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Wales Act 2017

What these notes do

These Explanatory Notes relate to the Wales Act 2017 (c. 4) which received Royal Assent on the 31 January 2017.

  • These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Wales Office in order to assist the reader in understanding the Act. They do not form part of the Act and have not been endorsed by Parliament.
  • These Explanatory Notes explain what each part of the Act will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Act will affect existing legislation in this area.
  • These Explanatory Notes might best be read alongside the Act. They are not, and are not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Act. So where a provision of the Act does not seem to require any explanation or comment, the Notes simply say in relation to it that the provision is self-explanatory.

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