1997 - 1998

Eighteen years of Conservative government in Westminster from 1979 saw a shift in Welsh opinion in favour of devolution. Yet when a second referendum was held on the 18 September 1997, the overall majority in favour was still only 6,721 votes. But it was enough to change the course of Welsh history.

In 1998 the Westminster Parliament passed the Government of Wales Act in order to provide the legal basis for the National Assembly. That legislation embodied a number of core values, including a commitment to equality, sustainable development, partnership working and parity of treatment for both the Welsh and English languages.