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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: The Individual Patient Funding Request Review
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children: Park Homes Commission Rate - next steps
  5. Statement by the Minister for Skills and Science: The Small Business Research Initiative
  6. Debate: The General Principles of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

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That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close. 

Senedd Live will be back tomorrow. 

Senedd
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'Concern about extensive Henry VIII powers'

Huw Irranca-Davies presents the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee's report

He expresses "concern about the extensive Henry VIII powers in the Bill".  

A provision in a Bill that enables primary legislation to be amended or repealed by subordinate legislation (with or without further Parliamentary scrutiny) is referred to as a Henry VIII power.  

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'Proposed rates of taxation should be provided in the bill'

Finance Committee chairman Simon Thomas presents the committee's  report  which has 24 recommendations. 

Legislation should include more information on how the system will work, the committee has said. 

Details such as the proposed rates of taxation should have been provided in the bill, Mr Thomas says on behalf of the committee.

Simon Thomas
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New levy to be paid by landfill site operators

For the next hour members are having a debate on the General Principles of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill. 

The tax, along with stamp duty land tax, is being devolved in April 2018.

Like the landfill tax it replaces, the new levy will be paid by landfill site operators who will pass the costs on to waste operators through a gate fee.

Public finances watchdog the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the landfill disposals tax will raise £28m in 2017-18, with proceeds falling to £22m in 2020-21 as recycling rates increase.

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Size and Composition of Local Planning Authority Committees Regulations

Members approve that the draft The Size and Composition of Local Planning Authority Committees (Wales) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid .

'Some progress has been made'

Conservative Darren Millar says he's pleased "some progress has been made with helping to develop some solutions to some of the pressing problems, particularly in public services". 

Darren Millar
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'At the heart not only of public procurement but public policy'

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says he "commends the approach the Welsh Government has adopted in putting innovation right at the heart not only of public procurement but public policy". 

Adam Price
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Dragons' Den-style competition

Members are now listening to a statement by the Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James on the Small Business Research Initiative. 

She says a " Dragons' Den -style competition offering Welsh innovators the opportunity to bid for funding to help them come up with new solutions to some of the trickiest challenges facing the public sector in Wales has received global recognition".

She says the SBRI has gained interest from other UK devolved nations as well as attracting attention from Ireland, Sweden and Australia.

To date, 14 SBRI competitions have been run in Wales, resulting in 66 contracts valued at approximately £5m being awarded to companies to "develop Welsh public sector solutions".    

Dragons' Den
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Dragons' Den

'Very sympathetic to the concerns of the park homes residents'

Gareth Bennett says UKIP is "very sympathetic to the concerns of the park homes residents".  

Gareth Bennett
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Conservatives call to end 10% levy

The Conservatives also call for ending the 10% park home levy.

Earlier today Andrew RT Davies "hosted an event to give park home residents an opportunity to meet with AMs to discuss the issue".

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'The 10% commission is unfair'

Bethan Jenkins says "we in Plaid Cymru are on the side of the park homes owners and not landlords in this instance. The 10% commission is unfair".

Bethan Jenkins
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'May be a case to reduce or even abolish the commission'

Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant says "in light of the very strong representations I have received I am currently of the view that there may be a case to reduce or even abolish the commission, though I will of course want to take full account of consultation responses before coming to a final view."

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Consultation on the park homes commission rate

The next item is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant: 'Park Homes Commission Rate - next steps'.

The owners of mobile and park homes are calling on the Welsh Government to scrap " absolutely diabolical " rules relating to the sale of their properties.

Currently, a person who buys a mobile or park home is required to pay up to 10% commission to the site owner.

A number of residents from across Wales were at the Senedd on Tuesday morning to lobby ministers.

The Welsh Government says it is launching a consultation on the matter.

The charge has been reviewed several times since it was last reduced from a maximum of 15% in 1983.

A law was passed in the assembly in 2013 in order to  give more rights  to mobile home park residents in Wales - but did not abolish the commission.  

Park home
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'Great news'

UKIP's Caroline Jones says it is "great news" that all the recommendations will be implemented by September. 

'Well-balanced report'

Conservative Angela Burns says it is a "well-balanced report" and welcomes the proposed improvements. 

She does however have some conce r ns over the six month period it will take for health boards to implement these changes.  

