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This week's business

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Meeting: 12/07/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3.1)

This week's business

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Meeting: 05/07/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following change:

 

  • Debate: Stage 3 of the Welsh Tax Acts etc. (Power to Modify) Bill (120 90 mins)

 

  • There will be no Voting Time separate to Stage 3 proceedings of the Welsh Tax Acts etc. (Power to Modify) Bill.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.30pm.      

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 


Meeting: 28/06/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

 

The Trefnydd noted that the Government has re-ordered Tuesday’s business and that the debates and voting time will be taken at the end of session, following the postponement of a constitutional lecture previously planned for this evening.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 

The Llywydd confirmed the timings of the Public Accounts and Public Administration Committee Chair’s Statement, including that the first speaker from the Labour group will have up to five minutes for their contribution.

 


Meeting: 21/06/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

  • There will be no Voting Time separate to Stage 3 proceedings of the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 9.30pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.  
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.40pm. 

 


Meeting: 14/06/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the following changes to Tuesday’s business: 

                                     

  • Statement by the Minister for Climate Change: Building Safety Update (30 mins) – Withdrawn
  • Statement by the Minister for Social Justice: Cost of Living Update (30 mins)

 

The Trefnydd indicated that the Building Safety Update will likely be issued as a Written Statement later this month.

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.05pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.  
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.40pm. 

 


Meeting: 07/06/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following change:

                                  

Tuesday

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on Covid-19 – Withdrawn
  • Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (30 mins)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.00pm

 

Wednesday 

 

Business Committee noted that the Conservative group intends to change its member on the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee from Peter Fox to James Evans. The Llywydd therefore drew Business Committee’s attention to the following addition to the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting: 

 

  • Motion to elect a Member to a committee (5 mins) 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.40pm. 

 

The Llywydd reminded Business Committee of her intentions regarding speaking time allocations for Members during tomorrow’s 120 minute debate on the report of the Special Purpose Committee on Senedd Reform.

 

Face coverings

 

Business Committee received an update on the position regarding the wearing of face-coverings on the estate. As the wearing of face coverings is now no longer required whilst moving around the building, though building users are encouraged to continue to do so in higher risk situations, the Committee agreed that the use of face coverings in the Siambr would now be a matter of individual choice for Members. It was agreed that a general update on the use of face coverings on the Estate would be circulated to Members.

 


Meeting: 24/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following change to Tuesday’s meeting:

 

  • Statement by the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Justice in Wales (30 45 mins) 

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.45pm.

 

Business Committee noted that Labour group intends to change its member on the Local Government and Housing Committee from Alun Davies to Jane Bryant. The Llywydd therefore drew Business Committee’s attention to the following addition to the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting:

 

  • Motion to elect a Member to a committee (5 mins)

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.40pm. 

 


Meeting: 17/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that the First Minister will be answering FMQs remotely due to travel on official business.

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.45pm.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 

Business Committee noted that only nine questions were tabled to the Minister for Climate Change for answer this week.

 

Business Committee agreed to a request from members of the Culture, Communications, Welsh, Language, Sport and International Relations Committee  to change the order of debates on Wednesday so that Members can contribute to the Plaid Cymru debate on Women’s Health, before travelling to North Wales for committee business. Business Committee would return to the discussion of the principles of Members absence from Plenary in order to attend other Senedd business at a future meeting.

 

The Trefnydd stated that she had raised the issue of Ministers being present in the Chamber in good time for their items of business at Cabinet.

 

 


Meeting: 10/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following changes:

                                  

Tuesday

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Finance and Local Government: Local Government Elections (30 mins)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.15pm.

 

Wednesday 

 

Business Committee noted that Plaid Cymru intend to change their member on the Public Accounts and Public Administration Committee from Cefin Campbell to Rhys ab Owen. Business Committee also agreed to schedule a Motion to suspend Standing Orders to enable the Short Debate to take place as the topic for the debate was not tabled by the deadline.

