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Code of Conduct - Review

This page gives details of any meetings held which will, or did, discuss the matter, and includes links to the relevant Papers, Agendas and Minutes.

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Meeting: 10/03/2020 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct Review: Evidence Session with the Clerk and Chief Executive of the Assembly

Research Briefing

Manon Antoniazzi - Clerk and Chief Executive of the Assembly

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee questioned Manon Antoniazzi in relation to the Code of Conduct Review.


Meeting: 11/02/2020 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

4 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-02-20 Paper 3 – Scoping Paper

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Chair welcomed Douglas Bain, the Acting Standards Commissioner to the meeting.

4.2 The Committee considered and discussed the paper on the Code of Conduct review, and also took evidence from the Acting Standards Commissioner.


Meeting: 21/01/2020 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-01-20 Paper 1 – Scoping paper

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered and agreed the scope of its review into the Code of Conduct for Assembly Members and associated matters and agreed a way forward.

 

 


Meeting: 10/12/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-18-19 Paper 1 – Scoping Paper

SoC(5)-18-19 Paper 2 – Letter from Sir Roderick Evans QC

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered and agreed the proposals for the review and noted that a comprehensive paper will be prepared for their consideration at the next meeting.

 


Meeting: 05/11/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-16-19 Paper 1 – Discussion paper

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Members considered and highlighted issues they wished the review to cover and agreed to return to this issue at the next meeting when a scoping paper will be available.


Meeting: 09/07/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Assembly Commission Dignity and Respect Survey: Results report (June 2019)

SoC(5)-11-19 Paper 1 - Assembly Commission Dignity and Respect Survey: Results report (June 2019)

SoC(5)-11-19 Paper 2 – Statement on Dignity and Respect Survey Results 2019 (3 July 2019)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Members had considered the survey results in draft in the meeting on 2 July but noted that the report had been published on 3 July 2019.


Meeting: 18/06/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

4 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-08-11 Paper 2 – Draft revisions to Code of Conduct

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Members considered and agreed the suggested amendments.

4.2 The Clerk will prepare a report for Member’s consideration reflecting the suggested revisions to the Code of Conduct.


Meeting: 21/05/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

4 Code of Conduct - Review: Correspondence from the Llywydd (7 May 2019)

SoC(5)-07-19 Paper 3 – Letter from the Llywydd (7 May 2019)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The update was considered and noted. The Chair agreed to reply to the Llywydd.


Meeting: 21/05/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 5)

5 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-07-19 Paper 4 – Draft revisions to Code of Conduct

SoC(5)-07-19 Paper 5 - Lay Members on Standards Committees

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 Members considered and were in agreement to the suggested amendments.

5.2 The Clerks will prepare a further paper for discussion on other proposed changes and once agreed, all the changes will be made to the Code at the same time.


Meeting: 12/02/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review: Next Steps

SoC(5)-03-19 Paper 3 – Committee paper

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members had a further discussion on the proposed changes to the Code of Conduct and agreed to return to this item at the next meeting.


Meeting: 15/01/2019 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

Code of Conduct - Review: Next Steps

Minutes:

3.1 Members had a further discussion on the proposed changes to the Code of Conduct and agreed to discuss within their political groups and return to this item at the next meeting.


Meeting: 27/11/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Dame Laura Cox DBE Independent Inquiry Report: The Bullying and Harassment of House of Commons Staff

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Meeting: 27/11/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review: Next Steps

SoC(5)-21-18 Paper 1 – Proposed changes to the complaints process

SoC(5)-21-18 Paper 2 – Ministerial and Parliamentary Codes of Conduct in other Legislatures

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered and discussed the papers and agreed to return to this item at the next meeting.


Meeting: 06/11/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of the Welsh Governments' response on 'Creating the Right Culture' report

SoC(5)-19-18 Paper 1 – Welsh Government response on ‘Creating the Right Culture’ report

SoC(5)-19-18 Paper 2 – Letter from Jayne Bryant AM, Committee Chair to Llywydd on ‘Creating the Right Culture’ report (11 October 2018)

SoC(5)-19-18 Paper 3 – Response from the Llywydd to the Committee Chair on ‘Creating the Right Culture’ report (30 October 2018)

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The correspondence was noted. It was agreed that the Chair would write to the incoming First Minister regarding the Ministerial Code early in 2019.


Meeting: 09/10/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of the Assembly Commissions' response on 'Creating the Right Culture' report

SoC(5)-17-18 Paper 1 – Assembly Commission response on ‘Creating the Right Culture’ report.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Members discussed the response from the Assembly Commission to the recommendations contained in the Creating the Right Culture Report.

