Finance Committee


Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 2 - Senedd




Meeting date:

Wednesday, 11 December 2013




Meeting time:

09:30 - 11:57




This meeting can be viewed on Senedd TV at:



Concise Minutes:




Assembly Members:


Jocelyn Davies (Chair)

Peter Black

Christine Chapman

Paul Davies

Mike Hedges

Ann Jones

Julie Morgan

Simon Thomas








Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills

Chris Jones, Welsh Government

Neil Surman, Welsh Government






Committee Staff:


Bethan Davies (Clerk)

Claire Griffiths (Deputy Clerk)

Anne Thomas (Researcher)






View the meeting transcript.



1    Introductions, apologies and substitutions

1.1        The Chair welcomed Members and members of the public to the meeting.


1.1        The Committee congratulated Peter Black AM on winning AM of the year award.





2    Inquiry into Higher Education Funding: Evidence from the Minister for Education and Skills

2.1 The Committee took evidence from the Minister for Education and Skills on higher education funding.




3    Papers to note

3.1 The papers were noted.




3.1  Higher Education Funding: Additional information from the Open University Wales




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

4.1 The Motion was agreed.




5    Inquiry into Higher Education Funding: Consideration of Evidence Received

5.1 The Committee discussed the evidence received on the inquiry and asked the clerks to obtain additonal information on:

·         Student loan book

·         Number of AAB/ABB students enrolling at Welsh universities

·         Write to the Chief Scientific Adviser regarding funding for research




6    Enterprise Zones: Consideration of Committee Report

6.1 The report was considered and a number of amendments were suggested. Members agreed to consider the changes out of Committee.


6.2 Members noted the intention to publish the report before Chrtistmas and agreed to request a plenary debate.





7    Forward Work Programme: Spring 2014

7.1 The forward work programme was considered and noted.