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  1. Tuesday 24 March 2015
  2. Carwyn Jones took questions from 13:30 to 14:15 GMT
  3. Plaid leader Leanne Wood urges Labour to denounce austerity
  4. Tory Andrew RT Davies raises concerns over the NHS in north Wales
  5. Lib Dem Kirsty Williams calls for action on homophobic bullying

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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 - thanks for following our live blog.

We'll be back for the next session in four weeks' time on 21 April.

The protocol for cross-border NHS services between the Welsh and UK government is up for renewal, says Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts.

Carwyn Jones says discussions are ongoing.


Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins

tweets: Bit lame and a bit desperate to call out a party on how thick a manifesto is. Its quality not quantity, First Minister!

AMs now discussing calls for the

Aberystwyth-Carmarthen rail line to be re-opened.

The First Minister says an understanding is needed of the challenges involved - there's a bridge missing in Lampeter, for instance - and the costs involved.

Plaid AM Rhun ap Iorwerth raises the case of a patient who spent

time in a store cupboard at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

The First Minister doesn't accept that this is a sign on under-resourcing in the NHS.

Conservative Darren Millar asks if he regrets reductions in the NHS budget - Carwyn Jones says this is "cobblers". No intervention from the Presiding Officer so we can take it that it's acceptable parliamentary language!

Questions now about the impact of last week's Budget - it'll have "an enormous negative effect" on Wales, says Carwyn Jones.

He also says he's "troubled" by the lack of commitment not to raise VAT after the election by the Conservatives; Tory AM Nick Ramsay says his party is the party of low taxes.

Kirsty Williams highlights homophobic bullying

Kirsty Williams

Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams asks about homophobic bullying

after abuse aimed at rugby referee Nigel Owens at the weekend.

She says there are particular problems in schools, and says teachers need the tools to be able to deal with it.

Carwyn Jones says he'd expect schools to ensure teachers can recognise bullying and have policies in place to deal with it.

Leanne Wood challenges first minister on austerity

Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood cites Labour comments on last week's budget - party leader Ed Miliband said it would be "devastating" for Wales while Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said a Labour government wouldn't reverse any measures.

"I want to see the election of a Labour government in London", says Carwyn Jones. Labour can deliver, he says, while Plaid can not.

Andrew RT Davies raises north Wales NHS concerns

Andrew RT Davies

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies raises the

vote of no confidence by BMA members in the management of Betsi Cadwaladr health board in north Wales.

Mr Davies say the Welsh government is ultimately responsible and the clinicians have it right; Carwyn Jones says there's no conflict between the board directors and the clinicians - no-one is arguing for the status quo, he says.

Carwyn Jones begins answering AMs' questions

Carwyn Jones

The Welsh language should be considered in the same way as health, the environment etc in planning applications, says Plaid Cymru AM Alun Ffred Jones.

The First Minister says he's "more than happy" to look at how the planning system can support the language, but says there are practical questions to consider.

We're about to start. but first a quick reminder of how the procedure works. AMs can put their name into a ballot, and if successful they get to ask their question - the list of 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.

After Question 2 there are 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.

Don't be surprised if the forthcoming General Election - rather than strictly devolved matters - plays a big role today.

Welcome to our live blog of First Minister's Questions from the Senedd in Cardiff Bay - the last session before a three-week break.