2.2 Members agreed that the Chair would respond to the Llywydd and seek a clearer timetable for a response on Recommendation 14.

2.3 Members noted that the response from the Welsh Government to Recommendation 12 would be available later in the month and would be considered at the next Committee meeting.


Meeting: 17/07/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of draft report

SoC(5)-16-18 Paper 2 – Draft report

SoC(5)-16-18 Paper 3 – Letter from Cardiff University on the Assembly’s Respect and Dignity policy

Soc(5)-16-18 Paper 4 – Letter from Anna Meikle on the Principles of public life

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered draft report. A number of amendments were suggested and it was agreed that a revised version would be circulated to Members outside of Committee for further consideration.

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Meeting: 03/07/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of key issues

SoC(5)-15-18 Paper 1 – Key issues

SoC(5)-15-18 Paper 2 – Dignity and Respect Policy

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered the key issues paper and noted that a draft report will be prepared for their consideration at the next meeting.


Meeting: 26/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-14-18 Paper 1 – Assembly Commission – Dignity and Respect Survey: Results report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered the Assembly Commission’s Report on the Dignity and Respect Survey which had been published on 19 June.


Meeting: 19/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

Code of Conduct - Review: Evidence Session

Ben Lewis – Director, Student Support & Wellbeing, Cardiff University

Patrick Wrangles – Head of Health and Wellbeing, Cardiff University

Amy Sykes - ‎Wellbeing Coordinator and Senior Wellbeing Practitioner, ‎Cardiff University

 

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee discussed the Dignity and Respect Policy with Ben Lewis, Director, Student Support & Wellbeing, Cardiff University; Patrick Wrangles, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Cardiff University and

Amy Sykes, Wellbeing Coordinator and Senior Wellbeing Practitioner, ‎Cardiff University alongside the work in this area Cardiff University has been undertaking.


Meeting: 12/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Scottish Parliament, Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Report - Sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct (5 June 2018)

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Meeting: 12/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Letter from Head of WWF Cymru (30 May 2018)

Supporting documents:


Meeting: 12/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

Code of Conduct - Review: Evidence Session

Gwyneth Sweatman - NUS Wales Women’s Officer

Cerith D Rhys Jones - External Affairs Manager, NUS Wales

Minutes:

3.1 The Members discussed the Dignity and Respect Policy with Gwyneth Sweatman, NUS Wales Women’s Officer and Cerith Jones, NUS Wales alongside the work in this area the NUS has been undertaking.


Meeting: 05/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

4.1 The Members discussed the evidence received.


Meeting: 05/06/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

Code of Conduct - Review: Evidence Session

Ruth Coombs - Head of Wales Equality and Human Rights Commission

Minutes:

2.1 The Members discussed the recent Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Report – Turning the Tables: Ending sexual harassment at work – with Ruth Coombs, EHRC’s Head.


Meeting: 15/05/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Additional information from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission

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Meeting: 15/05/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review: Ministerial Codes in other Legislatures

SoC(5)-10-18 Paper 1 - Ministerial Codes in other Legislatures

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members discussed the paper.


Meeting: 01/05/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

Code of Conduct - Review

Minutes:

2.1 Members considered the applications received for the role of expert advisor to the Committee for this inquiry.


Meeting: 24/04/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-08-18 Paper 1 – National Assembly for Wales Dignity and Respect Policy (draft)

SoC(5)-08-18 Paper 2 – National Assembly for Wales Dignity and Respect Policy – Accompanying Guidance on inappropriate behaviour (draft)

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Members considered the revised draft policy and agreed that the Chair would write to the Assembly Commission with their views.


Meeting: 17/04/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

4 Code of Conduct - Review: Progress Report on the Committee's Inquiry

SoC(5)-07-18 Paper 2 – Letter from the Chair to the First Minister (7 March 2018)

SoC(5)-07-18 Paper 3 – Letter from the First Minister to the Chair (4 April 2018)

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Members noted and discussed the response from the First Minister and agreed to return to the item.

4.2 The Clerk gave an oral update on the revised draft dignity and respect policy. Members agreed to return to this item at the next meeting.


Meeting: 20/03/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

Code of Conduct - Review

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee considered the paper regarding the direction the review of the Code of Conduct and agreed to:

·       Appoint an Expert Advisor;

·       Establish a Reference Group; and

·       Report by the end of the summer term.


