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Transcript: Transcript for 18/11/2021 - Children, Young People, and Education Committee

Items
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(09.15)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting of the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

 

1.2 In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, the Chair stated that she had determined that the public were excluded from the Committee’s meeting in order to protect public health but that the meeting would be broadcast live on www.senedd.tv

 

1.3 There were no apologies. The Chair noted that Sioned Williams MS would be subbing for Sian Gwenllian MS for items 5 to 10.

 

1.4 Under Standing Order 17.24A Sioned Williams MS declared her husband was employed by Swansea University, James Evans MS declared he was the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Mid Wales, and Laura Jones MS declared her mother was a Cabinet Member for Social Care, Safeguarding and Health at Monmouthshire County Council.

(09.15 - 10.15)

2.

Scrutiny of Children's Commissioner for Wales Annual Report 2020 - 2021

Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Jane Houston, Policy Adviser – Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

 

Annual Report 2020 - 2021

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The Committee scrutinised the Commissioner on her annual report.

2.2 The Commissioner agreed to provide the Committee with a paper that had been submitted to the Minister for Social Justice regarding the statutory review into elective home education and regulation of independent schools.

(10.15)

3.

Motion under Standing Order 17.42(xi) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for items 4 and 6

Minutes:

3.1 The motion was agreed.

(10.15 - 10.20)

4.

Consideration of the evidence from the previous evidence session

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the previous session.

4.2 The Committee agreed to write to the Regional Partnership Boards to learn more about their work on mental health with charities.

 

(10.30 - 12.00)

5.

Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill - evidence session 1

Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Zenny Saunders, Deputy Director PCET Reform - Welsh Government

David Morris, Policy team - Welsh Government

Helen Jones, Policy team - Welsh Government

Cath Wyatt, Bill Manager – Welsh Government

 

Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill

Explanatory Memorandum

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language.

5.2 The Minister agreed to share with the Committee:

- how he envisages the relationship between employers, awarding bodies, the Commission and Qualifications Wales will improve through the Bill and;

- the Legislation Implementation Plan.

5.3 The Committee agreed to write to the Minister with the questions that weren’t covered during the session.

 

(12.00 - 12.10)

6.

Consideration of the evidence from the previous evidence session

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the previous session.

6.2 Members agreed to invite Unions in to give oral evidence at the meeting on 9 December.

(13.15 - 14.15)

7.

Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill - evidence session 2

David Blaney, Chief Executive – Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Bethan Owen, Deputy Chief Executive - Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee heard evidence from HEFCW.

(14.15)

8.

Papers to note

Minutes:

8.1 The papers were noted.

8.1

Childcare and parental employment: the pandemic and beyond

Supporting documents:

8.2

Matters related to justice - Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

Supporting documents:

8.3

Welsh Government Draft Budget 2022 - 2023

Supporting documents:

8.4

Welsh Government Draft Budget 2022 - 2023

Supporting documents:

8.5

Scrutiny of Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Supporting documents:

8.6

General scrutiny of the Minister for Health and Social Services

Supporting documents:

8.7

Welsh Government Draft Budget 2022-23

Supporting documents:

(14.15)

9.

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

Minutes:

9.1 The motion was agreed.

(14.15 - 14.25)

10.

Consideration of the evidence from the evidence session on the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill

Minutes:

10.1 The Committee considered the evidence it had heard in the previous session.

(14.25 - 14.45)

11.

Consideration of the Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee considered the Supplementary LCM.

11.2 Members agreed to write to the Welsh Government to seek some further clarification.

(14.45 - 15.00)

12.

Consideration of the Committee's Strategic Vision

Minutes:

12.1 The Committee agreed its strategic vision.

12.2 Members discussed potential topics for an inquiry in the spring term, a scoping paper would be considered at a future meeting.