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Summary

  1. The plenary began at 13.30 with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs
  2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children
  3. Plaid Cymru Debate on health and social care
  4. Welsh Conservatives Debate on delivering public services
  5. United Kingdom Independence Party Debate on the European Union
  6. Short Debate: the EU referendum campaign

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

That brings today's proceedings to a close.

Senedd Live returns, whatever the result of tomorrow'r EU referendum, on Tuesday 28 June.

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'Should I stay or should I go?'

And finally a Short Debate by Labour AM Julie Morgan. This one is also about the EU but from a different perpective. "Should I stay or should I go? What factors have influenced public opinion over the EU referendum campaign?"  

The EU referendum campaign
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UKIP proposal defeated

The UKIP proposal that the National Assembly for Wales:

"Believes that Wales would be stronger, safer and more prosperous if it were to leave the European Union"

is defeated, with 10 for and 38 against.

vote
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Blast from the past

As we reach voting time, all new AMs should recall the mistake of an AM almost exactly 10 years ago, on 20 June 2006.

The opposition parties had called for a public inquiry into the Welsh ambulance service, which the government had consistently declared unnecessary.

Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons AM argued the government's case in the debate, but when it came to voting he mistakenly voted with the opposition for an inquiry.

The motion was carried by 28 votes to 26 in favour of an inquiry.

The chamber erupted in cheers and jeers when Dr Gibbons admitted to the presiding officer, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, that he had made a mistake.

The presiding officer said he appreciated the minister's honesty, but there was nothing he could do about it.

Voting records later showed that Dr Gibbons' predecessor, Jane Hutt, had failed to vote at all during the session, compounding the Labour administration's frustration.

Dr Brian Gibbons
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'Between bureaucracy and democracy'

Responding to the debate, Neil Hamilton says he's "amazed at people in the chamber who take a different view from me". 

He says the debate is fundamentally "between bureaucracy and democracy".

'A transfer of functions'

Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis says that a Leave vote would "amount to a transfer of functions from the European partnership to the hands of Whitehall who will be free to do as they please to Welsh communities". 

Steffan Lewis
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'Solidarity'

"The weakest parts of Europe should be helped by the strongest parts, and Wales benefits from that", says Llanelli AM Lee Waters.

Lee Waters
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'A 1940s answer to a 1930s problem'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says the EU is "a 1940s answer to a 1930s problem", and the "problem the EU was created to resolve is irrelevant in the 21th century."

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Re-run of last week's debate on European Union membership

As politicians make their final pitch for votes on the last day of campaigning before the EU referendum, the UKIP debate proposes that the National Assembly for Wales:

"Believes that Wales would be stronger, safer and more prosperous if it were to leave the European Union."

A week ago in the Senedd, a proposal that the National Assembly for Wales:"Believes that Wales would be stronger, safer and more prosperous if it were to remain a part of the European Union" was passed with 44 for and 9 against.  

How to vote
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How to vote

'A full five-year term'

Councillors elected in next year's local government elections can expect to serve a full five-year term, says Mr Drakeford.

'Status quo in local government cannot be sustained'

Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, says the "status quo in local government cannot be sustained", with rising demand and less money, but acknowledges there was no consensus over the map.

Mark Drakeford
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Call for single transferrable vote as the basis for local government elections

Sian Gwenllian refers to the Sunderland report into local government electoral arrangements in Wales, which was published in July 2002.

She calls on the Welsh Government to implement single transferrable vote as the basis for local government elections "to ensure fair representation for all political viewpoints".  

Welsh Conservatives Debate on delivering public services

The Conservatives express concern over "the uncertainty that the lack of clarity regarding local government reform is having on the delivery of effective services".

A planned shake-up of Welsh councils is to be redrawn by the autumn, the new local government secretary said earlier this month.

Mark Drakeford said the plan to cut the 22 councils to eight or nine had gone.

In his first interview since taking up the post, he told the BBC's Sunday Politics Wales he was looking for a "wider sort of conversation".

The plan to cut 22 councils to eight or nine proved controversial
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The plan to cut 22 councils to eight or nine proved controversial

'Improving picture in Wales in terms of delayed transfers'

Vaughan Gething, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, says there is an "improving picture in Wales in terms of delayed transfers, in contrast to England".

Vaughan Gething
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'Bring services closer to people's homes'

UKIP's Caroline Jones expresses regret about the closure of community hospitals across Wales and calls for re-establishing as many as possible "to bring services closer to people's homes".

Caroline Jones
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'Stay at home assessments would help people plan ahead'

Conservative Suzy Davies calls on the Welsh Government to introduce voluntary stay at home assessments to promote independent living and planning for future need.  

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that NHS Wales appears to be performing no better or worse than the rest of the UK.  

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Call for greater integration between health and social care

Rhun ap Iorwerth calls on the Welsh Government to proceed with greater integration between health and social care, and "increase the amount of GPs, with a focus on recruiting to rural and deprived communities".

