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The Welsh Government’s first consolidation project to bring order and clarity to the law of Wales.

The Historic Environment (Wales) Bill aims to give the people of Wales modern, accessible and bilingual law for the protection and management of our unique and precious historic environment.

Follow our timeline from the consolidation project's beginnings to the latest developments…

Explore the Bill

14 November 2022

Counsel General gives further evidence to Committee

The Counsel General, Mick Antoniw MS, fields questions across 30 areas of the Bill from the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee.

Detailed questioning on the legislation

28 October 2022

Counsel General sets out position on marine heritage

In his reply to the Committee, the Counsel General considers the current legislation for the marine historic environment in the context of consolidation.

Marine historic environment law and consolidation

7 October 2022

Committee asks about the marine historic environment

Prompted by stakeholder evidence, the Committee asks for the Counsel General’s views on the ‘exclusion of the marine environment from the Bill’.

Undersea heritage in the Bill?

3 October 2022

Historic environment stakeholders offer evidence

At the Committee’s invitation, relevant historic environment sector stakeholders provided written evidence on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill.

Written evidence gathered in targeted collection

20 September 2022

Committee writes again to the Counsel General

Detailed reading of the Drafters’ Notes prompts the Committee to seek clarification from the Counsel General on over 80 points across the Bill.

Careful consideration of the Bill continues

17 August 2022

Counsel General replies to the Committee’s letter

The Counsel General, Mick Antoniw MS, gives a detailed response to the Committee’s request for further information.

Clarification on many aspects of the Bill

28 July 2022

Stakeholder session on the Bill

Over 100 historic environment stakeholders join Cadw's deputy director and the Legislation and Policy Team for a virtual introduction.

A virtual Introduction to the new legislation

19 July 2022

Committee seeks further information from the Counsel General

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee writes to the Counsel General, Mick Antoniw MS, with questions after his evidence session on 11 July.

More detail sought on aspects of the Bill

6 July 2022

Brief article covers essential elements of the Bill

A short article by Senedd researchers gives a useful overview of the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill.

A handy introduction to the Bill

13 March 2020

The Welsh Government’s programme to consolidate the law

Jeremy Miles AM, then Counsel General, explains that the historic environment legislation will be one of the first projects to consolidate Welsh law.