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 that help the public, AMs and Welsh Government Ministers (occasionally the UK Government too) understand and fix problems affecting Welsh public services.

This section gives you a list of all of the inquiries undertaken by each committee this term, as well as a link to articles summarising the key findings of each inquiry.

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

  •  Chair: John Griffiths (Lab, Newport East)
  •  Members: Mohammad Asghar (Con, South Wales East), Gareth Bennett (UKIP, South Wales Central),  Mark Isherwood AM (Con, North Wales), Huw Irranca-Davies (Lab, Ogmore), Carwyn Jones (Lab, Bridgend),  Jenny Rathbone (Lab, Cardiff Central), Leanne Wood (Plaid, Rhondda)

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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 (Lab, Pontypridd)
  •  Members: Dawn Bowden  (Lab, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney), Suzy Davies (Con, South Wales West), Carwyn Jones (Lab, Bridgend), Mandy Jones (Ind, North Wales), Dai Lloyd (Plaid, South Wales West)

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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 Sayed (Plaid, South Wales West)
  • Members: Mick Antoniw (Lab, Pontypridd), Jayne Bryant (Lab, Newport West), Vikki Howells (Lab, Cynon Valley), Delyth Jewell (Plaid, South Wales East), Caroline Jones (Ind, South Wales West),  David Melding (Con, South Wales Central), Rhianon Passmore (Lab, Islwyn)

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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 Reckless (Con, South Wales East),  David Rowlands (UKIP, South Wales East), Jack Sargeant (Lab, Alyn & Deeside), Bethan Sayed (Plaid, South Wales West),  Joyce Watson (Lab, Mid & West Wales)

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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: Dawn Bowden (Lab, Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney), Michelle Brown (UKIP, North Wales), Hefin David (Lab, Caerphilly), Suzy Davies (Con, South Wales West),  Janet Finch-Saunders (Con, Aberconwy), Sian Gwenllian (Plaid, Arfon), Jack Sargeant (Lab, Alyn & Deeside)

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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),  Andrew RT Davies (Con, South Wales Central),  John Griffiths (Lab, Newport East), Llyr Gruffydd (Plaid, North Wales), Helen Mary Jones (Plaid, Mid & West Wales), Jenny Rathbone (Lab, Cardiff Central),  Joyce Watson (Lab, 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: Michelle Brown (UKIP, North Wales),  Alun Davies (Lab, Blaenau Gwent), Huw Irranca-Davies (Lab, Ogmore), Delyth Jewell (Plaid, South Wales East), David Melding (Con, South Wales Central),  Mark Reckless AM (Con, South Wales East), Joyce Watson (Lab, Mid & West Wales)

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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: Llyr Gruffydd (Plaid, North Wales)
  • Members: Alun Davies (Lab, Blaenau Gwent), Neil Hamilton (UKIP, Mid & West Wales), Mike Hedges (Lab, Swansea East),  Rhun ap Iorwerth (Plaid, Ynys Môn), Rhianon Passmore (Lab, Islwyn) Nick Ramsay (Con, Monmouth)

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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.), Neil Hamilton (UKIP, Mid & West Wales), Helen Mary Jones (Plaid, Mid & West Wales), Lynne Neagle (Lab, Torfaen), David Rees (Lab, Aberavon)

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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), Neil McEvoy (Ind, South Wales Central), Leanne Wood (Plaid, Rhondda)

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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), Jenny Rathbone (Lab, Cardiff Central),

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The Standards of Conduct Committee is responsible for investigating complaints made about Assembly Members referred to them by the Standards Commissioner, as well as considering any matter relating to the conduct and behaviour of AMs.

  • Chair: Jayne Bryant (Lab, Newport West)
  • Members: Gareth Bennett (UKIP, South Wales Central), Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central), Helen Mary Jones (Plaid, Mid & West Wales)

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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. This section will also include reports from bodies tasked by the Commission to undertake independent reviews relating to the Assembly and its workings (i.e. AM pay & conditions, electoral reform).

  •  Chair: Elin Jones (Plaid, Ceredigion)
  •  Budget & Audit: Suzy Davies (Con, South Wales West)
  •  Equalities & Employment: Joyce Watson (Lab, Mid & West Wales)
  •  Security & Estates: David Rowlands (UKIP, South Wales East)
  •  Service Delivery & Translation: Sian Gwenllian (Plaid, Arfon)

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