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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Senedd

Contact: Steve George  Deputy Clerk: Kayleigh Driscoll

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Transcript

1.

Introduction, apologies and substitutions

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies were received from Bethan Jenkins AM, who was substituted by Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM.

2.

New petitions

2.1

P-04-579 Reinstate funding for Skomer Island's Guillemot monitoring

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Natural Resources seeking his views on the petition.

2.2

P-04-580 Restrictions on Donating Blood

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to:

 

  • write to the Minister for Health and Social Services and the Welsh Blood Service seeking their views on the petition; and
  • request a brief factual research briefing paper on the issue behind the petition.

 

2.3

P-04-581 Opposition to cuts in provision for learners of English as an Additional Language

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to:

 

·         the Minister for Education and Skills; and

·         Swansea County Council  

 

seeking their views on the petition.

2.4

P-04-582 Much Needed Change to the Rules in our Schools with Regards to Head Lice and Nits

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Health and Social Services seeking their views on the petition.

2.5

P-04-583 Ban all Growing and Selling of all GM seeds / Foods and Animal / Fish Feed in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Natural Resources seeking his views on the petition.

2.6

P-04-584 Wales Planning Bill to Protect Town and Village Greens in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Natural Resources seeking his views on the petition.

2.7

P-04-585 Changes to A494/A470 Junction Dolgellau

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Economy Science and Transport seeking her views on the petition and an update on the current road safety position after the summer period.

 

2.8

P-04-586 All NHS Wales staff to be Paid at Least the Hourly Living Wage Rate of £7.65.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Health and Social Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.9

P-04-587 A Dedicated Support Team for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.),Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Sufferers in South East Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Health and Social Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.10

P-04-588 Charter for Children and Fathers

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Health and Social Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.11

P-04-589 Reduce the Number of Councillors and Executive Members in Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Public Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.12

P-04-590 Funding for the Cardi Bach Coastal Bus Service

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to:

 

·         the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport; and

·         Ceredigion County Council

 

seeking their views on the petition.

2.13

P-04-591 Fair Funding for Local Government

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Public Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.14

P-04-592 Democratically Binding Plebiscites at Local Government Level

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Public Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.15

P-04-593 Advise schools on visits to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Education and Skills seeking his views on the petition and forward the correspondence received from Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and the Petitioner.

 

2.16

P-04-594 Cilmeri Community Council Appeal for The Prince Llywelyn Monument

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport seeking her views on the petition.

2.17

P-04-595 Foresight Pathway

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Natural Resources seeking his views on the petition.

2.18

P-04-596 Save Porth Fire Station - SECONDS COST LIVES!

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to the Minister for Public Services seeking his views on the petition.

2.19

P-04-597 Protect the future of Funky Dragon, the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to

write to:

 

  • the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty; 
  • the Presiding Officer, in her role as Chair of the Assembly Commission;
  • the Children’s Commissioner; and
  • Children in Wales

 

seeking their views on the petition.

 

2.20

P-04-598 Disability Awareness Training

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to

write to the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty seeking his views on the petition.

2.21

P-04-599 Impact of Domestic Rating on Self Catering Accommodation

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to

write to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport seeking her views on the petition.

3.

Updates to previous petitions

3.1

P-04-549 Make ’Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’ the Official Welsh National Anthem

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

·         seek the petitioner’s views on the First Minister’s correspondence; and

·         move to close the petition. 

3.2

P-04-319 Newtown traffic petition

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

·         thank the Minister for her reply and ask for continued updates; and

·         await any further comments from the lead petitioner.

3.3

P-04-555 Stop the unethical and draconian proposed compulsory microchipping of dogs

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

  • write to the Minister for Natural Resources and Deputy Minister for Farming and Food seeking their views on the petition; and
  • send a  copy of the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food’s written statement of 22 September, on the subject of ‘Animal Welfare – Dogs’, to the petitioner for information.

 

 

3.4

P-04-556 No to Junction 41 closure

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek further comments from the lead petitioner.

3.5

P-04-565 Revive disused railway lines for leisure

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek further comments from the lead petitioner.

 

3.6

P-04-574 Bus Services in Burryport

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to write to Carmarthen County Council seeking their views on the correspondence.

3.7

P-04-539 Save Cardiff Coal Exchange

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

  • Seek official confirmation of the ownership status of the building;
  • await further comments from the lead petitioner; and
  • continue to pursue a visit to the building.

 

3.8

P-04-440 Say NO to Asset Stripping Bronllys Hospital

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to write to the Health Board asking for an update from its perspective and asking for their views on the petitioner’s letter and the proposals from the local action group.

3.9

P-04-492 Diagnosis of autism in children

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek further comments from the lead petitioner.

3.10

P-04-505 Eating Disorder Unit in Wales

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to maintain a watching brief.  

3.11

P-04-568 Public Inquiry into ABMU Health Board

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

·         seek the Minister’s comments on the petitioner’s request for a public inquiry; and

·         draw the petition to the attention of the Health and Social Care Committee and ask if they have any plans to look at the matter. 

3.12

P-04-571 Treating Pernicious Anaemia

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

  • await further response from Minister; and
  • seek comments from the lead petitioner on the letter already received from the Minister. 

 

3.13

P-04-528 All Primary Schools in Wales taught through the medium of Welsh

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek the Minister’s views on the petitioner’s comments.  

3.14

P-04-538 Involving lecturers to ensure a Further Education Inspection Framework that is fit for purpose

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek comments from the lead petitioner. 

3.15

P-04-543 No Increase to University Tuition Fees

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to close the petition as there seems little prospect of further dialogue with petitioners. 

3.16

P-04-551 Basic First Aid To Be Taught In Schools

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek comments from the lead petitioner.    

3.17

P-04-567 A Fair Deal for Welsh Students

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

·         convey  the Petitioner’s further comments to the Minister; but

·         as the Minister clearly indicates that the Welsh Government has considered this matter previously and is not prepared to change its position, close the petition.

 

3.18

P-04-569 Stop National Tests for Primary School Children

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek comments from the lead petitioner.   

 

 

3.19

P-04-544 Ban the Shooting of Greenland White-fronted Geese

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek the Minister for Natural Resources’ views on the petitioner’s comments.

3.20

P-04-547 Ban Polystyrene(EPS) Fast Food and Drinks Packaging

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

·         seek clarification from the petitioner on whether they wish to continue to actively pursue the matter, given the generally positive tone of their recent correspondence; and

·         depending on the petitioner’s response, carry out a ‘piece of work’ on the petition. 

3.21

P-04-572 Grants for Flood Resilience

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek comments from the lead petitioner.   

3.22

P-04-550 Planning Powers

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek comments from the lead petitioner.   

3.23

P-04-557 Valuation Tribunal Service

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to:

 

·         forward the petitioner’s further comments to the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty for information; and

·         close the petition in light of the former Minister’s views and that the issues of concern to the petitioner appear to have been considered by the Ombudsman.

3.24

P-04-563 Provision of Services at Pontypridd Fire Station

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek comments from the lead petitioner.

3.25

P-04-577 Reinstate Funding to the Real Opportunities Project

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to seek the Minister’s views on the outline proposal put forward by the petitioners.

 

 

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