Minutes - Business Committee


Meeting Venue:

Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: 4 May 2020

Meeting time: 12.30 - 13.26


Private

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Attendance

Category

Names

Committee Members:

Elin Jones MS, Llywydd (Chair)

Rebecca Evans MS

Darren Millar MS

Siân Gwenllian MS

Caroline Jones MS

Committee Staff:

Aled Elwyn Jones (Clerk)

Others in attendance

Ann Jones MS, Deputy Presiding Officer

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive & Clerk of the Senedd

Siwan Davies, Director of Senedd Business

Siân Wilkins, Head of Chamber and Committee Service

Gwion Evans, Head of the Llywydd's Private Office

Elin Roberts, Policy Adviser to the Llywydd

Helen Carey, Welsh Government

Bethan Garwood, Deputy Clerk

 

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1       Introductions, apologies and substitutions

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2       Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed for publication.

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3       Organisation of Business

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3.1   This Week's Business

Feedback from last week’s plenary meeting

 

Business Managers agreed that the pace of the meeting was much improved, due to the new time limits for contributions on statements.

 

Business Managers agreed to increase the number of Plaid Cymru Members to 5 to give a better reflection of the relative size of groups. Otherwise, Business Managers agreed to follow the same format and procedures for this week’s meeting.

 

In response to a request from Sian Gwenllian, the Llywydd agreed to give consideration to whether to alternate who went first in calling Members to ask questions on statements. Darren Millar noted that he was opposed to any change.

 

Topical Questions

 

The Llywydd informed Business Managers that she will make a decision on any topical questions submitted this week as soon as possible after the deadline at 6pm, and that Members and the government will be notified that evening.

 

Business Managers agreed to take Topical Questions after the First Minister’s statement. Any Ministers attending solely to answer topical questions will be additional to the usual Labour/government allocation.

 

Business Managers agreed to continue with the practice of there not being any questions on the BSA.

 

The Business Committee asked officials for a paper on options for developing Plenary business over the next few weeks.

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3.2   Three Week Timetable of Government Business

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the fact that two sets of regulations had been added to the 3 Week Timetable of Government Business:

 

Wednesday 20 May 2020

 

·         The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (30 mins)

·         The Direct Payments to Farmers (Crop Diversification Derogation) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (15 mins)

 

The Committee agreed to schedule Topical Questions every week for the foreseeable future.

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4       Plenary

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4.1   Request to schedule a debate on NNDM7321

Business Managers considered the motion and agreed that the Business Committee is the appropriate forum to evaluate the most effective ways of continuing scrutiny in the current situation. They also concluded that plenary time is best used for scrutiny on Covid-19 matters at the moment. They would therefore not schedule the motion for debate.

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5       Legislation

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5.1   Legislative Consent Memoranda on the Fire Safety Bill and the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill

Business Managers agreed to refer the LCM on the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) Bill to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and the Legislation, Justice; and Constitution Committees, and to agree a reporting deadline at a later date.

 

Business Managers agreed to refer the LCM on the Fire Safety Bill to the Equality, Local Government and Communities; and the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committees with a reporting deadline of 18 June 2020.

 

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5.2   Letter from the First Minister

Business Managers agreed to set a reporting deadline of Thursday 14 May for the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to report on the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

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5.3   Letter from the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

Business Managers agreed to set a reporting deadline of Thursday 14 May for the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to report on the Direct Payments to Farmers (Crop Diversification Derogation) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

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6       Committees

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6.1   Committee Timetable

Business Managers considered and agreed the draft timetable.

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Any Other Business

Written Questions

 

Darren Millar raised the issue of continued delays in getting government responses to written questions, though there had been some improvement in the substance of the responses. 

 

Name Change

 

The Llywydd informed Business Managers that, given the circumstances, communication will be low key and that a written statement will be published on Wednesday morning.

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