Agenda and minutes

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Transcript: Transcript for 12/10/2022 - Finance Committee

Expected timing No. Item

Private pre-meeting - Informal (09.15-09.30)



Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest


1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting of the Finance Committee.



Paper(s) to note

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 September 2022

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2.1 The papers were noted.


PTN 1 - Correspondence form the Scottish Parliament's Finance and Public Administration Committee: Levelling Up agenda - 5 October 2022

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Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (PSOW) - Scrutiny of Annual Report and Accounts 2021-22, and Estimate 2023-24: Evidence session

Michelle Morris, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Chris Vinestock, Chief Operating Officer & Director of Improvement

Katrin Shaw, Chief Legal Adviser & Director of Investigations


Supporting documents:

FIN(6)-20-22 P1 - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: Annual Report and Accounts 2021-22

FIN(6)-20-22 P2 - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Estimate for the Financial Year 2023-24

FIN(6)-20-22 P3 - Strategic Plan 2023-2026

Research Service Brief

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3.1 The Committee took evidence from the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (PSOW); and PSOW officials.


3.2 The PSOW agreed to provide a note clarifying whether a suspension of more than six months given to a local councillor would automatically trigger a by-election.



Motion under Standing Order 17.42 (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting and the meeting on 20 October 2022


4.1 The motion was agreed.



Public Services Ombudsman for Wales - Scrutiny of Annual Report and Accounts 2021-22, and Estimate 2023-24: Consideration of evidence


5.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.



External Audit Services to Wales Audit Office

Kevin Thomas, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Wales

Laurie Davies, Head of Business Services, Audit Wales


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FIN(6)-20-22 P4 – External Audit Services to Wales Audit Office

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6.1 The Committee considered a paper from the Wales Audit Office on the procurement of external audit services to the Wales Audit Office. The Committee agreed to appoint the recommended supplier, RSM, for an initial four-year period commencing on 2 November 2022, including a right for the Wales Audit Office to extend the term annually up to a total duration of 7 years.



Financial Implications of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill

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FIN(6)-20-22 P5 – Draft report

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7.1 The Committee considered the draft report and agreed it with minor changes.