DRAFT MINUTES

 

 

ID

4140

Committee

Petitions Committee

Date

27/06/2017

Attendees

David J Rowlands AM (Chair)

Janet Finch-Saunders AM (Member)

Mike Hedges AM (Member)

Neil McEvoy AM (Member)

Alun Davies AM (Witness)

Ruth Conway (Witness)

Claire Rowlands (Witness)

Graeme Francis (Clerk)

Kayleigh Imperato (Deputy Clerk)

Kath Thomas (Deputy Clerk)

Jessica England (Monitor)

Hannah Mason (Monitor)

Jonathan Baxter (Researcher)

Sam Mason (Legal Adviser)

Matthew Richards (Legal Adviser)

Lisa Salkeld (Legal Adviser)

Celyn Cooper (Monitor)

Rhayna Mann (Monitor)

AMSS David J Rowlands (Monitor)

AMSS Janet Finch-Saunders (Monitor)

AMSS Mike Hedges (Monitor)

AMSS Neil McEvoy (Monitor)

Access All Committees (Monitor)

Central Admin (Monitor)

Petitions Committee (Monitor)

TRS - Users (Monitor)

TRS Admin group (Monitor)

 

Item ID

36104

Item Title

Introduction, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Summary

1.1        Apologies were received from Janet Finch-Saunders.

1.2        The Chair placed on record his thanks to Mike Hedges AM, for his work as Chair of the Committee and also to Gareth Bennett AM who has moved to be a member of Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

 

Attachment Titles

Members Brief

 

Item ID

36105

Item Title

New petitions

Summary

 

Attachment Titles

 

 

Item ID

36950

Item Title

P-05-757 Remove the Obligation on Schools to Hold Acts of Religious Worship

Summary

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to:

 

·         Consider it alongside P-05-765 Keeping Current Guidelines for Religious Assemblies in future; and

·         Write to the Cabinet Secretary for Education to ask whether the Welsh Government will consider reviewing the current law and guidelines surrounding collective worship, and if any consideration has been given to the compatibility of the current requirements with human rights law.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

Research Brief

26.05.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Education to the Chair

19.06.2017  Correspondence - Petitioner to the Committee

 

Item ID

36952

Item Title

P-05-765 Keeping Current Guidelines for Religious Assemblies

Summary

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to:

 

  • Consider it alongside P-05-757 Remove the Obligation on Schools to Hold Acts of Religious Worship in future; and
  • Return to this petition once they have received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Education asking whether the Welsh Government will consider reviewing the current law and guidelines surrounding collective worship, and if any consideration has been given to the compatibility of the current requirements with human rights law – the action agreed for P-05-757.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

Research Brief

25.05.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Education to the Chair

 

Item ID

36951

Item Title

P-05-761 Demand Funding from the Welsh Government to Support Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru

Summary

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to write to Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru to seek their reflections on the petition and the response from the Minister for Social Services and Public Health.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

Research Brief

09.06.2017 Correspondence - Minister for Social Services and Public Health to the Chair

16.06.2017  Correspondence - Petitioner to the Committee

 

Item ID

36995

Item Title

P-05-762 Move the Welsh Assembly out of Cardiff

Summary

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to await the views of the petitioner before deciding what further action to take on the petition.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

Research Brief

14.06.2017 Correspondence – Assembly Commission to the Chair

22.06.17 Correspondence – First Minister to the Chair

 

Item ID

36996

Item Title

P-05-764 Better Mental Health Services for Adults

Summary

The Committee considered the petition for the first time and agreed to await the views of the petitioner on the response from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport before deciding what further action to take on the petition.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

Research Brief

11.06.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport to the Chair

 

Item ID

36106

Item Title

Updates to previous petitions

Summary

 

Attachment Titles

 

 

Item ID

36953

Item Title

P-04-472 Make the MTAN law

Summary

The Committee considered the petition alongside P-04-575 Call in All Opencast Mining Planning Applications and agreed to ask both petitioners and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to give evidence to the Committee early in the Autumn term.

