Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Aled Elwyn Jones 

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Introductions, apologies and substitutions


Minutes of the previous meetings


The minutes of the meetings were agreed by the Committee for publication.



Organisation of Business


This Week's Business


Business Committee agreed that plenary would take place next Wednesday at 2pm, subject to confirmation from Welsh Government regarding Ministers’ availability. The meeting would take the form of an ‘Emergency Senedd’ with reduced attendance as per agreements between groups. They agreed that the meeting would take place virtually, via video-conference, and that it would be kept as short as possible. To this end, the Trefnydd agreed that the time for each statement would be reduced to 30 minutes. Any votes that needed to take place would be via weighted voting and a roll-call. It was agreed that this would be a formal meeting of the Assembly, subject to Standing Orders as usual, and so constitute Assembly proceedings for the purposes of the Government of Wales Act 2006.


Business Managers agreed to identify which Members will attend as soon as possible, so that ICT testing can take place. They asked the Llywydd to contact the four independent Members about the meeting.





Three Week Timetable of Government Business


Darren Millar asked the Trefnydd for a Statement by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs on her department’s response to Covid-19. The Trefnydd confirmed that one would be scheduled for next week’s Plenary


Assembly Business


Decisions arising from emergency procedures


At last week’s meeting, Business Managers agreed to recommend that a new Standing Order 34 be created, to provide for emergency procedures relating to the continuity of business during the current situation. The Assembly agreed to the new Standing Order on Tuesday, and the Business Committee made the following decisions in accordance with the new provisions:


Voting in Plenary and Quorum:


Standing Orders 34.9 and 34.10 provide for weighted voting in Plenary, and a reduced quorum of 4. Business Committee agreed that any votes in Plenary should proceed on this basis until further notice.


Business Committee agreed that where weighted voting is used, the votes will be conducted by roll-call, for reasons of practicality and transparency.


Accessibility of Plenary Meetings:


Business Committee agreed that, for virtual meetings, the requirement to broadcast be relaxed in accordance with SO 34.16. However, Business Managers agreed that a recording of the meeting should be made available via the Assembly’s usual broadcast channels as soon as possible after the meeting, and a record of proceedings published as usual.


Oral Assembly Questions:


In accordance with Standing Order 34.18, Business Committee agreed that no Oral Assembly Questions should be scheduled until further notice.


Consideration of SIs:


Business Committee agreed that Standing Orders 21.2 and 21.3 would be disapplied and that any relevant functions would be undertaken by the Assembly until further notice. Officials will provide a note on how this will work in practice for the next meeting.








Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020


Business Committee decided not to set a timetable for the consideration of these regulations.




Any other business



Written Assembly Questions


In light of the increase in the number of tabled written questions,  the Llywydd stated that she intended to exercise her discretion on the number of Written Assembly Questions accepted, in accordance with Standing Order 14.4, and  that WAQs per Member would be limited to a weekly maximum of 10 with immediate effect.