Minutes - Business Committee


Meeting Venue:

Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: 8 December 2020

Meeting time: 09.00 - 09.38


Private

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Attendance

Category

Names

Committee Members:

Elin Jones MS, Llywydd (Chair)

Rebecca Evans MS

Darren Millar MS

Siân Gwenllian MS

Caroline Jones MS

Committee Staff:

Aled Elwyn Jones (Clerk)

Others in attendance

Ann Jones MS, Deputy Presiding Officer

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive & Clerk of the Senedd

Siwan Davies, Director of Senedd Business

Siân Wilkins, Head of Chamber and Committee Service

Julian Luke, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service

Gwion Evans, Head of the Llywydd's Private Office

Elin Roberts, Policy Adviser to the Llywydd

Helen Carey, Welsh Government

Bethan Garwood

Helen Finlayson

 

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1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions

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2       Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes of last week’s meeting were agreed for publication

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3       Organisation of Business

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3.1   This Week's Business

Tuesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place after the last item of business.  

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.  

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.20pm. 

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to various changes to This Week’s Business:

 

·         the addition of a debate on the new Coronavirus restrictions to Tuesday’s agenda, alongside a motion to suspend Standing Orders to allow it to take place;

·         the statement by the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport: Update on the Valleys Taskforce and the debate on the Equality and Human Rights Annual Review 2019-20 have both been reduced in time from 45 to 30 minutes; and

·         the Non-Domestic Rating (Multiplier) (Wales) Order 2020 has been postponed.

 

Debate on Coronavirus Restrictions

 

The Llywydd highlighted that a total of 17 amendments have been tabled to Tuesday’s debate, and 5 to the Conservative debate on Wednesday, and that she may use her powers of selection, as usual.

 

Standards report

 

For the proper conduct of business, Business Committee agreed to schedule the debate on the Standards Report as the final item before voting time.

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3.2   Three Week Timetable of Government Business

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the following changes:

 

Tuesday 15 December 2020

 

·         Proposal under Standing Order 12.24 to debate the following together but with separate votes: (30 mins)

o   The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020

o   The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Restrictions) (Amendment) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2020

·         LCM on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill (15 mins) – postponed until 12 January

Tuesday 12 January 2021

 

·         LCM on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill (15 mins)

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3.3   Three Week Timetable of Senedd Business

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following items of business.

 

Wednesday 13 January 2021 –

 

Wednesday 20 January 2021 –

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4       Legislation

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4.1   The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020

The Business Committee agreed to set a reporting deadline of Monday 14 December for the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to report on the regulations. 

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4.2   Update on Legislative Consent Memorandums

Business Committee agreed to refer the SLCM on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill to the Health and Social Care Committee and LJC Committee with a reporting deadline of 11 January 2021 and the SLCM on the Environment Bill to the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee and LJC Committees with a reporting deadline of 4 February 2021.

 

Business Committee also agreed not to refer the SLCM on the Internal Market Bill to a committee.

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4.3   Statutory Instrument Consent Motions

The Llywydd informed Business Managers that she will respond to the LJC Committee chair on this matter and copy in Business Committee.

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5       Committees

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5.1   Letter from the Chair of the Finance Committee

Business Managers agreed to an additional meeting for the Committee on 16 December.

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6       Standing Orders

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6.1   Recall Procedures

The Llywydd encouraged Business Managers to feedback views from their groups  on this and the following paper as they arise rather than wait for the next meeting.

 

Business Committee agreed to discuss the paper with their groups and come back to next week’s meeting with any initial views.

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6.2   Reviewing Standing Orders in relation to political groups

Business Committee agreed to discuss the paper with their groups and come back to next week’s meeting with any initial views.

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