SYNOPSIS OF THE COMMITTEE'S WORK SINCE
Inquiry into European Structural Funds
Report: First Report, Session 1999-2000 (HC 46 including
861-i & ii of 1998-99)
Date of publication: 17 February 2000
Tuesday 26 October and Tuesday 2 November 1998
Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Wales,
Alison Jackson, Head, and Anne Morrice, Economic Affairs, Office
of the Secretary of State for Wales.
Monday 22 November 1999: National Assembly for
Val Feld AM, Chair, Economic Development Committee,
National Assembly for Wales;
Dr Victoria Winckler, Welsh Local Government Association,
Mr Graham Benfield, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, and Dr
Geraint Davies, Welsh Development Agency, Wales European Task
Mr Rhodri Morgan MP AM, Assembly Secretary for Economic
Development, Mr Hugh Rawlings, and Mr Mike Chown, European Affairs
Division, National Assembly for Wales.
No. of memoranda: 9
Replies to the Report: Responses from the Government
and the National Assembly for Wales: received on 3 May 2000 and
published as Fourth Special Report (HC 470) on 17 May 2000.
Related activities: The Committee had a briefing
from Jane Hough, House of Commons Library, in connection with
Specialist Adviser: Professor Philip Cooke of the
Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff
Inquiry into the Transport Bill and its Impact
Report: Second Report, Session 1999-2000 (HC 287)
Date of publication: 6 March 2000
No. of memoranda: 34
Replies to the Report: Responses of the Government
and the National Assembly for Wales: received on8 May 2000 and
published as Fifth Special Report (HC 497) on 23 May 2000.
Specialist Adviser: Professor Stuart Cole, Director
of Transport Research and Consultancy, University of North London.
Inquiry into Social Exclusion in Wales
Report: Third Report, Session 1999-2000 (HC 365)
Date of publication: To be arranged
Tuesday 21 March 2000
Mr Bill Wells, Senior Labour Market Economist, and
Mr Chris Barnham, Head of the Welfare to Work Division, Department
for Education and Employment;
Mrs Helen Ghosh, Director for Children and Families,
Ms Rebecca Endean, member of the Poverty and Social Exclusion
Team and Policy Official dealing with Welfare to Work issues,
and Mr Jeremy Groombridge, Policy Manager for Welfare to Work,
Department for Social Security.
Tuesday 11 April 2000
Ms Kate Bennett, Director and Ms Nia Morgan, Senior
Development Manager, Equal Opportunities Commission;
Dr Peter Williams, Deputy Director General, Council
of Mortgage Lenders.
Monday 17 April 2000: County Hall, Llandrindod
Mr Alun Daniel, Director, Wales Rural Forum and member
of Union of Welsh Independent Churches;
Mr Ged Turner, North Wales Contact/Youth Worker,
Ms Frances Ballin, South Wales Contact/Oxfam Volunteer, Ms Emma
Loveluck, Youth Worker, Ms Elizabeth Perrett-Atkins, Volunteer
Worker, and Mr Niall Cooper, UK Co-ordinator, Church Action on
Poverty, Mr Jim Barnaville, Project Leader, The Children's Society,
Wales Anti-Poverty Unit;
Mr Alan Bull, Director, Voluntary Action Cardiff,
Mr Richard Watson, Active Member, St Vincent de Paul and Mr Byron
Hughes, Volunteer Director, Cardiff Unemployed Workers Project,
European Anti-Poverty Unit Cymru.
Monday 8 May 2000: Cwmbran
Mr Hywel Davies, Chairman, Pembrokeshire Hearing
Voices Group and Member of Pembrokeshire Mental Health Forum,
Ms Claire Williams, Policy Information Officer, Mind Cymru, Mr
David Parrett, Head of Service Planning for Newport County Borough
Council, and Ms Mary E Powell, Equality Adviser to Rhondda Cynon
Taff Borough Council;
Dr Mashuq Ally, Head, and Ms Judith Jones, Equality
Action Officer, Public Sector, Commission for Racial Equality;
Mr Kester de Veteuil, Development Office, All-Wales
Ethnic Minority Consultative Association;
Ms Jackie Hankins, Welfare Rights Co-ordinator, Neath
Port Talbot Borough Council, Ms Nel Coles, Acting Welfare Rights
Manager, City and County of Swansea, Ms Elain Hogan, Benefits
Adviser, Monmouthshire County Council, Mr Iwain Fox, Welfare Rights
Officer, Powys County Council, and Mr Jeff Rogers, Senior Benefits
Advice Officer, Torfaen County Borough Council.
