Agenda and minutes
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Introductions, apologies and substitutions
Minutes of the previous meeting
The minutes for the meeting were agreed
by the Committee for publication.
Organisation of Business
This Week's Business
The Minister for Skills and Science will be making a
statement on employability (30 mins).
Business Managers had noted
on 4 October that Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs,
originally scheduled for 16 November, would be postponed to Wednesday 23
Julie Morgan’s Short
Debate, which was postponed from 9 November has been re-scheduled to follow
Hefin David’s Short Debate.
On Tuesday, Voting Time would be after
the final item of business. On Wednesday, Business Committee agreed that Voting
Time would take place before the Short Debates.
Three Week Timetable of Government Business
The Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health,
Well-being and Sport on ‘Wales for Africa’, which was postponed by procedural
motion on Tuesday 8 November, has been re-scheduled for 22 November.
Business Committee noted the 3 Week Timetable of
Three Week Timetable of Assembly Business
determined the organisation of Assembly business and agreed to re-schedule the
following items of business:
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Business Committee agreed
to schedule the following items of business:
Wednesday 7 December 2016 –
90 Second Statements (5 mins)
Debate by Individual
Members under Standing Order 11.21(iv) (60 mins)
Time allocated to the Welsh
Conservatives (60 mins)
Time allocated to the
United Kingdom Independence Party (60 mins) – moved from 30 November
Short Debate - John
Griffiths (Newport East) (30 mins)
Individual Member Debate: Selection of Motion
Business Committee selected
the 2 motions for debate.
Wednesday 23 November 2016
To propose that the National
Assembly for Wales:
1. Recognises the enormous
potential benefits of the application of ‘big data’ in agriculture.
2. Notes the growth in
research and development in precision agriculture as a way of increasing
yields, maximising the use of scarce resources and minimising the use of
3. Calls on the Welsh Government to develop a
strategy to put Wales at the forefront of the development of precision
Wednesday 7 December 2016
To propose that the
National Assembly for Wales:
a) levels of
obesity across Wales continue to rise and is more prevalent amongst poorer
people’s eating habits is complicated and involves a combination of good food
availability, affordability and cookery skills;
c) the Active
Travel (Wales) Act 2013 has yet to impact significantly on the amount of
exercise people undertake;
d) declining rates
of smoking have only been achieved through decades of education and tough
government action, and took place against the tobacco industry’s efforts to
deny the science and block government action; and
e) a combination of
education, legislation and public procurement is required to tackle a growing
public health problem.
Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill
Business Managers confirmed
their in principle decision of 8 November to refer the Landfill Disposals Tax
(Wales) Bill to the Finance Committee for Stage 1 consideration, and agreed the
deadline for the Stage 1 Committee to report by as 10 March 2017 and the
deadline for the completion of Stage 2 Committee proceedings as 26 May 2017.
Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Children and Social Work Bill
Business Committee considered a paper from
the government regarding a Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum (SLCM)
in relation to the Children and Social Work Bill.
Business Managers agreed to
refer the SLCM to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee for scrutiny. The
Business Committee also agreed that the Committee should report on the SLCM by
Thursday 8 December 2016 to allow the Legislative Consent Motion to be debated
in Plenary on Tuesday 13 December 2016.
Proposals to amend Standing Order 26 - Member Bills
considered a revised draft report on the proposed changes to Standing Order 26
for changing the current procedure for introducing Member Bills.
Business Managers agreed
the report and to table a motion to revise Standing Orders for debate on 23
Amending Standing Orders: Budget Process
Business Managers considered a paper setting
out proposals, arrived at by both Assembly and Government officials, to reform
the current budget processes in line with recommendations made by the previous
Finance Committee’s Best Practice Budget Process inquiry.
The Committee agreed to
return to the matter on 29 November following consultation with Party Groups.
In the meantime, the Clerks of the Business and Finance Committees will meet
with Business Managers to brief them on the proposals.
Use of Plenary Time
Members Bills - Procedure for Debates on Proposed Bills
Business Managers considered a paper
outlining how debates on No Named Day Motions could work in practice as a
procedure for proposing Member legislation, using existing Standing Order
The Committee agreed in
principle and asked the Secretariat to draft more detailed guidance for
Business Managers to consider at a future meeting.
Review of Oral Assembly Questions
Business Managers considered a paper on a review of
OAQs, based on recommendations by the previous Business Committee in its legacy
report and in comparison with other UK legislatures.
The Committee agreed that the number of Oral Assembly
Questions would remain the same and that the Llywydd would prioritise calling
Members to ask tabled questions, with the result that fewer supplementaries
would be called. The Llywydd also emphasised that she would be stricter on
calling Spokespeople and other Members to order if they take too long in coming
Business Managers asked for a further paper on Urgent
Questions and Topical Questions and agreed to return to the matter early in
Paper to note
Paper to note - LCM on the Wales Bill
Business Managers noted a note circulated by Jane Hutt
regarding the timing of an LCM on the Wales Bill which is currently expected to
be laid before the end of November. Jane Hutt explained that the situation had
changed since she circulated the note, and that she would send a revised note
in due course.