Concise Minutes - Finance Committee


Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 3 - Senedd

Meeting date: Thursday, 3 November 2016

Meeting time: 09.01 - 15.36
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:
http://senedd.tv/en/3776


Attendance

Category

Names

Assembly Members:

Simon Thomas AM (Chair)

Mike Hedges AM

Eluned Morgan AM

David Rees AM

Steffan Lewis AM

Nick Ramsay AM

Mark Reckless AM

Witnesses:

Isobel Garner, Wales Audit Office

Steve O'Donoghue, Wales Audit Office

Huw Vaughan Thomas, Auditor General for Wales, Wales Audit Office, Auditor General for Wales, Wales Audit Office

Kevin Thomas, Wales Audit Office

Natasha Davies, Chwarae Teg

Anne Meikle, WWF Cymru

Toby Roxburgh, WWF-UK

Vanessa Young, Welsh NHS Confederation

Gary Doherty, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Eifion Williams, Powys Teaching Helath Board

Steve Webster, Cwm Taf University Health Board

Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

Andrew Hewitt, Welsh Government

Gareth McMahon, Welsh Government

Committee Staff:

Bethan Davies (Clerk)

Catherine Hunt (Second Clerk)

Georgina Owen (Deputy Clerk)

Martin Jennings (Researcher)

Owen Holzinger (Researcher)

Joanest Varney-Jackson (Legal Adviser)

Lakshmi Narain (Technical Adviser)

 

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1       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

 

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

 

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2       Paper(s) to note

 

2.1 The papers were noted.

 

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3       Wales Audit Office and the Auditor General for Wales's estimate of income and expenses: Evidence session

 

3.1 The Committee took evidence from Isobel Garner, Chair of the Wales Audit Office, Huw Vaughan Thomas, Auditor General for Wales, Kevin Thomas, Director of Corporate Services and Steven O’Donoghue, Director of Finance, Wales Audit Office.

 

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4       Motion under Standing Order 17.42 to resolve to exclude the public from the meeting for the following business:

 

4.1 The motion was agreed.

 

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5       Wales Audit Office and the Auditor General for Wales estimate of income and expenses: Consideration of evidence

 

5.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

 

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6       Welsh Government Draft Budget 2017-18: Evidence session 2

 

6.1 The Committee took evidence from Natasha Davies, Policy Partner, Chwarae Teg, Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, and Toby Roxburgh, Applied Economics Specialist, WWF UK.

 

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7       Welsh Government Draft Budget 2017-18: Evidence session 3

 

7.1 The Committee took evidence from Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, Gary Doherty, Chief Executive, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (representing all NHS Wales Chief Executives), Eifion Williams, Director of Finance, Powys Teaching Health Board (representing NHS Wales Directors of Finance) and Steve Webster, Director of Finance /Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Cwm Taf University Health Board.

 

7.2 The NHS Confederation agreed to:

 

·         confirm whether 3 or 5 per cent of people working in health and social care in Wales are EU citizens; and

 

·         ask the National Procurement Service whether it is seeing any impact of increased prices through exchange rate changes or in terms of inflation.

 

 

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8       Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill: Ministerial evidence session

 

8.1 The Committee took evidence from Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Andrew Hewitt, Policy Manager, Welsh Government and Gareth McMahon, Government Lawyer, Welsh Government.

 

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9       Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill: Consideration of evidence

 

9.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

 

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10   Welsh Government Draft Budget 2017-18: Consideration of evidence

 

10.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

 

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