 

The Llywydd therefore drew Business Committee’s attention to the following addition to the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

 

  • Motion to elect a Member to a committee (5 mins)
  • Motion to suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.20pm. 

 


Meeting: 03/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Economy: Border Controls (30 mins)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.30pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Questions to the Senedd Commission (30 15 mins)
  • Short Debate: Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales) (30 mins)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.10pm. 

 


Meeting: 26/04/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following changes:

                                  

Tuesday

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on Covid-19 – Withdrawn
  • Motion to Suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)
  • The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (15 mins)
  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 9) Regulations 2022 (15 mins)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 8.05pm.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.10pm. 

 

The Committee discussed the position regarding the wearing of face-coverings. The Llywydd stated that the use of face-coverings will be encouraged within the Siambr.

 

 


Meeting: 29/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following changes:

                                  

Tuesday

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on
  • Covid-19 (30 mins) - withdrawn
  • Statement by the Minister for Social Justice: Homes for Ukraine refugees scheme update (30 mins)
  • Statement by the Minister for Climate Change: Building Safety Update (45 mins) – withdrawn
  • Motion to suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)
  • Proposal under Standing Order 12.24 to debate the following items

together but with separate votes (30 mins)

o   The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Alteration of Expiry Date) (Wales) Regulations 2022

o   The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2022

o   The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.55pm.

The Deputy Presiding Officer reminded Business Managers that the timing of FMQs has been changed due to the First Minister’s attendance at a Thanksgiving Service for Prince Philip in London. It will take place as item 2 following the Business Statement and Announcement.

 

Wednesday 

 

The Trefnydd informed Business Committee that the Deputy Minister for Climate Change will answer oral questions on behalf of the Minister for Climate Change.

 

Business Committee noted a request from Plaid Cymru to change their member on the Standards of Conduct Committee from Heledd Fychan to Peredur Owen Griffiths. Darren Millar indicated that the Conservative group may also seek to make a change to their membership of the Standards of Conduct Committee at the same time and that this would be confirmed outside of the meeting.

 

The Deputy Presiding Officer therefore drew Business Committee’s attention to the following addition to the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

 

  • Motion to elect a Member to a committee (5 mins)

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 

The Deputy Presiding Officer asked Business Managers to remind their Members that as agreed last week they are expected to continue to wear face coverings in the Chamber this week, other than when speaking. A note will also be circulated to all Members.

 

 


Meeting: 22/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following change:

Tuesday

 

  • Statement by the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Taking forward the recommendations of the Commission on Justice in Wales and the Law Commission report on Welsh tribunals - Postponed

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.00pm.

The Llywydd reminded Business Managers that a fixed seating grid is now in operation in the Chamber and that Members should only use the seat allocated to them. Additionally, Business Managers were asked to remind their Members not to adjust the microphones and to ensure they stand directly in front of them, so that their contributions can be heard.

The Llywydd also indicated that the expectation on Members to wear face coverings in the Chamber, other than when speaking, will remain in place until at least the Easter recess.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 


Meeting: 15/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.05pm.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Questions to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution (45 30 mins)
  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.55pm. 

 

Business Committee discussed further the possibility of making 30 minutes the default scheduling for government statements. The Trefnydd stated that the government has shortened the time allocated to some statements in coming weeks and would be keeping this under review until the Easter recess.

 

 


Meeting: 08/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following changes to Tuesday’s business:

 

  • LCM on the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill Withdrawn
  • Motion to suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)
  • LCM on the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (15 mins)

 

The Trefnydd explained that the Welsh Government had laid a Supplementary LCM (No. 2) on the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill on 3 March, after the original motion for the debate had been tabled. Therefore, to ensure clarity for the Senedd, the motion was withdrawn and replaced on 7 March and a motion to suspend Standing Orders is required to enable the replacement motion to be debated.

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 8.00pm.    

