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Wales to receive greater waste legislation powers

Powers to pass future waste legislation without seeking Parliamentary approval will be awarded to the National Assembly for Wales, following a referendum.

Prior to the referendum, the National Assembly had to seek a “Legislative Competence Order” (LCO) from Parliament in order to legislate for certain matters (one of which was waste) within 20 policy fields devolved to the Assembly.

The referendum asked the Welsh public to vote on whether they would like the National Assembly to receive freedom to consider its own bills across the policy fields without the requirement for LCOs.

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said: “The system we have used so far, under the Government of Wales Act, had an element of duplication, and created confusion about who was responsible for what.

“Removing that duplication will enable us to use our legislative capacity more effectively, and people will gain a clearer understanding of the role and responsibilities of the devolved institutions in Wales.”

The Waste (Wales) Measure was the first piece of legislation passed under LCO in November.

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