Concise Minutes - Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 2 - Senedd

Meeting date: Thursday, 20 October 2016

Meeting time: 09. - 15.00
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Assembly Members:

Bethan Jenkins AM (Chair)

Hannah Blythyn AM

Dawn Bowden AM

Suzy Davies AM

Neil Hamilton AM

Dai Lloyd AM

Jeremy Miles AM

David Rees AM (In place of Lee Waters AM)


Mark Sweeney, Ofcom

Rhodri Williams, Ofcom, Ofcom

Committee Staff:

Martin Jennings (Researcher)

Steve George (Clerk)

Adam Vaughan (Deputy Clerk)

Osian Bowyer (Researcher)

Alys Thomas (Researcher)

Robin Wilkinson (Researcher)

Gwyn Griffiths (Legal Adviser)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest


1.1 Apologies were received from Lee Waters, David Rees attended as a substitute.




2       General Scrutiny of Ofcom


2.1 Ofcom answered questions from Members of the Committee.




2.1   Research Brief: Ofcom



3       Paper(s) to note


3.1 Members of the Committee noted the papers.




3.1   Paper 1: Letter to Chair from Huw Rossiter, Public Affairs Manager, ITV Wales



3.2   Paper 2: Letter to Chair from Mrs Uzo Iwobi OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Race Council Cymru - Black History Wales Network: Welsh Government's Review of Heritage of Services



3.3   Paper 3: Letter to Chair from Phylip Pritchard - Historic Wales



3.4   Paper 4: Letter to Chair from Glyn Owen - Historic Wales (Welsh Only)



4       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting for Items 5-7


4.1 Members of the Committee agreed the motion.




5       Inquiry into the Welsh Language Strategy - Scoping Paper


5.1 Members of the Committee discussed the scoping paper.




5.1   Research Brief: Scoping Paper for Welsh Language Strategy



6       General scrutiny of BBC: preparation for taking evidence from Lord Hall


6.1 Members of the Committee discussed preparations for the forthcoming evidence session with Lord Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC.




7       2017-2018 Draft Budget: Familiarisation Briefing


7.1 Members of the Committee received a briefing on the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget.




7.1   Paper 5: Letter to the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language - Draft Budget 2017-18



7.2   Paper 6: Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure - Draft Budget 2017-18