Concise Minutes - Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister

Meeting Venue: Committee Room 4 and Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: Thursday, 31 March 2022

Meeting time: 13.02 - 15.22
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Members of the Senedd:

David Rees MS (Chair)

Russell George MS

John Griffiths MS

Jenny Rathbone MS

Jack Sargeant MS

Sam Rowlands MS

Delyth Jewell MS


Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

Andrew Jeffreys, Welsh Government

Committee Staff:

Alun Davidson (Clerk)

Aled ap Neill (Deputy Clerk)

Gareth David Thomas (Researcher)

Božo Lugonja (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

The Chair, David Rees MS, welcomed Members and witnesses to the meeting. Apologies were received from Paul Davies MS and Llyr Gruffydd MS; Sam Rowlands MS and Delyth Jewell MS substituted for them, respectively. Jenny Rathbone declared an interest as a shareholder of Awel Ltd.



2       Cost of living

The Committee scrutinised the First Minister on policy relating to the cost of living.



3       Ministerial scrutiny session - Topical matters

Members asked the First Minister questions on topical matters.



4       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for the following business:

The motion was agreed.



5       Discussion of previous evidence sessions

The Committee discussed the evidence from the meeting.





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