Summary

  1. The plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement by the First Minister: The Wales Bill
  4. Statement by the First Minister: Tata Steel
  5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure: European Football Championships
  6. Motion to appoint the Assembly Commission

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

That's the end of today's proceedings.

Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 14 June.

Senedd
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Members of the Assembly Commission appointed

Members approve the proposal that the National Assembly appoints Joyce Watson (Welsh Labour), Dai Lloyd (Plaid Cymru), Suzy Davies (Welsh Conservatives) and Caroline Jones (UKIP Wales) as members of the Assembly Commission.  

Motion to suspend Standing Orders is agreed

The presiding officer agrees with UKIP's Mark Reckless that it is "not ideal" to "suspend that part of Standing Order 7.1 that requires the consideration of a motion to appoint members of the Commission no later than 10 days after the appointment of the Business Committee."

The motion to suspend Standing Orders is agreed.  

Mark Reckless
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Landmarks will be illuminated red

The Economy Secretary announces that this month key Welsh landmarks, including castles, will be illuminated in the Welsh Football team’s ‘home kit’ colour.

The illuminations will start on 10 June the night before Wales’ first game against Slovakia and will remain for as long as Wales is in the tournament.

Welsh fans should not travel to Lens without tickets

Ken Skates reiterates police advice that Welsh fans should not travel to Lens without tickets for the game against England at Euro 2016 on 16 June.

It has been predicted more than 100,000 fans could arrive in a city with a population of less than 40,000.  

Ken Skates
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Welsh football's Euro euphoria

With Wales kicking off their Euro 2016 campaign on Saturday, 11 June, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates is now making a statement on the European Football Championships. 

Wales face Slovakia in Group B at Stade de Bordeaux (17:00 BST).

They go on to play England on Thursday, 16 June in Lens (14:00 BST) before their final group game against Russia on Monday, 20 June (20:00 BST).

The Wales team celebrate qualifying for Euro 2016
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The Wales team celebrate qualifying for Euro 2016

'The gloss has come off' Tata

BBC Wales political editor tweets

'Feelings toward Tata cooling?'

BBC's Daniel Davies tweets

'A substantial turnaround'

"I hear that Port Talbot is now breaking even, after three months ago losing a million pounds a day, which is a substantial turnaround", says first minister.

Port Talbot
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'Integrity of the pension scheme must be protected'

Mr Jones says that "pensions are not devolved but I am absolutely clear that the integrity of the pension scheme must be protected and the Trustees, Tata and the UK Government must work together to secure a fair and proper outcome for scheme members."

The UK Government launched a consultation on 26 May on options for providing security for the British Steel Pension Scheme. 

'Deceptively simple backroom deal'

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price expresses concern over "Downing Street's apparent preference for a swift, deceptively simple backroom deal with Tata to a fair and transparent sale process that may be driven by a desire for politically expedient news before June 23."

Mr Jones says there must be a long-term future for steel in Wales.

Adam Price
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Statement by the First Minister on Tata Steel

The next statement by the First Minister is on Tata Steel. 

Last month he visited Mumbai to attend a set of meetings discussing the future of Tata’s steel production in Wales.

He said the discussions were "constructive and significant".  

There has been speculation that Tata might decide not to sell its UK plants.

It follows a narrowing of losses and an offer of UK Government help over pensions.

Port Talbot alone employs more than 4,000 workers
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Port Talbot alone employs more than 4,000 workers

'Not particularly to be recommended'

Former deputy presiding officer David Melding says this would be the fourth Wales Act in 20 years, "and that such frequent changes in fundamental constitutional law is not particularly to be recommended". 

David Melding
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'Some fundamental disagreements'

The first minister says there "will inevitably continue to be some fundamental disagreements, such as on the devolution of policing, where the Welsh Government will continue to press and to encourage Parliamentary debate."

He adds, "There is much work to do in a tight timescale and I hope we can work across party to get the best outcome for Wales."

