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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Debate: The Implications for Wales of leaving the European Union
  4. Statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health: The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act - one year on
  5. Statement: The Future of Heritage Services in Wales - a new strategic partnership and the future of Cadw
  6. Statement: The Future of Youth Work Delivery in Wales
  7. Debate: Stage 4 of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (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 for the final plenary before the Easter recess. 

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Call for a continuation (Wales) bill

The Plaid Cymru amendment to the motion on the implications for Wales of leaving the European Union,  "calling on the Welsh Government to bring forward a continuation (Wales) bill in order to uphold Wales's constitution and convert into Welsh law all European legislation related to devolved policy areas", is passed with 9 for, 39 abstentions, 6 against.  

'Some bizarre questions but no fireworks'

Bill passes Stage 4

The second of three assembly bills paving the way for Wales to raise its own taxes for the first time in nearly 800 years has been passed by AMs.

Welsh ministers will now set the rates for the land transaction tax, raising around £250m a year, in the autumn of 2017.

The Welsh Government also intends the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes Bill to send a signal that avoiding devolved taxes, to be collected by a new  Welsh Revenue Authority , will not be acceptable.

Officials said the 220 page document is the longest piece of legislation Welsh ministers have produced.

Legislation to allow the collection and management of the taxes was passed by the assembly in  March last year .

Cash
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More on the Bill

Last of four-stage process for consideration of bill

The final item today is Stage 4 - a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text - of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill.

Stamp duty will be  replaced in Wales by the land transaction tax  in April 2018.  

LTT will be payable when you buy or lease a building or land over a certain price. It may affect house buyers and sellers and businesses including builders, property developers and agents involved in the transaction process (such as solicitors and conveyancers).

According to the Welsh Government, the "legislation will broadly be consistent with SDLT, preserving the underlying structure and mirroring key elements such as partnerships, trusts and reliefs, to provide stability and reassurance to businesses and the property market".


          Control of stamp duty on property sales passes to Wales in 2018
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Control of stamp duty on property sales passes to Wales in 2018

Town and Country Planning Regulations

Members approve that the draft The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications and Site Visits) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid .

Planning (Hazardous Substances)

Members approve that the draft The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Determination of Procedure) (Wales) Order 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid .

Establishing National Youth Support Service Board

Alun Davies also announces he is establishing an independently chaired, National Youth Support Service Board, "to provide constructive challenge and scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s policies and proposals for Youth Support Services".

He expects the Chair to be in place by the autumn.

Review of Extending Entitlement

Alun Davies announces a review of Extending Entitlement, the government's statutory direction and guidance for Youth Support Services.      

Margaret Jervis will lead this review.

He says a new Extending Entitlement, "fit for today, will be put out to formal consultation in the autumn".  

Statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Language

Members are now listening to a statement by Alun Davies on the Future of Youth Work Delivery in Wales.

Alun Davies
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'A different approach'

UKIP's David Rowlands says "perhaps now is the time for a different approach, which establishes a body that encompasses all the aspects of Wales' heritage". 

David Rowlands
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'Sword of Damocles'

Conservative Suzy Davies says, "i would prefer to have the option of formal merger to be taken off the table now, but if you are going to employ this sword of Damocles, you need to be crystal clear about what success looks like". 

Suzy Davies
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'Uncertainty for staff in the sector'

"Why the talk of formal mergers, which generates uncertainty for staff in the sector?" asks Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd. 

He adds, "our heritage institutions play an important role in our national life, and we must protect their independence". 

Dai Lloyd
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'Test all options thoroughly'

Ken Skates says, "It is imperative that we test all options thoroughly against the status quo of retaining Cadw within Government.

"There will need to be clear and demonstrable benefits for proposing any change. I hope to be in a position to indicate the government’s preferred option by 30th September 2017".

He adds, "Cadw’s statutory duties are fundamental to the conservation of our national heritage and the importance of these functions, along with the provision of advice and guidance to owners of historic assets, should not be diluted by any change to the status of the organisation". 

Ken Skates
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Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

Now a statement by Ken Skates: The Future of Heritage Services in Wales - a new strategic partnership and the future of Cadw.

Heritage bodies in Wales should work more closely to survive financially and bring economic benefits to the nation, a Welsh Government report has said.

National Museum Wales voiced fears for its independence, amid talk of a part merger with monuments body Cadw.

The report  recommended a strategic partnership of four bodies, sharing back-office functions and marketing.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates, who had denied any wholesale merger plan, has urged a "sharper commercial focus".

The steering group led by National Trust Wales director Justin Albert was set up to look at a Labour manifesto commitment to create Historic Wales by combining the commercial functions of Cadw and the museum.


          National Museum Wales - whose bases include St Fagans - had feared the loss of its independence
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National Museum Wales - whose bases include St Fagans - had feared the loss of its independence

'Vast improvement' in National Survey data?

UKIP's Caroline Jones hopes to see a "vast improvement" in National Survey data this autumn. 

The government will be setting a baseline through its first annual report which will be published following the release of the data, and the report will then be produced annually every autumn from 2017-18 onwards. 

