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Summary

  1. Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government
  3. Questions to the Assembly Commission
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal: young carers
  6. Welsh Conservatives debate: regeneration schemes
  7. Plaid Cymru debate: a million Welsh speakers by 2050
  8. Short Debate: Hate crime – is it on the rise in Wales?

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Siambr for today.

Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 11 July.

Senedd
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'Genuinely concerned about clear spike in hate crime'

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant says he was "slightly astounded" by Neil Hamilton's contribution.

He says he is " genuinely concerned" about "a clear spike" in hate crime around the time of the referendum and following the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Carl Sargeant
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'Almost anything can be recorded today as hate crime'

Mr Hamilton questions "the explosion of hate crime associated with Brexit".

He says "there has been an active trawling of hate post-Brexit and you can find it if you want it".

He adds, "almost anything can be recorded today as hate crime".

Short Debate

The topic chosen by Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales) for his Short Debate is 'Hate crime – is it on the rise in Wales?'

Hate crime
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Consultation on provision for a new Welsh Language Bill

Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language Alun Davies points out the Welsh Government's intention to publish a White Paper for consultation in the National Eisteddfod on provision for a new Welsh Language Bill.

He says action is being taken already to promote and facilitate the use of Welsh across communities and workplaces, in formal and informal settings.

He also draws attention to the establishment of a planning board to advise on a national programme to promote the use of the Welsh language.

He says he wants to "unite the nation on the subject of the Welsh language"

Alun Davies
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Review the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner

Conservative Suzy Davies calls on the Welsh Government to "consider how best to promote the acquisition and use of Welsh language skills as an intrinsic part of its economic strategy", and to review the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner and ensure that the Commissioner is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales.

She also says the government should "reflect on the purpose and effectiveness of Welsh language standards prior to any proposal to extend their application into the private sector" and "adopt a new model, outside government, to promote the Welsh language within education, communities and the economy".

Suzy Davies
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'Genuine local consultation'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton warns that "flying in the face of local public opinion will limit the chances of success of the Welsh Government's strategy of reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050".

Referring to the decision taken to remove English-stream education at Ysgol Llangennech which was approved by Carmarthenshire council in January, and this week's announcement that Welsh-medium education will continue at a Powys school after a U-turn by the council, he calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that:

"a) any changes to existing key stages 1 to 5 education and childcare provision involves genuine local consultation whereby:

i) all respondents supply their names, addresses and postcodes; and

ii) each individual named in any submitted petition is recorded as a discrete observation unit; and

b) the opinions of third parties, agents and commissioners, including those purporting to offer expert advice on Welsh language provision, are not given priority over the wishes of local residents and parents".

Carmarthenshire council voted in favour making Ysgol Llangennech, near Llanelli, a Welsh medium primary from September.
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Carmarthenshire council voted in favour making Ysgol Llangennech, near Llanelli, a Welsh medium primary from September.

'Language considerations intrinsic in economic planning'

Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian calls on the Welsh Government to:

"a) plan for substantial growth, and normalising, Welsh medium education and child care;

b) ensure that language considerations are intrinsic in economic planning as part of maintaining the current maintenance regimes and the need for this to be reflected in the Welsh Government’s proposed economic strategy;

c) strengthen the role of the Welsh language Commissioner to regulate and promote the rights of Welsh speakers and extend the Welsh language standards to the private sector including the telecommunications sector, banks and supermarkets;

d) establish a new arms-length agency to promote the Welsh language within education, communities and the economy".

Sian Gwenllian
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Growing the number of Welsh speakers

The topic of the Plaid Cymru debate is the Welsh Government’s aim of reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

The Plaid Cymru report ‘Reaching the Million’ outlines some of its main strategic priorities for growing the number of Welsh speakers in Wales to a million by 2050.

Welsh language
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Inherited 'a real mess' from Edwina Hart

Conservative Darren Millar tells Ken Skates he inherited "a real mess" from ex-economy minister Edwina Hart.

Darren Millar
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'Most difficult and challenging decision I've been involved in'

Economy Secretary Ken Skates says the Circuit of Wales was the "most difficult and challenging decision I've been involved in".

He refers to the the establishment of the Ministerial Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys with its "aim of ensuring effective regeneration across the region alongside strong, connective infrastructure; improved access to good quality jobs and skills development".

He insists the Welsh Government's intention to invest £100m over ten years in a new Automotive Technology Business Park in Ebbw Vale will stimulate economic growth across the Heads of the Valleys.

He also draws attention to the work of the Welsh Government and other stakeholders "in driving forward the North Wales Growth Deal to support economic growth on a cross-border basis".

Welsh Government 'has failed to address poverty'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says the Welsh Government has failed to address poverty in Wales and misspent money on the Communities First scheme.

Mark Isherwood
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'Devastating blow to industrial confidence in Wales'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton describes Welsh ministers' decision that the taxpayer should not offer a £210m guarantee to the proposed Circuit of Wales development near Ebbw Vale as "a devastating blow to industrial confidence in Wales".

For years, how did the government miss a "most elementary" flaw about being liable for the project's debt, asks Mr Hamilton.

Neil Hamilton
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'Field of dreams' strategy

Adam Price attacks the Welsh Government scheme for a £100m auto-industry business park in Blaenau Gwent as a "field of dreams" strategy - build it and they will come.

He lists alleged incidents of government misleading.

'Something has gone desperately wrong with the Circuit of Wales'

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says "something has gone desperately wrong with the Circuit of Wales".

