Minutes - Business Committee

Meeting Venue:

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

Meeting date: 26 November 2019

Meeting time: 08.30 - 08.45







Committee Members:

Elin Jones AM, Llywydd (Chair)

Rebecca Evans AM

Darren Millar AM

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM

Caroline Jones AM

Committee Staff:

Aled Elwyn Jones (Clerk)

Others in attendance

Ann Jones AM, Deputy Presiding Officer

Siwan Davies, Director of Assembly Business

Siân Wilkins, Head of Chamber and Committee Service

Julian Luke, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service

Gwion Evans, Head of the Llywydd's Private Office

Elin Roberts, Policy Adviser to the Llywydd

Helen Carey, Welsh Government



1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions

The Llywydd welcomed Julian Luke, Head of Policy and Legislation Committee Service and introduced him to Members,




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











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 Managers noted David Melding’s request for a debate on the Motion to annul The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019, and agreed to schedule the debate for 11 December 2019.


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


Wednesday 11 December 2019 –

·         Motion to annul The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 (15 mins)


Wednesday 8 January 2020 –






4       Legislation



4.1   Timetable for the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill

Business Managers discussed the response from the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee to the proposed timetable for the Bill, and the proposed compromise that emerged after last week’s meeting for extending Stage 1 by having a shorter Stage 2.


Darren Millar, Rhun ap Iorwerth and Caroline Jones expressed support for the committee’s position, emphasising the importance of good evidence for good legislation. They stated that 12 weeks should be the minimum for Stage 1, rather than  a standard or maximum period, especially for such a substantial Bill.


The Trefnydd opposed any change to the proposed timetable, emphasising that the timetable was already tight for implementation and that a full Stage 2 window was needed to allow tabling of amendments, including time to implement anticipated committee recommendations.


As there was a majority for the government’s proposed timetable under the Business Committee weighted voting system, the timetable proposed by the government was agreed. Business Managers agreed to write to the ELGC Committee to inform them of their views. The Committee agreed to look at timetabling of scrutiny of legislation as part of its preparations for the Sixth Assembly.




5       Assembly Business



5.1   Tabling Arrangements 2019

Business Managers confirmed the arrangements for tabling plenary business and amendments to bills during the Christmas recess period and agreed the arrangements for the tabling of Written Assembly Questions.







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