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This week in the Assembly...

newsdirect wales' 60 second guide to what's going on in Cardiff Bay this week.

Sandwiched between the Comprehensive Spending Review last week and the Welsh Government's final Budget next week, this is a bit of a funny week in the National Assembly for Wales. 

Monday kicks off with the Constitutional & Legislative Affairs Committee in which AMs are considering their report on the draft Wales Bill. 

Tuesday morning sees the Public Accounts Committee take evidence on the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales. Expect uncomfortable viewing for Welsh Government Ministers who have been extensively criticised for poor value land deals conducted by this Welsh Government subsidiary. 

Tuesday afternoon is a fairly routine session with FMQs and a couple of statements on TB eradication and procurement. 

The Presiding Officer (Rosemary Butler) is hosting a reception on Tuesday evening to launch S4C's new political drama Byw Celwydd (Living A Lie). The series follows the ups and downs of a rainbow coalition. Might we see life imitating art after the May election? It happened with Borgen...

Wednesday morning is Committee-tastic (that is an official monitoring term) with Communities, Equality & Local Government Committee taking evidence from Welsh language campaigners on BBC Charter Review. Children, Young People & Equality Committee are conducting a private session on adoption and Environment & Sustainability Committee will take more evidence in their energy inquiry.  

Wednesday afternoon kicks off with Health & Social Care Questions before moving on to Education & Skills Questions. There will then be Opposition debates on support for small business and the Comprehensive Spending Review. 

Thursday morning committee sessions round off the week. Finance Committee start scrutinising the Welsh Government's Budget and the Enterprise & Business Committee will hear evidence on bus services from Minister for Economy, Science & Transport (Edwina Hart) amongst others.  

The Health & Social Care Committee taking evidence on the performance of the Welsh Ambulance Service. Ministers caused some controversy earlier this year when they overhauled performance indicators. The last set of results showed improvements. Expect AMs to question if the service is really getting better. 

Need in-depth coverage on any of these sessions? newsdirect is a dedicated monitoring service. We'll be reporting live all week. Give us a shout on 029 2009 0693. 

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