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Summary

  1. Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  3. Questions to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal: Bill to increase citizen participation in policy making
  6. Debate on the 'Port Talbot Community Against the Super Prison' Petition
  7. Plaid Cymru debate: Catalonia
  8. Plaid Cymru debate: universal credit
  9. Short Debate: type-1 diabetes in children and young people

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Sarah Down-Roberts

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Siambr today.

Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 12 December.

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Short Debate: screening for type-1 diabetes

The topic chosen by Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy) for the Short Debate is "A call for GPs to undertake routine screening for type-1 diabetes in children and young people".

'Regrets heavy-handed response by the Spanish Government'

The Plaid Cymru proposal that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the strong links between Wales and Catalonia dating back from the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War.

2. Notes the vote of the Parliament of Catalonia to hold a referendum on self-determination.

3. Regrets the heavy-handed response by the Spanish Government and the resulting detention of elected Catalan representatives in prison.

4. Supports the right of parliaments in the European Union to make decisions for the future of their citizens.

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'Unfulfillable expectations'

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Housing and Regeneration, says that "were the Welsh Government to take on administrative responsibility for social security without substantial additional funding from the UK, this would simply impose new financial burdens on the Welsh Government while raising unfulfillable expectations that the Welsh Government could afford to make more generous provision for claimants".

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Universal Credit a 'flawed policy'

'Principle behind universal credit is widely supported'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says that "the principle behind universal credit is widely supported, providing the right support for jobseekers, and of course putting proper care in place for people who cannot work".

He says AMs should welcome the "wide-ranging package announced in the UK Government’s budget to address concerns around the transition to universal credit".

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Plaid Cymru debate

In the second Plaid Cymru debate, the party proposes that the assembly:

1. Believes that the six-week application time for universal credit claimants will cause hardship during the Christmas period.

2. Reaffirms that the universal credit system is fundamentally flawed.

3. Calls on the UK Government to take mitigating steps to speed up universal credit payments, and avoid sanctions, over the Christmas period.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to seek the same administrative responsibility over social security as the Scottish Government.

'No role for Welsh Government in deciding fate of another nation'

Leader of the House Julie James says the "Welsh Government will be abstaining and giving backbenchers a free vote because there is no role for the Welsh Government in deciding the fate of another nation"

'Simple principle of the right to self-determination'

Neil Hamilton says UKIP supports the Plaid Cymru motion, as "this debate is about the simple principle of the right to self-determination" and points 3 and 4 in the motion "should not be controversial to any democrat".

'Subject requires deep discernment rather than brief debate'

Conservative David Melding says they will oppose the motion as "this subject requires deep discernment rather than brief debate.

"And we always need to be modest when passing judgement on another state".

'Message of solidarity is so important from this institution'

Adam Price says a "message of solidarity is so important from this institution.

"We do it because, as a small nation, we should never allow the illegal usurpation of power by a central state against the duly elected parliament of a small nation".

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Plaid Cymru debate

The first Plaid Cymru debate proposes that the assembly:

1. Notes the strong links between Wales and Catalonia dating back from the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War.

2. Notes the vote of the Parliament of Catalonia to hold a referendum on self-determination.

3. Regrets the heavy-handed response by the Spanish Government and the resulting detention of elected Catalan representatives in prison.

4. Supports the right of parliaments in the European Union to make decisions for the future of their citizens.

Catalonia's bid for independence from Spain is explained here.

catalonia
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'No presumption on the conclusion of this process'

Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies says "no actions by the Welsh Government to date make any presumption on the conclusion of this process".

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'My region will benefit from the new prison'

UKIP's Caroline Jones, who lives in Port Talbot, says she cannot support the petitioners and seeks to put the petition in context by stating that Port Talbot is home to 37,000 people.

She says "my region will benefit from the new prison", which "will bring much-needed employment opportunities".

Caroline Jones
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'Clear that this prison isn't wanted by the community'

Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, pays tribute to the campaigners stating it's very clear that this prison isn't wanted by the community.

She says they do not want, and Wales does not need, a prison of this magnitude in the area.

Bethan Jenkins
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'Fewer reservations about the concept of these large-site prisons'

Conservative Suzy Davies says "I have fewer reservations about the concept of these large-site prisons...because of their better rehabilitation rates and better facilities for prisoners and visitors".

Suzy Davies
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'Just say no' to the Ministry of Justice

David Rees, Labour AM for Aberavon, says the site in Baglan is "wholly inappropriate" for a jail.

His message to the Welsh Government is that when the Ministry of Justice asks to buy or lease the land, "just say no."

The earmarked Baglan site is in an enterprise zone
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The earmarked Baglan site is in an enterprise zone

Petition signed by nearly 9,000 people

The next item is a debate on the 'Port Talbot Community Against the Super Prison' Petition.

Campaigners against plans for a new prison in Port Talbot have presented a petition signed by nearly 9,000 people to the Welsh Assembly.

Opponents have urged the Welsh Government not to release the land to the Ministry of Justice.

Plans for the new Category C prison to house 1,600 inmates in Baglan have faced local opposition since they were first announced in March.

It has also emerged the publicly-owned site proposed may be subject to restrictions limiting its use to an industrial park.

AMs Bethan Jenkins (yellow scarf) and David Rees (right) helped present the petition
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AMs Bethan Jenkins (yellow scarf) and David Rees (right) helped present the petition

'Quite exciting proposal'

Leader of the House Julie James says the Welsh Government "share the aspiration as set out by David Melding in his quite exciting proposal".

