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This is about the Act that set up the Welsh Assembly. For the newer Government of Wales Act 2006, see that article.

The Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Government of Wales Act 1998
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to establish and make provision about the National Assembly for Wales and the offices of Auditor General for Wales and Welsh Administration Ombudsman; to reform certain Welsh public bodies and abolish certain other Welsh public bodies; and for connected purposes.
Citation1998 Chapter 38
Introduced byRon Davies, Secretary of State for Wales
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Royal assent31 July 1998
Other legislation
Amended byLearning and Skills Act 2000
Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004
Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) 2005
Constitutional Reform Act 2005
Government of Wales Act 2006
Housing and Regeneration Act 2008
Wales Act 2014
Relates toReferendums (Scotland & Wales) Act 1997, Scotland Act 1998, Northern Ireland Act 1998
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

It was passed in 1998 by the Labour government to create a National Assembly for Wales.


The Act led to the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999, after the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum which narrowly approved devolution.


The Act's provisions include the following:

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