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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 10 June 1921 to 9 April 2021

Read about the arrangements following The Duke of Edinburgh’s death

Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford MS (Chair)
  • Vaughan Gething MS

Via video link

  • Rebecca Evans MS
  • Julie James MS
  • Jeremy Miles MS
  • Lesley Griffiths MS
  • Eluned Morgan MS
  • Ken Skates MS
  • Kirsty Williams MS
  • Hannah Blythyn MS
  • Julie Morgan MS
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas MS
  • Lee Waters MS

Apologies

  • Jane Hutt MS

Officials

  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary (via video link)
  • Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister (via video link)
  • Will Whiteley, Deputy Director Cabinet Division
  • Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications (via video link)
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Madeleine Brindley, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Alex Bevan, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Ian Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Kate Edmunds, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Sara Faye, Special Adviser (via video link)   
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Andrew Johnson, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Gareth Williams, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Tom Woodward, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Christopher W Morgan, Cabinet Secretariat (minutes)
  • Damian Roche, Cabinet Secretariat
  • Jonathan Scourfield, Specialist Policy Adviser (via video link)
  • Dewi Knight, Specialist Policy Adviser (via video link)
  • Tracey Burke, Director General, Education and Public Services (via video link)
  • Andrew Goodall, Director General, Health (via video link)
  • Andrew Slade, Director General ESNR (via video link)
  • Reg Kilpatrick, Director General, COVID-19 Crisis Coordination (via video link)
  • Frank Atherton, CMO (via video link)
  • Andrew Jeffreys, Director, Welsh Treasury (via video link)
  • Margaret Davies, Deputy Director Strategic Budgeting (via video link)
  • Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Adviser for Health  (via video link)
  • Simon Brindle, Director Restart Coordination (via video link)
  • Helen Lentle, Director Legal Services (via video link)
  • Dylan Hughes, First Legislative Counsel (via video link)
  • Christopher Stevens, Restart Social Policy (via video link)
  • Neil Buffin, Senior Lawyer (via video link)
  • Terry Kowal, Senior Legislative Counsel (via video link)
  • Andrew Sallows, Delivery Programme Director NHS (via video link)
  • Nia Lewis, Restart Economic Policy (via video link)
  • Cathy Weatherup, CMOs Office (via video link)

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

  1. Cabinet approved the minutes of 9 November.

Item 2: Senedd business

  1. Cabinet considered the Plenary forward schedule and noted that, in addition to the business that had been previously scheduled, the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales would be making a statement on Tata Steel. As a result the statement on Llwybr Newydd, a new Transport Strategy, would be delivered by the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport.
  1. An Emergency Question on Tata Steel had been tabled and, so far, there had been one request for a Topical Question, relating to staffing levels at the new Grange Hospital in Cwmbran.

Item 3: Budget 2021-2022 – oral item

  1. The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd informed Cabinet that the Chancellor of the Exchequer would be announcing the outcome of the Spending Review on 25th November. Publication of the Welsh Government’s Budget for 2021-22 had been deferred until 21 December, which meant that there would be four weeks to translate the settlement into firm spending plans for 2021-22. 
  1. Ministers would be provided with an update on the implications of the Spending Review for Wales before the end of that week, and a paper, with more details and the proposed MEG-level allocations would be presented to Cabinet on Monday 30 November.

Item 4: Review of post firebreak restrictions

  1. The First Minister informed Cabinet that there was a need to review the post firebreak restrictions by 19th November in line with the requirements of Part 1 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (no. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
  1. Ministers were reminded that any restrictions put in place would be for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence, spread of infection or contamination. There must be a threat to public health and the restrictions had to be proportionate in what they were intending to achieve. 
  1. In terms of the first review of the Regulations Ministers were asked to agree that three overlapping principles should be applied. There should be stability of restrictions: whilst the review would consider the proportionality of the Regulations, a cautious approach was required given that the results of the firebreak would only become apparent two to three weeks after it had ended.
  1. It was important to consider the cost of any changes, as any early changes were likely to impact on the objective of Ministers to provide clear and simple national rules post firebreak. In addition, early changes to any element of the restrictions had the potential to have a negative impact on the creditability of the entire package.
  1. Cabinet approved the principles.
  1. Ministers agreed that there should be changes to application of the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs).  There would no longer be a £10,000 FPN for unlicensed music events and all such breaches would result in criminal prosecution. The anomalies surrounding the penalties for different self-isolation offences would be addressed and local authorities would be given the power to issue FPNs as an alternative or precursor to closure when required, with the option of moving straight to closure should the offence require it.
  1. A detailed overview of the new behaviour change communication campaign would be presented to Ministers the following morning
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