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What is devolved?

The amendments made to the Government of Wales Act 2006 by the Wales Act 2017 mean that the National Assembly for Wales has legislative competence in relation to certain elements of elections to the National Assembly for Wales as well as to local government in Wales and referendums.

Likewise, the Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) Order 2018 provides that certain functions of  UK Ministers under electoral enactments are now exercisable by the Welsh Ministers (instead of by the UK Minister) in the manner set out in that Order.

The UK Government and Parliament retain responsibility for reserved elections and referendums (for example, parliamentary elections and elections of Police and Crime Commissioners).

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