Y Pwyllgor Llywodraeth Leol a Thai

Local Government and Housing Committee

15/07/2021

Aelodau'r Pwyllgor a oedd yn bresennol

Committee Members in Attendance

Alun Davies AS
Carolyn Thomas AS
Joel James AS
John Griffiths AS Cadeirydd y Pwyllgor
Committee Chair
Mabon ap Gwynfor AS
Sam Rowlands AS

Swyddogion y Senedd a oedd yn bresennol

Senedd Officials in Attendance

Catherine Hunt Ail Glerc
Second Clerk
Chloe Davies Dirprwy Glerc
Deputy Clerk
Naomi Stocks Clerc
Clerk
Stephen Davies Cynghorydd Cyfreithiol
Legal Adviser

Cofnodir y trafodion yn yr iaith y llefarwyd hwy ynddi yn y pwyllgor. Yn ogystal, cynhwysir trawsgrifiad o’r cyfieithu ar y pryd. Lle mae cyfranwyr wedi darparu cywiriadau i’w tystiolaeth, nodir y rheini yn y trawsgrifiad.

The proceedings are reported in the language in which they were spoken in the committee. In addition, a transcription of the simultaneous interpretation is included. Where contributors have supplied corrections to their evidence, these are noted in the transcript.

Cyfarfu'r pwyllgor drwy gynhadledd fideo.

Dechreuodd y cyfarfod am 13:29.

The committee met by video-conference.

The meeting began at 13:29. 

1. Cyflwyniad, ymddiheuriadau, dirprwyon a datgan buddiannau
1. Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Okay. I would like to welcome everyone to this first meeting of the Local Government and Housing Committee. In accordance with Standing Order 34.19, I have determined that the public are excluded from the committee's meeting in order to protect public health. In accordance with Standing Order 34.21, notice of that decision was included in the agenda for this meeting, published on Friday of last week. The public items of this meeting are being broadcast live on Senedd.tv and the Record of Proceedings will be published as usual. Apart from the procedural adaptation relating to conducting proceedings remotely, all other Standing Order requirements for committees remain in place.

Okay, we will begin, then, with the first item. We haven't received any apologies. Are there any declarations of interest? No. 

13:30
2. Cylch gwaith y pwyllgor
2. Committee remit

Then, we will move on to item 2 on our agenda today, which is the committee remit. There is a paper—paper 1—setting out that remit, and committee is asked to note our responsibilities. Are there any questions, or is committee content to note those responsibilities? Yes, okay. Thank you very much.

3. Papurau i'w nodi
3. Papers to note

Item 3, then, is papers to note. We have paper 2, which is our predecessor committee in terms of our responsibilities, the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee legacy report, published at the end of the last Senedd term, making observations for future committees on working practices and potential areas for future work.

Paper 3 is the last Senedd's chairs' forum legacy paper, providing observations about working practices for committees. Paper 4 is a letter from Llamau, the charity working to end youth homelessness, and we will, I'm sure, return to those matters in due course. The next paper is a letter from the Auditor General for Wales just setting out his keen desire to work with the committee in terms of our remit and overlap with his responsibilities, and paper 9 is a letter from the Llywydd regarding the Business Committee's decision on timetabling.

The committee is invited to note those papers. Are Members content to do so?

I'm content to note it, Chair, but I must say that I express a level of extreme frustration with the decision of the Business Committee to reduce the amount of time available for scrutiny in this Senedd. I think it's a very, very poor way of operating and I hope that the committee will be able to respond to the Business Committee in due course to say that we expect to be provided not only with the resources that we clearly do have, but also the time to scrutinise Government, both ministerial and policy scrutiny, to ensure that we're able to fulfil the expectations of the people who elected us.

Okay. Thanks for that, Alun. I'm sure that committee will want to give those matters full discussion in due course, but, yes, it's useful to have that flagged up at this stage. 

Subject to that, then, is committee content to note the papers? Mabon.

Os caf i ofyn yn sydyn fel Aelod newydd, dim ond er mwyn i fi ddeall gweithdrefnau'r pwyllgor yn iawn, mae yna nifer o argymhellion yn y papurau o ran blaenoriaethau ar gyfer y Senedd yma a phethau sy'n cael eu hargymell y dylid edrych arnynt o fewn y pwyllgor yma. Yn lle mae'r rheini'n mynd i orwedd efo beth rydyn ni'n ei drafod heddiw? Fyddwn ni'n trafod rhai o'r rhain mewn manylion yn nes ymlaen yn y pwyllgor?

If I may just briefly ask as a new Member, just so that I can understand the procedures of the committee correctly, there are a number of recommendations in the papers in terms of priorities for this Senedd and certain things that are recommended that this committee should look at. Where are they going to slot in with our discussions today? Will we discuss these in detail later on in the committee?

We will discuss these matters in detail during the private session of the committee today, Mabon.

4. Cynnig o dan Reol Sefydlog 17.42(ix) i benderfynu gwahardd y cyhoedd o weddill y cyfarfod
4. Motion under Standing Order 17.42(ix) to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting

Cynnig:

bod y pwyllgor yn penderfynu gwahardd y cyhoedd o weddill y cyfarfod yn unol â Rheol Sefydlog 17.42(ix).

Motion:

that the committee resolves to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 17.42(ix).

Cynigiwyd y cynnig.

Motion moved.

Item 4 is a motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the remainder of this meeting. Is committee content so to do? Okay, thank you very much. We will then move into private session.

Derbyniwyd y cynnig.

Daeth rhan gyhoeddus y cyfarfod i ben am 13:34.

Motion agreed.

The public part of the meeting ended at 13:34.