Minutes - Business Committee

Meeting Venue:

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

Meeting date: 10 December 2019

Meeting time: 08.30 - 08.43







Committee Members:

Elin Jones AM, Llywydd (Chair)

Rebecca Evans AM

Russell George 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

Gwion Evans, Head of the Llywydd's Private Office

Helen Carey, Welsh Government



1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions

Russell George attended as a substitute for Darren Millar.



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

TheTrefnyddprovided an oral update on her letter to the Llywydd on Friday regarding the Renting Home regulations, which arebeing revoked(with effect from today,10 December 2019)and replaced with a new set of regulations with a coming into force date of 28 February 2020. 


These original regulations are the subject of a motion to annul tabled by David Melding, and scheduled for debate on Wednesday.Russell George informed Business Managers that David Melding now intends to withdraw the motion.  




·         There will be no Voting Time.  




·                     Voting Time will take place after the last item of 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 Committee determined the organisation of Assembly business and agreed to schedule the following items of business: 


Wednesday 8 January 2020 – 

·         Debate on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee report: Benefits in Wales: Options for better delivery (60 mins) – postponed 

·         Time allocated to the Welsh Conservatives (60 mins) 


Wednesday 15 January 2020 – 


·         Time allocated to the Welsh Conservatives (60 mins) 

·                     Time allocated to Plaid Cymru (60 mins) 


Wednesday 22 January 2020 – 


·                     Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) (60 mins) 

·                     Debate on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee report: On mental health in policing and police custody (30 mins)  

·                     Debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report: Changes to freedom of movement after Brexit – implications for Wales (60 mins) 

·                     Time allocated to the Brexit Party (60 mins) 



3.4   Letter from the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd



4       Committees



4.1   Committee membership, chairs and political balance, including d'Hondt

Business Managers discussed the paper and agreed to consult with their groups and return to the matter at their meeting on 22 January 2020. 



5       Standing Orders



5.1   Paper to note: Letter from the Chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee: Consolidation Bills

Business Managers noted the letter.





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