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 


Meeting: 01/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

 

  •   Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Services: The New Learning Disability Action Plan (45 mins) – Withdrawn
  • Motion to suspend Standing Orders
  • Proposal under Standing Order 12.24 to debate the following items together but with separate votes (15 mins)
    • LCM on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – motion 1
    • LCM on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – motion 2

 

Following correspondence received from the Trefnydd, the Llywydd indicated that she had given her agreement, in accordance with Standing Order 33.8, that the Motion to Suspend Standing Orders could be considered by the Senedd today in light of the timescales around the consideration of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill at the UK Parliament.

 

The Llywydd confirmed that she had accepted an Emergency Question to be asked at the start of Plenary on Ukraine.

 

The Llywydd also stated that a photographer would be briefly present in the Siambr at the start of Questions to the First Minister.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.40pm. 

 

Plenary format

 

 

The Llywydd confirmed that a fixed seating plan will be in operation for Plenary meetings from today, following the removal of restrictions on the number of Members able to attend the Siambr at any time.

 


Meeting: 15/02/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This Week's Business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

Business Committee agreed that the Llywydd will lead tributes to Aled Roberts at the beginning of Plenary on Tuesday with the First Minister and party representatives called to make contributions.

 

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.50pm. 

 


Meeting: 08/02/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.05pm. 

 


Meeting: 01/02/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

 

Wednesday 

 

The Llywydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following change to Wednesday’s business:

 

Short Debate – James Evans (Brecon and Radnorshire) (Withdrawn)

 

  • Voting time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.50pm. 

 

Business Committee discussed the resumption of hybrid Plenary proceedings and the arrangements in relation to breaks and interventions. The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind their Members that they are strongly advised to wear masks in the Chamber other than when speaking, and to take Lateral Flow Tests before attending the Senedd estate.

 

The Llywydd also asked Business Managers to remind their Members to keep to time limits for contributions in Plenary.

 

 


Meeting: 25/01/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the following changes to Tuesday’s business:

 

  • Motion to Suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)
  • Legislative Consent Motion on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (15 mins)
  • There will be no Voting Time.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.45pm.      

 

The Llywydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the amendment tabled to the Member Debate, and said that she would make a decision on selection tomorrow.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.00pm. 

 

Retrospective declarations of interest

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind Members that it is their responsibility to make any necessary declarations during their contributions.

 

Plenary format

 

A majority of Business Committee agreed that Plenary should return to hybrid meetings with a maximum of 30 Members at a time in the Chamber from 1 February if, as expected, the requirement to work from home has been lifted.

 

Business Committee agreed to return to discuss the arrangements which should apply, including a possible increase to 60 Members, after the half-term recess at a future meeting. The Trefnydd asked for sight of the Risk Assessment for plenary meetings.

 


Meeting: 18/01/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the following addition to Tuesday’s business:

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services – Update on Covid-19 (45 mins)
  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.30pm.      

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.10pm. 

 

Plenary format

 

A majority of Business Committee agreed that Plenary should continue to be held virtually during the week commencing 24 January and return to hybrid meetings from 1 February if, as expected, the requirement to work from home is removed before then.

 


Meeting: 11/01/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the following changes to Tuesday’s business:

 

  • Motion to suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)
  • Proposal under Standing Order 12.24 to debate the following items together but with separate votes (45 mins):
    • The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 22) Regulations 2021
    • The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 23) Regulations 2021
    • The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No.25) Regulations 2021
  • LCM on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (15 mins) - Postponed until 18 January

 

The Trefnydd also agreed to extend the time allocated to the Debate on a Statement: The Draft Budget 2022-23 from 60 to 90 minutes.

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.20pm.      

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.15pm. 

 

Business Committee agreed to table a motion to elect Sioned Williams as a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee in place of Sian Gwenllian, following her appointment as a Designated Member.

 

Plenary format

 

Business Committee discussed the format of Plenary meetings for future weeks. A majority agreed that Plenary will remain virtual next week, with the position for future weeks to be kept under review.

 


Meeting: 14/12/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 8.15pm.

 

Darren Millar asked that the time for the Curriculum for Wales Relationships and Sexuality Education Code to be extended, given the number of Members potentially wishing to speak on it. The Llywydd stated that she will use her discretion to seek to ensure that all Members who wish to speak are able to.      

