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Introductions, apologies and substitutions


The Llywydd welcomed Julie James, Minister with responsibility for Government business, and expressed her thanks on behalf of the Business Committee to Jane Hutt for her immense contribution over several years as Business Manager and Leader of the House.


Minutes of the previous meeting


The minutes for the meeting were agreed by the Committee for publication.


Organisation of Business


This Week's Business




·         Voting Time would be after the last item of business. 



·         Business Managers agreed that voting time would take place before the Short Debate.


Three Week Timetable of Government Business


Business Committee noted the 3 Week Timetable of Government Business.


Three Week Timetable of Assembly Business


Business Committee determined the organisation of Assembly business and agreed to schedule the following items of business:


Wednesday 15 November 2017 –

·         Motion to approve the Assembly Commission's Budget 2018-19 (30 mins)


Wednesday 29 November 2017 –

·         Time allocated to the Welsh Conservatives (60 mins)

·         Time allocated to Plaid Cymru (60 mins)

·         Time allocated to the United Kingdom Independence Party (60 mins)




Review of Plenary Reforms


Review of Plenary reforms


Business Managers considered the functioning of recent reforms to Plenary proceedings and agreed to review their operation as follows:


·         Rename ‘Individual Member Debates’ as ‘Member Debates’;

·         Members’ Legislative Proposals (MLPs) – Business Managers were generally happy with the operation of MLPs, however Julie James requested that Business Managers keep them under review and return to the matter in the new year;

·         Welsh Government Legislative Programme – Business Managers asked for proposals to be brought forward by the Secretariat that allow for a set piece event, whilst respecting the need for a vote, and that also allow backbenchers to be able to make a significant contribution;

·         Statement on the Draft Budget – Draft Standing Orders will be brought forward to make the trial format permanent.


The Assembly Timetable


Paper to note - Schedule of Oral Assembly Questions


Business Managers noted the paper.

Any Other Business

Chair of CLA

The Committee noted that Huw Irranca-Davies had resigned as chair of the CLA Committee. The majority decision amongst Business Managers was that the chair of CLA should remain allocated to the Labour Group. Paul Davies objected to the decision, citing the continuing imbalance of Chair allocations amongst party groups.  Nominations would be invited at the start of Wednesday’s Plenary, with a ballot taking place between 2-5pm if necessary, and the result announced before voting time. 

Business Managers also agreed that CLA should revert to being a 4 Member committee following Dafydd Elis-Thomas’ resignation from the committee.

Chamber Seating

A revised seating plan will be circulated in advance of today’s Plenary meeting.

Business Committee reconvened at 2.30pm to consider immediate business arrangements following the sudden death of Carl Sargeant AM

Today’s Plenary – the Presiding officer had already announced the cancellation of today’s Plenary meeting.


Tomorrow’s Plenary - Business Managers agreed that tomorrow’s Plenary meeting should also be cancelled.


Committees This Week - Business Managers agreed that while Chairs were responsible for their committees, Business Committee would advise them not to meet this week. Business Managers noted that some chairs had already indicated that they would be cancelling their meetings.


Table Office - Business Managers agreed that the Table Office will remain open for the purposes of tabling and laying business for next week.


Plenary next week – Business Managers agreed that business will resume next week.  The Oral Assembly Questions scheduled for today and tomorrow will be asked at next week’s Plenary meetings, with the OAQ schedule to be amended accordingly. The Leader of the House informed the Committee that the government would look to reschedule its business from this week to next, while retaining some essential items from next week’s scheduled business. The Stage 3 debate on the Regulation of Social Landlords Bill would be postponed. Business Managers agreed to adopt a similar approach to Assembly business, and asked the Secretariat to circulate a revised agenda for confirmation.


Re-scheduling of business –the Committee would look at the rescheduling of business over the medium term at its meeting on Tuesday morning. </AI12><TRAILER_SECTION></TRAILER_SECTION><LAYOUT_SECTION>




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