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Summary

  1. Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
  4. Debate by Individual Members on the BBC and programmes for Wales in English
  5. Plaid Cymru Debate on Wales post Brexit
  6. Conservative Debate on Battles of the Somme, Mametz Wood and the Battle of Jutland

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Have a great summer

That's the end of the final plenary before the summer recess. 

As AMs head back to their constituencies, the Senedd's singing security team will continue to extend a welcome throughout the summer.  

Senedd Live will return in September. 

Hwyl.

The National Assembly for Wales security team practicing welsh phrases they have learnt in their Welsh classes
Cynulliad

Debate on unions in Wales

And finally a short debate by Bethan Jenkins on unions: Looking at the work of unions in Wales in combatting austerity and encouraging greater membership and support of unions.  

Bethan Jenkins
BBC

Short Debates

The first of two short debates is by Labour AM Mike Hedges on meeting Wales' housing need. 

He says further action is needed to increase housing supply.    

Mike Hedges
BBC

Response to a sedentary remark

Neil Hamilton responds to a sedentary remark by saying that Alun Davies "disgraces himself, and perhaps this chamber, by treating with some levity a very serious matter and he would do better to listen than gibber away".

Salary increase to a local veterans charity

Commemoration and reconciliation

Acts of commemoration and reconciliation have been held for the Welsh soldiers who died during the battle of Mametz Wood in northern France 100 years ago.

The 38th (Welsh) Division attacked Mametz Wood between 7 and 14 July 1916.

More than 4,000 soldiers were killed or injured.

The main act of remembrance took place at the site of the Welsh dragon memorial, facing the wood.

Attendance in the Siambr

Conservative AM Suzy Davies tweets

Centennial anniversaries

The Conservatives are now leading a debate, proposing that the National Assembly: 

1. Notes the centennial anniversaries of the Battles of the Somme, Mametz Wood and the Battle of Jutland. 

2. Pays tribute to those who fought in these and other battles during the First World War. 

3. Honours the memory of both those who lost their lives and those who were casualties of the First World War, and other armed conflicts. 

4. Believes the Welsh Government must provide greater support to Wales's armed forces and veterans community during the fifth Assembly. 

Welsh Dragon Monument at Mametz Wood
Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
Welsh Dragon Monument at Mametz Wood

'Predicated on a fair funding framework'

Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government says "all funding arrangements in the post-Brexit era are predicated on a fair funding framework and a major revision of the Barnett Formula."  

Mark Drakeford
BBC

'Wales' share is £432 million'

UKIP's Caroline Jones says that Wales' "share of the £9 billion it costs to be a member of the EU" is £432 million not the £490 million quoted in the Plaid Cymru motion, given that the population of Wales is 4.8% of the UK.

Caroline Jones
BBC

Question a 'disgrace'

Simon Thomas describes a question by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas in the House of Commons today - "Does the minister agree that leaving the European Union offers a golden opportunity to assess the level of subsidy paid to farmers in Wales to see whether that money can be more effectively and efficiently spent in other areas"  - as a "disgrace". 

Plaid Cymru Debate on the effect of Brexit

Members move on to a Plaid Cymru Debate on the effect of Brexit.

Plaid Cymru is proposing that the Assembly: 

1. Notes the promises made to the people of Wales by those who campaigned for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

2. Calls on the UK Government to ensure that such promises are fulfilled following withdrawal from the EU, including that:

a) an additional £490 million a year will be made available for the Welsh NHS; 

b) the level of funding Wales currently receives from EU programmes will be maintained;

c) the direct payment support received by Welsh farmers will be at least equal to that received through the Common Agricultural Policy;

d) the right of EU citizens at the time of Brexit to remain in the UK without fear or hindrance is guaranteed.

Sign during the EU Referendum
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'Reduction in investment unacceptable'

Minister Alun Davies says he "shares members' concerns"  about the changes to the BBC's management board. 

He says it is "that we have seen BBC investment in Wales reduced at a time when its investment in Scotland, Northern Ireland and key English regions has increased. This is unacceptable".  

