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Summary

  1. Economy Committee discusses enterprise zones
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) - Unadopted roads
  6. Debate on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's report into loneliness and isolation
  7. Welsh Conservatives debate: Mental health
  8. Short Debate: Getting smart with fuel poverty

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 returns after the Spring Half Term recess.

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'Getting smart with fuel poverty'

The topic chosen by Mark Isherwood (North Wales) for his Short Debate is 'Getting smart with fuel poverty'.

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Mental health motion passed

The Welsh Conservatives motion is passed, with 41 for and six against.

vote
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Mental health one of the five priority areas

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething reminds AMs that mental health is one of the five priority areas of Prosperity for All: the national strategy, recognising that "getting the right treatment at an early stage, coupled with greater awareness of conditions, can in many cases prevent long term adverse impacts".

Vaughan Gething
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'Number of episodes of panic attack'

David Melding says he has had "a number of episodes of panic attack and it is horribly debilitating.

"It has a huge effect on your confidence".

Capacity of Veterans' NHS Wales

Darren Millar focuses on the Veterans' NHS Wales service, calling for additional funding to increase capacity.

Each Local Health Board has appointed an experienced clinician as a Veteran Therapist with an interest or experience of military mental health problems.

Darren Millar
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Inquiry into emotional and mental health of children and young people

Lynne Neagle, chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, points out that tomorrow the committee holds its final evidence session on the inquiry into the emotional and mental health of children and young people, and will report later this term.

'Children who require treatment for mental health must receive it promptly'

Rhun ap Iorwerth presents his amendment to add a new point at the end of the motion, that the assembly "ensures that children who require treatment for mental health receive it promptly before their condition gets worse and that the Welsh Government publishes statistics on performance against this objective".

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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'Mental health services in Wales could be world-leading'

"Mental health services in Wales could be world-leading" says Angela Burns "if run in a more proactive, holistic manner".

She highlights the pressures on children and young adults, including the impact of social media.

She says mental health services are chronically underfunded.

Angela Burns
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'People with mental health conditions face injustices and challenges'

The topic chosen for the Welsh Conservatives debate is mental health.

The proposal is that the assembly:

1. Recognises the importance of good mental health.

2. Regrets that some people with mental health conditions face injustices and challenges when accessing services.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that Wales’s health and social care sectors are able to deliver effective, preventative mental health services.

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Recommendations accepted, at least partially

The Minister for Children and Social Care Huw Irranca-Davies sets out the Welsh Government's response to the report, which can be seen in detail here.

All the recommendations are accepted, at least partially.

'Some policies in recent years have been going in a different direction'

Lynne Neagle, Labour AM for Torfaen, welcomes the Welsh Government's "commitment to tackling loneliness as a national priority, but some policies in recent years have been going in a different direction".

She cites the axing of the Communities First scheme.

Lynne Neagle
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'Publish strategy before 2019'

Dai Lloyd (South Wales West) presents the report which has six recommendations.

The first recommendation is that the Welsh Government "review the timescales for the development of its strategy to address loneliness and isolation, with a view to publication before 2019".

Debate on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's report

We move on to a debate on the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's report into loneliness and isolation.

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Motion on unadopted roads is passed

The motion on unadopted roads is passed without objection.

'Task-force to resolve this issue across our country'

Economy Secretary Ken Skates says the debate makes clear there is a "problem that needs solving in Wales".

He acknowledges the issue "justifies a national approach to ensure a consistent approach across all authorities".

He says he has instructed officials to begin discussions with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) on the "development of a task-force to resolve this issue across our country".

Ken Skates
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'Disgraceful' response from estate management company

Hefin David says as well as unadopted roads, there is an issue with the way estate management companies work.

He quotes a response to a resident from an estate management company for Cwm Calon in his constituency, stating "With respect, get a life".

He describes that response as "absolutely disgraceful".

Sewers, roads or public open space

Nick Ramsay cites the website of the Resident Adoption Action Group, which sets out the issues facing residents who live on housing estates where the sewers, roads or public open space have not been adopted.

The action group states "local councils are often also less than motivated in fulfilling their promise to the residents to adopt a site as they are already receiving 100% of the council tax even though they are not maintaining your highway".

'Informed and thoughtful contributions from all sides'

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'Cries out for reform'

David Melding says he shares Mr Hedges' anger that some developers have built roads on new estates that are not to adoptable standards, adding that the issue of unadopted roads "cries out for reform".

David Melding
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'New roads should be built to adoptable standards'

"All new roads should be built to adoptable standards," says Mike Hedges.

Mike Hedges
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'Quantifying the scale of the problem is difficult'

Dai Lloyd cites the example of an unadopted road in Waunarlwydd which has proved problematic for decades.

He also says as local authorities are not obliged to maintain a register of unadopted roads, "quantifying the scale of the problem is difficult".

'Deliver a reduction in the number of unadopted roads'

The first debate of the day is a Member Debate on unadopted roads.