'Dramatically increase the responsibilities of the assembly'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says the bill will "dramatically increase the responsibilities of the assembly", and says "we need to grasp this opportunity to ensure the bill proceeds in a timely manner".  

Senedd chamber
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Far from the 'English veto'

BBC's Daniel Davies tweets

The 'poor relation in this union'

Leanne Wood says the new bill will "entrench Wales' status as the poor relation in this union".

'Cautious welcome'

The bill has had a "torturous history", says Mr Jones. 

He says the bill is now "far from perfect but is better than the previous draft" and he now gives the bill a "cautious welcome".

Statement on the Wales Bill

Members move on to a Statement by the First Minister on the Wales Bill. 

A revised version of the proposed law, that would change how the assembly makes laws and boosts its powers, was published on Tuesday.

Its earlier draft proved controversial amid claims it would hamper AMs' powers.

Under the revised version, more powers, including coal licensing, would be devolved than previously planned.

Partial control over income tax would also be granted without a referendum.

The bill has now been presented to Parliament and is expected to complete its passage through the Houses of Parliament within the next 12 months.

Senedd and Westminster
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AMs requests

Among the issues raised with Jane Hutt are the long-running pay dispute at National Museum Wales over the removal of weekend payments, the relationship between banks and the dairy industry and, inevitably, the EU referendum.

National Museum Wales has made a "significantly enhanced offer" to staff taking part in strike action because of proposed changes to weekend payments. says Jane Hutt.

She confirmed that NMW made the offer to the PCS union at the weekend. She said the museum and the PCS were meeting this afternoon to discuss the offer. 

Map of Wales and European flag
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Business Statement and Announcement

Next on the agenda is a Business Statement and Announcement, which outlines the future business of the Assembly up to three weeks in advance.

Jane Hutt, Leader of the House
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Some EU referendum rhetoric is 'overheated'

Mr Jones agrees with Leanne Wood that some EU referendum rhetoric is "overheated" and some of it unacceptable.  

'Hot air funnel'

UKIP's Nathan Gill

'How very interesting'

In response to Neil Hamilton's comments on the M4 black route, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood, who faced criticism from Labour after UKIP backed her bid to become First Minister in a Senedd vote last month, told Mr Jones: "It looks like you might be able to strike a deal with UKIP, First Minister, on the future of the black route.

"How very interesting." 

Leanne Wood
BBC

Call to extend the deadline to vote

The first minister agrees with Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood that people should be able to continue to register to vote after an online glitch ahead of the EU referendum registration deadline.

Ballot box
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M4 and Severn bridge tolls

UKIP leader in the Assembly Neil Hamilton calls for action on the M4 and Severn bridge tolls.

Mr Jones denies that addressing the issue of the M4 has been "kicked into the long grass".

Mr Hamilton said today his party could switch to backing the black route as this was "better than no route". 

He said: "We came to this place to be constructive in our position and we want to play the kind of role, which Plaid Cymru claims now to be playing, in relation to the development of government policy." 

He added, "we think the black route is better than no route, and so if this is necessary to unblock the logjam we are prepared to play our part in it." 

M4
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'Proud to pledge £100 million'

Conservative Andrew RT Davies asks about the cost of reducing class sizes.

Mr Jones says "we were proud to pledge £100 million in our manifesto, earmarked for education."

Mr Jones says the £42m for lower class sizes - a Lib Dem policy - is separate from the £100m Labour promise.  

Andrew RT Davies
BBC

'You misled us all'

"You misled us all" says Neil McEvoy, Plaid Cymru's South Wales Central Assembly Member to the first minister over the development of green field sites in Cardiff. 

"I made no such announcement" replies Mr Jones.

Neil McEvoy
BBC

Greater collaboration in local government?

The first minister says there are areas where than can be greater collaboration in local government in Wales.

Carwyn Jones
BBC

Croeso

Plenary begins at 1.30pm with questions to the First Minister Carwyn Jones. 

Here is the full list of the questions tabled

Senedd
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