Monday 15 May 2000: Cardiff
Ms Fran Targett, Wales Services Manager, Ms Juliet
Morris, Social Policy Development Officer, Ms Helen Seale, Bureau
Manager, Rhyl Citizens' Advice Bureau, and Mr Craig Lane, Legal
Services Manager, Newport Citizens' Advice Bureau, National Association
of Citizens' Advice Bureaux Cymru/Wales;
Ms Angela Pulman, Chief Executive, Ms Dawn Davies,
Director, Creation Community Development Limited, and Mr Gary
Foreman, Project Manager, Penywaun Enterprise Partnership, Community
Ms Ana Palazón, Welsh Executive Office, Help
the Aged, Mr Tom Moran, Wales Pensioners and Ms Jackie Dix, Policy
Officer, Age Concern.
Monday 22 May 2000: Conwy
Dr Delyth Morris, University of Wales, Bangor;
Ms Sue Bowyer, National Benefits/Welfare Rights Co-ordinator,
Ms Violet Greaves, National Childwork Co-ordinator, and Ms Deanna
Millward, National Police and Legal Issues Co-ordinator, Welsh
Mr Anthony Drew, Chief Executive, Mr John Troth,
Board Member, and Mr Ken Cook, Contract Manager Social Inclusion,
Tuesday 6 June 2000
Mr Howard John, Director, Disability Wales.
Tuesday 4 July 2000
Mr Rory Murphy, Joint General Secretary and Mr John
Earls, Joint Head of Research, UNIFI;
Mr Stuart Sweetman, Group Managing Director, Customer
& Banking Services, Mr Basil Larkins, Managing Director, Network
Banking, and Mr Dave Miller, Managing Director, the Post Office
Tuesday 18 July 2000
Mr Colin Baker, General Secretary, and Ms Annabel
Barnett, Research Officer, National Federation of Subpostmasters;
Mr Tim Sweeney, Director General, and Mr Mike Young,
Director, Consumer and Retail, British Bankers' Association.
No. of memoranda received: 82
Specialist Advisers: Mark Drakeford, University of
Wales, Cardiff, and Hywel Williams, Gofal Cymru.
Visits: The Committee made the following visits in
connection with the inquiry:
Visit to North Wales
Monday 6 December 1999:
Visit to Llanfrothen Post Office and "Starter Units";
briefing with Gwynedd County Council; visit to Deiniolen; briefing
seminar at University of Wales, Bangor.
Tuesday 7 December 1999:
Visit to Rhyl Community Agency; briefing with Wrexham County Borough
Council; visit to Southsea and Brynteg Estates; visit to North
Wales Children's Rights Service, Wrexham.
Visit to South and West Wales
Monday 24 January 2000:
Briefing with City and County of Swansea Council; visit to Townhill
Urban Initiative; visit to Bon-y-Maen Community House; visit to
Cornerstone Church, Blaen y Maes 'People in Communities' project,
Swansea; briefing seminar at University of Wales, Swansea.
Tuesday 25 January 2000:
Briefing with Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli and visits
to local projects; visit to Streets Youth project, Miners' Welfare
Hall, Ammanford; visit to Amman Valley Enterprise, Ammanford;
visit to the Acorn Project, Ystradgynlais; briefing with Powys
Visit to North Wales
Monday 21 February 2000:
Visit to J E O'Toole Centre, Holyhead; visit to Maesgeirchen Estate,
Bangor; briefing with Bangor Bond Scheme; visit to Bryn-y-Neuadd
Tuesday 22 February 2000:
Visit to Gerddi Stiniog, the Park Project and Tan y Maen Centre,
Blaenau Ffestiniog; Visit to Caia Park estate, Wrexham.
Visit to the Republic of Ireland
Tuesday 7 March 2000:
Briefing with National Anti-Poverty Strategy Unit, Department
of Social, Community and Family Affairs; briefing with Irish League
of Credit Unions.
Wednesday 8 March 2000:
Visit to Combat Poverty Agency and the Tallaght Partnership; visit
to Enterprise Centre, including Local Employment Service Office
and Flexible Training Unit; visit to Glencree Reconciliation Centre.
