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Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest


1.1 The Chair welcomed the Members of the Committee.

(14.00 - 14.05)


Paper(s) to note

Supporting documents:


2.1 The minutes were noted.

(14.05- 14.50)


Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Careers Wales

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 1
PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 1A


Richard Spear – Chief Executive, Careers Wales
Nikki Lawrence – Director of Resources, Careers Wales

Supporting documents:


3.1 The Committee scrutinised Richard Spear, Chief Executive and

Nikki Lawrence, Director of Resources at Careers Wales on Careers Wales Annual Report 2015-16.

3.2 Richard Spear agreed to send further information on:

·       The accounts explain that Careers Wales’ employees are members of seven Local Government Pension Schemes following the historical merger of the regional careers companies. These seven areas are listed in the accounts but the Committee wishes to seek clarification on why the former West Glamorgan County Council is not included in the list.

·       The number of contacts made through the medium of Welsh and also the number of contacts made through non-English and non-Welsh languages.





Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 2


Dr David Blaney - Chief Executive, HEFCW

Bethan Owen – Director of Institutional Engagement, HEFCW

Nick Williams – Head of Corporate Services, HEFCW

Supporting documents:


4.1 The Committee scrutinised Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive,

Bethan Owen, Director of Institutional Engagement and Nick Williams, Head of Corporate Services, HEFCW on HEFCW’s Annual Report 2015-16.




Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Estyn

Research Briefing

PAC(5)-04-16 Paper 3


Meilyr Rowlands – Chief Inspector, Estyn

Phil Sweeney - Corporate Services Director, Estyn



Supporting documents:


5.1 The Committee scrutinised Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector, and Phil Sweeney, Corporate Services Director, Estyn on Estyn’s Annual Report 2015-16.




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

Item 7


6.1 The motion was agreed.



Scrutiny of Accounts 2015-16: Consideration of evidence received


7.1 Members discussed the evidence received on the scrutiny of Careers Wales, HEFCW’s and Estyn’s annual reports 2015-16