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National Assembly for Wales

The body (popularly known as the Welsh Assembly) established by the Government of Wales Act 1998 to be the mechanism for Welsh devolution. As an elected, representative assembly, with some legislative functions, it resembles the Scottish Parliament. However, it is also an executive body, with those powers currently delegated to the First Minister and as such it also includes the role that the Scottish Executive plays in Scottish devolution.

negative instrument

A statutory instrument that must be annulled if the Parliament passes a resolution to that effect within 40 days of the instrument being laid. This is generally regarded as the weaker of the two main forms of Parliamentary control over subordinate legislation. See also affirmative instrument.


A term used to describe the parties or independent members not represented in the Executive.

Non-Executive Bills Unit (NEBU)

A unit that provides assistance with members’ bills and committee bills. It works with members or committees and clerks in developing and clarifying the policy underlying proposals for bills, arranges for bills to be drafted and introduced, ensures that certain criteria are met, and assists the member or committee throughout the passage of the bill.

normal parliamentary week

Under rule 2.2.3 of the Standing Orders, the normal parliamentary week is between the hours of 14:30 and 17:30 on Monday, 09:30 and 17:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 09:30 and 12:30 on Friday. The Parliament can meet, generally, on any sitting day during these periods. A meeting of the Parliament may continue beyond these times under certain circumstances (rules 2.2.4-2.2.6 of the Standing Orders). The Presiding Officer may convene the Parliament on other dates and at other times in an emergency.

Northern Ireland Assembly

The body established under the Northern Ireland (Elections) Act 1998 and the Northern Ireland Act 1998, following the 1998 Good Friday agreement (also known as the Belfast agreement), as the mechanism for devolution in Northern Ireland. Before devolution was fully implemented by ministerial order in December 1999, it was called the New Northern Ireland Assembly. The Northern Ireland Assembly has been suspended since midnight on 14 October 2002. However, arrangements have been made under the Northern Ireland Act 2006 for Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly to meet in another forum, known as The Assembly. The Assembly has met since 15 May 2006.