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Government of Wales Act 2006

Paragraph 20: Standing Orders

808.This paragraph places a duty on the Secretary of State to make and publish, in English and Welsh, standing orders which are to govern the proceedings of the Assembly constituted under this Act and to do so before the ordinary Welsh general election is held in 2007 (i.e. by 31st March 2007 at the latest).

809.These standing orders will be needed in order to ensure that the Assembly constituted under this Act will, from the very beginning, have a set of standing orders which will enable it to operate the new arrangements made by this Act and which comply with its various mandatory requirements.

810.The aim of the Secretary of State is, however, to ensure that the old Assembly has the greatest practicable role in the process of formulating the standing orders in question and the Act therefore provides that the Secretary of State must give effect to any proposals made by the old Assembly which have been approved by two thirds of the Assembly members voting on the proposal in question and which have reached the Secretary of State no later than 28 February 2007.

811.Once made, the standing orders will be capable of being revised or re-made by the Assembly in accordance with section 31, i.e. with the support of at least two-thirds of Assembly members.

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