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The Welsh Political Week in 60 seconds

Valerie Livingston takes a look at what's coming up this week in Wales.

This week kicks off with an evidence session to the External Affairs & Additional Legislation Committee from Gerald Holtham of Holtham Commission Fame. He’ll be followed by Sir Emyr Jones Parry and Professor Peter Halligan both of the Learned Society of Wales. They’ll be discussing the implications of Brexit for Wales.

The Constitutional & Legislative Affairs Committee will take evidence on the Public Health (Wales) Bill with Minister for Social Services & Public Health (Rebecca Evans) before considering its Inter-Government and Inter-Parliamentary Working Inquiry plan.

[Also on Monday afternoon, the first meeting of the Llwydd’s Digital News and Information Taskforce which your correspondent is delighted to be a part of.]

On Tuesday, although in private, the Public Accounts Committee will be considering its inquiry into regulatory oversight of housing associations.

Plenary kicks off with FMQs from 13h30 on Tuesday. On the order paper, questions on the South Wales Metro, rate revaluation and the National Infrastructure Commission.

Following that, there are the usual run of oral statements covering student finance, Rent Smart Wales, Exports, the Food & Drink Industry, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Wales for Africa. Before voting time, there’s a brief discussion on Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016.

On Wednesday morning, Finance Committee consider x while Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee scrutinise the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales on his  Annual Report 2015-16.

Health & Social Care also meet on Wednesday morning. They’ll be taking further evidence in their inquiry into the sustainability of the health and social care workforce and scoping a future inquiry in primary care.

On Wednesday afternoon, we have Finance & Local Government Questions followed by Environment & Rural Affairs Questions before Questions to the Assembly Commission and new feature, 90 Second Statements. The cross-party debate will then consider precision agriculture before the Tories put forward a motion on business rates. Plaid have two debates this week: one on local government and the other on cancer diagnosis. Angela Burns (Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire)(Con) has the short debate on dyslexia.

On Thursday morning, Climate Change, Environment & Rural Affairs Committee are off on a site visit while Culture, Welsh Language and Communications consider x.

Children, Young People & Education round-off the week with a very lengthy session. They’ll be looking at the Donaldson Review before hearing from the Children’s Commissioner and her team as part of the inquiry into Inquiry into Statutory Advocacy Provision.

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