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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister.
  2. Urgent Question: part-time postgraduate study
  3. Statement by the First Minister: Cabinet Appointments.
  4. Motion to appoint the Business Committee.

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

Senedd Live returns for the next plenary on Wednesday 8 June at 1.30pm.

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Business Committee members appointed

There are no objections to the proposal that the National Assembly for Wales:

Appoints the Presiding Officer, Jane Hutt (Labour), Simon Thomas (Plaid Cymru), Paul Davies (Welsh Conservatives) and Mark Reckless (UKIP Wales) as members of the Business Committee.

Williams' appointment 'a good step for Welsh politics'

David Melding, the former deputy Presiding Officer, says that Kirsty Williams' appointment is a good step for Welsh politics.  

UKIP and Conservatives included in negotiations?

Could UKIP and the Conservatives be included in behind the scenes negotiations, asks Neil Hamilton. 

He also suggests that Kirsty Williams has, in effect, become a Labour AM.  

This first minister gives his assurance that she remains a Lib Dem AM.  

'What's in the past is in the past'

Nick Servini tweets

'Don't insult the integrity of assembly'

Bound by Labour-Plaid Cymru consultative committees?

Andrew RT Davies  suggests the government will be bound by Labour-Plaid Cymru consultative committees.  

He also asks for reassurance that what led to Alun Davies' sacking in 2014 won't happen again.  

Nathan Gill's view in the Siambr

'No question of the Welsh language being downgraded'

Leanne Wood seeks assurance that the Welsh-language has not been "downgraded" as it was previously the first minister's responsibility whereas it now rests outside the cabinet with Alun Davies.

"There is no question of the language being downgraded" replies Mr Jones. 

'Open, inclusive and transparent' government

The first minister makes a statement on his Cabinet appointments and says his government will be "open, inclusive and transparent", and adds that a "critical five-year period lays ahead". 

'Previous cut made to HEFCW's budget'

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas says this goes back to the previous cut made to HEFCW's budget.  

Support for part-time postgraduate study 'a matter for HEFCW'

Conservative Angela Burns asks the Education Secretary for an urgent statement following news that support for part-time postgraduate study in Wales has been scrapped.

Kirsty Williams says that the decision is a matter for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

She adds says she is working with officials to gain a greater understanding of funds and finance available.  

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'Antibiotics use is a responsibility for us all'

Dr Dai Lloyd speaks for the first time since he was re-elected, and says how antibiotics are used is a responsibility for us all.   

Need for 'a proper four lane crossing over the Menai'

UKIP's Nathan Gill asks what the government will do over the bottleneck on Britannia Bridge.  

The first minister replies that ensuring there is a proper four lane crossing over the Menai will be important work over next five years.   

'Only' spoken to two potential Tata buyers

Conservative Susy Davies says she is disappointed that he has only spoken to two potential Tata buyers. 

The first minister replies they are still looking to see if there is more the Welsh Government can do on business rates for steel, and adds that the loss at Port Talbot steelworks has been cut by two thirds.

Carwyn and Neil in agreement

Nick Servini tweets

EU steel tariffs

UKIP's Neil Hamilton asks will the first minister support proposal that the EU raises tariffs to the same level as the US has on steel. 

Yes he would, he replies. He says it was the UK government's decision not to support raising of steel tariffs.   

Mr Jones also says he has met two of the organisations that have put forward an interest for Tata Steel's UK operations.   

Port Talbot is Tata Steel's biggest UK plant with about 4,000 workers
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Port Talbot is Tata Steel's biggest UK plant with about 4,000 workers

Local government elections will not be postponed

On the topic of council mergers, Mr Davies asks if there will be local government elections next May or will they be postponed.  

They will go ahead, says Mr Jones.

On Sunday, the first minister told BBC Radio Wales he wanted to talk to opposition parties about the future of local government.

"Clearly, the map we published before the election, that is not going to gain support across the assembly, that's obvious," Mr Jones told the Sunday Supplement programme.

