Concise Minutes - Committee on Assembly Electoral Reform

Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 4 - Tŷ Hywel

Meeting date: Monday, 16 March 2020

Meeting time: 10.00 - 11.18
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Assembly Members:

Dawn Bowden AM (Chair)

Huw Irranca-Davies AM

Dai Lloyd AM

David J Rowlands AM


Professor Roger Awan-Scully, Wales Governance Centre

Jessica Blair, Electoral Reform Society Cymru

Committee Staff:

Helen Finlayson (Clerk)

Stephen Aldhouse (Second Clerk)

Gerallt Roberts (Deputy Clerk)

Gareth Pembridge (Legal Adviser)

Tom Lewis-White (Researcher)



1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

1.1   The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting; there were no apologies.



2       Electoral systems and boundaries: oral evidence

2.1   The Committee heard evidence from the panel.



3       Papers to note

3.1   The papers were noted.



3.1   Responses to the Committee's consultation on electoral systems and boundaries



4       Motion under Standing Order 17.22 to elect a temporary Chair for the meeting on 20 April 2020

4.1   The motion was withdrawn.



5       Motion under Standing Orders 17.42(vi) and (ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

5.1   The motion was agreed.



6       Electoral systems and boundaries: consideration of evidence

6.1   The Committee considered the evidence received.



7       Capacity of the Assembly: approach to consultation

7.1   The Committee agreed the approach to its consultation as part of its inquiry into the capacity of the Assembly.



8       Electing a more diverse Assembly: inquiry update

8.1   The Committee considered evidence received in relation to its inquiry into the diversity of the Assembly.

8.2   The Committee considered and agreed to publish a written note of issues raised during its stakeholder discussion event on the diversity of the Assembly on 10 February 2020.



9       Forward work programme

9.1   The Committee considered its forward work programme for the remainder of the term.

9.2   In light of the COVID-19 pandemic the Committee agreed to postpone its planned visit to Edinburgh, and to consider in due course what other changes might be needed to the forward work programme.





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