Caroline Jones
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Fall in the number of nights of respite care

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says there has been a 24% fall in the number of nights of respite care.

He calls on the government to reverse this number.  

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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'At the end of the beginning of the transformation'

Rebecca Evans says  " we are only at the end of the beginning of the transformation of social services in Wales, but it is already clear to see that the sector is rising to the challenge to support people who need it by doing what really matters to them". 

She highlight the "successes of the National Adoption Service for Wales established under the legislation. Since its inception, we have seen the waiting time for looked after children to be placed for adoption nearly halved to 13.5 months from 26 months".    

Statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health

The next item in the Siambr is a statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans: The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act - one year on. 

Rebecca Evans
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'EU is not an extension of the Third Reich'

"The EU is not an extension of the Third Reich ", says the first minister to UKIP's David Rowlands.  

From Gibraltar to the Church Village bypass

David Cornock

BBC Wales Parliamentary correspondent

For David Lloyd George, a change of trouble was as good as a vacation. With that in mind, and MPs not sitting this week, I swapped Westminster for Cardiff Bay to take in First Minister's Questions. The temperature was lower than Westminster, with barely a raised voice and little anger, synthetic or otherwise. The pace was slower, but the first minister was challenged in greater detail on local issues than Theresa May is - his answers took in everything from the Church Village bypass to bus services into Porth. The questions were longer, certainly long enough to have tried the patience of a Bercow in the presiding officer's chair. The Commons Speaker might have grown a little frustrated at how many of the questions were read out by AMs - in one case it appeared the AM was seeing his question for the very first time."

'If Carwyn's Doomsday cult climbs off its one trick pony'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says, "with optimism we can embrace this opportunity to build a dynamic, global future, but this will only happen if Carwyn's Doomsday cult climbs off its one trick pony".

Mark Isherwood
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Call for a 'continuation (Wales) bill'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward a "continuation (Wales) bill in order to uphold Wales's constitution and convert into Welsh law all European legislation related to devolved policy areas".  

'World is full of opportunities'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says "the world is full of opportunities". 

He concludes, "let us grasp this opportunity and make the most of it for the people of Wales".

'Impetus for devolution was and is unrelated to our EU membership'

First Minister Carwyn Jones refers to section 4 of the white paper Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union

He calls on the UK government "to recognise that the impetus for devolution was and is unrelated to our EU membership". 

He says there "should be no financial disadvantage to Wales arising from the UK's exit from the European Union", and calls on the UK Government to make a "full and public commitment" to that effect.  

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Implications for Wales of leaving the European Union

AMs now move on to a debate on the implications for Wales of leaving the European Union.  

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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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'More closures in future'

"I've been told by banks that there will be more closures in future," says the first minister.  

The HSBC branch in Machynlleth closed in 2015
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The HSBC branch in Machynlleth closed in 2015

Taskforce failure 'could damage devolution'

If the Welsh government's Valleys Taskforce doesn't deliver there's a risk it will damage devolution, says Leanne Wood.   

She also says the commute to Treforest or further afield from the Heads of the Valleys is a "joke" with cancelled trains.  

'No ganging up on first minister'

'I'm not responsible for Gibraltar'

Low unemployment in Gibraltar means it is in Spain's interests to maintain the Rock's current status, says Neil Hamilton.

 "I've never had three questions on Gibraltar, I'm not responsible", says the first minister, with laughing in the background from several AMs.  

Gibraltar
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'Hysterical reporting'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton asks the first minister to write to Angela Merkel and Mariano Rajoy to help Brexit, 

The first minister says there was hysterical reporting regarding Gibraltar and whether the prime minister was using security as a bargaining chip.  

Neil Hamilton
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Universities facing a difficult future?

Leanne Wood asks whether the job cuts are a sign of the universities facing a difficult future.

Mr Jones says he has not seen anything on this scale since he was in university himself in the 1980s. 

Job cuts at universities

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood raises concerns about proposed job cuts at the University of South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David .

Mr Jones says he has not seen an explanation from the universities involved but is concerned about falls in the number of EU students. 

Leanne Wood
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Sport Wales chairman sacked: 'whole government agrees'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks if everyone in the government agrees with the sacking of the chairman of Sport Wales , Paul Thomas.    

Mr Jones says a review is underway and that the relationship between the chair and the board had broken down.   

Pushed further by Mr Davies, Mr Jones insists that the whole government agrees with the decision that was taken.   

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No 'wall' between healthcare in England and Wales

The first minister says he does not want to see a "wall" between healthcare in England and Wales.  

Safe places for children to play

 UKIP's Caroline Jones asks about safe places for children to play.

First Minister Carwyn Jones says councils are expected to provide open areas.  

Carwyn Jones
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Round of applause

There's a round of applause from AMs after the Llywydd gives her best wishes to the departing chief executive. 

Welcome to Senedd Live

Plenary begins with tributes to Claire Clancy who is retiring after a decade as the Welsh Assembly's top official - chief executive and clerk.

She has been responsible for making sure AMs have the services and support they need.

Claire Clancy
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