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Transcript: Transcript for 09/02/2021 - Petitions Committee

Items
No. Item

1.

Introduction, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

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Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

2.

New Covid-19 petitions

2.1

P-05-1092 Do not delay the May 2021 elections

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write back to the First Minister to seek further information about the precise circumstances in which he would consider proposing a postponement of the 2021 Senedd election, and any criteria which will need to be met before such a postponement.

2.2

P-05-1108 Issue guidance and voucher scheme to save baby & toddler activity sector in Wales

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and in light of the response received from the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, that organised activities for children are able to take place except when at alert level four and that relevant guidance has been issued, it agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

2.3

P-05-1114 Allow traditional acupuncturists in Wales to practice during lockdowns

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and in light of the petitioner’s satisfaction that the latest version of the Coronavirus regulations lists acupuncture services as “exempt premises”, which can open if they are providing medical treatments, it agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

2.4

P-05-1116 Prioritise people with a learning disability to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Wales

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Minutes:

Leanne Wood MS declared the following relevant interest under Standing Order 17.24A:

 

She knows the petitioner.

 

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write back to the Minister for Health and Social Services to ask:

·         for consideration to be given to offering priority vaccination to people with learning disabilities of all ages who are living in residential or care home settings;

·         what consideration was given when assigning this group its vaccine priority level; and

·         when the this group should expect to receive their vaccine based on the current vaccination programme.

2.5

P-05-1121 Only open schools for children of key workers over the January 2021 lockdown

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and in light of the fact that the aims of petition have been met, with schools remaining closed to most pupils until at least February half-term, it agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

2.6

P-05-1085 Make anti racism training compulsory for all elected Councillors and Members of the Senedd in Wales

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to await further comments from the petitioner before considering whether it is able to take any further action on the petition.

2.7

P-05-1090 Road Safety: Reduce the speed on the A487 trunk road to 20mph through Penparcau, Aberystwyth

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time. In light of the information provided by the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, including the statement that community consultation on whether this section of road should be included in the national implementation of a 20mph default speed limit will need to be led by the local authority, the Committee concluded there was little it could do at a national level at present. The Committee therefore agreed to write to the petitioner to thank him for raising the issue, propose that he raises the Deputy Minister’s response with Ceredigion County Council for their consideration and to close the petition.

2.8

P-05-1094 Stop the erosion of Pontypridd’s heritage - save the White Bridge

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council to ask for an update on the current situation with regards to the ‘White Bridge’ and the options being considered by the Council.

2.9

P-05-1105 Make Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Compulsory in Schools

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and noted the merit in what was being proposed. The Committee noted that Members of the Senedd are currently able to propose amendments to the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill as part of the legislative scrutiny process. As the Bill will determine the structure and content of the new Curriculum for Wales, including which elements are compulsory, the Committee agreed there is little further action it would be able to take at this time and agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

2.10

P-05-1109 Supply dedicated and free onsite parking to all hospital staff in Wales during their shift

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to close the petition in light of the correspondence received from the Minister for Health and Social Services and to thank the petitioner.

2.11

P-05-1112 Help Welsh Communities Buy Community Assets: Implement Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and noted the correspondence received. In light of the short time remaining in the current Senedd, that the research undertaken by the Welsh Government isn’t expected to be published until the spring and as the petition calls on the next Welsh Government to take action, the Committee agreed to pass the petition for further consideration in the Sixth Senedd.

2.12

P-05-1113 Introduce road safety measures on the A44 in Llanbadarn Fawr, Ceredigion

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and noted the statement by the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales that a crossing will be installed and further work will be considered in the next financial year. The Committee also noted the statement that community consultation on whether this section of road should be included in the national implementation of a 20mph default speed limit will need to be led by the local authority, and concluded there was little it could do at a national level at present. The Committee therefore agreed to write to the petitioner to thank him for raising the issue, propose that he raises the Deputy Minister’s response with Ceredigion County Council for their consideration and to close the petition.

2.13

P-05-1137 Call for fair funding for the National Library of Wales by the Welsh Government

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and noted the strength of feeling expressed in the support for the petition and the additional funding recently announced by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. The Committee agreed to share the further proposals received from the petitioner with the Deputy Minister and await a formal written response from the Deputy Minister before considering what further action it could take. The Committee congratulated the petitioner on her successful campaign.

3.

Updates to previous petitions

3.1

P-05-795 Causing Nuisance or Disturbance on NHS Premises

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and, in light of the length of time that has elapsed since the petition was submitted without a substantial update or progress having been made, and given the lack of further responses from the petitioner since the petition was submitted, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

3.2

P-05-1001 Hold an independent inquiry into the choice of site for the proposed new Velindre Cancer Centre

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Minutes:

Neil McEvoy MS declared the following relevant interest under Standing Order 17.24A:

 

He is interested in getting the best cancer care possible in South Wales. 

