Agenda and minutes
Venue: Video conference via Zoom
Contact: Graeme Francis
Introductions, apologies and substitutions
Llywydd welcomed Members to the meeting. Apologies were reveived from Darren
Millar. Russell George attended in his place.
Minutes of the previous meeting
The Minutes of the previous meeting were agreed for publication.
Organisation of Business
This week's business
The Trefnydd informed Business Managers of the
Voting Time will take place as the last item of
Plenary is unlikely to run past 5.25pm.
Business Committee agreed to table a motion to
propose that the Senedd elects Samuel Kurtz as a member of the Legislation,
Justice and Constitution Committee in place of James Evans. The Llywydd drew
attention to this and the following changes to Wednesday’s meeting:
to the Senedd Commission (
to elect a Member to a Committee (5 mins)
Three week timetable of Government Business
informed Business Managers that there are no changes to the Three Week
Timetable of Government Business.
Three week timetable of Senedd Business
The following additions were agreed to the
Three Week Timetable of Senedd Business:
January 2024 -
Update on LCMs
Business Committee agreed to:
Limited Review of Standing Order 26C - Consolidation Acts of the Senedd
Business Committee considered a
paper concerning a limited review of Standing Order 26C (Consolidation Acts of
the Senedd), following correspondence received from the Legislation, Justice
and Constitution Committee on 3 October which raised some issues arising from
its consideration of the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill. The Committee noted
that its Procedural Work Programme includes a full review of SO 26C scheduled
after the next Consolidation Bill has been considered by the Senedd.
Business Committee agreed to:
· propose that the Senedd amend Standing Orders to clarify when Detailed
Committee Consideration is completed and consider a draft report on the
proposed changes in the new year;
· write to the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to explain
that, given the limited nature of this review, it intends to consider the
following matters as part of the full review of SO 26C:
and disadvantages of amending the Standing Orders that outline how a
Consolidation Bill proceeds from Detailed Committee Consideration to Detailed
Senedd Consideration / Final Stage ; and
window between the responsible committee reporting and Detailed Senedd
Consideration being able to start / consideration of a Final Stage motion being
possible, to give Members more time to consider and act on the responsible
committee’s report and recommendation.
Business Committee noted that, in the meantime,
should a situation arise in which the responsible committee is unable to reach
agreement on the outcome of its Detailed Committee Consideration and a tied
vote occurs, the responsible committee chair will be provided with procedural
advice from the clerk in line with the underlying principles and precedents
applied to the use of the casting vote.
Any other business
UK Covid Inquiry hearings
notified Business Managers that the UK Covid Inquiry hearings in Wales, being
held between 27 February - 14 March 2024, may affect the schedules of certain
Ministers during the spring term.