Minutes - Business Committee

Meeting Venue:

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

Meeting date: 24 January 2017

Meeting time: 08.30 - 08.37





Committee Members:

Elin Jones AM (Chair)

Jane Hutt AM

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

Andrew RT Davies AM

David J Rowlands AM

Committee Staff:

Aled Elwyn Jones (Clerk)

Others in attendance

Ann Jones AM, Deputy Presiding Officer

Christopher Warner, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service

Siân Wilkins, Head of Chamber and Committee Service

Helen Carey, Welsh Government



1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions


Apologies were received from Paul Davies. Andrew RT Davies substituted.




2       Minutes of the previous meeting


The minutes for the meeting were agreed by the Committee for publication.




3       Organisation of Business



3.1     This Week's Business


The Counsel General will be making a statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on Article 50.


The First Minister will be making a statement on "Securing Wales' Future": Transition from the European Union to a new relationship with Europe.


The statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children on Working Together for Safer Communities was postponed until 7 February.


The debate on the Annual Report on Equality 2015-16, including the Welsh Ministers' Interim Report on Equality 2016 was withdrawn.


On Tuesday, Voting Time would be after the final item of business. On Wednesday, Business Committee agreed that Voting Time would take place before the Short Debate.




3.2     Three Week Timetable of Government Business


Business Committee noted the 3 Week Timetable of Government Business.




3.3     Three Week Timetable of Assembly Business


Business Committee determined the organisation of Assembly business and agreed to schedule the following items of business


Wednesday 15 February 2017 –


·         Debate on the  Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s report on its post-legislative scrutiny work on the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (60 mins)

·         Debate by Individual Members under Standing Order 11.21(iv) (60 mins)

·         Time allocated to Plaid Cymru (60 mins)




4       Procedural Work Programme



4.1     Review of the Public Petitions Arrangements


Business Committee considered a Letter from the Chair of the Petitions Committee confirming that they were content with the proposals to amend Standing Orders and to trial a new procedure for considering debating Petitions in Plenary which have obtained 5,000 signatures.


Business Managers also agreed with the Petitions Committee’s suggestion to introduce the changes on 8 March. 


Business Managers requested a draft report on the changes to Standing Orders for Business Managers to consider at a future meeting.