 

This petition was considered with P-05-1018 Support for the current proposed plans to build a new Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, in any future inquiry

 

The Committee considered the further correspondence received and agreed to:

·         write to Velindre University NHS Trust to seek a response to a number of further questions, including in relation to the existence of the ‘Barrett report’, concerns raised by the BMA in August about staff consultation, and the number of emergency calls and transfers to other sites; and

·         write to the Business Committee to ask whether it would be possible for a Plenary debate on the petitions to be scheduled before the end of this Senedd.

3.3

P-05-1018 Support for the current proposed plans to build a new Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, in any future inquiry

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Minutes:

Neil McEvoy MS declared the following relevant interest under Standing Order 17.24A:

 

He is interested in getting the best cancer care possible in South Wales. 

 

This petition was considered with P-05-1001 Hold an independent inquiry into the choice of site for the proposed new Velindre Cancer Centre

 

The Committee considered the further correspondence received and agreed to:

·         write to Velindre University NHS Trust to seek a response to a number of further questions, including in relation to the existence of the ‘Barrett report’, concerns raised by the BMA in August about staff consultation, and the number of emergency calls and transfers to other sites; and

·         write to the Business Committee to ask whether it would be possible for a Plenary debate on the petitions to be scheduled before the end of this Senedd.

3.4

P-05-1045 To make shared-decision making and monthly mental health care-plan reviews a legal requirement

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed to share the petitioners’ further comments and proposals with the Minister for Mental Health and seek a specific response to these. The Committee also requested that the comments are provided to the mental health network board and the national mental health forum for service users and carers for use in the work currently being undertaken in relation to mental health services.

3.5

P-05-1068 Allow socially distanced meets in private gardens to follow science and avoid isolation

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed to write back to the First Minister to urge that consideration is given to allowing garden visits in an effort to tackle social isolation, as soon as the situation in relation to cases of Covid-19 and the progress of the vaccination programme can allow.

 

3.6

P-05-1070 Advise all people who are extremely vulnerable or previously shielding in Wales to stay home, not work, during periods of high covid 19 community infection

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Minutes:

The Committee welcomed the further response received from the Minister for Health and Social Services and the subsequent extension of the shielding period until the end of March 2021. In light of this, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner. The Committee congratulated the petition for achieving her objective.

3.7

P-05-1056 Give Local Authorities powers to control the housing market in rural and tourist areas of Wales

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and agree to write to the Business Committee to ask whether it would be possible for a Plenary debate on this petition to be scheduled before the end of this Senedd.


3.8

P-05-903 Filming and Recording of Council Meetings

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Minutes:

The Committee noted that communications guidance for community and town councils has now been published and that this outlines the statutory requirements and good practice advice. In light of this, and the limited time remaining in this Senedd term, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

3.9

P-05-1025 Ensure fairness for students taking exams in 2021

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and, in light of the petitioners satisfaction with the decision that learners due to take GCSE, AS and A-Level assessments in 2021 would instead receive Centre-Determined Grades, the Committee agreed to close the petition and to thank and congratulate the petitioners for their work.

3.10

P-05-1026 Petition to ban the snaring of wildlife for use in the fur trade

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and in light of the Welsh Government’s intention to introduce a White Paper for an Agriculture Bill during the next Senedd term, agreed there were no further actions it could undertake ahead of the 2021 Senedd elections. The Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

 

3.11

P-05-1040 Introduce a moratorium on the approval any new large scale waste incinerators in Wales

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed to write back to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs to ask for a response to the Committee’s previous request for a full reasoning as to why the Government feels that a moratorium on the development of new incinerators would not be appropriate at this time.

3.12

P-05-1051 Allow Welsh junior athletes to train with the same covid regulations as equivalent English juniors

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Minutes:

The Committee noted the further response received from the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism. In light of the changed situation since the petition was originally submitted and the lack of further contact from the petitioner, the Committee agreed to close the petition and thank the petitioner.

3.13

P-05-1061 Give financial support to Pet Boarding businesses

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed to write back to the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales to call for the eligibility criteria for Restrictions Business Fund grants to be amended so that it can be available for small pet boarding businesses.

3.14

P-05-1069 Save the farmland and green fields at Cosmeston

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Minutes:

Neil McEvoy MS declared the following relevant interest under Standing Order 17.24A:

 

He has met the petitioners.

 

The Committee considered the correspondence received and, in light of the Welsh Government’s decision not to withdraw its application, agreed to maintain a watching brief over the next steps of the planning process and ask its successor Committee to review the petition at an appropriate time.

3.15

P-05-1072 Investigate what powers the Welsh Parliament has in relation to banning conversion therapy

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed to await further views from the petitioner before considering whether it can take any further action on the petition.

4.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for the following business:

Item 5.

 

 

Minutes:

The motion was agreed.

5.

Consideration of draft report - P-05-886 Stop the Red Route (A55/A494 corridor)

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Minutes:

The Committee considered the draft report, agreed a number of amendments and that it would agree a final version of the report outside of Committee.