He calls on the Welsh Government to "meet with all relevant parties in order to explore potential solutions to the issues referred to in its statement on the Circuit of Wales of the 27 June 2017 to increase future investor confidence".

He also calls on the Welsh Government to commit to establishing "a full independent inquiry into the Welsh Government's handling of the Circuit of Wales project".

Circuit of Wales
Circuit of Wales

Investor confidence for regeneration projects

Conservative Russell George calls on the Welsh Government to outline how it proposes to increase investor confidence for regeneration projects.

He also criticises the Welsh Government’s handling of the Circuit of Wales project, claiming "this could have a negative impact on potential investment for future regeneration projects in Wales".

Welsh Conservatives debate

We move on to the Welsh Conservatives debate on the importance of regeneration schemes in enhancing the future prosperity of communities across Wales.

Carers Trust Wales will provide recommendations

Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans says the Welsh Government is fully committed to improving the life of young carers.

She says that Carers Trust Wales will provide her with recommendations as how to further support the well-being of young carers.

Rebecca Evans
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'Important piece of legislation'

UKIP's Caroline Jones congratulates Bethan Jenkins on an "important piece of legislation" and offers her full support.

Schools' senior management team

Conservative David Melding says "all secondary schools should have a member of their senior management team with express responsibility for ensuring they have a good young carers policy".

David Melding
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Difficulties in young carers obtaining prescriptions on behalf of those in their care

Bethan Jenkins also points to difficulties in young carers obtaining prescriptions on behalf of those in their care, with many young carers not known to local pharmacies and being under the age of 16, and calls for more engagement so that medicines could be obtained more easily.

Bethan Jenkins
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Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal

The first of this afternoon's debates is on a Member's Legislative Proposal.

Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West) calls for more actions to make sure young carers in Wales get the support and services they need to maintain their education, have better access to social and recreational activities and be able to carry out their responsibilities as carers.

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Motions to elect Members to committees

Members agree that the assembly:

  • elects Gareth Bennett (United Kingdom Independence Party) as a member of the Standards of Conduct Committee in place of David J Rowlands (United Kingdom Independence Party).
  • elects Mark Reckless (Welsh Conservatives) as a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee in place of Mohammad Asghar (Welsh Conservatives).
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90 Second Statements

We now have the 90 Second Statements, where three AMs have the opportunity to raise issues of topical interest.

'Tragic' if Y Cymro is lost forever

Ken Skates replies "the Welsh Government does not get involved in the Welsh Books Council's funding decisions".

He adds it would be "tragic if the publication is lost forever".

Ken Skates
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Support for Y Cymro

The second topical question is byDai Lloyd (South Wales West): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on support for 'Y Cymro' given current uncertainty around its long-term future?

Y Cymro
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Policy paper a 'belated step forward'

Mark Drakeford describes the paper as a "belated step forward", but that it "still treats people as bargaining chips, which is unacceptable".

Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU

The first topical question is:

Steffan Lewis (South Wales East): What assessment has the First Minister made of the UK Government’s policy paper ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’, published last week?

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Expedited Ministerial response

The next item in the Siambr is the topical questions, which must relate to a matter of national, regional or local significance where an expedited Ministerial response is desirable.

Questions
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Assembly 'has no suitable growing space'

Caroline Jones replies that the assembly "has no suitable growing space, unlike some other UK legislatures".

Jenny Rathbone challenges that assumption and calls for a rethink.

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Assembly growing food on its estate

We move on to questions to the Assembly Commission. The first of which is by Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central): What progress is the Assembly making in growing food on its estate?

Jenny Rathbone
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'Greater obligations on local authorities to broadcast their proceedings'

UKIP's Gareth Bennett refers to the "variability of tv coverage of council meetings".

Mr Drakeford says the Welsh Government white paper ‘Reforming local government: Resilient and renewed’ places "greater obligations on local authorities both to broadcast their proceedings and to make their proceedings available to the public".

Gareth Bennett
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Local authorities 'often the final resort of the welfare state'

Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders calls for the "inclusion of a clear poverty reduction scheme within future local authority reform".

Mr Drakeford points out that local authorities "are often the final resort of the welfare state....so there is already a golden thread in terms of what local authorities do".

Janet Finch-Saunders
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Balance sheet classification on the Circuit of Wales

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price raises the decision-making process behind the Circuit of Wales, particularly balance sheet classification.

Mr Drakeford says his officials contributed to the due diligence process.

He adds he does not believe that the decision on the Circuit of Wales has a direct bearing on the mutual investment model the Welsh Government has put together.

Circuit of Wales
Circuit of Wales

Questions without notice

The Llywydd calls party spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the Cabinet Secretary after Question 2.

'Deployed in response to genuine problems'

Mr Drakeford says "it is for each local authority to determine its own policy and approach to the use of fixed penalty notices

"The Welsh Government supports their use when deployed in response to genuine problems, issued sensibly and enforced evenhandedly".

Mark Drakeford
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Use of fixed penalty notices by local authorities

The first of the tabled questions is by Mohammad Asghar (South Wales East): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the use of fixed penalty notices by local authorities in Wales?

Mohammad Ashgar
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Questions to Mark Drakeford

Plenary begins with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford.

Back at 1.30pm

The committee is now meeting in private.

Senedd Live is back at 1.30pm for plenary.

Committee chair Russell George
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Committee chair Russell George

'True additionality' through the city deals?

UKIP's David Rowlands asks to what extent the ideals behind the city deals would be delivered anyway without them.

Ken Skates says the five-year gateway assessment will establish whether there will be "true additionality" through the city deals.

David Rowlands
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