The Assembly is a bilingual body. It operates in English and Welsh and is overseen by a Presiding Officer - the chair - who is elected at the first plenary meeting after an election. An official record of proceedings in plenary sessions is maintained in both languages. It is normally published 24 hours after the end of proceedings, with all contributions in Welsh translated into English. A full bilingual version is available after five working days.
In contrast to the House of Commons, AMs refer to each other by name and use the second person in dealings with colleagues.