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  1. 9:30am: Environment and Sustainability Committee.
  2. The Welsh Assembly sits from 13.30 GMT, the first item on the agenda was questions to the health minister.
  3. Next: Debate on the Children Committee's report on its inquiry into educational outcomes from low income households.
  4. Next: Debate on the Enterprise and Business Committee's report on Assisting Young People into Work.
  5. Next: Welsh Conservatives Debate.

Live Reporting

By Anwen Lewis and Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

Nos da!

That's it from us today, there will be no coverage next week as the Assembly is in recess.

We will be back on Tuesday 2 June. In the meantime, for more political news click




Short debates differ from other debates as they allow any Member, other than a member of the government, to have a general debate on a topic of interest or constituency matter, without requiring the Assembly to vote at the end of the debate (as there is no associated motion).

Members are selected from a ballot held by the Presiding Officer and permitted to bring forward a topic of their choice.

The Minister or Assembly Commissioner responsible for the topic being discussed usually responds to the short debate.

West Wales economy

Keith Davies

Keith Davies is using his time in the Siambr to talk about 'stimulating the economy in west Wales - using the levers at the Welsh government's disposal to promote growth.'

Last item

We move on to voting time and the last item of the day - the short debate lead by Labour AM for Llanelli, Keith Davies.

'Recognisable' brand

The Minister for Economy, Edwina Hart says that Finance Wales is " a brand that is instantly recognisable".


Conservative member Paul Davies says "access to finance is till a huge obstacle for SME's who largely only require small scale loans to support their businesses."

Paul Davies

'Well regarded'

Julie Morgan says "Finance Wales is well regarded outside Wales" adding "Finance Birmingham was based on Finance Wales."



Critics of the proposed development bank have raised concerns that it would be under the direct influence of the Welsh government as opposed to Finance Wales, which operates at arms-length from ministers.

Development Bank

A third and final report by economist Professor Dylan Jones-Evans focused on whether a development bank is required for Wales.

The Welsh government set up the review over concerns that firms were not able to borrow the money they needed to grow and take on staff.

Finance Wales

Finance Wales is an important issue in the Conservatives' debate.

Their website states: 'We can invest from £1,000 to £2 million at a time in SMEs based throughout Wales from a number of investment funds and can invest up to a total of £5 million in one SME.'

Independent review

The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart commissioned an independent review which was led by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans of the University of the West of England.

The aim was to examine how effectively Welsh businesses can access existing sources of funding and to identify areas of particular challenge providing recommendations.

Conservative debate

The next item on the agenda is the Conservative debate on small businesses across Wales.

Jobs Growth Wales

The Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James refers in her reply to the government Jobs Growth Wales programme.

£25 million of European funding has recently been approved to support the continuation of the programme which

recently closed while approval for a new one was awaited from the EU.

Julie James
Julie James

Growth of businesses

Plaid's Rhun ap Iorwerth says we "need to make it possible for businesses to grow in Wales, and for them to want to do so" to create job opportunities for young people.

Rhun ap Iorwerth
Rhun ap Iorwerth


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"Calls for more support to get young people

into work."


For a copy of the report click



The Committee decided to look at Assisting Young People into Work during the autumn term of 2014, setting out to investigate the barriers that young people face and the success of various schemes across the public, private and third sectors in helping them into employment.

Young People into Work

Up now is the debate on the Enterprise and Business Committee's report on Assisting Young People into Work.

'Re-writing the future'?

Huw Lewis
Huw Lewis

Education Minister, Huw Lewis says "re-writing the future places a similarly strong emphasis on the importance of early intervention in mitigating the effects of poverty on children's education attainment."


Keith Davies recalls walking into a classroom of 4-5 years old and asking the teacher what the hardest thing about teaching them was.

She answered "getting them to listen."

Mr Davies said the teacher blamed televisions being on at home, and families not used to talking together.

'Considerable challenges'

BBC Wales News

The committee

previously said there are "considerable challenges" to close the education attainment gap and "ministers needs to do more."

Schools Challenge Cymru

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

They have all been assigned an adviser, with a "proven track record of school improvement".

For a list of the schools and their advisers please click


Pupil Deprivation Grant

In her opening statement, the Chair of the children's Committee Ann Jones speaks about the Pupil Deprivation Grant (PDG).

The grant provides financial support to help tackle the effects of poverty on attainment.

Ann Jones
Ann Jones

Children's Committee report

The first debate of the afternoon is on the Children, Young People and Education Committee's report on its inquiry into Educational Outcomes for Children from Low Income Households.

Theodore Huckle

Theodore Huckle
Theodore Huckle

The Counsel General for Wales is the Welsh Government's Law Officer, which means the Government's chief legal adviser and representative in the courts.

Counsel General

Members move on to Questions to the Counsel General, Theodore Huckle.


Plaid's Lindsay Whittle says some children as young as 11 years old have used e-cigarettes.

Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, says advertising flavoured e-cigarettes, such as "bubble gum flavour", seems to be aimed at young people.


£2 million investment

Kirsty Williams
Kirsty Williams

Kirsty Williams talks of a press release from the government on Monday saying £2 million will be invested "to develop specific services to better diagnose and support young people with ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder."

Ms Williams asks Mr Drakeford whether this is new money or not?

The minister replies it is "entirely new money."

Emergency departments

Darren Millar says "over 2,000 patients spent more than 12 hours in emergency departments across Wales compared to fewer than 50 over the same period in England."

He adds the minister needs to "pull socks up" and "pull finger out" and "deliver performance."

The minster replies that the "contribution of Darren Millar is a triumph of prejudice over analysis."

"Idle his stock-in-trade", says Health Minister of his shadow.

Darren Millar
Darren Millar


Elin Jones asks whether the minister is aware of Theresa May introducing legislation to ban the use of police cells for children and young people with mental health issues.

Elin Jones
Elin Jones

Party Spokespeople

The Presiding Officer calls on Party Spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the Minister. Elin Jones will speak on behalf of Plaid Cymru, Darren Millar for the Conservatives and Kirsty Williams for the Liberal Democrats.

Leaked document

Last week a leaked document seen by

BBC Wales said the GP out-of-hours service in north Wales was understaffed and has a number of management issues.

GP out-of-hours services
GP out-of-hours services

The leaked document includes responses from 117 staff and 84% said at times they felt the service was "not safe".


Ann Jones asks for a statement on out-of-hours GP services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Ann Jones
Ann Jones

Primary care

Health minister says "Thousands more patients that live in England receive their primary care from the Welsh NHS than is true in the opposite direction."

Mark Drakeford

Health board boundaries

Gwenda Thomas asks the first question on the administration of general medical practitioners' practices that cross local health board boundaries.

Croeso nôl!

Welcome back! Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, will start answering members' questions at 13:30pm.

Back at 13:30

The committee has gone into private session, and with that our coverage finishes. Join us at 13:30 for questions to the Health Minister.

New regulations

On 24 March 2014 the European Commission adopted the legislative proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. For more information click


TB concern

"There is potentially a chance that cattle are coming into Wales which have never been tested for TB and that's a concern to me" says Ms Evans.

Glastir Organic

Glastir Organic is an element of the Welsh government's Glastir Scheme. Glastir Organic provides support to organic farmers and producers "that deliver positive environmental land management".