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.45pm. 

 

Virtual plenary

 

The Llywydd stated that, following consultation with group leaders, she had determined that Plenary meetings will be held in a virtual format this week due to the current position in relation to Coronavirus, but that Members and their staff remain able to access Tŷ Hywel for business purposes, where there is a wellbeing need or if their circumstances are not conducive to working effectively at home.

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to inform Members that no breaks have therefore been scheduled during proceedings and that interventions in this week’s virtual plenary will remain the same as they have been in recent hybrid proceedings – Members should raise a physical hand to indicate when they wish to intervene.

 

Recall

 

The Llywydd indicated that any recall of the Senedd that is required over the Christmas recess would take place virtually.

 


Meeting: 07/12/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.40pm.

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following change to Tuesday’s agenda:

 

·         Statement by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change: Renewable Energy Deep Dive (45 mins) – written statement to be issued this week with an oral statement potentially to follow in the New Year once Members have had an opportunity to read the full report

 

The Llywydd informed Business Managers that an artist will be sketching Plenary from the public gallery as part of a project about ‘what democracy looks like’.  This is not a Commission project.

 

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.50pm. 

 


Meeting: 30/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.15pm.

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following additions to today’s agenda:

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services – Update on Covid-19 (45 mins)
  • Statement by the Minister for Social Justice - International Day of Disabled People (45 mins)

 

The statement on ‘A Healthier Wales’ and the LCM on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill have both been postponed to 11 January.

 

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.20. 

 

The Llywydd informed Business Managers of her intention to announce the Welsh Youth Parliament election results at the start of Plenary on Wednesday, before formal business is called.

 

The Llywydd noted that the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru is due to begin on 1 December. The Llywydd informed Business Managers that she has been in correspondence with the First Minister about the details of the agreement and has requested that information about how it will work in practice be shared with Members of the Senedd at the earliest opportunity. Once this information is available, the Llywydd stated her intention to make a statement to Plenary on any impact that the arrangements may have on the operation of Senedd Business.

 


Meeting: 23/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This Week's Business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 8.00pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.00pm. 

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the following additions to today’s agenda:

 

  • Statement by the Minister for Climate Change - Second Homes and Affordability (30 mins)
  • Statement by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language - The Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan (30 mins)

 

Darren Millar informed Business Committee that he will be asking Party Leaders’ questions on behalf of the Conservative group leader today.

 


Meeting: 16/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.25pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.55pm. 

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the addition of the Statement on COP26, which will be delivered by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change. A statement on Second Homes and Affordability and a statement on the Welsh Language Communities Housing Plan previously added to today’s agenda, have been postponed.

 

Breaks

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind Members to leave the Chamber during the breaks, so that staff can carry out the necessary preparations whilst keeping a suitable distance.

 

Member Bill – use of the casting vote

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that in the event of a tied vote on the motion seeking the Senedd’s agreement to introduce a Member Bill this week, the casting vote would be used in favour in line with current guidance. The Llywydd intends, however, to review the guidance to ensure that it is consistent across all types of motions and will make Business Managers aware of any revisions.

 


Meeting: 09/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

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Minutes:

This Week’s Business

 

Tuesday

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.15pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.20pm. 

 

Business Committee noted security arrangements for potential protests this afternoon concerning the latest amendment to Coronavirus Regulations, relating to the proposed extension of Covid passes to additional settings.

 


Meeting: 02/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

  • Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.30pm.

Wednesday 

 

  • Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.
  • Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.20pm. 

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the reordering of the statement by the Minister for Economy: A greener economy and the statement by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language: Implementation of net zero carbon and the 21st century schools and colleges programme.

