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Transcript: Transcript for 11/11/2021 - Economy, Trade, and Rural Affairs Committee

Items
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(09.30)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1  There were no apologies or substitutions

1.2  Paul Davies MS and Sam Kurz MS both declared a relevant interest with regard to post-Brexit border controls as they both have a port trading with the Republic of Ireland within their constituencies.

(09.30)

2.

Paper(s) to note

2.1

Letter from Ben Cottam, Head of Wales, Federation Small Businesses

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Minutes:

2.1.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

2.2

Letter from the Minister for Climate Change

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.2.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

2.3

Letter from Chair of Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to the Minister for Finance and Local Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.3.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

2.4

Letter from Minister for Finance and Local Government to the Chair Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.4.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

2.5

Letter from the Minister for Economy

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.5.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

2.6

Letter from Chair of the Equality and Social Justice Committee

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Minutes:

2.6.1 The letter was noted by the Committee

(09.30-11.00)

3.

General Ministerial Scrutiny - Minister for Economy

Vaughan Gething MS

Sioned Evans, Director, Business and Regions

Andrew Gwatkin, Director, International Relations and Trade

Timothy Render, Director, Land, Nature and Food

Peter Ryland, Chief Executive WEFO

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Minutes:

3.1 The Minister for Economy and Welsh Government officials answered questions from Committee Members

3.2 The Minister for Economy would update the Committee on the Business Development and Recovery Fund after his forthcoming meeting with the British Business Bank and the Development Bank of Wales. The Minister would update the Committee on the running costs of the border control posts when more information was available.

(11.10-12.25)

4.

Priorities for the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee - Farming organisations

Gareth Parry, Senior Policy and Communications Officer, Farmers’ Union of Wales

Dylan Morgan, Head of Policy, National Farmers' Union Wales

George Dunn, Chief Executive, Tenant Farmers Association

Gwyn Howells, Chief Executive, Meat Promotion Wales

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Minutes:

4.1 Farming organisation witnesses answered questions from Committee Members

(12.35-13.20)

5.

Priorities for the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee - Animal Welfare

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust

Madison Rogers, Cats Protection, representing Companion Animal Welfare Group Wales

Chris O’Brien, Senior Public Affairs and Media Manager, RSPCA Wales

Minutes:

5.1 Luke Fletcher MS declared an interest as a member of Greyhound Rescue Wales, and a supporter of Hope Rescue

5.2 Animal Welfare witnesses answered questions from Committee Members

(13.20-13.30)

6.

Consideration of Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill

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Minutes:

6.1 Members considered the LCM for the Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill

(13.30)

7.

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

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee agreed the motion

(13.30-13.40)

8.

Private

Consideration of evidence following the meeting

Minutes:

8.1 It was agreed the Chair would write to the Minister for Economy, and witnesses from farming organisations and animal welfare organisations to seek answers to questions not reached in the meeting

(13.40-13.50)

9.

Consideration of Draft Report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill

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Minutes:

9.1 Members agreed a report on the LCM for the Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill to be laid by the reporting deadline of 18 November

(13.50-14.00)

10.

Consideration of Forward Work Programme Autumn 2021 - Spring 2022

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Minutes:

10.1 Members considered and agreed a forward work programme for Autumn 2021 – Spring 2022.