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  1. Meeting of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee starts at 11am
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with a Debate on the Queen's Speech
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  4. UKIP Debate: Believes that following Brexit, Tata Steel in Port Talbot has a better chance of survival

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

That's if for today's plenary.

Senedd Live returns on July 12, whatever the results in Euro 2016. 


'A sustainable future for steel making'

Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, says that after the EU Referendum result it is "more important than ever that the UK Government works with the Welsh Government to secure a sustainable future for steel making in Wales."

Ken Skates

'No questions on this occasion' said UKIP education spokesman Mark Reckless at Education Questions

Steelworks have a 'crucial role in the economy'

Conservative Russell George says the steelworks in Port Talbot, Llanwern, Shotton and Trostre have a "crucial role in the economy of Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole."

Russell George

'Address the issue of high energy costs'

Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins emphasises that access to the Single Market is of great importance for Tata UK.

She says the Welsh Government could "exploit existing EU funding", specifically the European Fund for Strategic Investments,  "so the new renewable energy plant can be built on the TATA site in Port Talbot to address the issue of high energy costs".  

Bethan Jenkins

'Shackled British business with masses of red tape'

UKIP's Caroline Jones says the EU has "shackled British business with masses of red tape". 

She adds, "Our steel industry's future is reliant on us leaving the EU".  

Caroline Jones

Brexit and Tata Steel in Port Talbot

Finally today, a UKIP debate proposing that "following Brexit, Tata Steel in Port Talbot has a better chance of survival."

Tata Steel in Port Talbot

Legal implications of the UK leaving the EU

Simon Thomas asks what discussions has the Counsel General had with other law officers regarding the legal implications of the UK leaving the EU.

Mr Antoniw replies  'none' as he's only been in post a week, but says Brexit "would be a massive constitutional shift".  

Questions to the Counsel General

Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw now makes his debut in answering questions in the Siambr since being appointed the new Counsel General - the senior legal advisor to the Welsh Government.

The Labour politician replaces Theodore Huckle who held the role last term.

Mr Antoniw previously practised as a lawyer with a trade union law firm and his new role includes advising and appearing in legal proceedings.

Mick Antoniw

'My goodness... those details I do not have to hand'

"How many schools in Wales are not fully DDA complaint?" asks Mike Hedges, referring to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

"My goodness, I've tried very hard to make sure I'm well prepared for these questions, but those details I do not have to hand", replies Kirsty Williams.

Mike Hedges

'David Reynolds is not an adviser'

"David Reynolds is not an adviser to my department" says Kirsty Williams after a reference by Mohammad Asghar to Professor Reynolds' view that reducing classes to under 25 does not bring significant results.

The Welsh Government's plans to cut infant class sizes is part of the deal between the Labour-run Welsh Government and the Liberal Democrats that saw its only AM, Kirsty Williams, appointed education secretary in Carwyn Jones's cabinet.

Prof Reynolds has said spending money on teachers' professional development would be better value for money.


Answer 'exudes complacency'

"There is not a shortage of school places in Wales" says Kirsty Williams, an answer that "exudes complacency" according to Neil Hamilton.  

Kirsty Williams' first session of questions

Kirsty Williams now faces her first session of questions since gaining the Welsh Government's education portfolio.

Ms Williams's appointment was ratified by Welsh Lib Dem members at a special conference in May.

Kirsty Williams

Plaid Cymru amendment passed

Members pass the Plaid Cymru amendment -  "the UK Government's proposed Wales Bill falls short of offering comparable powers as those available to, or on offer to Scotland", with 34 members for and  11 against.

the vote

Should Article 50 should be invoked immediately?

Alun Cairns says it would be helpful if the  Assembly adopts a formal position on "whether Article 50 should be invoked immediately or whether a delay would be more sensible".

BBC Reality Check

Wales Bill could have 'unintended consequences'

Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies calls on Alun Cairns to attend a meeting of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee to "constructively engage in scrutiny" because the Wales Bill could have "unintended consequences that could roll-back the devolution settlement".

Huw Irranca-Davies

'Welsh flags flying high'

'Endlessly' discussing the constitution

Rhianon Passmore says her constituents did not send her to the Assembly "to endlessly discuss the constitution". 

Rhianon Passmore

'Ragbag of trivial and insignificant measures'

UKIP group leader Neil Hamilton describes the Queen's Speech as "a ragbag of trivial and insignificant measures". 

