Environment and Sustainability Committee


Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 3 - Senedd




Meeting date:

Wednesday, 7 May 2014




Meeting time:

09.30 - 11.55




This meeting can be viewed on Senedd TV at:



Concise Minutes:




Assembly Members:


Alun Ffred Jones AM (Chair)

Mick Antoniw AM

Russell George AM

Julie James AM

Julie Morgan AM

William Powell AM

Antoinette Sandbach AM

Joyce Watson AM








Professor Peter Matthews, Natural Resources Wales

Emyr Roberts, Natural Resources Wales






Committee Staff:


Alun Davidson (Clerk)

Catherine Hunt (Deputy Clerk)

Nia Seaton (Researcher)





View the meeting transcript.


1    Introductions, apologies and substitutions

1.1 Apologies were received from Llyr Gruffydd.  There were no substitutions.


2    Natural Resources Wales - General scrutiny session

2.1 Emyr Roberts and Peter Matthews responded to questions from members of the Committee.


2.2 Emyr Roberts agreed to provide information in writing on:


3    Papers to note

3.1  The Committee noted the minutes.


Letter from RSPB Cymru : Future Generations Bill


3.2  The Committee noted the letter.


Letter from the Minister for Natural Resources and Food : Water Strategy for Wales


3.3 The Committee noted the letter.


Letter from the Minister for Natural Resources and Food : The economic impact of wind farms on tourism


3.4 The Committee noted the letter.


4    Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for items 5, 6 & 7

4.1 The Committee agreed the Motion.


5    Proposed terms of reference for forthcoming inquiries

5.1 The Committee agreed the terms of reference for its inquiries into recycling in Wales and energy efficiency and fuel poverty in Wales.


6    Inquiry into the Welsh Government’s proposals for the M4 around Newport : Consideration of next steps

6.1 The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.


7    Sustainable Land Management : Consideration of draft report

7.1 The Committee considered the draft report and agreed to consider any changes by email.