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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The challenges to the health service in looking after an older population

The topic of the Plaid Cymru Debate is the challenges to the health service in looking after an older population.

The UK's population is getting older - and the over 65s will make up a quarter of it by 2050. The issue is even more pronounced in Wales. More than a third of the population of Wales is expected to be over the age of 60 by 2055 and by 2069, those aged over 75 will be the biggest proportion of all age groups.  

This shows the projected ageing population over more than a century
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This shows the projected ageing population over more than a century

Motion to elect members to Finance Committee agreed

AMs elect:

(i) Mike Hedges (Welsh Labour), Eluned Morgan (Welsh Labour), Jeremy Miles (Welsh Labour), Simon Thomas (Plaid Cymru), Adam Price (Plaid Cymru), Nick Ramsay (Welsh Conservatives) and Mark Reckless (United Kingdom Independence Party) as members of the Finance Committee; and 

(ii) Simon Thomas (Plaid Cymru) as interim Chair of the Finance Committee.

Cash
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Motion proposing the titles and remits of committees agreed

 AMs approve a motion proposing the titles and remits of two committees - the Finance Committee and the Public Accounts Committee

'Prick me and I bleed!'

Lee Waters finds out he was second choice for hedgehog champion

Differing views on banning the smacking of children

Julie Morgan, who has long campaigned for a ban, welcomes the move, whereas Conservative AM Darren Millar, an opponent of a ban, expresses concern.

Julie Morgan was one of at least two Labour AMs who threatened to rebel and vote for a Plaid Cymru amendment in favour of a ban in the Senedd in February 2014, which led to a promise by the Labour government that the issue would be considered as part of future legislation.

AMs have discussed a smacking ban for more than a decade
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AMs have discussed a smacking ban for more than a decade

Legislation on the removal of the defence of reasonable chastisement

Asked by Simon Thomas for a statement on legislation relating to the removal of the defence of reasonable chastisement, Mr Sargeant confirms that it is the government's intention to bring forward such legislation, and that discussions will be held with opposition parties as well as consultation with parents and stakeholders. 

A motion to urge the Welsh government to introduce legislation to outlaw smacking children was passed as long ago as 19 October 2011. Members of all four parties had a free vote when they debated the motion to outlaw smacking in Wales by removing the defence of "chastisement" for smacking a child.

Carl Sargeant
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Community regeneration initiatives in the event of the UK leaving the EU

Next on the agenda - Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children. 

The first question to Carl Sargeant is by Adam Price, Plaid Cymru AM for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr: "What assessment has the Minister made of the future of community regeneration initiatives in the event of the UK leaving the European Union?" 

Mr Sargeant replies that "communities in Wales are clearly benefiting from EU membership" and that jobs would be at risk in the event of the UK leaving the EU.

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Hedgehogs are 'a bit prickly'

John Griffiths says he will speak up on behalf of water voles after Wales' rarest species of animal, bird and plant were assigned an assembly member each to champion their cause.

Lesley Griffiths says she was assigned hedgehogs, but she decided she would speak up for all species, adding that hedgehogs are "a bit prickly".

It follows a similar scheme undertaken by members of the Scottish Parliament.  

Hedgehog
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'EU debate has already degenerated into shouting'

Impact of the EU on Welsh farming

The impact of the EU on Welsh farming is discussed, with Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas  and the Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths agreeing on the importance of a Remain vote, and Neil Hamilton offering the Leave perspective.

The BBC's Reality Check about farming and fishing can be seen here.

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Neil Hamilton's 'mea culpa'

Broadband speed in rural areas is the concern raised by UKIP group leader Neil Hamilton.

When he says that "one of the big problems here is that Openreach has effectively got a stranglehold on the infrastructure and this goes back to the way British Telecom was privatized many years ago", there is uproar in the Chamber. 

He acknowledges a mistake was made by the Conservative government and says AMs should "accept my mea culpa".

He was Conservative MP for the Tatton constituency from 1983 to 1997.  

Neil Hamilton
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Two years to obtain an abstraction licence

Sian Gwenllian expresses concern that it took two years for Ynni Ogwen, a 'community benefit company operating for the environmental and social benefit of Dyffryn Ogwen', to obtain an abstraction licence from Natural Resources Wales.

Lesley Griffiths promises to raise the issue with NRW and says that lessons will be learned from the Ynni Ogwen pilot project.

Sian Gwenllian
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Sian Gwenllian

Croeso

Plenary begins at 1.30pm with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. 

The first of the tabled questions is by Sian Gwenllian, seeking a statement on the role of community energy projects as part of the Welsh Government's climate change strategy. 

Her predecessor as Arfon AM, Alun Ffred Jones raised concerns that only projects supported by public bodies and large charities could afford to develop sustainable energy schemes on a local level.  

Streams and waterfalls are seen as a potential source of renewable energy
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Streams and waterfalls are seen as a potential source of renewable energy