Minutes - Business Committee


Meeting Venue:

Presiding Officer’s office, 4th floor - Tŷ Hywel

Meeting date: 22 June 2016

Meeting time: 09.00 - 09.57


Private

Attendance

Category

Names

Committee Members:

Elin Jones AM (Chair)

Jane Hutt AM

Simon Thomas AM

Paul Davies AM

Mark Reckless AM

Committee Staff:

Siân Wilkins (Clerk)

Others in attendance

Ann Jones AM, Deputy Presiding Officer

Christopher Warner, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service

Peter Greening, Welsh Government

 

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1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions

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2       Committees

Following previous discussions Business Managers discussed the arrangements in relation to committees.

Committee Membership

Paul Davies and Simon Thomas agreed to the membership arrangements previously proposed by Jane Hutt, which provides for policy and legislation committees to be comprised of 4 Labour Members and 4 opposition Members, providing 4 of these committees are chaired by opposition Members.

Mark Reckless registered his objection to having committee memberships allocated in this way, as it did not reflect the political balance in the Assembly.  However, UKIP would be prepared to co-operate with the proposed approach.

It was confirmed that the interim membership of the Finance Committee was known for all parties except for Plaid Cymru.

In relation to the allocation of committee places to Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives, those parties asked for further information from the secretariat on possible options.

Committee Chairs

Business Managers confirmed that agreement had been reached on which political group would Chair which Committee.

Labour

Children, Young People and Education Committee

Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee

Equality, Local Government Communities Committee

Petitions Committee

Standards of Conduct Committee

Reserve Policy and Legislation

Plaid Cymru

Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee

Finance Committee

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Welsh Conservatives

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

Public Accounts Committee

UKIP

Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs

 

Remits

The Committee considered and agreed the Business Committee report on remits of the policy and legislation committees.

Procedures for electing committee chairs

Following previous agreement on introducing a procedure for electing committee chairs Business Managers considered the arrangements for the election of chairs and agree the nominations should be taken in Plenary on Tuesday 28 Junes with the secret ballots taking place on Wednesday 29 June.  It was agreed the result of the ballots would be announced at the end of Plenary on Wednesday 29 June. 

Business Manages asked to see the guidance on the election of committee chairs, prior to it being issued to all Members and it was agreed it should be issued to all Members by the end of Plenary on Wednesday 22 June.

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3       The Assembly Timetable

The Assembly Timetable

Business Managers considered the paper which provided options for reforming the Assembly timetable.

Business Managers were in general agreement that Plenary meetings should not happen on a Thursday afternoon, and that Monday afternoons should be utilised as a formal committee slot.

Business Managers recognised they needed to reconsider the slot allocated to Business Committee meetings, and agreed to consider the paper with groups and return to the timetable issues at a later meetings.

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4       Papers to note

Business Managers noted the letter.

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