Minutes - Business Committee

Meeting Venue:

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

Meeting date: 28 February 2017

Meeting time: 08.30 - 08.38





Committee Members:

Elin Jones AM (Chair)

Jane Hutt AM

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

Paul 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



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


Statements on the Independent Evaluation of the Emergency Ambulance Services Clinical Response Model and the OECD Education Review and Recommendations have been swapped.


The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure will be making Statement on Future of Local Bus Services (45 mins).


The Leader of the House will be answering questions on behalf of the First Minister who is on a visit to the USA. Opposition Leaders will ask questions without notice as usual.


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 22 March 2017 –


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

·         Time allocated to the Welsh Conservatives (60 mins)

·         Time allocated to the United Kingdom Independence Party (60 mins)




4       Legislation



4.1     LCM on the Farriers (Registration) Bill


Business Committee considered a paper from the government regarding a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) in relation to the Farriers (Registration) Bill.


Business Managers agreed to refer the LCM to the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee for scrutiny. The Business Committee also agreed that the Committee should report on the LCM by Thursday 23 March 2017 to allow the Legislative Consent Motion to be debated in Plenary on Tuesday 28 March 2017.




5       Standing Orders



5.1     Proposals to amend Standing Order 23 - Public Petitions


Business Managers considered a draft report on the proposed changes to Standing Order 23 for changing the current procedure for Public Petitions arrangements.


Business Managers agreed the report and to table a motion to revise Standing Orders for debate on 8 March 2017.




Any Other Business


The Leader of the House provided an update on the Digital Economy Bill.


The Llywydd urged Business Managers to discuss her Topical Questions proposals among themselves outside committee, with a view to finding some common ground before discussing it again in Committee.