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Summary

  1. The Welsh Assembly sat from 13.30 GMT, and the first item on the agenda was first minister's questions.
  2. Among the day's items was a debate on the annual report on Equality 2013-2014.
  3. Plenary ended with a Debate on The Legislative Programme.

Live Reporting

By Anwen Lewis, Alun Jones and Leonie Horton

All times stated are UK

Nos da

That's it for today from us in Cardiff Bay!

Join us again tomorrow at 13:30 when the Finance Minister will be answering members' questions.

Assembly chamber
BBC

Celebrate

Liberal Democrat Aled Roberts says "we do need to celebrate the steps we have taken as a legislature."

Funding mechanism

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas emphasises that the success of the legislative programme relies on a "sustainable funding mechanism" for the Welsh Government.

Paul Davies

Conservative Paul Davies criticises the government saying "in the first two years of this assembly term, only one bill was passed."

Violence Against Women Bill

BBC Wales News

The bill has been a topic of

debate.

Violence against Women Bill

Carwyn Jones
BBC

Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill is "ground breaking" according to the first minister.

List of Bills

Click

here for a list of the Bills for the present Assembly term.

Legislative Programme

The Welsh Legislative Programme is announced by the First Minister following the election of a new Welsh government.

Last item

On to the last item of the day, a debate on the Legislative Programme.

Eliminating Child Poverty

Lindsay Whittle
BBC

Plaid's Lindsay Whittle says the Welsh government's target of "eliminating child poverty by 2020 is brave and well intentioned."

Equality

The Equality Act 2010 created a Public Sector Equality Duty and also gave Welsh Ministers the power to impose specific equality duties on devolved Welsh public authorities through regulations.

A first for Wales

Wales was the first government to bring in specific equality duties in order for public bodies to better perform their public sector equality duty.

Stop Radicalisation

Conservative AM Mohammed Asghar welcomes calls by the new

Children's Commissioner for Wales for "strong mentors in schools and places of worship to help stop young people becoming radicalised by religious extremists. "

Copy of report

Here is a copy of the

annual report.

Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014.

We have moved on to the next item.

A debate by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths on the Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014.

Schools Challenge Cymru

Minister says Mike Hedges "asks the 64,000 dollar question "

adding "although every challenge school is not in the same situation... those best schools are going to make people sit up and take notice."

Thank you

Mike Hedges
BBC

Mike Hedges thanks the minister for his "commitment to school improvement" but also asks when we will see the improved exam results.

Huw Lewis

Huw Lewis was appointed Minister for Education & Skills back in 2013.

Simon Thomas

Simon Thomas asks the minister how to disseminate good practice from 40 schools to all schools in Wales.

Simon Thomas
BBC

The minister says "of course the partnership between schools is part of that dissemination."

Paul Davies

Paul Davies
BBC

Paul Davies "welcomes Schools Challenge Cymru's approach to improving schools."

Schools in the programme

Click

here for a list of the schools that are part of the programme.

Schools Challenge Wales

The programme is targeted at 40 Pathways to Success schools facing challenges in their circumstances and stage of development.

Minister for education

We have moved on to a statement by the Minister for Education, Huw Lewis,

Mr Lewis is giving an update on Schools Challenge Cymru.

Blue Badge Scheme

BBC Wales News

Rejections for disabled parking badge applications have leapt up since

tougher measures were introduced.

Short Debate on Blue Badge

Peter Black used his Short Debate in July 2014 to speak on the

Blue Badge Scheme.

Edwina Hart

Edwina Hart
BBC

The minister for economy says there might be need for a new body instead of local authorities, to administer the scheme.

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides eligible people parking concessions.

Blue Badges

Next up, the Minister for Economy, Edwina Hart, will be giving a statement on the Blue Badge scheme.

Jane Hutt

Jane Hutt starts her weekly business statement.

She responds to requests for debates and statements from members.

Staff problems

Andrew RT Davies raises BBC Wales' story on

staff disquiet at Natural Resources Wales.

Mr Jones says the organisation had "a difficult birth" but there has been good progress.

New scheme

Questions now on Jobs Growth Wales - the first minister says the scheme, now closed, had exceeded its targets.

Plaid's Simon Thomas says the budget for the next financial year has been cut; but the FM says there will be a statement on a new scheme to replace JGW next month.

Cardiff Metro

WalesOnline

And here are some pictures of that proposed

Metro scheme for Cardiff.

@Plaid_Cymru

Plaid Cymru tweets: .@LeanneWood asks whether FM has considered asking for a Welsh quota of asylum seekers so Wales can play part in providing sanctuary #FMQs‏

Cardiff Metro

Labour member John Griffiths asks the first minister about the Cardiff Metro system.

Mr Jones says there will be an update before the summer recess.

@WelshLabPress

Welsh Labour Press ‏tweets: .@fmwales sets out Welsh Labour Government's record of protecting schools funding. Standards improving here, stalling in England. #FMQs

Background: Europe help for migrant boats

European leaders are to triple funding for rescue operations aimed at migrant boats in the Mediterranean following crisis talks in Brussels.

The EU will also look at ways to capture and destroy smugglers' boats and deploy immigration officers to non-EU countries, officials said.

Refugees and immigrants protest in Athens against EU policies for migrants. 22 April 2015
Getty Images
Protests, like this one in Athens, have called on EU leaders to take action

Several EU member states have promised more ships and other resources.

Migrant help

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks whether the first minister has raised the plight of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean with ministers in London. She also asks whether there should be a Welsh 'quota' for housing asylum seekers, saying Wales could become a "nation of sanctuary".

Mr Jones says he's "more than ready" to help, and says he has "great sympathy" for Ms Wood's suggestion.

Educational approach

Kirsty Williams is asking about schools funding - she says it's a priority for the Liberal Democrats.

She adds that the party's promises at Westminster level would result in up to £150m additional funding for the Welsh Government; money she wants to see ring-fenced for education.

Mr Jones says it's impossible to say whether the money would be "given with one hand and taken away with another".

Pic: Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones
BBC
Carwyn Jones is facing AMs in his weekly question session