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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 4 - Ty_Hywel. View directions

Contact: Meriel Singleton 

Note: Private Meeting 

Items
Note No. Item

(09.30)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1       The Chair welcomed the Members to the Committee.

1.2       There were no apologies.

(09.30)

2.

Papers to Note

Minutes:

2.1 The paper was noted.

2.1

Cross Party Groups Annual Reports: Correspondence from the Llywydd (14 November 2017)

Supporting documents:

(09.35 - 09.45)

3.

Assembly Reform: Consideration of draft letter

SoC(5)-11-17 Paper 1 – Draft letter

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 Members considered the draft letter and agreed its contents.

(09.45 - 10.30)

4.

Code of Conduct - Review

SoC(5)-11-17 Paper 2 – Statement from the Llywydd (15 November 2017)

SoC(5)-11-17 Paper 3 – Inquiry outline

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 Members considered the request to work with the Assembly Commission to develop a Respect and Dignity Policy together with undertaking a review of the sanctions available if the Code of Conduct is breached.

4.2 The Committee agreed to:

·       Hold a written consultation to seek views on the process in general, whether there are any reasons people do not come forward with complaints and on any areas of the Code which could be clarified. Members also agreed to consider whether to hold any oral evidence sessions following the receipt of written responses;

·       Develop a communications strategy to promote the work of the Committee and the Commissioner for Standards; and

·       Asked the Committee Clerk to explore with the Welsh Government, whether an elected Member or senior official attend relevant Committee meetings to discuss the Ministerial Code and how the Code can complement the work being undertaken to develop the Respect and Dignity Policy.

 

Note from Jayne Bryant AM, Committee Chair

Jayne Bryant absented herself for Item 5, Report from the Commissioner for Standards in accordance with Standing Order 22.1(1). This was because the complaint submitted on behalf of the Assembly’s Labour Group included her.

 

Paul Davies AM, took the Chair for Item 5 following the Committee’s agreement on 15 November 2016 that he be elected as temporary Chair.  

 

Sir Roderick Evans, Commissioner for Standards, also left the meeting after Item 4.

(10.30 - 11.00)

5.

Report from the Commissioner for Standards in accordance with Standing Order 22.2(1)

Briefing paper

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

5.1 The Committee agreed to invite Sir Roderick Evans, Commissioner for Standards to attend the meeting whilst this item was considered.

5.2 Members considered the Commissioner for Standards Report in accordance with Standing Order 22.2(i).

5.3 Members noted that the Member concerned has stated that written evidence will be provided for their consideration and that the Member wishes to make an oral representation. The Clerks will contact the Member and offer a number of dates for the hearing.

 

 

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