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This week in the Assembly...

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

After the excitement of Farage V Jones (your correspondent speaks to Channel 4 News about that here.) this week looks set to be dominated by discussions around TATA steel job losses. 

Tuesday morning sees Petitions Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. The latter are meeting in private to sign-off their draft report into the much maligned Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales. Don’t be misled. This isn’t a report on why the Welsh Government should give more money to Time Lords, but on the sale of land owned by the Welsh Government for below market value. Two hours are set aside for this meeting so there must be lots to consider. Expect difficult reading for Ministers when this one comes out.

Tuesday afternoon kicks off with FMQs. Last week’s Question Time was decidedly flat and dominated by chat about flooding. A wide range of questions on the agenda from social care to farming to higher education. At 2.30pm, there will be an urgent statement on TATA steel. This is followed with a slew of oral statements from the Welsh Government covering everything from the ‘flying doctors’ service to apprenticeships. There will also be a debate on the Annual Report on Equality.

Wednesday morning sees Finance Committee take evidence from Minister for Finance (Jane Hutt) whilst the Enterprise and Business Committee get on their bikes and head to a stakeholder engagement event on the implementation of the Active Travel Act. The Health & Social Care Committee take evidence from the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales on her review into residential care.

On Wednesday afternoon, Minister for Business, Economy and Science (Edwina Hart) will be answering AM questions before debates on higher education and flooding. There will also be a debate on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee's report on Making Laws in Wales. The Committee reckons laws should be clearer and more effectively scrutinized.

On Thursday morning, the Children, Young People and Education Committee kick-off their follow up inquiry into Adoption Services in Wales before scrutinizing the Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty (Lesley Griffiths) in an afternoon session. The Communities and Local Government Committee are also taking evidence from their accountable Ministers on the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget 2016/17. Environment & Sustainability Committee will be doing the same.

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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