/Committees

Committees

The Senedd’s committees are where the line-by-line scrutiny of the Welsh Government and Welsh laws takes place. Each committee is made up of AMs from every party with the goal of running politically impartial inquiries and producing reports that help the public, AMs and Welsh Government Ministers (occasionally the UK Government too) understand and fix problems affecting Welsh public services.

Scutinises budgets, policies and legislation affecting local government, community safety, poverty, regeneration, housing, equalities and human rights.

  •  Chair: John Griffiths (Lab, Newport East)
  •  Members: Gareth Bennett (UKIP, South Wales Central), Janet Finch-Saunders (Con, Aberconwy), Sian Gwenllian (Plaid, Arfon), Bethan Jenkins (Plaid, South Wales West), Rhianon Passmore (Lab, Islwyn), Jenny Rathbone (Lab, Cardiff Central), Joyce Watson (Lab, Mid & West Wales)

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Considers any matters relating to the powers of the National Assembly and Welsh Government; scrutinises the quality of legislation and oversees the introduction of secondary legislation (i.e. regulations).

  •  Chair: Mick Antoniw AM (Lab, Pontypridd)
  •  Members: Nathan Gill (Ind, North Wales), Dai Lloyd (Plaid, South Wales West), David Melding (Con, South Wales Central).

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Scutinises budgets, policies and legislation affecting the Welsh language, the media (broadcasting is non-devolved), heritage and the arts.

  •  Chair: Bethan Jenkins (Plaid, South Wales West)
  • Members: Dawn Bowden (Lab, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney), Suzy Davies (Con, South Wales West), Sian Gwenllian (Plaid, Arfon) Neil Hamilton (UKIP, Mid & West Wales), Lee Waters (Lab, Llanelli)

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Scutinises budgets, policies and legislation affecting economic development, employment & skills, transport, science/technology and other infrastructure.

  • Chair: Russell George (Con, Montgomery)
  • Members: Hefin David (Lab, Caerphilly), Vikki Howells (Lab, Cynon Valley), Mark Isherwood (Con, North Wales), Adam Price (Plaid, Carms. E & Dinefwr), David Rowlands (UKIP, South Wales East)

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Scutinises budgets, policies and legislation affecting the education, health and well-being of young people.

  • Chair: Lynne Neagle (Lab, Tofaen)
  • Members: Michelle Brown (UKIP, North Wales), Hefin David (Lab, Caerphilly), John Griffiths (Lab, Newport East), Llyr Gruffydd (Plaid, North Wales), Darren Millar (Con, Clwyd West), Julie Morgan (Lab, Cardiff North), Mark Reckless (Con, South Wales East).

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Scutinises budgets, policies and legislation affecting climate change, agriculture, animal welfare, the planning system, natural resources and energy.

  • Chair: Mike Hedges (Lab, Swansea East)
  • Members: Gareth Bennett (UKIP, South Wales Central), Jayne Bryant (Lab, Newport West), Dai Lloyd (Plaid, South Wales West), David Melding (Con, South Wales Central), Jenny Rathbone (Lab, Cardiff Central), Simon Thomas (Plaid, Mid & West Wales)

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The Committee’s remit includes examining the implication of EU withdrawal (“Brexit”) for Wales and to consider any additional matters referred to it by the Assembly.

  • Chair: David Rees (Lab, Aberavon)
  • Members: Dawn Bowden (Lab, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney), Michelle Brown (UKIP, North Wales), Suzy Davies (Con, South Wales West), Mark Isherwood (Con, North Wales), Steffan Lewis (Plaid, South Wales East)

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The Committee scrutinises any policy that uses money from the Welsh block grant, including new laws, the annual draft, final and supplementary budgets, in addition to overseeing the Wales Audit Office.

  • Chair: Simon Thomas (Plaid, Mid & West Wales)
  • Members: Neil Hamilton (UKIP, Mid & West Wales), Mike Hedges (Lab, Swansea East), Steffan Lewis (Plaid, South Wales East), Nick Ramsay (Con, Monmouth), David Rees (Lab, Aberavon)

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Scutinises budgets, policies and legislation affecting the physical and mental health of the people of Wales, including social care, public health and sport/physical activity.

  • Chair: Dr Dai Lloyd (Plaid, South Wales West)
  • Members: Dawn Bowden (Lab, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney), Jayne Bryant (Lab, Newport West), Angela Burns (Con, Carms. W & S. Pembs.), Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid, Ynys Môn), Caroline Jones (UKIP, South Wales West), Julie Morgan (Lab, Cardiff North), Lynne Neagle (Lab, Torfaen)

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Receives, discusses and collects evidence relating to petitions submitted by members of the public. Only petitions that receive 50 or more signatures are considered by the Committee, while petitions that receive more than 5,000 signatures will trigger an Senedd plenary debate at the request of the Committee. It’s the Committee’s decision whether to publish a report or not.

  • Chair: David Rowlands (UKIP, South Wales East)
  • Members: Mike Hedges (Lab, Swansea East), Janet Finch-Saunders (Con, Aberconwy), Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid, Ynys Môn), Neil McEvoy (Plaid-Ind, South Wales Central)

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The Committee scrutinises the effectiveness and value for money of public spending in Wales.

  • Chair: Nick Ramsay (Con, Monmouth)
  • Members: Mohammad Asghar (Con, South Wales East), Neil Hamilton (UKIP, Mid & West Wales), Vikki Howells (Lab, Cynon Valley) Rhianon Passmore (Lab, Islwyn), Adam Price (Plaid, Carms. E & Dinefwr), Lee Waters (Lab, Llanelli)

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The Assembly Commission is the body responsible for running the National Assembly itself, including its staff, property and services. A cross-party body of AMs, chaired by the Llywydd/Presiding Officer, is appointed to oversee specific areas.

  •  Chair: Elin Jones (Plaid, Ceredigion)
  •  Budget & Audit: Suzy Davies (Con, South Wales West)
  •  Equalities & Employment: Joyce Watson (Lab, Mid & West Wales)
  •  Security & Estates: Caroline Jones (UKIP, South Wales West)
  •  Service Delivery & Translation: Adam Price (Plaid, Carms. E & Dinefwr)

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