Monday, 26 November 2007
National Assembly for Wales
The United States is a federal nation. Each constituent part, State, is a distinct entity in itself - which can be abolished by the federal government - in fact the federal government was created by an act of the States. In the United Kingdom Parliament is the source of all authority - and local government - and the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales - were created by Parliament in statute. Legally, the UK Parliament could abolish them.
The National Assembly for Wales was created by the Government of Wales Act 1998 - and its powers extended by the Government of Wales Act 2006. It has 60 members who serve a 4 year term - 40 are elected for individual constituencies and the remainder from 5 geographical areas. These representatives are known as AMs (Assembly Members).
The website of the Assembly can be found at http://www.assemblywales.org/index.htm