 

The Trefnydd also drew Business Managers’ attention to the following additions to Tuesday’s agenda:

 

Tuesday 2 November 2021

·         Motion to suspend Standing Orders (5 mins)

·         Supplementary Legislative Consent Motion on the Environment Bill (15 mins)

·         Voting Time (15 mins)

 

The Llywydd noted that a government statement on the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill has been scheduled on Wednesday. The Trefnydd explained that this was due to the length of Tuesday’s agenda, and that the government would continue to avoid scheduling items on a Wednesday unless absolutely necessary.

 


Meeting: 19/10/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

This week's business

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.50pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.55pm. 

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that she intends to make a statement of condolence following the death of Sir David Amess MP at the start of Plenary today followed by a minute’s silence. Business Committee agreed that Party Leaders and Jane Dodds will also pay tribute following the minute’s silence.

 


Meeting: 12/10/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.25pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.25pm. 

 

The Llywydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the addition of the following item on Wednesday, to allow Labour to change their member on the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee:

 

·         Motion to elect a Member to a committee (5 mins)

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that the First Minister will be answering First Minister’s Questions virtually today, and that the Trefnydd will be on standby in case of technical problems.

 

Business Committee noted that Paul Davies is acting as Interim Leader of the Conservative Group. Darren Millar advised that question 5 to the First Minister today would be withdrawn, in line with Business Committee’s previous agreement that party leaders do not enter the ballot for FMQs. Paul Davies will also temporarily remove himself from the ballot for FMQs whilst Interim Leader.

 

Plenary last week

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind Members of the Guide to Virtual and Hybrid Plenary, particularly in relation to voting time. 

 

The Llywydd asked the Trefnydd to remind Ministers to be present in time for their items, following a suspension that was required prior to an item of business the previous week.

 


Meeting: 05/10/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.55pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.20pm. 

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Committee’s attention to the change to the title of an item on Tuesday:

 

·         Statement by the Minister for Social Justice: Response to the Public Accounts Committee Report ‘Delivering for Future Generations: The Story so Far’ Well-being of Future Generations national implementation  (45 mins)

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee of her intention to allow the Chair of the Public Accounts and Public Administration Committee additional time to contribute during the item, in light of the fact that the statement contained reference to a report by the Public Accounts Committee of the Fifth Senedd.

 


Meeting: 28/09/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.25pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.20pm. 

 

Following confirmation that the government has laid the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 17) Regulations 2021 and scheduled a debate and vote on 5 October, Darren Millar informed Business Committee that the Conservative group will not move their motion on COVID passes tabled for debate on 29 September. Business Committee agreed to extend the Conservative debate on Transport on that day to an hour.

 


Meeting: 21/09/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.10pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.40pm. 

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to ensure that if Members will be present in the Chamber before and after the break, that they remain in the same seat.

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind Members of the requirements to declare relevant interests, where appropriate, before contributing to proceedings. Table Office will also issue a note to all Members.

 

The Llywydd also informed Business Committee that the result of the first Member Bill Ballot of the Sixth Senedd will be announced at the start of Plenary on Wednesday.

 


Meeting: 14/09/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

Tuesday

 

·         There will be no Voting Time.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.10pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.30pm. 

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the following changes to Tuesday’s agenda:

 

·         Statement by the Minister for Social Justice: Afghanistan (45 mins)

·         Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on Covid-19 (45 mins)

·         Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: Update on the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill (45 mins)

·         LCM on the Environment Bill (45 mins) - postponed until 28 September

 

Business Committee agreed that breaks would take place after the statement on Afghanistan on Tuesday, and after 90 second statements on Wednesday.

 

Business Managers noted that a maximum of 30 Members are now able to be physically present in the Siambr during proceedings, and that Members are encouraged to wear face coverings when entering and leaving the Siambr and strongly encouraged to take a Lateral Flow Test prior to attendance. Business Managers also discussed practicalities around the introduction of interventions in hybrid sessions and the reduction of breaks to one per session. The Llywydd agreed that this week should serve as a test run, and the Committee should return to these matters next week.

 


Meeting: 13/07/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

 

This Week’s Business

 

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.05pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.50pm. 

 

Business Managers again raised concerns about significant Welsh Government policy announcements being made to the media rather than to the Senedd.