There are a number of models of citizen engagement, she adds, before listing many issues that require further consideration.

'We are, believe it or not, professional politicians'

"The difference between us in this chamber and the general public is that we are, believe it or not, professional politicians," says UKIP's Gareth Bennett.

"Tread carefully", is his message to David Melding.

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Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal

We move on to the first debate of the day, in which David Melding (South Wales Central) asks AMs to note his proposal for a Bill to increase citizen participation in policy making in Wales, to "improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public services".

He says "today the greatest act of political leadership would be to enhance the energy of citizenship"

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90 Second Statements

We move on to the 90 Second Statements, which can be used to raise any subject of concern. For example, a Member may raise matters of pressing concern to their constituents, draw attention to local issues, mark anniversaries or significant dates, or pay a tribute.

Topical Questions 3: postponement of new energy powers

David Melding (South Wales Central)asks: Will the First Minister make a statement on the postponement of new energy powers under the Wales Act 2017?

Lesley Griffiths says "at the insistence of the Wales Office the planning provisions will now be commenced prematurely placing Wales at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the UK".

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Pinewood 'remains committed to operating the studio'

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Dafydd Elis-Thomas says Pinewood "remains committed to operating the studio in Wentloog and continuing to promote Wales internationally as a destination for high-end TV and film production".

Until September 2017, Pinewood Pictures had administered the Welsh Government's £30m media investment budget, which was announced when Pinewood's move to Wales was confirmed in 2014.

Aspects of a new agreement with Pinewood, which leases a studio space in Cardiff from the Welsh Government, remain "commercial, in confidence" says Dafydd Elis-Thomas.

However he adds that "commercial changes have taken place in the ownership of Pinewood," which has led to new priorities in the way that the company works.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas
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Topical Question 2: Pinewood

Suzy Davies (South Wales West)asks: Will the Cabinet Secretary provide assurances that Pinewood remains fully committed to continue operating its current studio in Wales, in light of the lack of information provided by the Welsh government in response to a series of written questions on this matter?

In 2015, the film company agreed a 15-year lease on a Welsh Government-owned warehouse in Cardiff but the terms have now been renegotiated.

Pinewood Wales began renting the converted warehouse after entering into the lease, which had a break clause after five years, but those terms have been renegotiated.

Pinewood
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Brexit: 'Grubby excuse to deny Welsh democratic rights'
Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts makes fresh accusations that the prime minister is using Brexit to mount a "power grab" to undermine devolution.

Call for statutory obligations for access to banking

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas says small firms still have a need for cash banking.

He calls on the Welsh Government to lobby for "statutory obligations for access to banking for our businesses and customers, and citizens in rural areas".

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'Contempt for the concept of customer service'

Mick Antoniw says the banks have "contempt for the concept of customer service".

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Topical Question 1: local bank closure announcements

Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) asks: Following the latest in a long line of local bank closure announcements, what action is the Welsh Government taking to introduce a Public Bank in accordance with the research conducted by the Public Policy Institute for Wales?

It was announced on 1 December that 20 NatWest bank branches are to close in Wales.

Mr Price calls the situation a "crisis".

Mark Drakeford says "ministers have consistently called on commercial banks to maintain a strong branch network presence in Wales".

He adds the Development Bank for Wales will "prioritise economic development".

NatWest bank in Ammanford will shut in May 2018
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NatWest bank in Ammanford will shut in May 2018

No questions to the Assembly Commission

No questions have been tabled to the Assembly Commission, the corporate body responsible for ensuring that property, staff and services are provided for the Assembly.

'Human trafficking through Holyhead port a huge issue'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says "human trafficking through Holyhead port is a huge issue".

Julie James says "we've established the Wales Anti-slavery leadership group to provide strategic leadership and direction".

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Concerns about implementation of 2015 Act

Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian expresses concerns about the implementation of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.

The newly-promoted Julie James responds "I've not yet got a full grasp of that".

Minimum wage enforcement

UKIP's David Rowlands accuses the Welsh Government of "burying its head in the sand" about very low pay for car washers.

Julie James says "we are looking at ways of ensuring minimum wage enforcement provisions in Wales can be made better".

Julie James
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Travelling To Better Health guidance

We move on to Questions to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip Julie James.

Julie Morgan seeks an update on the Travelling To Better Health guidance in relation to gypsies and travellers, and says she has heard concerns from gypsies and travellers about access to GPs and healthcare in general.

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Competitive business tax regime?

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says, on taxation, the "Labour Party is going in the opposite direction to the rest of the world and if we are going to compete with economies abroad we have to have a competitive business tax regime".

Mr Drakeford says a "competitive race to the bottom... is not a sensible way for us to go"

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'Omniuncertainty': relationship with the European Investment Bank

Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis says "a great part of the omniuncertainty we are facing" as a result of Brexit is the "future relationship with the European Investment Bank".

Mr Drakeford says "we believe we should remain a subscribing partner of the European Investment Bank".

Established in 1958, the EIB uses capital provided by EU countries to make loans at low rates, often for major infrastructure projects.

All 28 EU nations are shareholders in the Luxembourg-based bank, with the UK being the largest alongside Germany, France and Italy.

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Role of small and medium-sized enterprises

Conservative Nick Ramsay calls on the Welsh Government to ensure its procurement processes allow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to secure as much business as possible.

Mr Drakeford says he is keen to ensure that "more of the spend that is made through the public purse ends up being spent with Welsh suppliers."

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Nick Ramsay