Meeting: 13/03/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

3 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of Draft Dignity and Respect Policy

SoC(5)-05-18 Paper 1 - Code of Conduct – Review: Consideration of Draft Respect and Dignity Policy

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee discussed the draft Dignity and Respect Policy.


Meeting: 13/03/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

Code of Conduct: Evidence Session

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee received evidence as part of their review into the Code of Conduct.


Meeting: 27/02/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of consultation responses received

SoC(5)-04-18 Paper 1 – Letter from Andrea Leadsom MP

SoC(5)-04-18 Paper 2 – Consultation response from Chwarae Teg

SoC(5)-04-18 Paper 3 – Consultation response from Welsh Women’s Aid
SoC(5)-04-18 Paper 4 – Consultation response from Flintshire County Council

SoC(5)-04-18 Paper 5 – Consultation response from Equality and Human Rights Commission

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Members noted the letter from Andrea Leadsom MP and the consultation responses.


Meeting: 27/02/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 5)

Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

5.1 Members considered the evidence received.


Meeting: 27/02/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

Code of Conduct Review - Stakeholder event

Cerys Furlong – Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg

Gwendolyn Sterk – Public Affairs Manager, Welsh Women’s Aid

Ruth Coombs – Head of Wales Equality and Human Rights Commission

Iestyn Wyn – Campaigns, Policy and Research Manager, Stonewall Cymru

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee discussed the areas highlighted in the recent consultation regarding the review of the Code of Conduct with Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg; Gwendolyn Sterk, Public Affairs Manager, Welsh Women’s Aid; Ruth Coombs, Head of Wales Equality and Human Rights Commission; Andrew White, Director, Stonewall Cymru and Iestyn Wyn, Campaigns, Policy and Research Manager, Stonewall Cymru.


Meeting: 06/02/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of Respect and Dignity Policy

SoC(5)-03-18 Paper 1 – Covering paper

SoC(5)-03-18 Paper 2 - Respect and Dignity Policy - Draft

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Members discussed the draft Respect and Dignity policy and noted the Commissioner for Standards comments.


Meeting: 06/02/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of evidence received

Minutes:

4.1 The Chair agreed to write to the witnesses with the Committee’s comments on the draft Respect and Dignity policy.


Meeting: 06/02/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 3)

Code of Conduct - Review: Evidence Session

Craig Stephenson - Director of Commission Services 

Elisabeth Jones - Chief Legal Adviser

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee and the Commissioner for Standards discussed the draft Dignity and Respect policy with Craig Stephenson, Director of Commission Services and Elisabeth Jones, Chief Legal Adviser at the National Assembly for Wales.


Meeting: 23/01/2018 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of Respect and Dignity Policy

SoC(5)-02-18 Paper 1 – Respect and Dignity Policy – Covering paper

SoC(5)-02-18 Paper 2 – Draft policy

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Members considered the draft Code of Conduct and agreed to return to this item at the next meeting.


Meeting: 05/12/2017 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 2)

2 Code of Conduct - Review: Consideration of consultation letter

SoC(5)-12-17 Paper 1 – Draft letter

SoC(5)-12-17 Paper 2 – Letter from Gerard Elias, previous Commissioner for Standards to the First Minister (17 December 2012)

SoC(5)-12-17 Paper 3 – Letter from the First Minister to Gerard Elias previous Commissioner for Standards (22 January 2013)

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 Members agreed the consultation letter, subject to a few minor amendments and also agreed that it be issued during the week of 11 December 2017.


Meeting: 28/11/2017 - Standards of Conduct Committee (Item 4)

4 Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-11-17 Paper 2 – Statement from the Llywydd (15 November 2017)

SoC(5)-11-17 Paper 3 – Inquiry outline

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Members considered the request to work with the Assembly Commission to develop a Respect and Dignity Policy together with undertaking a review of the sanctions available if the Code of Conduct is breached.

4.2 The Committee agreed to:

·       Hold a written consultation to seek views on the process in general, whether there are any reasons people do not come forward with complaints and on any areas of the Code which could be clarified. Members also agreed to consider whether to hold any oral evidence sessions following the receipt of written responses;

·       Develop a communications strategy to promote the work of the Committee and the Commissioner for Standards; and

·       Asked the Committee Clerk to explore with the Welsh Government, whether an elected Member or senior official attend relevant Committee meetings to discuss the Ministerial Code and how the Code can complement the work being undertaken to develop the Respect and Dignity Policy.

 


 

 

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