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Present

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

Via video link

  • Rebecca Evans MS
  • Lesley Griffiths MS
  • Julie James MS
  • Eluned Morgan MS
  • Ken Skates MS
  • Jeremy Miles MS
  • Jane Hutt MS
  • Hannah Blythyn MS
  • Julie Morgan MS
  • Lee Waters MS
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas MS
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary (via video link)
  • Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister (via video link)
  • Will Whiteley, Head of Cabinet Division
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary First Minister
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Ian Butler, 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)
  • Mitch Theaker, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Gareth Williams, 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)
  • Andrew Goodall, Director General Health (via video link)
  • Andrew Slade, Director General, ESNR (via video link)
  • Tracey Burke, Director General Education and Public Services (via video link)
  • Simon Brindle, Director COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Andrew Jeffreys, Director Welsh Treasury (via video link)
  • Liz Lalley, COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Matt Wellington, Head of Budget Delivery (via video link)
  • Piers Bisson, Director European Transition (via video link)
  • Ed Sherriff, Deputy Director European Transition negotiations (via video link)

Item 1: Minutes of the previous meeting

Cymeradwyodd y Cabinet gofnodion y 17 a 22 Mehefin / Cabinet approved the minutes of 17 and 22 June.

Item 2: First Minister’s items

The extension of households 

  1. The First Minister referred to the advice, which had been circulated to ministers over the weekend, on proposals to extend households during lockdown. This advice had followed a number of ministerial discussions the previous week and subsequently led to the announcement earlier that day.
  2. The decision to allow two separate households to form a single household in terms of social distancing was ‘in principle’ at this stage and if the situation remained favourable this would be implemented from Monday 6th July.

Quarantine Regulations

  1. The First Minister advised Cabinet that the Minister for Health and Social Services, had met with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and other UK Ministers earlier that day to discuss the lifting of the Quarantine Regulations. The UK government would provide Welsh Ministers with the detailed evidence that they had been drawing on and there were likely to be further announcements by UK ministers later that week.
  2. It would be important for the Welsh Government to take an informed decision based on the evidence and advice from the Chief Medical Officer. Provided there was not anything that would cause particular difficulty for Wales, Welsh Ministers would make the necessary changes to the Quarantine Regulations.

Item 3: Senedd business

  1. Cabinet considered the Plenary Grid and noted that the lunch break on Wednesday would commence at 1:15pm.

Item 4: Approach to the 2021 to 2022 Draft Budget

  1. The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd introduced the paper, which asked Cabinet to note the approach to allocating additional funding in-year to support the response to COVID-19 and the strategy for underpinning preparations for the 2021-22 Draft Budget.

Item 5: Any other business

  1. The Minister for Health and Social Services provided feedback from a recent meeting about the outbreaks of COVID-19 within 2 meat processing plants in North Wales and the incident at the factory in Merthyr Tydfil.
  2. 216 cases had been identified at the 2 Sisters processing plant on Ynys Môn, with 237 at Rowan Foods in Wrexham. In addition, there had been 130 cases at Kepack in Merthyr Tydfil since April, the majority of which were asymptomatic.
  3. The Health and Safety Executive had now carried out inspections at all 3 sites, and there was no evidence of community transmission.

Cabinet Secretariat
June 2020

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