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  1. 10 February 2015
  2. Carwyn Jones took questions from 13:30 to 14:15 GMT
  3. Tories and Lib Dems tackle the first minister over maternity services in north Wales
  4. Plaid leader Leanne Wood says Labour simply offers 'more austerity' at election
  5. First minister 'disappointed' that Supreme Court rejected asbestos NHS costs bill
  6. Update on ban on smoking in cars with children due on Thursday

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By Tomos Livingstone, Adrian Browne and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

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That's all from First Minister's Questions for this week. AMs take a half-term break next week, so we'll be back in a fortnight's time.


Lib Dem AM Eluned Parrott

tweets: Asked if Welsh Govt has bid for City Deal to support our City Regions. Glasgow got £1.1bn. No, & blames City Region Board WG appointed

Conservative AM Darren Millar says ministers should re-think plans to ban e-cigarettes in public places.

He argues they help people stop smoking - the first minister isn't convinced.


tweets: If you listen to the First Minister, you'd think opencast restoration wasn't a problem between 1997 and 2010

An announcement on when the ban on smoking in cars carrying children will be introduced will be made on Thursday, the first minister says.

Nick Servini

BBC Wales' political editor Nick Servini writes:

A strange mix of questions for the first minister on big picture cuts and detailed arrangements in the Welsh NHS.

On the big picture, he insisted there would be a difference in the pace of austerity between a Labour and Tory government.

And, in response to concerns about maternity services at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, an unusual attack from him on medical staff calling internal relationships at the hospital dysfunctional.


The Labour group in the Senedd

tweets: @fmwales warns of a 23% cut to Welsh budgets, if the Conservatives win the election

AMs Bethan Jenkins and Lynne Neagle are asking about a moratorium on open-cast mining.

The first minister says the central problem is that not enough money was set aside at the time of privatisation to cover clear-up costs.

That clean-up is a problem of the UK government's creation, says Mr Jones.

But he's challenged by Tory AM Antoinette Sandbach to put his correspondence with UK ministers in the public domain.


Plaid Cymru

tweets: The Westminster parties have signed up to the ideology of austerity. Plaid Cymru offers Wales an alternative.

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Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams asks if maternity units can attract the consultants they need

Kirsty Williams

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams says it's "not credible" for the first minister to say plans for a special-care baby unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd are still on course.

How can consultant care be in one place and a special-care unit in another, she asks?

In response to questions from Andrew RT Davies, the first minister say he wants to see maternity services at

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd re-instated in summer next year.

Mr Davies says Mr Jones seems to be implying the problems lie with medical staff themselves; the first minister says various reports have found problems with the way staff work.

Tory leader Andrew RT Davies tackles the first minister over maternity services in north Wales

Andrew RT Davies

Leanne Wood and Carwyn Jones have traded blows over spending plans if Labour win the general elections. She says the IFS's analysis points to a 2.2% cut in the Welsh government's budget if Labour win; Mr Jones says the cuts will be greater if the Conservatives win.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says Labour is offering 'more austerity' at the UK general election

Leanne Wood

Carwyn Jones takes questions in the Senedd

Carwyn Jones

Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw says further powers need to devolved to the assembly so his Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill can be enacted; the Supreme Court ruled yesterday the Bill was beyond the asembly's powers.

The first minister says the court judgement was a disappointment and underlined flaws in the devolution settlement.

Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding takes the chair this week

David Melding

The First Minister says he's meeting Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb to discuss the St David's Day devolution announcement later today. Carwyn Jones says there's "quite some way to go" in getting an agreement.

A quick reminder on how First Minister's Questions works:

AMs can put their name into a ballot, and if successful they get to ask their question - the list of today's questions is


Once they're done, other AMs can ask supplementary questions on the same theme - it's up to the Presiding Officer to make sure the link isn't too tenuous.

In the middle we take three questions each from the leaders of Plaid Cymru, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats - and Carwyn Jones doesn't get any advance notice of what's coming.