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The Welsh Political Week in 60 Seconds

Everything you need to know about the week to come in the Senedd.

AMs will continue to scrutinize the Brexit process this week as the External Affairs & Additional Legislation Committee host a seminar on International Trade and Law on Monday. Plaid Cymru will dedicate 30 minutes of their time on Wednesday afternoon to discussing the Single Market.

Otherwise, this week looks set to be something of a mixed bag with Tuesday featuring Plenary statements on active travel, initial teacher education and primary care recruitment. Other Opposition debates on Wednesday include the Welsh Language (Plaid); transport infrastructure in North Wales (Conservatives) and Grammar Schools (UKIP). Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Local Government (Mark Drakeford) is up at Question Time while Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley)(Lab) has the short debate – she’ll be considering the importance of outdoor education.

Wednesday also sees a statement from the Chair of the Finance Committee who will set out his Committee’s proposed approach to the Budget Process. A statement by a committee chair is unusual and may be an indication of the strengthening role of the committee system under news Presiding Officer (Elin Jones).

Several Committees including Constitutional & Legislative Affairs, Welsh Language & Communications Committee and the Economy, Infrastructure & Skills Committees will hear updates on the Wales Bill this week in private. For some back ground on the Bill, check out the newsdirect wales blog.

The Health & Social Care Committee, the Culture, Welsh Language & Communications Committee and the Scrutiny of the First Minister Committee will meet to discuss forward work plans also behind closed doors.

On Wednesday, Finance Committee will take evidence from Mark Drakeford on the Land Transaction Tax Bill while Equality, Local Government & Communities will scrutinize the priorities of Cabinet Secretary for Communities & Children (Carl Sargeant). Economy, Infrastructure & Skills Committee will also quiz Minister for Skills & Science (Julie James) on her agenda.

On Thursday, Children, Young People & Education Committee will meet in private to discuss x while Climate Change, Environment & Rural Affairs consider..

All the while, Neil Hamilton (Mid & West Wales)(UKIP) will be sitting by his phone waiting for new UKIP Leader, Diane James to phone and resolve the ongoing feud in the Assembly group. Or not.

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