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The Welsh Assembly runs virtually for the first time ever

Innovative response

The devolved Welsh Assembly has held its first virtual parliamentary session following a series of emergency provisions that have been put in place so that essential Assembly business relating to COVID-19 can carry on.

Following last week’s smaller ‘Emergency Senedd’ meeting, the Assembly’s Business Committee has decided to switch to fully online ‘virtual’ plenary meetings using the video conferencing facility Zoom.

Party groups have agreed to limit their attendance to the meeting, using the ‘Emergency Senedd’ model.

Assembly rules have been amended so that only 4 Members are needed for votes at Plenary meetings to be valid.

The Assembly’s Plenary meeting will be available to watch on afterwards.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

The Welsh Assembly is running virtually in order to undertake extraordinary work on the COVID-19 situation, which is critical, but which the in person assembly of people would undermine.

Organisations/institutions involved

The Welsh Assembly

Level(s) of government:
  • Regional/State government

Issues being addressed:

  • Governance responses
  • Crowdsourcing solutions

Date Submitted:

28 April 2020