Agenda and minutes

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Introduction and apologies


No apologies were received. The Standards Commissioner, Gerard Elias QC, was not in attendance but submitted a paper for the Committee’s consideration (Item 4).



Chair's items


The Chair reminded Members of the invitation to the first Standards Commissioner for Wales’ Lecture on Tuesday 16 July. The lecture ‘Standards in Public Life, how the National Assembly for Wales needs to be a beacon’ would be delivered by the Rt. Hon. Lord Judge, Chief Justice of England and Wales.


The Chair noted that the Commissioner’s Annual report for 2012-13 was expected to be published and laid before the Assembly on Monday 15 July. A link to the report would also be available on the Committee’s website.



(10.00 - 10.20)


Consider GRECO Report Recommendations

SOC(4)-05-13 – Paper 1

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The Chair noted that there were five recommendations to the National Assembly for Wales in the report.


The Committee considered a paper on the report and noted that the recommendations on shareholdings and gifts should be considered again when reviewing the registration of interests in the autumn. It was also noted that the recommendation relating to conduct of Members’ support staff should be taken into consideration as part of the review of standards procedures and the Members’ Code of Conduct.


(10.20 - 10.40)


Standards Commissioner's Update on Review of Code of Conduct and associated guidance

SOC(4)-05-13 – Paper 2


Gareth Rogers – Head of Table Office

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The Committee considered the paper from the Commissioner. The paper updated the Committee on the second phase of the review of standards procedures.


The Committee agreed that the Commissioner should proceed with a piece of work on the Standing Orders, Code of Conduct and associated guidance dealing with Registrable Interests and make recommendations to the Committee in this area.  The Chair noted that this would be considered further at the next meeting.


The Committee noted and agreed the initial draft Code of Conduct sections provided by the Commissioner – the Preamble & Section 1 of the proposed new Code. 



Papers to note


The Committee noted the papers.


SOC(4)-05-13 - Paper 3 - Report on Lobbying and Cross-party Groups - Letter from Presiding Officer

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SOC(4)-05-13 - Paper 4 - Report on Lobbying and Cross-Party Groups - Letter from Chair of Remuneration Board

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SOC(4)-05-13 - Paper 5 - Letter from Presiding Officer on Sanctions

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SOC(4)-05-13 - Paper 6 - Response from Committee Chair to Presiding Officer on Sanctions

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