Thursday 9 March 2000:
Visit to Dublin City University; visit to Ballymun Regeneration
Project; briefing with Department of Finance.
Visit to Monmouthshire, the Valleys and Cardiff
Monday 27 March 2000:
Visit to Llwynu Infant School, Abergavenny; briefing with Monmouthshire
County Council; visit to Llanelly Hill Action Committee, Llanelly
Hill, Abergavenny; briefing with Torfaen County Council, Blaenavon
Workingmen's Club; briefing with Blaenau Gwent County Borough
Tuesday 28 March 2000:
Visit to the Bell Centre, Blaenllechau; visit to Bargoed Credit
Union; briefing with Wales Youth Agency, Caerphilly; briefing
with Wales Co-operative Centre, Cardiff.
Visit to Cardiff
Monday 3 April 2000: Meeting
with Ethnic Minority Groups, Cardiff University.
Visit to the USA
Monday 12 June 2000: Briefing
with US Department of Labor, meeting with the Director for Sustainable
Development; meeting at Centre for Law and Social Policy (CLASP);
briefing with the Brookings Institution and the Department of
Housing and Urban Development
Tuesday 13 June 2000:
Meeting with the Federal Reserve
Tuesday 13 June 2000:
Briefings from academics; visit to Keystone Commons Industrial
Mall; briefing at University of Pittsburgh and meeting with the
St David's Society.
Wednesday 14 June 2000:
Visit to Manchester's Craftmen's Guild and Bidwell Center.
Thursday 15 June 2000:
Visit to Ounce-of-Prevention Educare Center; visit to Erikson
Institute; briefing with Gallery 37 and other city cultural outreach
programmes; briefing with Voices of Illinois Children, Woodstock
Institute and Illinois Department of Human Resources.
Friday 16 June 2000: Briefing
with steelmill executives and union representatives; meeting with
the Mayor of Gary and other leading officials; meeting with Shorebank
Corporation; visit to the Community Development Corporation.
Visit to Machynlleth
Monday 26 June 2000: Meeting
with young people from across Wales, Celtica.
Visit to North Wales
Monday 10 July 2000: Briefing
with Denbighshire County Council's Pupil Support and Social Inclusion
Centre; visit to Project 11, Rhyl High School; visit to CARS (Community
Autos Rhyl) workshop; visit to Skillbuild group, Rhyl College;
visit to "Get it while you can" project, Colwyn Bay.
Scrutiny of the Work of the Wales Office (Office
of the Secretary of State for Wales)
Tuesday 26 October 1999 (Session 1998-99)
The Role of the Secretary of State for Wales: Rt
Hon Paul Murphy MP, Alison Jackson, Head, and Anne Morrice, Economic
Affairs, Wales Office (HC 854).
Monday 27 June 2000
The first year's work of the Office of the Secretary
of State for Wales: Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Secretary of State
for Wales, Alison Jackson, Head, and Mr John Williams, Head of
Finance, Wales Office (HC 627).
Monday 21 November 2000
The outcome of the Comprehensive spending review
and other departmental matters: Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Secretary
of State for Wales, Ms Alison Jackson, Head, and Mr John Williams,
Head of Finance, Wales Office (HC995).
No. memoranda: 1 (plus one more requested but not
yet received, see paragraph 27)
Relations with the National Assembly for Wales
and consideration of its work
Monday 30 October 2000: National Assembly for
Devolution in practice from the Assembly's perspective:
Mr Rhodri Morgan MP AM, First Minister, Mr Derek Jones, Senior
Director, Economic Affairs and Mr Gary Davies, Head of Industrial
Development Division, National Assembly for Wales
Meetings with the National Assembly's Panel of Committee
Tuesday 12 October 1999
The meeting was preceded by an informal meeting with
the Assembly First Secretary.
Subjects of discussion: The Committee's current and
future programme of inquiries; the work of the National Assembly's
committees; proposals for future meetings.
Thursday 2 December 1999
Subjects of discussion: Taking evidence from Assembly
Members; scrutiny of the Government's legislative programme
Thursday 16 March 2000
Subjects of discussion: Relationship between the
Committee and the National Assembly; the Committee's future programme
of inquiries; reciprocal access for Members of Parliament and
Members of the National Assembly to each others' buildings.
Monday 16 October 2000
Subjects of discussion: Current and future inquiries
of the Committee; current programme of the Assembly's subject
committees; the Government's legislative programme for 2000-01;