The National Assembly for Wales is made up of 60 Assembly Members; 40 representing each of the Welsh constituencies and 20 representing one of the five regions of Wales. Constituency Assembly Members are elected by a first-past-the-post ballot, whilst Regional Members are elected by a form of proportional representation known as the ‘Additional Member System’. Mark is a regional Assembly Member and represents the North Wales region.
More information on the role of the National Assembly for Wales is available on the legislature's website www.assemblywales.org
The role of an AM
An Assembly Member represents all of their constituents at the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. They deal with all matters relating to their constituency. Suzy can help you with any issues that are devolved to the National Assembly. These include:
- Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development
- Ancient monuments and historic buildings
- Economic development
- Education and training
- Fire and rescue services and promotion of fire safety
- Health and health services
- Highways and transport
- Local government
- Public administration
- Social welfare
- Sport and recreation
- Town and county planning
- Water and flood defence
- Welsh language
Mark deals with issues on behalf of constituents from across South Wales West and raises matters directly with the Ministers concerned, seeks answers to written questions and speaks out in debates on the floor of the Assembly.
Weekly meetings of all 60 Members of the Assembly are referred to as Plenary meetings, and take place in the Senedd debating chamber on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 6.30pm.