Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister


Meeting Venue:

Hywel Dda Centre, Whitland




Meeting date:

Thursday, 9 October 2014




Meeting time:

13. - 15.30




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Concise Minutes:





Assembly Members:


David Melding AM (Chair)

Elin Jones AM (In place of Jocelyn Davies AM)

Paul Davies AM

Joyce Watson AM (In place of Ann Jones AM)

Eluned Parrott AM








Carys Evans, Deputy Director, Constitutional Affairs and Inter-Governmental Relations, Welsh Government

Carwyn Jones AM, The First Minister






Committee Staff:


Steve George (Clerk)

Kath Thomas (Deputy Clerk)

Gwyn Griffiths (Legal Advisor)

Alys Thomas (Researcher)







1    Introductions, Apologies and Substitutions


1.1        The Chair welcomed Members and members of the public.

1.2     Apologies were received from Jocelyn Davies and Ann Jones.  Elin Jones substituted for Jocelyn Davies and Joyce Watson substituted for Ann Jones.




2    Ministerial Scrutiny Session

2.1 The Committee scrutinised the First Minister on the implications for Wales following the referendum for Scottish independence and issues of local importance for the west Wales area.


2.2  The Chair put a number of questions to the First Minister received from members of the public via social media and from pupils from a number of secondary schools.




2.1  2.1 The Implications for Wales of the Referendum for Scottish Independence.




2.2  2.2 Issues of Relevance to West Wales




3    Papers to Note (15:15 - 15:20)


Members noted both papers.




3.1  3.1 Paper to Note 1




3.2  3.2 Paper to Note 2




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


4.1 The Committee agreed the Motion under Standing Order 17.42 and resolved to exclude the public from the meeting for Agenda Item 5.




5    Discussion of Evidence from the Preceding Session (15:20 - 15:30)


5.1 The Committee discussed the evidence received from the First Minister during the earlier scrutiny session.