 

The Llywydd reiterated that it was her long-held view that significant policy announcements should be made in Plenary, and that she would continue to use her discretion to accept Topical Questions relating to such matters.

 


Meeting: 06/07/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the addition of two statements to Tuesday’s agenda:

 

·         Statement by the Minister for Climate Change: Affordability, Second Homes and the Welsh Language (45 mins)

·         Statement by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language: Curriculum Reform – Next Steps (45 mins)

The Trefnydd also drew Business Managers’ attention to the fact that she would be answering First Minister’s questions this week, and the statement on the Legislative Programme would be delivered by the Counsel General, in the absence of the First Minister.

 

Tuesday

 

·         There will be no Voting Time.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.05pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the first Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.30pm. 

 


Meeting: 29/06/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Llywydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the addition of the nominations for committee chairs to Tuesday’s agenda.

 

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.05pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the first Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.30pm. 

 

Backgrounds on Zoom

 

The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind Members that backgrounds should be plain so that Members contributing from the Chamber and via Zoom are treated equitably. The guidance issued to Members also asks Members to ensure they have a plain background, free from distractions, for technical purposes.

 

BSL interpretation

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that BSL interpretation will be available on Senedd.tv for questions to the Minister for Social Justice on Wednesday, initially as a trial. The interpretation will be added to the recording ‘as live’ for publication to Senedd.tv the following day, as happens currently with First Ministers Questions.

 

Public gallery – breaks

 

The Llywydd reminded Business Managers that the public gallery will be open for the first time this week, and asked them to inform Members that they will need to be aware of the fact that they can be seen and heard during breaks. 

 


Meeting: 22/06/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the addition of the following statements:

 

Tuesday 22 June 2021

 

·         Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on Coronavirus (45 mins)

·         Statement by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change: Roads Review (45 mins)

 

Tuesday

 

·         There will be no Voting Time.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.05pm.

 

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the first Short Debate.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 7.00pm. 

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that she will divide the Chamber into 4 ‘blocks’: Ministers, Labour backbenchers, Conservatives and Plaid/Jane Dodds. If one Member in any block is changing during a break, then the Llywydd will ask the whole block to leave, and no Members should then enter the Chamber until the bell has been rung.

 


Meeting: 15/06/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

This Week’s Business

 

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the addition of the following statements:

 

Tuesday 15 June 2021

 

·         Statement by the First Minister: The Programme for Government (60 mins)

Wednesday 16 June 2021

 

·         Statement by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change: Climate Change (45 mins)

 

Tuesday

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.50pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.45pm. 

 

Business Committee agreed to start Wednesday’s Plenary at 12.30 and to postpone Jack Sargeant’s Short Debate to next Wednesday.

 


Meeting: 08/06/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the addition of the following statements:

 

·         Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Update on Coronavirus (45 mins)

·         Statement by the Minister for Social Justice: EU Settled Status (45 mins)

·         Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Services: Respite and short breaks fund for unpaid carers (45 mins)

 

The Trefnydd agreed to reinstate the length of the BSA to 30 minutes from this week onwards.

 

Tuesday

 

·         There will be no Voting Time.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.10pm.

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place before the Short Debate.

Plenary is unlikely to run past 6.30pm. 


Meeting: 25/05/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

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Minutes:

The Trefnydd drew Business Managers’ attention to the addition of the following statement:

 

·         Statement by the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Renew and reform: supporting learners’ well-being and progression (45 mins)

 

The Trefnydd agreed to extend the coronavirus regulations item to 30 minutes.

 

Business Committee agreed to the one proposed changeover. The Llywydd asked Business Managers to remind Members to leave the Chamber quickly, and those coming in not to do so until the bell has been rung.

 

The Llywydd informed Business Committee that Members will continue to have 1 minute per supplementary question, and party leaders will have 3 x 1 minute for their questions, as previously,

 

Wednesday 

 

·         Voting Time will take place as the last item of business.

·         Plenary is unlikely to run past 4.30pm.