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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Update following the Grenfell Tower Fire
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure: Historic Environment Policy and Legislation
  5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: The New Treatment Fund - Progress Report
  6. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: Update on the Pathfinder 111 NHS Service in Wales
  7. Debate: Considering the case for new taxes in Wales

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today.

Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll be broadcasting the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

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Where do the powers come from?

'Tax vaping'

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This refers to the first attempt at passing the Public Health Bill being defeated in March 2016, including Mark Drakeford's proposal for a ban on e-cigarettes in some enclosed places.

'Strongly in favour of having the maximum sensible devolution of taxes'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says "generally speaking I'm not in favour of introducing new taxes although I'm strongly in favour of having the maximum sensible devolution of taxes".

'Change for social change's sake'

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says he would welcome "change for social change's sake".

He welcomes the "positive approach to exploring new opportunities".

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'No change for change's sake'

Conservative AM Nick Ramsay reminds the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government of the words in his written statement issued on 5 July 2016, that "there should be no change for change's sake".

He calls on the Welsh Government to make arrangements for an independent review of any new taxes to be completed within 6 years of their introduction.

He says it is important that the public were involved in the process but they should also "have a sense of ownership" of new taxation.

He added: "Any new tax must have the potential to improve the lives of people in Wales".

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'Have your say'

The public is being asked for ideas on what potential new taxes should be introduced in Wales.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said he wanted "a national debate" on new taxation and was keen to hear from the public and businesses.

A shortlist of ideas for new Welsh taxes will be considered in the autumn.

Mr Drakeford told AMs the procedure for creating a new tax was "certainly not straightforward", and required approval from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

"Sometimes you have to begin with the machinery you have, and pretty soon some of its deficiencies may become apparent, and a less cumbersome set of mechanisms may emerge," he said.

Several members of the public had already e-mailed him with ideas, he said.

He added that he was particularly interested in a levy on vacant land, due to come into force in the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

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Wales Act 2014 allows for the creation of new Welsh taxes

The final item today is a government-led debate on taxation.

The Welsh Government already has powers over stamp duty and landfill tax from 2018, and income tax from 2019.

Powers over stamp duty - to be replaced by a Land Transaction Tax - and the tax on landfill sites will take effect in April 2018.

Income tax rates in Wales could be varied from April 2019 as part of a deal with the UK Treasury with Welsh ministers able to cut or raise rates by 10p within each tax band.

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'Robust plan' by autumn for taking the service forward

The service, which differs from other UK models by having a greater proportion of clinical staff within it, was launched as a pilot in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABM), in October 2016, and extended to Carmarthenshire in May 2017.

Between 4 October 2016 and 30 April 2017 the service in ABM has dealt with in excess of 73,000 calls

Vaughan Gething says he is “very pleased with the progress that has been made to date".

He tells AMs he has commissioned an evaluation of the pilot so far and has also asked the 111 Programme Board to provide him with a "robust plan" by autumn 2017 for taking the service forward.

111 service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

The members are now listening to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething: Update on the Pathfinder 111 NHS Service in Wales.

Plans to bring in a new NHS helpline for urgent but non-emergency care in Wales were first announced in 2013, despite problems with the service in England.

The 111 service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can use it both for health information and advice and to access urgent care.

'Confusion' over access to treatments

Conservative Angela Burns says there is confusion as to whether some treatments are available via this New Treatment Fundor through Individual Patient Funding Requests (IPFR).

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'Health board compliance showed some variation'

Vaughan Gethingacknowledges that "in the first two months of the fund, health board compliance showed some variation in the availability of recommended medicines on health board formularies".

He adds "this needs to be consistent across Wales with every health board achieving full compliance with the two-month timescale for every medicine.

"I expect full compliance to be sustained over the five-year period of the fund and to make a real difference for patients".

Vaughan Gething
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Progress report by Vaughan Gething

The next item in the Siambr is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething: The New Treatment Fund - Progress Report.

The £80m treatment fund was launched in January, promising speedier access to new medicines.

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350,000 entries of historic place names

Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd refers to the Welsh Government decision earlier this year not to support his effort to protect historic place names.

He wanted to introduce a bill to the assembly to protect the names of houses and farms, fields, natural features and landscapes.

Ken Skates says that "Wales now boasts the only statutory list of historic place names in the UK, and perhaps the world. The list included nearly 350,000 entries at its launch in early May."

He adds that work to bring the statutory register of historic parks and gardens into effect is well underway.

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Dai Lloyd

'Wales at the forefront of the UK nations'

Ken Skates says the 2016 Act has "placed Wales at the forefront of the UK nations in the protection and management of the historic environment".

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£963m into the Welsh economy each year

The heritage sector generates £963m into the Welsh economy each year and supports over 40,500 jobs, a new report by the Historic Environment Group has revealed.

The report, which collects data from 18 of Wales’ premier heritage organisations, highlights an increase of 4.4% in the number of visits to sites in the last seven years.

Historic Environment Act became law after receiving Royal Assent in March

Now a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates: Historic Environment Policy and Legislation.

The Historic Environment (Wales) Act was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 9 February 2016 and became law after receiving Royal Assent on 21 March 2016.

Pontcysyllte viaduct is one of three of the world's heritage sites
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Pontcysyllte aqueduct is one of Wales' three world heritage sites

'All private sector residential high rise blocks'

Carl Sargent, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, says "our primary focus has been and remains for the time being on high rise tower blocks within the social housing sector.

