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Summary

  1. 9am: Public Accounts Committee.
  2. The Welsh Assembly sits from 13.30 GMT, the first item on the agenda was questions to the first minister.
  3. Next: Statement by the Minister for Public Services: Anniversary of VE Day.
  4. Next: Statement by the Minister for Natural Resources: Introduction of the Environment (Wales) Bill.
  5. Next: Debate on The Liver Disease Delivery Plan.

Live Reporting

By Anwen Lewis and Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

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Senedd
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Senedd

That's all from us at the Senedd today. Join us again tomorrow morning at 9am for the Finance Committee.

Alcohol

Alcohol
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Alcohol

Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams raises concerns about "middle and higher income drinkers who are drinking at home."

Poor diet

Labour member Jenny Rathbone asks for a "fat, sugar and salt tax" to be considered and raises concerns about poor diet affecting lifestyles in Wales.

Doubled

Liver disease deaths have more than doubled in the past 20 years, largely due to an increase in obesity, alcohol misuse and blood borne viral hepatitis.

Premature death

According to Victoria Paris,

National Assembly for Wales Research Service, "liver disease is the third most common cause for premature death in the UK."

Delivery plan

The delivery plan explains how the government will improve liver disease services for the population of Wales.

According to the

Welsh government, the plan aims to:

  • stop the rise in liver disease and deaths
  • give patients more support
  • improve the quality of services
  • improve specialist knowledge in liver disease throughout the health service
  • encourage patients to take responsibility for their health and care.

The Liver Disease Delivery Plan

We have moved on to the last item of the day, the Debate on The Liver Disease Delivery Plan.

Motion agreed

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) (Wales) Order 2015 has been agreed by members.

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Recycling
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Recycling

Recycling

The Minister, Carl Sargeant says Wales is the best in the UK for recycling and the 4th in Europe.

The Environment

The Bill is the third in a series of significant pieces of new Welsh legislation which will impact upon management of the environment in Wales.

The other pieces of legislation being the Well-Being of Future Generations Act 2015 and the Planning (Wales) Bill.

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@NatResWales "We are taking a joined-up approach to managing our natural resources in Wales #EnvironmentBill #EnvBillWales"

Content of the bill

The Bill's content is wide ranging covering at least eight different areas including natural resources management, climate change targets, waste management and charges on carrier bags, management of shellfish fisheries, marine licensing, land drainage and the establishment of a Flood and Coastal Erosion Committee.

Environment Bill

According to the Welsh government, the Environment (Wales) Bill will put in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales' natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.

Moving on

We have moved on to a statement by the Minister for Natural Resources on the Introduction of the Environment (Wales) Bill.

Armed Forces Card

The Welsh Conservatives have previously called for the full implementation of an Armed Forces Card in Wales, which they say would include:

•An expansion of the existing free bus pass scheme to include veterans

•Free entry to local authority swimming pools

•Free entry to CADW sites

•Priority treatment for service related conditions/injuries on the NHS

•Priority delivery of Disabled Facilities Grants for home adaption.

'Armed forces card'

Conservative member Darren Millar says there has been "dithering on the creation of an armed forces card."

Review of package

The Welsh government's current Package of Support for veterans and their families already includes details of support available across a range of public service areas such as health, social services, housing and education.

However, the Minister believes "the current package should be reviewed to include new and developing commitments both within Welsh government policy areas and those offered by support organisations such as the Royal British Legion."

Package of Support

The Public Services Minister, Leighton Andrews has announced a review of Welsh government's Package of Support for the Armed Forces community. The updated document will be available by late Autumn.

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Veterans NHS Wales
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Veterans NHS Wales

Veterans NHS Wales

Conservative member Mark Isherwood is referring to

Veterans NHS Wales. An experienced clinician has been appointed as a Veteran Therapist (VT) with an interest or experience of military (mental) health problems, by each Local Health Board (LHB).

Beacon

First Minister Carwyn Jones represented Wales at a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Sunday morning.

The events followed a two minute silence and the lighting of beacons on Friday to mark the end of World War Two on the continent.

The beacon at Cardiff Castle on Friday night
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RAF aircrafts

RAF
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RAF aircrafts over London over the weekend.

VE day

Victory in Europe Day marked the end of World War II in Europe in May 1945.

It marked the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

Anniversary of VE Day

The Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews makes a statement on the Anniversary of VE Day.

Moving on

Members have moved on to the weekly Business Statement and Announcement by the Minister for Finance and Government Business, Jane Hutt.

Tourism

BBC Wales News

"More than 10 million

tourists stayed overnight in Wales last year."

Rugby World Cup

Gwyn Price refers to

Rugby World Cup matches being held in Cardiff this September.

FM says "we have just had the best tourism figures we've ever had" in Wales.

Superfast Cymru

FM says "96% of buildings will have access to

Superfast Cymru by September next year".

Inquiry

Last year the National Assembly for Wales' Health and Social Care Committee undertook a short inquiry into orthodontic services in Wales. Click

here for the responses.

Orthodontic services

The FM comes under fire from Conservative member Darren Millar on orthodontic services in Wales.

BACKGROUND

The M4 relief road has been a long standing

argument for the Welsh government.

M4

Conservative member Nick Ramsay asks about the M4 relief road in south east Wales.

UK

FM says "the UK is in an exceptionally difficult situation" and "ignoring Scotland is a big mistake."

Improve

FM says "we will be working hard" to improve the Welsh NHS over the next 12 months.

Welsh NHS

Leader of the Conservatives, Andrew R T Davies raises

Alun Davies AM's comments on the Welsh NHS - the former Welsh government minister said that Labour has lost the argument over the state of the NHS in Wales.

Human Rights Act

Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams raises prospect of the Human Rights Act being scrapped.

Welfare

Leanne Wood also asks FM if "powers over welfare will be something you will be seeking from Westminster?"

Mr Jones replied "having the powers is one thing, having the money is another."

Promises

Carwyn Jones
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Firstly we need to make sure "promise of 100 days is kept" says FM.

100 days

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says UK government has no mandate in Wales and it's time for more devolution.

Mr Jones says "we will have to wait and see" if the Wales Bill will be passed during the first 100 days of the new Westminster government.