Angela Burns
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'Thorough review will improve the lives of patients'

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth congratulates the panel on "a thorough review which will improve the lives of patients". He points out that the review was "a key concession Plaid Cymru won from Labour last year following the assembly election".

He is pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has agreed to implement the recommendations. 

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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Separate panels in each health board

The independent review, set up last summer, aimed to improve the way patients apply for medicines not routinely provided by the NHS due to cost.

These applications, via the  Individual Patient Funding Request  route, are considered by separate panels in each health board consisting of clinical experts and managers.

Critics have argued panels were more likely to approve some treatments than others, creating a  "postcode lottery" .

The  review's findings , published in January, found that the "exceptionality" principle was not well understood and had been applied in circumstances where it did not make sense.

It believes key decision-making criteria should be what the clinical benefits of medicines are and whether the treatment offers reasonable value for money.

"The good news from the report is that many aspects of the system are working well and the review group have made helpful recommendations to strengthen those and improve upon other aspects of the process," Mr Gething says.

A new  £80m fund to help patients in Wales  with life-threatening illnesses get quicker access to new medicines has already been confirmed.

Vaughan Gething
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'Likely medical benefits'

The next item in the Siambr is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething: The Individual Patient Funding Request Review. 

The way decisions are made on prescribing medicines not deemed cost-effective will be simpler in future, according to the health secretary.

Health boards will decide whether or not to pay for a drug or treatment based on the "likely medical benefits" from September.

Previously, patients had to demonstrate they were "exceptional" cases.

Vaughan Gething said the review would help health boards deal with "sensitive and very often complex decisions".

But expert panels will still need to consider whether particular treatments provide value for money, which according to Mr Gething will recognise "the NHS is not an infinite resource".

Mr Gething says the review had made "thoughtful and pragmatic recommendations" which had put the patient's voice at "centre stage".

Each year, hundreds of new drugs and treatments are developed but the NHS cannot afford to pay for them all.


          Patients currently need to prove they are an "exceptional case" to get medicines which are not routinely provided by the NHS
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Patients currently need to prove they are an "exceptional case" to get medicines which are not routinely provided by the NHS

Business Statement and Announcement

Now the Business Statement and Announcement where the leader of the House, Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly. 

Jane Hutt
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'Protect the Welsh constitution ahead of the Great Repeal Bill'

Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis calls for an assembly bill to protect the Welsh constitution ahead of the Great Repeal Bill.

The first minister says the Welsh Government will not accept a clawback of powers.  

Steffan Lewis
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Steffan Lewis

Initiatives to improve hospital food

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks why initiatives to improve hospital food have not succeeded, following Monday's critical report

The first minister says the report did highlight progress.

Ms Wood presses on hospital nutrition. Mr Jones says there will be an upcoming review of mandatory standards. 

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'Vote in the Scottish Parliament for a referendum should be respected'

The first minister says a vote in the Scottish Parliament for a referendum should be respected.

UKIP's Neil Hamilton agrees but makes the case against Welsh independence.

The first minister warns against an emotional case taking precedence over the economic case. 

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'Tin-ear' to calls to devolve powers to north Wales?

On north Wales, Andrew RT Davies asks if the first minister will show a 'tin-ear' to calls to devolve powers there.  

The first minister says they would look to devolve as many powers as they can in future. 

Andrew RT Davies
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Swansea Bay City Deal 'based on a buildings strategy'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks the first minister if he agrees with criticism of the Swansea Bay City Deal that it is based on a buildings strategy. 

The first minister says the deal had to be agreed by local authorities, UK government and Welsh Government.

Swansea Bay City Deal
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Rough sleepers branded as 'delinquents'

UKIP's Caroline Jones says rough sleepers are branded as "delinquents".

The first minister says he takes her point about stigma.  

Caroline Jones
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Monitoring of rough sleeping

Labour's AM for Neath, Jeremy Miles  asks the first minister to look at how the Welsh Government monitors rough sleeping.  

Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins asks why there is a lack of data on rough sleeping. 

The first minister says it is important to ensure it is adequate.  

Carwyn Jones
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'Confusion' over business rates relief scheme

Paul Davies says there remains "confusion" over the business rates relief scheme, suggesting it is not clear who qualifies. 

Nearly 15,000 shops, restaurants and pubs will benefit from a £10m rate relief scheme for high street firms, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford announced last month .  

Paul Davies
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