Minutes - Business Committee

Meeting Venue:

Via Zoom

Meeting date: 1 March 2022

Meeting time: 09.00 - 09.18







Committee Members:

Elin Jones MS, Llywydd (Chair)

Lesley Griffiths MS

Darren Millar MS

Siân Gwenllian MS

Committee Staff:

Graeme Francis (Clerk)

Yan Thomas (Clerk)

Others in attendance

Jane Dodds MS

David Rees MS, Deputy Presiding Officer

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk

Siwan Davies, Director of Senedd Business

Siân Wilkins, Head of Chamber and Committee Service

Julian Luke, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee

Helen Carey, Welsh Government



1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions

The Llywydd welcomed Members to the meeting.



2       Minutes of the previous meeting

The Minutes of the previous meeting were agreed for publication.



3       Organisation of Business



3.1   This week's business





Following correspondence received from the Trefnydd, the Llywydd indicated that she had given her agreement, in accordance with Standing Order 33.8, that the Motion to Suspend Standing Orders could be considered by the Senedd today in light of the timescales around the consideration of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill at the UK Parliament.


The Llywydd confirmed that she had accepted an Emergency Question to be asked at the start of Plenary on Ukraine.


The Llywydd also stated that a photographer would be briefly present in the Siambr at the start of Questions to the First Minister.





Plenary format



The Llywydd confirmed that a fixed seating plan will be in operation for Plenary meetings from today, following the removal of restrictions on the number of Members able to attend the Siambr at any time.



3.2   Three week timetable of Government Business

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following changes:


Tuesday 8 March 2022 –


Tuesday 15 March 2022 –

·         Debate: The Second Supplementary Budget 2021-22 (30 mins)

·         Debate: Amendment to the 2021-22 Local Government Settlement (15 mins)


Darren Millar asked whether it is the Welsh Government’s intention to bring forward an oral statement on arrangements for early medical abortion at home, following the written statement issued on 24 February. The Trefnydd agreed to provide further information in the form of a note to Members of Business Committee.



3.3   Three week timetable of Senedd Business

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following items of business:


Wednesday 23 March 2022 –




3.4   Member Debates: Selection of Motions for Debate

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 9 March 2022:


NNDM7925 Mike Hedges

To propose that the Senedd:

Supports the devolution of policing.


Alun Davies

Jane Dodds

Delyth Jewell

Rhys ab Owen


Sarah Murphy



4       Legislation



4.1   The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2022

Business Committee noted that the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will report on these regulations ahead of today’s debate in Plenary.



4.2   Update on LCMs

Business Committee received an update on current LCMs and agreed:




5       Committee Timetable



5.1   Letter from the Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee

Business Committee agreed the request for the Health and Social Care Committee to hold an additional meeting on the morning of 28 March 2022.



6       Any other business

The Llywydd reminded Business Managers to consult with their groups on the proposed revisions to the committee timetable with a view to Business Committee reaching decisions at next week’s meeting. 





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