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This week in the Assembly...

newsdirect wales' 60 second guide to what's going on in Cardiff Bay over the next seven days.

After the multiple Ministerial headaches we saw last week (airports, property deals, NHS waiting times and a big falling out with the HE sector), many on the Labour benches will be hoping for a quieter week this week.

So what’s coming up?

Nothing much on Monday but Tuesday morning sees the Petitions Committee consider the usual mixed bag of public petitions. 

The Public Accounts Committee will take evidence from the Chair and Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport. They’ll want to talk about their plans to improve the airport by offering better facilities and more flights. Opposition AMs will want to talk about why the Welsh Government may have paid £20m too much for the facility.

Also on Tuesday, the Standards of Conduct Committee will meet in private to discuss a paper on the rules in relation to lobbying in other Parliaments. Wales doesn’t currently have a code similar to that being devised in Scotland. Could that change in the next Assembly?

On Tuesday afternoon, FMQs is followed by votes on smoking in cars and Stage 4 approval of the Environment (Wales) Bill. There will then be a Stage 3 debate on the Historic Environment Bill which will get its final amendments.

Wednesday morning sees Welsh Government Permanent Secretary, Sir Derek Jones give evidence in the Finance Committee’s legacy inquiry.

The Enterprise & Business Committee will continue their consideration of rail services in Wales (summary of last week’s session: rail services need serious improvement).

The Health & Social Care Committee will continue their Stage 2 consideration of amendments to the Public Health (Wales) Bill.

On Wednesday afternoon, Plenary starts with Natural Resources Questions then Communities & Tackling Poverty Questions. There is also a committee debate on transport planning around the Rugby World Cup and a short debate on the need for a football museum in Wrexham.

Wednesday afternoon also sees the Stage 3 debate on Kirsty Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire)(LD)’s Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill which aims to improve safety in Welsh hospitals by ensuring enough nurses are on duty to provide patient care.

The Children, Young People & Education Committee are out and about on Thursday morning, meeting adoptive parents as part of their inquiry into adoption services in Wales.

The Environment and Sustainability Committee will also be meeting stakeholders to discuss the impact of the Committee’s work on nature conservation.

Back in the Senedd, the Communities, Equality & Local Government Committee will consider the draft Local Government (Wales) Bill with evidence from SOLACE, the Wales Audit Office and trade union representatives.

Also expected next week: a very critical report on the draft Wales Bill from the Wales Governance Centre which will be published on Monday.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will meet in Cardiff for their Spring conference from Friday to Sunday.

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. 

We’re also providing live reports from all Spring party conferences taking place in Wales. Find out more here.

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