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Understanding devolution in Wales
Understanding devolution in Wales

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5.3 All Wales Convention

As part of the One Wales commitment to a referendum on more powers for the Assembly, the All Wales Convention was launched in July 2008. It had two purposes: to explain the current system and prepare the ground for a potential referendum on law-making powers.

The Convention concluded that the majority of voters in Wales did not understand the current law-making arrangements and recommended a move towards primary law-making powers following a referendum as required in GoWA 2006.

In February 2010, the Assembly had endorsed such a referendum. The UK Government scheduled legislation enabling it to be held on 3 March 2011, two months ahead of the fourth Assembly elections.