Statement: Introduction of the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Bill

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Mark Drakeford: Rwy’n siarad fel Cadeirydd y Pwyllgor Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol. Hoffwn ddiolch i’r Gweinidog am ganiatáu i weision sifil friffio’r pwyllgor ar y Bil.
[I speak as Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. I would like to thank the Minister for allowing civil servants to brief the committee on the Bill.]

Tomorrow, the committee will agree its timetable for the completion of its Stage 1 consideration within the timetable set out by the Business Committee. In helping us with that, could the Minister let us know whether she is confident that the views of private businesses were adequately considered during the consultation period?

Lesley Griffiths: I thank the Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee for that contribution. I think that their views were taken into consideration, but as a committee you will have the opportunity again to question them as you go through your scrutiny. I am pleased that you found the technical briefing from my officials helpful as we started the Bill process.