Agenda and minutes

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Transcript: Transcript for 26/10/2023 - Reform Bill Committee

Items
Expected timing No. Item

(09.15)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions, and declarations of interest

Minutes:

There were no apologies, substitutions or declarations of interest.

 

The Chair welcomed Jane Dodds MS, who was attending in accordance with Standing Order 17.49.

(09.15 - 10.15)

2.

Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill: Evidence session with the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

Professor Alan Renwick, Member of the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform

 

Supporting documents

Paper 1 Written evidence: Professor Alan Renwick

Research Brief 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received evidence from the Expert Panel on Assembly Reform.

(10.30-12.00)

3.

Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill: Evidence session with the Llywydd and the Senedd Commission

Elin Jones MS, Llywydd

Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Senedd

Siwan Davies, Deputy Chief Executive and Clerk and Director of Senedd Business

Alun Davidson, Clerk, Constitutional Change / Parliamentary Business Strategy Team

 

Supporting documents

Paper 2 Written evidence: Llywydd

Research Brief

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received evidence from the Llywydd and the Senedd Commission.

 

The witnesses agreed to provide further information about:

-        The Senedd Commission’s role in producing the cost estimates included by the Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform in its 2017 report, A parliament that works for Wales, and the assumptions upon which those estimates were based.

-        The public appointments made by the Senedd, in particular their terms of office and the potential impact of any change in the length of Senedd terms on such appointments.

(12.45 - 13.45)

4.

Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill: Evidence session with parliamentary academics

Professor Diana Stirbu, Professor of Public Policy and Governance, London Metropolitan University

 

Supporting document

Research Brief

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received evidence from Professor Diana Stirbu.

(13.45)

5.

Papers to Note

5.1

Letter from the Petitions Committee regarding Petition P-06-1334 Make the Senedd More Representative of the Welsh Population - 2 October 2023

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the letter.

5.2

Response from the Reform Bill Committee to the Petitions Committee regarding Petition P-06-1334 Make the Senedd More Representative of the Welsh Population - 3 October 2023

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the letter.

5.3

Letter from the Petitions Committee regarding Senedd reform petitions - 3 October 2023

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the letter.

5.4

Response from the Reform Bill Committee to the Petitions Committee regarding Senedd reform petitions - 5 October 2023

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the letter.

5.5

Letter to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution regarding the Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill - 16 October 2023

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the letter.

5.6

Letter to the former Chair of the Special Purpose Committee on Senedd Reform regarding the Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill - 16 October 2023

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the letter.

(13.45)

6.

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

Minutes:

The Committee agreed the motion.

(13.45-14.00)

7.

Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill: Consideration of evidence

Minutes:

The Committee considered the evidence received.

(14.00-14.15)

8.

Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Bill: Technical briefing

Supporting document

Paper 3 Additional background briefing

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee noted the additional background briefing.