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Transcript: Transcript for 09/07/2020 - Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

Items
Note No. Item

(09.15)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the virtual meeting and apologies were received from Neil Hamilton MS.

1.2 In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, the Chair stated that he had determined that the public were excluded from the Committee’s meeting in order to protect public health.

1.3 The Chair stated that if for any reason he dropped out of the meeting, the Committee agreed that Jenny Rathbone MS would become Temporary Chair in accordance with Standing Order 17.22.

 

(09.15-10.00)

2.

Evidence session with Natural Resources Wales: impact of the Welsh Government supplementary budget

Sir David Henshaw, Chair – Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

Clare Pillman, Chief Executive – Natural Resources Wales (NRW)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee heard evidence from Sir David Henshaw and Clare Pillman, Natural Resources Wales.

 

 

(10.05-10.50)

3.

COVID-19: Scrutiny session with the Welsh Government

Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

Gian Marco Currado, Director, Environment and Marine

Christianne Glossop, Chief Veterinary Officer 

John Howells, Director Climate Change, Energy and Planning

Dean Medcraft, Director Finance and Operations

Tim Render, Director, Land, Nature and Food

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members questioned the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs and her officials about Covid-19, its impact on the fisheries and agriculture sector, food and animal welfare, and her department’s response to date to the pandemic.

 

(10.55-11.40)

4.

COVID-19: Continuation of scrutiny session with the Welsh Government

Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs

Gian Marco Currado, Director, Environment and Marine

Christianne Glossop, Chief Veterinary Officer

John Howells, Director Climate Change, Energy and Planning

Dean Medcraft, Director Finance and Operations

Tim Render, Director, Land, Nature and Food

 

 

Minutes:

4.1 Members continued to question the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs and her officials.

(11.45 - 12.15)

5.

COVID-19: Evidence session with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Steve Hughson, Chief Executive – Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS)

Nicola Davies, Vice-chair of Council – Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from Nicola Davies and Steve Hughson, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

6.

Paper(s) to note

Minutes:

6.1 The papers were noted.

6.1

Welsh Government response to the Committee's report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum in relation to the UK Agriculture Bill 2019-21

Supporting documents:

6.2

Welsh Government response to the Committee's report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum in relation to the UK Fisheries Bill 2019-21

Supporting documents:

6.3

Correspondence from the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs - Climate Change (Wales) Regulations 2018

Supporting documents:

6.4

Correspondence from the Chair, Petitions Committee - Rethinking Food in Wales

Supporting documents:

7.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (vi) and (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

Minutes:

7.1 The motion was agreed.

8.

Consideration of evidence received under items 2, 3, 4 and 5

Minutes:

8.1 Members considered the evidence heard under items 2,3,4 and 5.

8.2 Members agreed to write to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs to request further information on some of the issues raised during the session.

 

9.

Discussion on the Committee's Forward Work Programme

Minutes:

9.1 The Committee discussed its Forward Work Programme for the autumn term.

 

 

 

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