Neil Hamilton

'A clear, more stable devolution settlement'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says the Wales bill will lead  to "a clear, more stable devolution settlement", and adds that the UK government deserves "huge credit" for the changes to the draft. 

Andrew RT Davies

Proposed Wales Bill 'falls short'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood points out that the UK Government's proposed Wales Bill "falls short of offering comparable powers as those available to, or on offer to Scotland."

Leanne Wood

Income tax devolution

Mr Jones says that "agreement on a fiscal framework would be crucial to agreement to income tax devolution, to ensure that Wales doesn't lose out."

He says the Wales Bill is an improvement but it  "cannot possibly be a lasting settlement".

His view is that a  "distinct, possibly separate" jurisdiction is "unavoidable".

'No heckling'

The First Minister congratulates the secretary of state on making his speech "unlike his two predecessors, without being heckled".

Carwyn Jones

'Clear to the people of Wales who they should hold to account'

"The reserved powers model will make it clear to the people of Wales who they should hold to account" says Mr Cairns.

He says there is no need for a Welsh legal jurisdiction, as an England-Wales jurisdiction "offers businesses simplicity".  

'The maturity of the Assembly'

The Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns says he hopes this is the last time he appears before the Assembly, "not out of disrespect to the Assembly but because the legislation that requires my attendance here once a year belongs to a past era because of the maturity of the Assembly."

Alun Cairns

Queen's Speech

For the next two hours Assembly members will be debating the Queen's Speech. 

The Queen delivered her 2016 Speech on 18 May in the Houses of Parliament. 

'Pob lwc Cymru'

The Llywydd Elin Jones begins by wishing the Welsh football team "all the very best" for the biggest football match in the nation's history.

Wales will appear in their first semi-final of a major tournament when they play Portugal in Lyon at 20:00 BST.

The winners of that game will face either France or Germany in Sunday's Euro 2016 final.

Fan zones have been set up around Wales, including at Cardiff's Principality Stadium which will hold 27,500 fans who obtained tickets.

Pob Lwc Cymru

For whom the bell tolls

The bell rings in the Assembly to remind members it's 10 minutes before the start of plenary.


The committee is now meeting in private.

Senedd Live will be back at 1pm, earlier than usual for plenary. Are AMs keen to leave earlier for any particular reason?


The boundary for the competence of the Assembly

A reserved powers model would make it more certain where the boundary for the competence of the Assembly lies, according to the Llywydd.

Llywydd's 'biggest concern'

In response to UKIP's Michelle Brown, the Llywydd says her “biggest concern" in respect of the proposed model for competence "is the absolute prohibition the Bill now places for the Assembly to legislate on any way that ‘relates to’ a reserved matter."  

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown

'Amendments are not meant as a challenge'

"My amendments are not meant as a challenge to the Secretary of State, but as a constructive contribution", says Llywydd. 

'Settlement will be less generous than Scotland and Northern Ireland'

"Our settlement will be less generous than the Scotland and Northern Ireland ones if this bill goes through", says Elisabeth Jones from the Assembly Commission.

Elisabeth Jones

'Progress on the draft Bill but further work is needed'

Elin Jones says there has been "progress" since the draft Bill "but further work is needed to ensure a constitutional settlement that is workable and clear." 

Elin Jones

Llywydd's proposed amendments

The Llywydd Elin Jones published amendments prior to the first Westminster debate on the Bill which took place on 5 July, which have been put forward for debate by MPs.

A second group of proposed amendments from the Llywydd are being published ahead of the second Committee debate– when MPs will move on to look in more detail at the proposed reserved powers model which will determine the future competence of the Assembly.

The proposed amendments include:

-       Removing  the necessity test in relation to reserved matters

-       Providing that the restriction on the Assembly’s ability to legislate on criminal law mirrors the restriction for private law.

For a full list of the Llywydd's proposed amendments click here.

Senedd and Westminster

Bore da

Welcome to Senedd Live, which begins today with a meeting of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee. 

The chair of this committee is Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour AM for Ogmore, the most high profile Westminster politician to move to the assembly in recent years.

The members will be hearing evidence on the Wales Bill by the Presiding Officer Elin Jones and two members of the Assembly Commission. Adrian Crompton and Elisabeth Jones.