented to the Senedd must also be accompanied by an Explanatory Memorandum that sets out its policy objectives, details of any consultation already undertaken, estimates of the costs of implementing the Bill and any other relevant information.

Notice of amendments to Bills
The Notice of Amendments (also known as the Daily List) is a list of all amendments tabled on a particular day, in the order in which the amendments were tabled.

Marshalled list of amendments to Bills
The Marshalled List is a list of all amendments tabled to a particular Bill, in the order in which they will be voted on (which is normally the order in which they will appear if incorporated into the Bill). The ‘order of consideration’ is the order in which the sections and schedules of the Bill will be considered. It will be set out at the top of the Marshalled List.

Groupings of amendments to Bills
After the production of a Marshalled List, the amendments are then reorganised into the order in which they will be debated, in which they are grouped by subject so that debate flows logically (this is called the ‘Groupings List’). The chair of the committee (for Stage 2 proceedings) or Presiding Officer (for Stage 3 and Report Stage proceedings) may group amendments for the purpose of debate (Standing Order 26.64). Amendments that deal with a similar topic will usually be grouped together in order to minimise repetition in debate.

Committee Reports
Select Reports published by Committee's that relate to a Bill

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