Alun Davies
BBC

Most popular English language TV series on BBC Wales

Rhianon Passmore points out that Max's World Cup Warm-Up, starring Welsh entertainer Max Boyce, was the most popular English language TV series on BBC Wales last year, attracting 322,000 viewers.  

Max Boyce's programme, Max's World Cup Warm-Up, attracted nearly a third of a million viewers
PATRICK OLNER
Max Boyce's programme, Max's World Cup Warm-Up, attracted nearly a third of a million viewers

'Very worried' about changes to BBC's management board

Former BBC employee Rhun ap Iorwerth says he is "very worried" about the changes to the BBC's management board, which "marginalise Wales".

On the pledge of more money for English language TV, Rhun ap Iorwerth warns the amount is unknown and money will come as other cuts hit the BBC.  

BBC director general Tony Hall previously conceded that English language programming from Wales had "eroded". 

Rhun ap Iorwerth
BBC

'Sources of info for debate and scrutiny are drying up'

Labour's AM for Llanelli, Lee Waters says, "At at time when Wales as a nation has never been more clearly defined, sources of information for debate and scrutiny are drying up."  

Mr Waters accuses senior BBC managers of using "hollow words" with previous pledges to improve the portrayal of Wales on network.

He adds, "The BBC management has so far shown itself to be tone deaf to the changing shape of the UK."

Lee Waters
BBC

'Hope to share Senedd reporting with the BBC'

Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas says the owners of the Daily Post told him they hope to share Senedd reporting with the BBC after scrapping their reporter here.  

Portrayal of Wales on the BBC

On the BBC director general Tony Hall's pledge to improve the portrayal of Wales on the BBC, Bethan Jenkins says "You need to show that you are going to do that now."  

On the restoration of the post of director of nations and regions as part of an ongoing shake-up at the corporation, meaning the current directors of the BBC nations, including BBC Wales, will no longer be part of the executive team, Bethan Jenkins says, "I would question whether this is a watering down of our influence on the BBC."  

Bethan Jenkins
BBC

Debate by Individual Members

AMs move on to a debate in which Bethan Jenkins, Lee Waters, Russell George, Jeremy Miles, Jenny Rathbone and Simon Thomas are proposing that the National Assembly: 

1. Regrets that the amount of money spent by the BBC on programmes for Wales in English has fallen by 25 per cent in the last decade. 

2. Believes BBC Wales has a vital role to play in reflecting the lives, aspirations and challenges of the people of Wales. 

3. Notes Lord Hall's admission that the funding for English language content made in Wales for a Welsh audience has dropped to unsustainable levels, and therefore calls upon the BBC to outline in detail its spending commitments to Wales in the near and further future. 

BBC CYMRU WALES
BBC

Motion to elect members to committees

Members approve a motion that the National Assembly elects:

  • David J Rowlands (UKIP Cymru) as a Member of the Business Committee in place of Mark Reckless (UKIP Cymru). 
  • Michelle Brown (UKIP Cymru) as a Member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee in place of Mark Reckless (UKIP Cymru). 
  • Nathan Gill (UKIP Cymru) as a Member of the Reserve Policy and Legislation Committee in place of Michelle Brown.  

Motion to change the name of the Reserve Policy and Legislation Committee

 Members agree that the Reserve Policy and Legislation Committee, established on 28 June 2016, is retitled the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee.  

'Unimaginative approach'

Neil Hamilton expressed “disappointment” at the “unimaginative approach” of the Welsh Government.     

'This is not your finest hour'

"This is not your finest hour" says David Melding, suggesting Mr Skates did not properly address questions raised by members.  

David Melding
BBC

Written statement updated?

UKIP's Mark Reckless tweets

'Need to see at least 50% of this project funded'

Mr Skates adds, "In our view this project does not currently provide the level of value for money necessary for the amount of public funding being put at risk.