"We are, though, now engaged with local authorities and the WLGA to identify all private sector residential high rise blocks.

"We are working to ensure we can identify freeholders and managing agents of these blocks and provide them with appropriate advice and guidance - in line with that which we have provided to the social housing sector.

"My expectation is that where an owner identifies that a residential high rise building has, or is suspected of having, ACM cladding they will send samples for testing and take the same additional precautionary measures as social housing landlords have taken".

He reiterates he is waiting on UK Government advice on whether failed cladding should be removed or a "full system" test done first.

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Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant is now providing an update to members following the Grenfell Tower Fire.

Samples of the same type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower are being tested from seven social housing tower blocks in Wales at the request of the Welsh Government.

Cladding from Clyne Court, Sketty, failed a safety test but meets regulations, Swansea council said
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Cladding from Clyne Court, Sketty, failed a safety test but meets regulations, Swansea council said

'Corruption' and 'incompetence'

Plaid Cymru's Neil McEvoy accuses the Welsh Government of "corruption" and "incompetence" over the Circuit of Wales, Kancoat, the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) among others.

Jane Hutt's response is that Mr McEvoy is a member of the public accounts committee which has looked at the individual cases.

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Business Statement and Announcement

We now have the Business Statement and Announcement where Leader of the House Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly.

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'Should be a one day cricket team'

In response to Conservative Mohammad Asghar's call for a Wales cricket team, the first minister says he think there should "certainly be a one day team".

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'More progress needed on female representation in local government'

Labour's John Griffiths and the first minister welcome Debbie Wilcox's election as WLGA leader.

Mr Jones says more progress is needed on female representation in local government.

Circuit of Wales 'prize is too great to give up at this stage'

Neil Hamilton insists the "worst case scenario" if the circuit failed would be manageable annual costs to the Welsh Government.

The first minister repeats that the risks are too high because of the impact on capital spending on other things.

Mr Hamilton says "the prize is too great to give up at this stage" on the circuit.

The first minister says his focus is on making the Ebbw Vale technology park a success.

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Circuit of Wales must 'stand on its own two feet'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton stays on the theme of the Circuit of Wales.

He asks "is there not a way through this" to allow the Welsh Government to guarantee the scheme without upfront cost?

The first minister says the project must "stand on its own two feet".

Welsh ministers decided last week that the taxpayer should not offer a £210m guarantee to the proposed development near Ebbw Vale.

The team behind the scheme - which would cost £433m in total - has pleaded with the Welsh Government not to walk away from the idea.

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Circuit of Wales

'£100m investment will create jobs'

Andrew RT Davies asks what confidence the first minister has the Ebbw Vale technology park will generate jobs where the enterprise zone hasn't.

The first minister says the £100m investment will create jobs.

Mr Davies calls on the first minister to make public evidence that supports the Ebbw Vale business park plan.

The first minister says he will put into the public domain as much information as possible, adding that some emerged today in "an unfortunate manner" - a reference to the story about potential earnings of £1.7m of circuit owner Michael Carrick if the deal had been completed.

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Condolences to friends and family of Ben Davies

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies and the first minister pay condolences to friends and family of a senior member of staff at the Welsh Conservatives who died following an accident on his stag do.

Ben Davies, 32, died on Sunday, a week after falling into a coma while on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Andrew RT Davies says Ben's death has put everything into perspective as his family go from planning a wedding to arranging a funeral.

Ben Davies was due to marry his fiancee Emily Russ in three weeks
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Ben Davies was due to marry his fiancee Emily Russ in three weeks

NHS pay cap

Leanne Wood moves on to the NHS pay cap. The first minister says he wants to remove it but that the UK government must provide finance for it.

The Plaid Cymru leader says the first minister could "take action today" on NHS pay cap, otherwise "what is the point of Labour?"

The first minister says the general election showed people "have faith in Welsh Labour". He adds he can't take a decision "on the hoof" about the NHS pay cap.

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Free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks if the Welsh Government will provide free abortions to women from Northern Ireland.

The first minister says he is working to ensure the same provision as has been announced in England and Scotland.

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Call for the local government funding formula to be 'revisited'

Conservative Nick Ramsay asks if the local government funding formula can be "revisited" to favour rural councils.

The first minister replies that "rurality" is already considered.

Call for a fuller public consultation on the planned prison

UKIP's Caroline Jones calls for a fuller public consultation on the planned Port Talbot prison.

The first minister says it's a UK government matter.

Prison has the potential to create 500 jobs

The first minister points out the prison has the potential to create 500 jobs.

Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins asks why Welsh Government land is being considered for the Port Talbot prison site.

The first minister says the prison is needed in the area.

Carwyn Jones
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'Reject any bid from the Ministry for Justice'

The first minister says Carl Sargeant and his officials are having on-going discussions with Ministry for Justice counterparts.

David Rees calls on the government to "reject any bid from the MoJ for that land" and instead for the Welsh Government to build needed industrial space for local businesses to grow.

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David Rees

Siting of a new prison at Baglan

The first question tabled for today is by David Rees (Aberavon): Will the First Minister make a statement on the discussions held between the Welsh Government and the Ministry of Justice in relation to the siting of a new prison at Baglan?

The proposed site is undeveloped land north west of the former Panasonic factory in Baglan, alongside the M4.

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Welcome to Senedd Live

Plenary begins with questions to First Minister Carwyn Jones.

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