Concise Minutes - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 2 - Senedd

Meeting date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Meeting time: 09. - 12.00
This meeting can be viewed
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Assembly Members:

Bethan Sayed AM (Chair)

Mick Antoniw AM

Caroline Jones AM

Dai Lloyd AM

David Melding AM

Rhianon Passmore AM

Jenny Rathbone AM


Committee Staff:

Steve George (Clerk)

Martha Da Gama Howells (Second Clerk)

Adam Vaughan (Deputy Clerk)

Osian Bowyer (Researcher)

Robin Wilkinson (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1 Apologies were received from Jane Hutt AM, Vikki Howells AM attended as a substitute.



2       Scrutiny of the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2019-20 - Minister for the Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning

2.1 The Minister and her officials responded to questions from Members of the Committee and agreed to provide:


·         A breakdown of the funding allocation for the sabbatical scheme; and

·         The action plan of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, in relation to further education – when it becomes available.



3       Annual Scrutiny of Ofcom Wales

3.1 Witnesses responded to questions from Committee Members and agreed to provide:


·         A memorandum of understanding on what the regulatory function is and who does what in relation to Ofcom’s relationship with S4C; and

·         A note on the level of awareness amongst non-Welsh speakers relating to Ofcom’s requirement that 53% of programmes on S4C must be subtitled.



4       Paper(s) to note

4.1 Committee Members noted the papers.



4.1   Letter to the Chair from Adam Somerset: National Theatre of Wales



4.2   Letter to the Chair from the Chair of Petitions Committee: Petition P-05-840 Fair Funding for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and all other Local Authorities



5       Motion under Standing Order 17.42(vi) to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for the following business:

5.1 The motion was agreed.



6       Private debrief

6.1 Committee Members discussed the evidence received.



7       Discussion of approach to oral evidence

7.1 Committee Members discussed their approach to taking oral evidence.





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