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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 12.30pm with a Statement on the Manchester attack
  2. Tributes to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan
  3. Questions to the First Minister
  4. Business Statement and Announcement
  5. Statement by the Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure: Consultation on the proposed reforms of Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing
  6. Debate: Social Prescribing

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Siwan Richards

All times stated are UK

Senedd Live returns tomorrow

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

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'Deliver enormous health benefits'

Caroline Jones says UKIP belives that "social prescribing, especially when it comes to mental health, can deliver enormous health benefits".

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'So difficult to obtain the evidence'

Dr Dai Lloyd says Plaid Cymru supports the government's proposal and looks forward to "addressing the evidence of its effectiveness, although it is so difficult to obtain the evidence".

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Kings Fund definition of social prescribing

Conservative Angela Burns draws attention to the Kings Fund definition of social prescribing, which she describes as a benchmark.

Angela Burns
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'National approach to social prescribing'

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says that social prescribing is an important form of intervention that is already used across Wales, considers priorities for the further promotion of social prescribing across Wales, and notes Welsh Government commitments to trial a national approach to social prescribing linked to mental health.

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Changes to the agenda

As there have been changes to the agenda following the Manchester attack, the final item today is a debate on social prescribing.

National standards for all taxis and private hire vehicles

Economy Secretary Ken Skates says it is surprising to him that the main legal framework governing the licensing of taxi services (otherwise known as hackney carriages) has not undergone any significant reform for nearly 200 years.

He says there is a "compelling argument for removing the unhelpful distinction between taxis and minicabs or private hire vehicles".

He adds "the arrangements proposed by the Law Commission would, if implemented see the introduction of national standards for all taxis and private hire vehicles.

"These national standards could be set by the Welsh Ministers to ensure that the quality expectations for taxis are universally available to passengers across Wales".

Finally, he said he is "keen to make it easier for providers to work across local authority borders but with the appropriate arrangements in place to ensure that licensing officers have enforcement powers to deal with vehicles and drivers licensed in different areas".

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More than 9000 drivers

There are currently more than 9000 drivers in Wales licensed to provide taxi and private hire vehicles in Wales, with more than a third of these in Cardiff and Swansea.

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Consultation on proposed reforms

The next item in the Siambr is a Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates on the consultation on the proposed reforms of taxi and private hire vehicle licensing.

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Business Statement and Announcement

We now have the Business Statement and Announcement, where Leader of the House Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly.

Jane Hutt AM
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100% committed to Wylfa Newydd

"We are 100% committed to Wylfa Newydd", the first minister tells Nathan Gill.

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'Never give in to their intolerance'

On the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, the first minister says "the strongest message that we can sent to those who wish to terrorise our society is that they cannot win",

"They cannot win because we will carry on enjoying our freedoms...We will never give in to their intolerance and their violence".

Manchester Arena
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'Act of defiance'

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says the "best act of defiance is to resolve our differences through debate rather than bombs or the bullet".

Casualties of Manchester attack

The first minister says he is not aware of anybody from Wales injured or killed in the Manchester attack.

'Stand shoulder to shoulder'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says he won't be asking his three permitted questions as it's important to "stand shoulder to shoulder" and "face down this act of evil" at Manchester.

'Robust' security arrangements for Champions League final

Security arrangements for the Champions League final in Cardiff are "robust", the first minister tells AMs.

Thanks to the emergency services

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood thanks the emergency services for dealing with the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena last night, saying it is worth reiterating how much public service workers are valued.

She says "we will not allow extremists to divide our communities".

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The wounded are being treated at eight hospitals around the city

Obesity in the Hywel Dda health board area

Paul Davies raises the issue of obesity in the Hywel Dda health board area.

Health services in Pembrokeshire

We now move on to Questions to the First Minister.

The first of the questions tabled is by

Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire): What is the Welsh Government doing to improve health services in Pembrokeshire over the next twelve months?

Plenary suspended

The Llywydd Elin Jones says Cardiff Bay would "never see the like of Rhodri Morgan again".

"For those of us who have served here since 1999, we will not forget his courage and boldness in creating and leading the Welsh Government.

"Rhodri ploughed his own furrow, and did so in order to do what he believed was best for this nation."

She has has now suspended the meeting for a short period.

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Minute's silence for Rhodri Morgan

Members observe a minute's silence.

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Tributes have been 'very comforting'

Julie Morgan says the tributes have been "very comforting".

She says "he never looked back, he never regretted things, and the eight years of his retirement were so full and so fulfilled".

She says his death is an "aching loss" to the family, but concludes that he had "a wonderful life and he enjoyed every minute of it".

Applause followed.

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'Beautiful relationship'

Former Llywydd Dafydd Elis-Thomas describes the "beautiful relationship" he had with Rhodri Morgan over almost a decade when he was first minister.

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'Privilege' to serve with him

"Rhodri's place in history is secure" says John Griffiths, adding it was a "privilege" to serve in his government.

John Griffiths
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Campaigning alongside Rhodri

Mark Drakeford, who worked as Rhodri Morgan's special adviser as first minister and who succeeded him as AM for Cardiff West, recalls campaigning alongside him.

"Household after household have a Rhodri story to tell".

He reminds AMs that Mr Morgan had a "hugely serious political purpose".

Mark Drakeford and Rhodri Morgan
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Mark Drakeford and Rhodri Morgan

Rhodri Morgan 'stood taller than us'

Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams says Rhodri Morgan "stood taller than us".

She recalls how he wrote to both her and her father with his condolences when her mother died.

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'Universally respected across the political spectrum'

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says Mr Morgan was "universally respected across the political spectrum" and that "it was an honour to walk in his shadow".

'Person of kindness, humour and warmth'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood describes Rhodri Morgan as "a real character" and "a person of kindness, humour and warmth".

"Without Rhodri Morgan, Wales would not be the country it is today" she says.

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'A great man'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies describes Mr Morgan as a "genuine, decent and upright individual".

He adds that "we are as a country extremely, extremely fortunate that we had a man of such caliber at the start of devolution" and concludes by describing him as "a great man".

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'His name is written into our history'

First Minister Carwyn Jones describes Rhodri Morgan as a "father figure to him" and says that "what I am now as politician I owe to him".

He concludes, "last week we lost one of our nation's giants.

"He may be gone but his name is written into our history".

Tributes to Wales' former first minister

AMs now have the opportunity to pay tributes to former First Minister Rhodri Morgan who died aged 77 last week.

All flags at assembly buildings have been flying at half-mast.

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Minute's silence after Manchester attack

A minute's silence is held.

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'Thoughts are with all those affected'

The Llywydd Elin Jones says "our thoughts are with all those affected by the events in Manchester last night".

The first minister calls the attack "a particular form of cruelty".

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Welcome to Senedd Live

Plenary begins with a statement on the suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

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