2011 - 2013

On 4 March 2011 the Welsh electorate voted in a third devolution referendum, this time on whether or not full primary law-making powers should be extended to the National Assembly in those areas over which it had responsibility. This time 63.5% of voters would support further devolution. ‘Home rule’ had come of age.

Exploiting its new legislative powers, in 2013 the National Assembly passed the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act after one of the most charged debates in its history. This legislation introduced a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation in Wales and is intended to increase the number of organs available for life-saving surgery.