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Transcript: Transcript for 11/03/2021 - Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee - Fifth Senedd

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1.      The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

 

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 Dawn Bowden MS would become Temporary Chair in accordance with Standing Order 17.22.

(13.00 - 14.15)

2.

Inquiry into COVID-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s remit - evidence session with the Minister for Housing and Local Government and the Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government

Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government

Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government

Emma Williams, Director of Housing & Regeneration, Welsh Government

Reg Mitchell-Kilpatrick, Director General, Covid Crisis Coordination, Welsh Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1.The Committee received evidence from:

·         Julie James MS, Minister for Housing and Local Government

·         Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government

·         Emma Williams, Director of Housing & Regeneration, Welsh Government

·         Reg Mitchell-Kilpatrick, Director General, Covid Crisis Coordination, Welsh Government

(14.30 - 15.15)

3.

Inquiry into COVID-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s remit - evidence session with the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip

Jane Hutt MS, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip

Alyson Francis, Deputy Director of Communities Division, Welsh Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1. The Committee received evidence from:

·         Jane Hutt MS, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip

·         Alyson Francis, Deputy Director of Communities Division, Welsh Government

4.

Paper(s) to note

Supporting documents:

4.1

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to the British-Irish Council (BIC) Joint Housing and Spatial Planning Work Sectors ministerial meeting

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1.a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to the British-Irish Council (BIC) Joint Housing and Spatial Planning Work Sectors ministerial meeting.

4.2

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to the British-Irish Council (BIC) Digital Inclusion Work Sector ministerial meeting

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.2.a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to the British-Irish Council (BIC) Digital Inclusion Work Sector ministerial meeting.

4.3

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.3.a The Committee noted the letter from the Minister for Housing and Local Government in relation to the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021.

4.4

Written submission from the CICAIR to the inquiry into fire safety in high rise blocks in Wales (Welsh Government white paper - Safer Buildings in Wales: A Consultation)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.4.a The Committee noted the written submission from the CICAIR to the inquiry into fire safety in high rise blocks in Wales (Welsh Government white paper - Safer Buildings in Wales: A Consultation).

4.5

Response from the Welsh Government to the Committee's report on the Welsh Government draft budget 2021-22

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.5.a The Committee noted the response from the Welsh Government to the Committee's report on the Welsh Government draft budget 2021-22.

5.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42(vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting and from the meeting on 18 March 2021

Minutes:

5.1. The Committee agreed the motion.

(15.15 - 15.45)

6.

Inquiry into COVID-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s remit - discussion of the evidence received

Minutes:

6.1. The Committee discussed the evidence received under items 2 and 3.