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  1. Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  3. Questions to the Counsel General
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Debate by Individual Members: policing
  6. Plaid Cymru debate: Welsh National Health Service
  7. Welsh Conservatives debate: future of the Welsh economy
  8. Short Debate: Rebuilding lives through community sport

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK


That's it for today.

Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 16 May. 


What the Welsh Government controls

Short Debate: Rebuilding lives through community sport

And finally in the Siambr today a Short Debate by Caroline Jones. 

The subject: Rebuilding lives through community sport.

Community Sport

'Prosperity for all'

Economy Secretary Ken Skates says the Welsh Government  "has a marked success and record of delivery over the last assembly term", and has set out priorities in the programme for government for "prosperity for all". 

Ken Skates

Brexit opportunity

Neil Hamilton says Brexit provides the opportunity to "increase the efficiency and productivity of the Welsh economy as part of a more productive UK economy". 

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'Deeply divided United Kingdom'

Adam Price says we have a "deeply divided United Kingdom, not our finest hour - it could be our final hour because of the economic divide which is the most poisonous legacy of this Conservative Government."

Plaid Cymru calls on AMs to:

1. Recognises the need to defend Wales from the prospect of a reckless Conservative UK Government.

2. Believes that neither the Welsh or UK Governments can be relied upon to defend Wales, to promote the Welsh national interest, or to fulfil the nation's economic potential.

Adam Price

Welsh Conservatives debate

Now in the Siambr is a Welsh Conservatives debate on the future of the Welsh economy. 

They propose that the assembly:

1. Notes that Wales and the United Kingdom require strong and stable leadership to continue the country's economic prosperity.

2. Regrets the First Minister's public endorsement of a proposal to borrow an extra £500 billion which would endanger the future of the Welsh economy. 

3. Recognises the need for policies to be fully-costed to ensure Wales and the UK's economic progress is not put at risk.  

Andrew RT Davies

Aneurin Bevan's 'founding principles'

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says the debate allows him to "reiterate the continued commitment of this Labour-led Welsh Government to the principle of a health service that is publicly funded and free at the point of delivery". 

He says the 2009 reforms in Wales reaffirm Aneurin Bevan's founding principles.

Vaughan Gething

'Patient outcomes is paramount'

Caroline Jones says UKIP believes the NHS "should forever remain in public hands and be free at the point of delivery".

She adds "we need to abandon the dogma which equates to 'public sector is good and private sector is bad'. Collaboration is important and patient outcomes is paramount".

Caroline Jones

Collaboration between Welsh and English health services

Conservative Angela Burns calls on AMs to acknowledge "the collaboration between Welsh and English health services and the dependency Welsh patients have on specialist services in England such as transgender services, acute neonatal services and child mental health services".  

Angela Burns

'Welsh National Health Service being kept in public hands'

We now have a Plaid Cymru debate on the Welsh National Health Service.   

Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn) proposes that the assembly:

1. Supports the principle of the Welsh National Health Service being kept in public hands.

2. Is concerned about the budgetary and cross-border implications for health services in Wales in light of the creeping privatisation of the National Health Service in England.

3. Believes that any future UK trade deals must be subject to the consent of this Assembly, where those deals affect devolved policy areas such as health.

Health service

Devolution of policing proposal agreed

Members agree the proposal that the assembly:

1. Notes that policing is a devolved matter in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

2. Calls for the devolution of policing to Wales.

3. Believes that specialist policing matters such as counter-terrorism are best co-ordinated at a UK level

The only emergency service that has not been devolved

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant expresses support for the proposal as the Welsh Government wants responsibility for policing to be devolved.

He points out that policing is the only emergency service that has not been devolved, and remedying this would allow greater joint working with the other devolved services. 

Carl Sargeant

UKIP 'thus far undecided'

Gareth Bennett says UKIP "are thus far undecided" on the devolution of policing to Wales, "but we must be wary before we embark on this step".

Gareth Bennett

'Policing already devolved to police and crime commissioners'

The Conservatives oppose the proposal.

Mark Isherwood says "policing has already been devolved  to police and crime commissioners, empowering local communities to have their say on policing priorities and hold an elected representative to account." 

Mark Isherwood

£25m a year better off

Steffan Lewis says the devolution of policing would provide the opportunity to prioritize community policing, and there would be a financial benefit. By Plaid Cymru's calculation, "if Wales were treated as a policing entity, Welsh police forces would be over £25m a year better off as Barnett would apply".

Steffan Lewis

Debate by Individual Members

Now the first of today's debates, which is on policing. 

Mike Hedges (Swansea East)Steffan Lewis (South Wales East)Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)

propose that the assembly:

1. Notes that policing is a devolved matter in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.

2. Calls for the devolution of policing to Wales.

3. Believes that specialist policing matters such as counter-terrorism are best co-ordinated at a UK level.


Issues of topical interest

We now have the 90 Second Statements, where three AMs have the opportunity to raise issues of topical interest.  

Possible redundancies at Aberystwyth University

The second of the Topical Questions is by Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales): What is the Welsh Government’s assessment of the effect of possible redundancies at Aberystwyth University?

Staff at Aberystwyth University are facing potential job losses as it tries to make £11.4m of cuts by April 2019.

The university has blamed increasing competition for students, rising costs, and Brexit uncertainty for needing to make the savings.

Kirsty Williams says it is a matter for the university.

