Government of Wales Act 1998
- This is about the Act that set up the Welsh Assembly. For the newer Government of Wales Act 2006, see that article.
|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Act to establish and make provision about the National Assembly for Wales and the offices of Auditor General for Wales and Welsh Administration Ombudsman; to reform certain Welsh public bodies and abolish certain other Welsh public bodies; and for connected purposes.|
|Citation||1998 Chapter 38|
|Introduced by||Ron Davies, Secretary of State for Wales|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||31 July 1998|
|Amended by||Learning and Skills Act 2000|
Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004
Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) 2005
Constitutional Reform Act 2005
Government of Wales Act 2006
Housing and Regeneration Act 2008
Wales Act 2014
|Relates to||Referendums (Scotland & Wales) Act 1997, Scotland Act 1998, Northern Ireland Act 1998|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Act led to the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, after the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum which narrowly approved devolution.
The Act's provisions include the following:
- Transferring most of the powers of the Secretary of State for Wales to the National Assembly for Wales.
- Transferring Ancient Monuments Board for Wales, Education and Learning Wales, Historic Buildings Council for Wales, Library Advisory Council for Wales, Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales, Wales Tourist Board, Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board, Welsh Development Agency, Welsh Language Board, Environment Agency Wales, Countryside Council for Wales, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Arts Council of Wales, National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Sports Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales to the National Assembly for Wales.
- Abolishing Development Board for Rural Wales, Land Authority for Wales, Residuary Body for Wales and Housing for Wales.
- Establishing position of the Auditor General for Wales.