Dai Lloyd (South Wales West)

David Melding (South Wales Central

Nick Ramsay (Monmouth)

Mike Hedges (Swansea East)

Supported by

Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley)

propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the number of roads in Wales which are unadopted, and are therefore not maintained by the relevant local authority.

2. Notes that a number of developers have not built roads on new estates to adoptable standards.

3. Recognises that there are weaknesses in the house-buying process, which does not always ensure that buyers have sufficient financial retentions in place to bring these roads up to the local authority's adoptable standard.

4. Recognises that house buyers are often faced with having to invest significant sums of money in order to bring roads up to the local authority's adoptable standard.

5. Notes that many of these roads remain unadopted and in a bad state of repair, for a number of years, sometimes in perpetuity.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to establish a taskforce, to include local authorities, the legal profession, developers and other key stakeholders, with a view to developing improvements to the house buying and road adoption process.

7. Seeks to develop a Wales-wide programme to deliver a reduction in the number of unadopted roads in Wales.

Dai Lloyd
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Dai Lloyd

Motions to elect a Member to committees

New AM Jack Sargeant is elected to three Assembly committees.

'Absolutely fed-up'

Joyce Watson says "I'm absolutely fed-up of talking about case reviews where things have gone wrong through lack of joined-up thinking".

Joyce Watson
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Expect Powys Council to 'expedite the necessary improvements'

Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children and Social Care, says the boy's family and the Welsh Government "would expect Powys County Council to expedite the necessary improvements to ensure the best care and support is always provided".

Huw Irranca-Davies
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Death of a child in the care of Powys County Council

Simon Thomas raises the case of a teenager who took his own life while in foster care.

The teenager was failed by agencies as he prepared to leave the care system, a review has concluded.

The boy, from Powys, killed himself three months before his 18th birthday after becoming anxious about living independently.

Agencies failed to account for his special educational needs to ensure a smooth transition, the review said.

Powys council apologised for failing to provide appropriate support for him.

'No deal outcome from Brexit would be catastrophic for Wales'

A "no deal outcome from Brexit would be catastrophic for Wales," Mark Drakeford tells Neil Hamilton.

Mr Hamilton says such words are "music to the ears" of the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier because it makes his negotiating position stronger.

Mark Drakeford
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Call for fundamental review of procurement strategy

Conservative Nick Ramsay calls for a fundamental review of the Welsh Government's procurement strategy.

Nick Ramsay
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Percentage of Welsh procurement in the public sector

Adam Price: "Is the percentage of Welsh procurement in the public sector that you're responsible for going up or down?"

Mark Drakeford: "On the whole, it's increasing."

Adam Price: "No, it's going down".

Adam Price
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'Seek to defeat the government so that we can amend the bill'

On the EU Withdrawal Bill, Mark Drakeford says "If we can't get an agreed amendment with the UK government, we will pursue our own amendment in the House of Lords and we will seek to defeat the government so that we can amend the bill in the way that is necessary".

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Welsh Government offices located outside of Cardiff

We move on to Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Mark Drakeford.

Russell George asks about the future of Welsh Government offices located outside of Cardiff.

He seeks assurance that the Welsh Government will maintain a long-term presence in Newtown.

Mr Drakeford replies that "with budgets under very significant pressure, we have to continually review the estate the Welsh Government occupies".

Russell George
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Russell George

Mark Reckless fails to ask his tabled question

The Llywydd Elin Jones is unhappy that Mark Reckless is also not present in the Siambr to ask his question, the second AM from the Conservative group to miss a question this afternoon.

'Sense of proportion' needed from Natural Resources Wales

UKIP's Neil Hamilton calls for a "sense of proportion" in proposals from Natural Resources Wales on salmon and sea trout fishing.

NRW has been consulting on whether all anglers should be forced to release every salmon they catch in a bid to stop a serious reduction of stocks in Welsh rivers.

Neil Hamilton
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Package of measures dealing with animal welfare

Conservative Paul Davies refers to the report Unpicking the Knots: the case for a more cohesive approach to pet welfare legislation.

He wants to know what the government is doing to strengthen or introduce legislation regarding the sale of pets.

Lesley Griffiths says she will announce a package of measures dealing with animal welfare in March.

Paul Davies
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Ability for farmers to attract workforce from EU a 'huge issue'

Questioned by Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas about a post-Brexit framework for agriculture in Wales, Lesley Griffiths says it would be "a huge issue if there was a narrowing of the ability for farmers to attract workforce from the EU after Brexit".

Simon Thomas
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Enforcement powers delegated to Natural Resources Wales

The first of the tabled questions is by Angela Burns who was due to ask for an outline of the enforcement powers delegated from the Welsh Government to Natural Resources Wales.

But she was not present in the Siambr so missed her chance to question the cabinet secretary.

Questions to Lesley Griffiths

Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.

Lesley Griffiths
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Back at 1.30pm

The committee now moves into private session.

Senedd Live returns for plenary at 1.30pm.