Concise Minutes - Finance Committee


Meeting Venue:

Committee Room 3 - Senedd

Meeting date: Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Meeting time: 09.01 - 12.28
This meeting can be viewed
on Senedd TV at:
http://senedd.tv/en/3740


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:

Nick Bennett, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

Susan Hudson, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Office

David Meaden, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Office

Claire Clancy, Chief Executive & Clerk of the Assembly

Suzy Davies AM, Commissioner

Nia Morgan, Director of Finance

Committee Staff:

Bethan Davies (Clerk)

Georgina Owen (Deputy Clerk)

 

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1       08.45-09.00 Informal pre-meeting

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2       Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

 

2.1 The Chair welcomed members to the meeting.

 

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3       Paper(s) to note

 

3.1 The paper was noted.

 

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4       Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: Estimate of income and expenses 2017-18: Evidence session

 

4.1 The Committee scrutinised the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales on the Estimate for Income and Expenses 2017-18.

 

4.2 The Ombudsman agreed to provide the Committee with a note on benchmarking against other similar bodies and public services ombudsman schemes.

 

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5       Assembly Commission draft budget 2017-18: Evidence session

 

5.1 The Committee scrutinised the Assembly Commission on the draft budget 2017 – 2018.

 

5.2 The Assembly Commission agreed to provide:

 

•        more information on future ICT investment

•        details of how much has been spent on ICT replacement in the Siambr

•        a note explaining the 12% savings in ICT

•        an explanation for the increase in ICT costs relating to ‘Revenue and Consumable purchases’

•        the reasons for the decreased budget in 2017-18 for ‘Assembly Members’ Salary and on-costs’

•        a list of the 14 schools that did not take up the opportunity to engage with the Assembly

 

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

 

6.1 The Committee agreed the motion to exclude the public from the remainder of the session and item 1 of the next session.

 

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7       Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: Estimate of income and expenses 2017-18: Consideration of evidence

 

7.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

 

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8       Assembly Commission draft budget 2017-18: Consideration of evidence

 

8.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

 

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9       Overview of the budget process

 

9.1 The Committee received a briefing about the budget process.

 

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