 

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

26.05.2017 Correspondence –Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to the Chair

 

Item ID

36954

Item Title

P-04-575  Call in All Opencast Mining Planning Applications

Summary

The Committee considered the petition alongside P-04-472 Make the MTAN Law and agreed to ask both petitioners and the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to give evidence to the Committee early in the Autumn term.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

26.05.2017 Correspondence –Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to the Chair

20.06.2017  Correspondence - Petitioner to the Committee

 

Item ID

36964

Item Title

P-05-743 End the Exotic Pet Trade in Wales

Summary

The Committee considered correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs and agreed to await the views of the petitioner on the information provided by the Cabinet Secretary before deciding what further action to take on the petition.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

06.06.2017 Correspondence –Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs to the Chair

 

Item ID

36955

Item Title

P-04-576 Allow Children in Wales to Have a Family Holiday During Term Time

Summary

The Committee considered the petition alongside P-04-606 Ensure schools exercise their statutory powers under regulation 7 of The Education (Pupil Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2010 without interference or bias and agreed to await an update from the Cabinet Secretary for Education following the completion of the attendance review later this year, before considering further action on the petition.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

05.06.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Education to the Chair

14.06.2017  Correspondence - Petitioner to the Committee

 

Item ID

36956

Item Title

P-04-606 Ensure schools exercise their statutory powers under regulation 7 of The Education (Pupil Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2010 without interference or bias.

Summary

The Committee considered the petition alongside P-04-576 Allow Children in Wales to Have a Family Holiday During Term Time and agreed to await an update from the Cabinet Secretary for Education following the completion of the attendance review later this year, before considering further action on the petition.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

 

Item ID

36958

Item Title

P-04-679 Remove the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification

Summary

The Committee agreed to close the petition because it is not possible to identify how to take the petition forward in the absence of contact with the petitioner, and given the categorical commitment to the Welsh Baccalaureate previously communicated by the Welsh Government.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

 

Item ID

36959

Item Title

P-05-707 Teachers' Training Must Include Statutory Training in Autism

Summary

The Committee considered correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and agreed to await the views of the petitioner on the information provided by the Cabinet Secretary before deciding whether to take further action on the petition.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

02.06.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Education to the Chair

 

Item ID

36967

Item Title

P-05-748 School Buses for School Children

Summary

  • The Committee considered correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure along with further comments from the petitioner and agreed to write to the Welsh Local Government Association to seek their views on the petition and the potential for local authorities to provide access to dedicated learner travel for all children (over and above the current statutory requirements), and to consider at that stage, whether to invite the petitioner to attend Committee to discuss the petition.

 

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

06.06.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure to the Chair

21.06.17 Correspondence - Petitioner to the Committee

 

Item ID

36977

Item Title

P-04-505 Eating Disorder Unit in Wales

Summary

The Committee considered correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport and agreed to await the views of the petitioner on the information provided by the Cabinet Secretary before deciding whether to take further action on the petition.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

11.06.2017 Correspondence - Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport to the Chair

 

Item ID

36957

Item Title

P-04-532 Improving specialised neuromuscular services in Wales

Summary

The Committee considered further comments from the petitioner and, given the detailed consideration given to this petition over a number of years and the comprehensive recent responses from health boards, agreed to close the petition on the basis that the outstanding issues would be best taken forward at an operational level. In doing so, Members agreed to provide the petitioners’ further proposals to the Welsh Government for information and ask if the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport would be prepared to meet with them.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

07.06.2017  Correspondence - Petitioner to the Committee

 

Item ID

36960

Item Title

P-05-720 Hirwaun and Penderyn Community Council Petition for the Installation of Fibre Optic Broadband

Summary

The Committee considered correspondence from the Minister for Skills and Science and agreed to close the petition on the basis that rollout of fibre optic broadband is scheduled to be completed shortly, and that specific issues can be raised directly with the Welsh Government using the contact information provided by the Minister.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

05.05.2017 Correspondence – Minister for Skills and Science to the Chair

 

Item ID

36961

Item Title

P-05-725 Widen the A470 from Pontypridd to Coryton to 3 Lanes

Summary

The Committee agreed to close the petition because it is difficult to identify how to take the petition forward in the absence of contact with the petitioner.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

 

Item ID

36993

Item Title

P-05-742 Stop Forsythia Closing

Summary

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to write to:

 

·         the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children to ask for an update on the development of the Welsh Government’s new approach to building resilient communities; and

·         the centre management, to ask for a comparison on how the service provision will differ following the changes.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

12.06.2017 Correspondence - Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language to the Chair

14.06.2017 Correspondence - 3Gs Development Trust to the Chair

14.06.2017 Correspondence - 3Gs Development Trust to the Chair (Annexe)

24.05.2017 Correspondence - Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to the Chair

20.06.2017 Correspondence - Petitioner to the Chair

 

Item ID

37160

Item Title

Papers to note

Summary

Members noted both papers.

 

Attachment Titles

12.06.17 Correspondence - Chair of the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

15.06.17 Correspondence - Chair of the Finance Committee

 

Item ID

36971

Item Title

Evidence session - P-04-628 To improve access to Education and services in British Sign Language

Summary

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language answered questions from the Committee.

 

Attachment Titles

Cover Sheet

Research Brief