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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Senedd. View directions

Contact: Bethan Davies 

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Transcript: Transcript for 11/01/2018 - Finance Committee

Items
Note No. Item

(09.30)

1.

Introductions, apologies, substitutions and declarations of interest

Minutes:

1.1 The Chair welcomed Members to the meeting.

 

1.2 Apologies were received from Steffan Lewis AM.

(09.30)

2.

Paper(s) to note

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

2.1 The papers were noted.

2.1

Letter from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration - Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill - 12 December 2017

Supporting documents:

2.2

Letter from the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales - Welsh Government budget 2018-19 - 14 December 2017

Supporting documents:

2.3

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance - Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme - 13 December 2017

Supporting documents:

2.4

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Education - Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill - 15 December 2017

Supporting documents:

2.5

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services - Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill - 21 December 2017

Supporting documents:

2.6

Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill: Technical note

Supporting documents:

(09.30-10.15)

3.

Devolution of fiscal powers to Wales: Evidence session 1 (Wales Audit Office)

Mike Usher, Director and Sector Lead, Health and Central Government, Wales Audit Office

Richard Harries, Director, Financial Audit, Wales Audit Office

Matthew Coe, Audit Manager, Wales Audit Office

 

Paper 1 – Auditor General for Wales - Fiscal Devolution in Wales: An update on preparations for its implementation

Paper 2 – Welsh Government response to the report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

3.1 The Committee took evidence from Mike Usher, Director and Sector Lead, Health and Central Government; Richard Harries, Director, Financial Audit; and Matthew Coe, Audit Manager on the preparations for the devolution of fiscal powers to Wales.

(10.15-11.15)

4.

Devolution of fiscal powers to Wales: Evidence session 2 (Welsh Government)

Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance

Andrew Jeffreys, Director, Welsh Treasury

Claire McDonald, Implementation Programme Manager, Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA)

 

Paper 3 - The third annual report by Welsh Ministers about the implementation and operation of Part 2 (Finance) of the Wales Act 2014

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

4.1 The Committee took evidence from Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance; Andrew Jeffreys, Director, Welsh Treasury; and Claire McDonald, Implementation Programme Manager, Welsh Revenue Authority on the preparations for the devolution of fiscal powers to Wales.

 

4.2 The Cabinet Secretary agreed to provide a breakdown of the WRA workforce in terms of numbers, types of contracts and diversity.

(11.15)

5.

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

Minutes:

5.1 The motion was agreed.

(11.15-11.30)

6.

Devolution of fiscal powers to Wales: Consideration of evidence

Paper 4 – The UK Government’s Third Annual Report on the Implementation and Operation of Part 2 (Finance) of the Wales Act 2014

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

6.1 The Committee considered the evidence received.

 

6.2 The Committee noted that the Secretary of State for Wales had declined its invite to provide oral evidence on the UK Government’s Third Annual Report on the Implementation and Operation of Part 2 (Finance) of the Wales Act 2014.

(11.30-11.45)

7.

Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017: Tax Statutory Instrument

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

7.1 The Committee considered the Landfill Disposals Tax (Administration) (Wales) Regulations 2018 and agreed to report.

(11.45-12.00)

8.

Correspondence from the Assembly Commission

Paper 6 - Assembly Commission 2nd Supplementary Budget 2017-18 - Explanatory Memorandum

Paper 7 – Projected underspend: Remuneration Board’s Determination

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

8.1 The Committee noted the Assembly Commission’s supplementary budget request and projected underspend in relation to money drawn down to fund the Remuneration Board’s determination.

(12.00-12.15)

9.

Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: 2nd Supplementary Budget 2017-18

Paper 8 - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales: 2nd Supplementary Budget 2017-18 - Explanatory Memorandum

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

9.1 The Committee noted the Public Services Ombudsman’s supplementary budget request.

(12.15-12.45)

10.

Welsh Government budget 2018-19: Review of new budget process

Paper 9 - Review of new budget process

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

10.1 The Committee reviewed the new process for draft budget scrutiny.

(12.45-13.00)

11.

Inquiry into the financial estimates accompanying legislation: Welsh Government response

Paper 10 – Welsh Government response

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

11.1 The Committee noted the Welsh Government’s response.

(13.00-13.30)

12.

Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Bill: Consideration of draft report

Paper 11 – Draft report

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

12.1 The Committee agreed the report with minor changes.

 

 

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