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Present

  • Rt. Hon. Mark Drakeford AM (Chair)
  • Vaughan Gething AM
  • Julie James AM
  • Lee Waters AM

Via video link:

  • Rebecca Evans AM
  • Lesley Griffiths AM
  • Eluned Morgan AM
  • Ken Skates AM
  • Kirsty Williams AM
  • Jeremy Miles AM
  • Jane Hutt AM
  • Hannah Blythyn AM
  • Julie Morgan AM
  • Dafydd Elis Thomas AM
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary (via video link)
  • Des Clifford, Director General Office of the First Minister
  • Carys Evans, Principal Private Secretary First Minister
  • Will Whiteley, Head of Cabinet Division
  • Toby Mason, Head of Strategic Communications
  • Jane Runeckles, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Dan Butler, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Paul Griffiths, Special Adviser (via video link)
  • Clare Jenkins, Special Adviser
  • Andrew Johnson, 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)
  • Jonathan Scourfield, Specialist Policy Adviser (via video link)
  • Andrew Goodall, Director General Health
  • Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer (via video link)
  • Andrew Jeffreys Director Welsh Treasury (via video link)
  • Tim Render, Director COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Helen Lentle, Director Legal Services (via video link)
  • Dylan Hughes, First Legislative Counsel (via video link)
  • Jasper Roberts, Deputy Director (via video link)
  • Liz Lalley COVID-19 team (via video link)
  • Jo Trott, Head of COVID-19 project team (via video link)

Item 1: First Minister’s items

Cabinet arrangements

  1. The First Minister outlined the arrangements for conducting business as a Cabinet for the immediate future.
  2. Formal Cabinet meetings on a Monday would continue to be the forum for substantive government decisions.
  3. The COVID-19 Core Group on a Wednesday morning had evolved into the main information sharing meeting for Ministers, with Cllr Andrew Morgan, chair of the WLGA, Paul Davies MS and Adam Price MS also in attendance. In addition to the standing items, a further item would be scheduled each week and Ruth Marks of the WCVA would be attending the next meeting to highlight the state of the Third Sector and its coronavirus contribution. Suggestions for future meetings included a report from the Welsh Government’s Chief Economist and an update from the lead Chief Constable on policing and enforcement.

Item 2: Senedd business

  1. Cabinet noted the Plenary grid.
  2. It was reported that the virtual Senedd the previous Wednesday had been successful and well received, with other parliaments looking to replicate the process. The Senedd’s Business Committee had agreed, the previous Friday, to double the number of members from each group able to participate at any one time in future proceedings.
  3. A technical break would be introduced in each meeting to allow for a change of ministers/members part way through. In terms of voting, one member would be nominated to cast a weighted vote for their group.
  4. There would be a formal recess the following week.

Item 3: Any other business

  1. Cabinet put on record its best wishes to Alun Davies MS who had been hospitalised.

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