Concise Minutes - Finance Committee


Meeting Venue:

Video Conference via Zoom

Meeting date: Friday, 8 January 2021

Meeting time: 09.30 - 11.45
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:
http://senedd.tv/en/11115


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Attendance

Category

Names

Members of the Senedd:

Llyr Gruffydd MS (Chair)

Alun Davies MS

Siân Gwenllian MS

Mike Hedges MS

Rhianon Passmore MS

Nick Ramsay MS

Witnesses:

Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd

Andrew Jeffreys, Welsh Government

Margaret Davies, Welsh Government

Matt Wellington, Welsh Government

Anna Adams, Welsh Government

Committee Staff:

Bethan Davies (Clerk)

Leanne Hatcher (Second Clerk)

Georgina Owen (Second Clerk)

Mike Lewis (Deputy Clerk)

Martin Jennings (Researcher)

Rhiannon Lewis (Researcher)

 

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1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the virtual meeting of the Finance Committee.

1.2 Apologies were received from Mark Reckless MS.

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2       Paper(s) to note

2.1 The papers were noted.

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2.1   PTN 1 - Letter from the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd to the Chair: Third Supplementary budget 2020-21 - 23 December 2020

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3       Scrutiny of the Welsh Government's Draft budget 2021-22: Evidence session 1

3.1 The Committee took evidence from Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd; Andrew Jeffreys, Director Treasury, Welsh Government; Margaret Davies, Deputy Director of Strategic Budgeting, Welsh Government; Matt Wellington, Head of Budget Delivery, Welsh Government; and Anna Adams, Deputy Director, Head of Tax Strategy Policy and Engagement, on the scrutiny of the Welsh Government's Draft budget 2021-22.

 

3.2 The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd agreed to:

·         provide an update on the work of the income tax working group;

·         share the analysis of information gathered from all colleges on the impact of the personal learning accounts;

·         share information on the costs of changing the criteria for free school meals; and

·         share the analysis on the impact of creating a higher tax band for Non-residential property transactions.

 

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4       Tax Statutory Instruments: Evidence session

4.1 The Committee took evidence from Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance and Trefnydd; Andrew Jeffreys, Director Treasury, Welsh Government; Margaret Davies, Deputy Director of Strategic Budgeting, Welsh Government; Matt Wellington, Head of Budget Delivery, Welsh Government; and Anna Adams, Deputy Director, Head of Tax Strategy Policy and Engagement, on Tax Statutory Instruments.

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5       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of this meeting

5.1 The motion was agreed.

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6       Scrutiny of the Welsh Government's Draft budget 2021-22: Consideration of evidence

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

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7       Tax Statutory Instruments: Consideration of evidence

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence received and agreed to report on the statutory instruments.

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8       Consideration of draft letter to the Chief Secretary of the Treasury: Inquiry into the Fiscal Framework; and Comprehensive Spending Review

8.1 The Committee considered the draft letter.

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9       Consideration of the Forward Work Programme

9.1 The Committee considered the forward work programme.

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