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Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM (Chair)
  • Vaughan Gething AM 
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas AM
  • Lee Waters AM
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary
  • Des Clifford, Director General
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister
  • Will Whiteley, Head of Cabinet Division
  • Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser
  • Sara Faye, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser
  • Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser
  • Tom Woodward, Special Adviser
  • Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Andrew Slade, Director General Economy, Skills and Natural Resources (item 4)
  • Marion Stapleton, Deputy Director Foundational Economy (item 4)

Apologies

  • Rebecca Evans AM
  • Jeremy Miles AM

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meetings

  1. Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 25 Chwefror, 2 a 4 Mawrth / Cabinet approved the minutes of 25 February, 2 and 4 March.

Item 2: First Minister’s items

Coronavirus – COVID 19

  1. The First Minister provided Cabinet with feedback from the UK government’s COBR meeting, which had taken place the previous day. The key messages were around the spread of the virus within the UK and when more restrictive measures on movement should be introduced. With 6 cases in Wales, now was not the time to introduce such measures. If they were used prematurely it would likely lead to the population being less receptive to messages at a time when the spread of the virus was more virulent.
  2. Ministerial COBR meetings would continue on Mondays and Wednesdays and official led meetings would take place on a daily basis, with the possibility of these being extended into the weekend.
  3. It would be important for ministers to discuss resilience planning matters with their stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors, to ensure that they were prepared for their workforce being incapacitated.
  4. Planning for the spread of the virus was now the government’s top communications priority and such messages would need to be clear, concise and simplistic.

Item 3: Government Plenary Business

  1. Cabinet considered the contents of the Plenary grid and noted that the session would start at 1pm that day to accommodate stage 3 of the Health and Social Care (Quality and Engagement) (Wales) Bill. It was hoped that stage 3 could be completed that day.

Item 4: The Foundational Economy

The Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to consider proposals for progressing the Foundational Economy approach.

Cabinet approved the majority of the paper.

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