Meetings

Senedd Business – Business Committee

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Meeting: 10/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

Recess dates

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee confirmed recess dates for the Autumn Half Term and Christmas 2022 and agreed provisional recess dates for Spring Half Term and Easter 2023. 

 

Recess

Dates

Whitsun Half Term

 

Mon 30 May 2022- Sun 5 June 2022

Summer Recess

Mon 18 July 2022 – Sun 11 September 2022

Autumn Half Term

 

Mon 31 October 2022 – Sun 6 November 2022

Christmas Recess

 

Mon 19 December 2022 – Sun 8 January 2023

*Spring Recess

Monday 20 February 2023 – Sunday 26 February 2023

*Easter Recess

Monday 3 April 2023 – Sunday 23 April 2023

 

* Provisional dates to be confirmed by Business Committee.

 


Meeting: 10/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

Senedd Timetable


Meeting: 15/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

Senedd Timetable


Meeting: 15/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

2022 Easter Recess, May Day And Whitsun Half-Term Tabling Arrangements

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 9

Minutes:

Business Committee agreed:

 

  • the arrangements for tabling Plenary business and amendments to Bills during the Easter recess;
  • agreed the arrangements for the tabling of written questions during Easter recess;
  • noted the changes to the tabling arrangements, which are required as a result of the May Day Bank Holiday, Whitsun Bank Holiday and Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday.

 

The Trefnydd noted that there is a privilege day for Welsh Government staff on Monday 6 June 2022 and requested that committee scrutiny sessions with Ministers are not scheduled for that day.

 


Meeting: 15/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

Recess dates

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 12

Minutes:

Business Committee confirmed recess dates for the Whitsun Half Term and Summer Recess and agreed provisional recess dates for Autumn Half Term and Christmas 2022.

 


Meeting: 01/02/2022 - Business Committee (Item 7)

Senedd Business


Meeting: 01/02/2022 - Business Committee (Item 7)

Scrutiny of Designated Members

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Sian Gwenllian declared an interest as a Designated Member.

 

Business Committee considered the potential options for facilitating scrutiny of the Leader of Plaid Cymru and Designated Members on the Co-operation Agreement further, following Business Managers’ consultation with their groups.

The Conservative and Plaid Cymru groups were in favour of introducing mechanisms for scrutiny of Designated Members and the Leader of Plaid Cymru in Plenary. The Labour group and Liberal Democrat were not in favour.

There was therefore no majority in favour of proposing any changes to Standing Orders. However, Business Committee noted the existing mechanisms through which Designated Members and the Leader of Plaid Cymru can be scrutinised by Senedd committees.

 


Meeting: 25/01/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

Scrutiny of Designated Members

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 20

Minutes:

Sian Gwenllian declared an interest as a Designated Member.

 

Business Committee considered the potential options for facilitating scrutiny of the Leader of Plaid Cymru and Designated Members on the Co-operation Agreement and agreed that Business Managers should consult with their groups and return to discuss the issue further at next week’s meeting.

 


Meeting: 25/01/2022 - Business Committee (Item 5)

Senedd Business


Meeting: 14/12/2021 - Business Committee (Item 7)

Senedd Business


Meeting: 14/12/2021 - Business Committee (Item 7)

The effect of the Co-operation Agreement on Senedd Business

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Sian Gwenllian declared an interest as she has been appointed as a Designated Member.

 

Business Committee returned to the implications for Senedd Business arising from the Co-operation Agreement.

 

The Conservatives and Jane Dodds were of the view that the Chair should not be allocated to Plaid Cymru. Labour and Plaid Cymru were of the view that the Chair of the Finance Committee should continue to be allocated to Plaid Cymru. As there was no majority on the Business Committee in favour, no change would be proposed. For the record, the Llywydd stated her view that Plaid Cymru should not chair the Finance Committee.

 

Business Committee noted that the name, responsibilities and portfolios of Designated Members would be published.  The Committee discussed how to accommodate the role of Designated Members within existing Senedd business arrangements including: questions, statements, debates; the allocation of non-government time; Senedd committees; and the scope for scrutiny of Designated Members. The Llywydd stated her intention to issue a further statement on Wednesday outlining her decisions on matters within her discretion.

 

Business Committee would consider options for scrutiny of the Leader of Plaid Cymru and Designated Members on matters relating to the Co-operation Agreement at a future meeting.

 

Business Committee agreed to keep the operation of the Agreement and any changes taken forward under review and to return to them in due course.

 


Meeting: 07/12/2021 - Business Committee (Item 6)

Senedd Business


Meeting: 07/12/2021 - Business Committee (Item 6)

The Co-operation Agreement: Implications for Senedd Business

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Sian Gwenllian declared an interest as she has been appointed as a Designated Member.

Business Committee noted the external legal opinion provided by Lord Pannick QC on the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, and that the legal opinion would be shared with all Members. The advice supported the Llywydd’s preliminary view that Plaid Cymru was not a group with an executive role. Business Committee noted that the Llywydd’s view on the matter was therefore unchanged and was final.

Business Committee held an initial discussion on the potential implications for the operation of Senedd Business resulting from the Agreement. Business Managers agreed that they would seek the views of their groups before returning to the matter at the next meeting.

 


Meeting: 02/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 6)

Letter from the First Minister

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 39

Minutes:

Business Committee considered the letter and noted that action is being taken by the Senedd Commission to limit the number of staff working on the Senedd estate in response to the current high numbers of Covid-19 cases across Wales. Business Managers agreed to discuss taking similar action with their groups and to encourage Members who are not attending Plenary in person to join the meeting off-site. The Llywydd also asked Business Managers to encourage Members to consider greater use of face-coverings in the Chamber when not making a contribution.

 


Meeting: 02/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 6)

Senedd Business


Meeting: 19/10/2021 - Business Committee (Item 4)

Senedd Business


Meeting: 14/09/2021 - Business Committee (Item 8)

Revised Guidance on the Proper Conduct of Senedd Business

Supporting documents:

  • Restricted enclosure 46

Minutes:

Business Committee considered and agreed changes to the guidance for the selection of Members’ Legislative Proposals. 

 


Meeting: 14/09/2021 - Business Committee (Item 8)

Senedd Business