Could the Welsh National Assembly be about to get a new name?


The National Assembly for Wales could be about to get a shiny new name next week, amid calls for it to be renamed "Senedd" ahead of a vote next week.

A Welsh Government motion to be debated on Tuesday proposes re-naming the Assembly - with many politicians saying the law-making institution should now be called a parliament. The option of Welsh Parliament had been on the table, but the idea has reportedly been watered down after the phrase disappeared from official papers.

However, Welsh language campaigners Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg argue that the law-making institution should be called Senedd.

Two fans wearing Welsh flags

Currently, the Senedd just refers to the building where debates are held and not the Assembly as a whole.

Spokeswoman Manon Elin said: "The word Senedd is one the public in general understands and supports. The name is already used widely among both Welsh and non-Welsh speakers. It would be a step forward for the normalisation of Welsh in public life as well."

Naming rights are among the powers set to be devolved in the Wales Bill, which is going through the UK Parliament.

Calls for the Assembly to be renamed the Welsh Parliament have been made for a number of years - especially given its increased powers.

General view of a Welsh flag

In 2012, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said the assembly was a parliament "in all but name".

A debate on the name change had been due to take place last week, but it has now been re-tabled for July 5.