Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill (Attorney General for England and Wales, Reference): SC 9 Jul 2014

‘Her Majesty’s Attorney General for England and Wales has referred to this Court under section 112(1) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 the question of whether, on the proper construction of section 108 and Schedule 7 to the GWA 2006, the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill 2013 is within the legislative competence of the National Assembly of Wales’ The Welsh Government sought to retain a regime regulating agricultural wages in Wales via the Bill. The Wales Act, it said, gave it competence, but this was denied by the Attorney-General saying that the Bill regulated employment law and was outside the Government’s devolved competence.
Held: The Bill was within the competence of the Welsh Assembly.
As to section 104 of the 2006 Act: ‘As the section requires the purpose of the provision to be examined it is necessary to look not merely at what can be discerned from an objective consideration of the effect of its terms’.


Lord Neuberger, President, Lady Hale, Deputy President, Lord Kerr, Lord Reed, Lord Thomas


[2014] UKSC 43, [2014] 1 WLR 262, [2014] 4 All ER 789, UKSC 2013/0188


Bailii, Bailii Summary, SC, SC Summary


Government of Wales Act 2006 108 112(1)



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Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.533878