Concise Minutes - Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 2 - Senedd

Meeting date: Thursday, 12 November 2015

Meeting time: 09.03 - 12.08
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Assembly Members:

Christine Chapman AM (Chair)

Peter Black AM

Alun Davies AM

Janet Finch-Saunders AM

Mike Hedges AM

Mark Isherwood AM

Bethan Jenkins AM

Gwyn R Price AM

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM


Rona Fairhead, BBC Trust

Elan Closs Stephens, BBC Trust

Iestyn Garlick, Chair, TAC

Gareth Williams, TAC

John McVay, Pact

Committee Staff:

Sarah Beasley (Clerk)

Claire Morris (Second Clerk)

Elizabeth Wilkinson (Second Clerk)

Sarah Sargent (Deputy Clerk)

Matthew Richards (Legal Adviser)

Rhys Iorwerth (Researcher)




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1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations

1.1.      The Chair welcomed Members and members of the public to the meeting.

1.2.      Apologies for absence were received from Jocelyn Davies AM and Gwenda Thomas AM. Bethan Jenkins AM attended as a substitute for Jocelyn Davies.



2       Inquiry into the BBC Charter Review: evidence session 3 - BBC Trust

2.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Rona Fairhead, Chairman, BBC Trust

·         Elan Closs Stephens, National Trustee for Wales, BBC Trust


2.2 The Trust agreed to provide the Committee with the Trust’s monitoring reports, or a precis of the reports, which assess the progress made in relation to the June 2008 King Report.



2.1   Consultation Responses: Inquiry into the BBC Charter Review



3       Inquiry into the BBC Charter Review: evidence session 4 - TAC and PACT

3.1 The Committee received evidence from:

·         Iestyn Garlick, Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC)

·         Gareth Williams, Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC)

·         John McVay, Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)


3.2 TAC agreed to seek to provide the Committee with further information on BBC Alba’s funding and whether S4C and BBC Alba will be treated comparably in the future.



4       Papers to note

4.1The Committee noted the papers.



5       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

5.1 The Committee agreed the motion.



6       Inquiry into the BBC Charter Review - discussion of evidence received in sessions 3 and 4

6.1 The Committee discussed the evidence received under items 2 and 3.



7       Consideration of the Draft Wales Bill

7.1 The Committee discussed its consideration of the Draft Wales Bill and agreed to write to the Chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.



8       Consideration of the Financial Inclusion Strategy

8.1 The Committee discussed its approach to scrutiny of the refreshed Financial Inclusion Strategy.