"On that basis I have today told Michael Carrick and Martin Whitaker that I believe further work is needed on this proposal.  My door remains firmly open and I have urged them to revise their bid in such a way where the private sector takes more of the risk in order for this project to be taken forward.

"We need to see at least 50% of this project funded, and 50% of the risk underwritten, by the private sector to justify value for money for Welsh Government and the public purse." 

'Risk falling on the Welsh taxpayer is unacceptable'

Mr Skates met the Circuit of Wales developers, Martin Whitaker and Michael Carrick, earlier today. 

He says the level of "risk falling on the Welsh taxpayer is unacceptable".

Statement on the Circuit of Wales

Next Ken Skates will announce whether the Welsh Government will support the construction of the £375m Circuit of Wales near Ebbw Vale.

The company wants Welsh ministers to underwrite half the cost.

The plan also involves Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire councils providing loans of £90m, but on Monday Monmouthshire council leader Peter Fox said there was no guarantee the local authorities would agree to that.

Circuit of Wales
Circuit of Wales

Health services in Pembrokeshire

Paul Davies questions the safety of his constituents following the reductions in paediatric and maternity services at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest in 2014.  

"There is no evidence to support that assertion" replies Mr Gething.

Protesters marched over changes to services at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest
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Protesters marched over changes to services at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest

'Will not be imposing a junior doctor contract'

In response to Rhun ap Iorwerth, Mr Gething says "this government will not be imposing a junior doctor contract. Any changes to junior doctors' terms and condition will be done by agreement on the basis of respect."

The junior doctor contract will be imposed on medics in England, following the profession's rejection of the terms, UK government ministers confirmed earlier this month.

Junior doctors in England have been taking part in six strikes this year, including the first all-out stoppages in the history of the NHS.
AFP
Junior doctors in England have been taking part in six strikes this year, including the first all-out stoppages in the history of the NHS.

Minimum term of service in the NHS?

UKIP's Caroline Jones asks whether there has been consideration of a minimum term of service in the NHS before doctors are able to enter private practice or move overseas.

Mr Gething replies "it's part of our ongoing conversation about what incentives we provide."

Vaughan Gething
BBC

'Choosing appropriate care pathways'

Questions asked by call handlers when first dialing 999

Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders expresses concern about "the nature of questions asked by call handlers when first dialing 999 when somebody is calling an ambulance for somebody not known to them. It's happened to me twice in recent weeks when people have fallen outside my office".

Janet Finch-Saunders
BBC

Health questions

Next are questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething. 

'Growing Wales skills and boosting economy'

Mr Skates' remark out of order

In response to Neil McEvoy's question on the effectiveness of the Welsh Government's engagement with indigenous SMEs, Mr Skates says that Mr McEvoy "made an untrue statement in plenary last week to the first minister".

The Llywydd Elin Jones rules Mr Skates' remark out of order.

Neil McEvoy
BBC

'No dedicated trade and investment body'

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price asks if the cabinet secretary "can name a single European country apart from Wales that doesn't have its own dedicated trade and investment body".

Mr Skates says the member should appreciate "Welsh solutions to Welsh problems".

Mr Price answers his own question - Ukraine.

Adam Price
BBC

Ebbw Vale to Cardiff rail line 'still has no link into Newport'

UKIP's David Rowlands "makes no apology for raising again" the fact that the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff rail line "still has no link into Newport".

Mr Skates will provide a written statement.

The first train pulled into the newly reopened Ebbw Vale town train station in May 2015
Welsh Government
The first train pulled into the newly reopened Ebbw Vale town train station in May 2015

Committed to cutting tax for small businesses

Conservative Russell George says small businesses in England are able to access a number of schemes, specifically on business rate relief. 

Mr Skates says the Welsh Government has committed to cutting tax for small businesses. 

Russell George
BBC

Creative Wales 'to drive further growth in the sector'

Ken Skates says that a new body called Creative Wales is being established "to drive further growth in the sector".  

Ken Skates
BBC

Prynhawn da

We start with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates. 

Here are the tabled questions.