Aberystwyth University
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Breach of clean water rules

The first question is by Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What assessment has the Welsh Government made of the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the breach of clean water rules in Wales, including at Burry Inlet near Llanelli?

Leader of the House Jane Hutt says "we acknowledge the ruling, We continue to work with Natural Resources Wales and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in investing in improvements".    

The UK has been found to be in breach of EU laws over the amount of sewage and waste water discharged into the sea off Carmarthenshire.

Overflow pipes at the Burry Inlet near Llanelli are used to help stop flooding.

But the European Court of Justice ruled this broke clean water laws in a special conservation area.

The UK argued the improvements would mean it could comply with EU clean water laws by 2020.

However, the ECJ - which rules on disputes involving EU legislation - found the UK had acted "too late" and was failing in its obligations.

Burry Inlet
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'More responsive to current issues'

The next item in the Siambr is the topical questions. 

Topical questions are designed to be more responsive to current issues affecting the people of Wales by allowing Assembly Members to submit questions about a matter of local, regional or national interest up to the morning of Plenary on a Wednesday during term time.

'Denies access to justice'

Mr Antoniw says the Welsh Government is "concerned that for many people the cost of bringing employment-related claims is now prohibitively expensive and denies them access to justice". 

Mick Antoniw

Impact of employment tribunal fees

Now questions to the Counsel General, Mick Antoniw. 

Dawn Bowden asks what assessment has the Counsel General made of the impact that employment tribunal fees will have on access to justice in Wales. 

Dawn Bowden

One in three teachers intend to leave the profession

Conservative Darren Millar refers to the Education Workforce Council's survey which indicates that one in three teachers intend to leave the profession in the next three years. 

Kirsty Williams replies that  "we need to ensure that we create an education system in Wales that retains the best talent within our system and also recruits into the system the best and brightest individuals."

Darren Millar

'Crude and blunt testing regime'

Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd points out that pupils have been sitting their national literacy and numeracy tests over the last week.

He asks, "do we need some crude and blunt testing regime to tell us what teachers through their assessments already know?"

Kirsty Williams  says the tests "provide reassurance and an important source of information for teachers, headteachers and parents".

Llyr Gruffydd

'Parents should be able to trigger an Estyn inspection'

Michelle Brown asks the cabinet secretary whether she agrees with UKIP that parents should be able to trigger an Estyn inspection if they have concerns about their children's school.

Kirsty Williams does not agree, stating it is up to Estyn, which is independent of government,  to decide how best to inspect schools.

Michelle Brown

Questions without notice

The Llywydd calls party spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the Minister after Question 2.  

Roll out of the Welsh Baccalaureate

The first of the tabled questions today is by Angela Burns: Will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on the roll out of the Welsh Baccalaureate?  

Kirsty Williams says the "more rigorous" Welsh Baccalaureate was introduced in September 2015.

Kirsty Williams

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Plenary begins with questions on education. 

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'Unlikely to move money from Wales'

Jacquie Hughes says the BBC "is unlikely, in my view, to move money from Northern Ireland or Wales, because of its long-term strategic plan.

"The English regions are under served...the BBC will have to think about what the investment map looks like in order for it to be slightly more equitable". 

'A floor below which you cannot drop'

Lee Waters asks about network expenditure in Wales.

Jacquie Hughes says "in Wales because of creating the centre of excellence in drama, and the emphasis on drama and entertainment, it is always going to be higher spend here.

"We are not saying you have to peg it to that, we are saying this is a floor below which you cannot drop."   

Roath Lock is a television production facility in the Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay
Roath Lock is a television production facility in the Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay

'Stretching and challenging' for the BBC

Ofcom is consulting publicly on the conditions that they propose to set in the operating licence. This is the separate document for audiences in Wales which sets out the regulatory conditions that they propose should apply specifically to the UK public services in Wales. 

Jacquie Hughes, Director of Content Policy, Ofcom says it will prove "stretching and challenging" for the BBC.   

Jacquie Hughes


Joining the members are:

Rhodri Williams, Director, Ofcom Wales 

Jacquie Hughes, Director of Content Policy, Ofcom. 

Rhodri Williams, Jacquie Hughes

The draft operating licence for the BBC's UK Public Services

The committee's last session this morning is on the draft operating licence for the BBC's UK Public Services: Evidence Session with Ofcom Wales. 

Short break

The committee is having a short break.

Three quarters of current staff

Craig Stephenson, Director of Commission Services, says that three quarters of current staff are fluent in Welsh or are learning the language.

Craig Stephenson

'At least a basic level of Welsh language skills'

Llanelli AM Lee Waters asks about the proposal to adopt a recruitment approach where "all posts advertised by the Assembly Commission will require at least a basic level of Welsh language skills (basic linguistic courtesy) on appointment or a commitment to gain those skills during the induction process".

Mr Price confirms this won't apply to existing staff, unless they wish to gain those skills.

Lee Waters

Consultation responses will continue to be translated

Questioned by Neil Hamilton about an issue raised by the Welsh Language Commissioner, Mr Price confirms that consultation responses will continue to be translated. 

Neil Hamilton

'A truly bilingual organisation by 2021'

Bethan Jenkins relays criticism by Cymdeithas yr Iaith (the Welsh language society) that the draft needs "more clear targets".

Mr Price says there are five themes with specific actions required to support them "which would enable us to confidently describe ourselves as a truly bilingual organisation by 2021".