Organisation of Plenary Meetings
An agenda is published in advance of every Plenary meeting
listing all the items for discussion at a particular Plenary meeting. The Agenda lists all business in the order it will be considered by Members and can be updated at any time, even during the relevant Plenary meeting if necessary.
Business Committee and Plenary
Business taken in Plenary meetings is scheduled by the Business Committee. The Business Committee is chaired by the Presiding Officer and its members are the Minister responsible for government business and the Business Manager for each political party (that is, the Member within each party who is responsible for arranging business on the party’s behalf). The Committee normally meets in private each Tuesday morning to note what Government business is scheduled for the three weeks ahead and to formally agree the organisation of all other Plenary business.
Business Statement and Announcement
The Committee’s decisions relating to Siambr business are announced in Plenary on a weekly basis by the Minister responsible for government business. This is called the Business Statement and Announcement . Any Member can request to ask a question about the Business Statement and Announcement and ask for other items of business to be added in the future.
Any decisions relating to Plenary business must be made in accordance with the Assembly timetable. This is a document, agreed by the Business Committee, which provides an outline of timetables of plenary meetings, times available for committee meetings, times available for meetings of political groups, recess dates, and dates for Ministers, the Counsel General and Assembly Commissioners to answer questions.