The Research Service
The Research Service is an expert, impartial and confidential research, analysis and information service designed to meet the needs of Assembly Members and their staff. We have substantial knowledge of policy in Wales and an unrivalled expertise in understanding the information needs of Assembly Members.
The Research Service provides specialist parliamentary support to all 60 Assembly Members and the Assembly’s Committees. We are completely independent of the Welsh Government.
This blog was launched in 2013 and provides bite-sized and easily digestible information and commentary on topical issues and developments within the Assembly. We routinely blog ahead of major Welsh Government policy debates that are taking place in the Assembly Chamber (in ‘Plenary’) and debates on Assembly Bills and Committee inquiry reports.
You can access a range of research briefings and information produced by the Research Service from our website. Our publications and this blog are primarily aimed at Assembly Members but may also be of interest to external organisations, stakeholders and individuals.
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The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, and holds the Welsh Government to account.
The Assembly has three key roles: representing Wales and its people; making laws for Wales; and holding the Welsh Government to account.
There are 60 Members of the National Assembly for Wales: 40 elected to represent a constituency and 20 elected across 5 regions. Elections for the 60 seats in the Assembly take place every five years.