The plan to cut 22 councils to eight or nine councils may be revised to win cross-party support
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The plan to cut 22 councils to eight or nine councils may be revised to win cross-party support

Cannot prejudge the M4 relief road public inquiry

Andrew RT Davies ask if Mr Jones is confident with a start date for building the M4 relief road of Spring 2018.

Mr Jones replies he cannot prejudge what the M4 relief road public inquiry will say. 

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All cabinet members bound by collective responsibility

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks if if all cabinet members are bound by collective responsibility.  

Yes, replies first minister.  

The only remaining Liberal Democrat assembly member, Kirsty Williams, has gained the Welsh Government's education portfolio.  

A better way of dealing with drug requests?

The first minister says under the terms of the compact, the Welsh government will be looking at whether there is a better way of dealing with drug requests.

Ms Wood says that the first minister should be commended as during the campaign Labour had argued against ending the "postcode lottery".

Mr Jones adds there is a need to examine the current Individual Patient Funding Request  (IPFR) drugs system.   

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Tribute to cancer drugs campaigner Annie Mulholland

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood  pays tribute to cancer drugs campaigner Annie Mulholland who has died.   

She asks for confirmation that the Welsh government will establish an independent panel into the current system.  

Annie Mulholland
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'Borrowing can only be used for the M4'

 Former Labour minister John Griffiths suggests that borrowing earmarked for the M4 should be available to whatever the Welsh Government wants to spend it on.  

The first minister replies that the current situation is that the money can only be used for the M4.

He adds that he expects a public inquiry on the M4 relief road to begin in the autumn and to take a year.  

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'Demand for a Dinas Powys bypass'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks about a Dinas Powys bypass. He says that with developments demand is greater now than ever.  

The first minister says it would be a matter for the Vale of Glamorgan Council  to consider, but that he is happy to examine proposals.  

The first question of the Fifth Assembly

The first question of the Fifth Assembly is asked by Sian Gwenllian, the Plaid Cymru member for Arfon, seeking a statement on the Welsh Government's plans to train more doctors.

Here's the full list of tabled questions

Sian Gwenllian
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Mr Hamilton accepts the ruling

Mr Hamilton accepts the Presiding Officer's ruling. He says he has no intention to upset anybody in anyway.

He suggests he could have talked about the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru "getting into bed with Labour".  

Elin Jones  suggests it would be better for Mr Hamilton to move on, but Mr Hamilton says he was trying to make a humorous point.  

Sexist language was 'unacceptable'

Elin Jones adds that Mr Hamilton's words fell foul of assembly standing orders and says the use of sexist language was "unacceptable".

'Political concubines' in Carwyn Jones' harem'

The Presiding Officer says she has received a number of complaints after UKIP group leader Neil Hamilton last week described two senior female AMs as "political concubines" in Carwyn Jones' "harem".

Last week Mr Hamilton said he had no regrets for the way he described Lib Dem AM Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in his maiden Senedd speech.

Neil Hamilton
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Key issues for the Fifth Assembly

Here are the key issues for the Fifth Assembly, according to the National Assembly for Wales Research Service.  

The first cabinet meeting this morning

The first cabinet meeting this morning
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Croeso to Senedd Live. 

Assembly members will be meeting at 1.30pm for First Minister's questions. It will be the first time Carwyn Jones answers questions in Plenary since being re-appointed First Minister, and the establishment of a Labour minority administration. 

He was re-elected last week after AMs from Labour and Plaid Cymru backed a deal to end a week-long deadlock over the post. 

He will also make a statement on Cabinet appointments. 

During the session there will also be a motion to appoint the Presiding Officer Elin Jones, Jane Hutt (Labour), Simon Thomas (Plaid Cymru), Paul Davies (Welsh Conservatives) and Mark Reckless (UKIP Wales) as members of the Business Committee.

The Business Committee is chaired by the Presiding Officer and is responsible for deciding how the Assembly's work is arranged.  

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