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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement: Fire Safety in Wales - Steps being taken following the Grenfell Tower fire
  4. Statement by the First Minister on Brexit and Devolution: Securing Wales' Future
  5. Statement: Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation
  6. Statement: Bovine TB
  7. Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017
  8. Debate: Stage 3 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's it for today.

Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll be broadcasting the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

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Stage 3 completed

That completes Stage 3 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill.

This is the third of three Bills to establish tax arrangements in Wales – a series of legislation to prepare for the introduction of the first Welsh taxes in almost 800 years.

Four-stage process

There is generally a four-stage process for the consideration of a Public Bill involving:

  • Stage 1 – consideration of the general principles of the Bill by a committee, and the agreement of those general principles by the Assembly;
  • Stage 2 – detailed consideration by a committee of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
  • Stage 3 – detailed consideration, by the Assembly, of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
  • Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the Bill.

Bill is 'sufficiently future-proofed'

Nick Ramsay withdraws his amendment on "the definition of intent", after Mark Drakeford said the bill is "sufficiently future-proofed and the amendment is not workable".

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Nick Ramsay

Communities Scheme on the face of the Bill

Members pass a Welsh Government amendment which places the new Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme on the face of the Bill.

The amendment places a duty on Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a communities scheme, which will be targeted at activities which promote or improve the social or environmental wellbeing of communities close to landfill sites and waste transfer stations.

The scheme will be funded by using some of the revenue raised by landfill disposals tax. A decision about how much will be allocated will be made in the autumn.

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Tax will raise £28m in 2017-18

Finally in the Siambr today is a debate on Stage 3 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill.

AMs agreed the general principles of the Bill on 21 March.

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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Political groups from which chairs of committees are elected

The proposal that the assembly agrees that the political groups from which the chairs of committees are elected will be as follows:

(i) Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Labour;

(ii) Petitions Committee - UKIP.

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Housing and Homelessness Regulations

The draft Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft laid in the Table Office.

'New incidents fallen by over 40%'

According to the Welsh Government, the number of new bovine TB incidents has fallen by over 40% since its peak in 2009 and is now the lowest it has been in 12 years.

In May, the Welsh Assembly's Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee called on ministers to set a national target date for the disease to be wiped out completely.

Farming leaders are worried ongoing issues with TB could affect future trade deals to export Welsh beef after Brexit.

More regionalised approach to eliminating the disease

Lesley Griffiths has published a strengthened TB Eradication Programme, which commits to taking a more regionalised approach to eliminating the disease in Wales.

From the 1st October this year, Low, Intermediate and High TB Areas will be established in Wales based on bovine TB incidence levels.

Enhanced measures will be applied in each TB Area tailored to protect the Low TB Area and reduce the disease in the Intermediate and High TB Areas.

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10,002 cattle slaughtered in 12 months

Fresh approach to combat the disease in cattle

The final statement in plenary today is by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths on bovine TB.

The Welsh Government will announce a fresh approach to combat the disease in cattle after a public consultation.

Farmers had been asked to give their views on the idea of splitting the country into areas of low, intermediate and high risk, based on levels of TB.

Farming unions have said Wales' TB restrictions were already among the strictest in the world.

They urged measures to tackle the infection in badgers but Lesley Griffiths has ruled out a widespread badger cull, like the one being carried out by the UK government in parts of England.

It is an expensive, complicated problem that has plagued several different governments and ministers, as well as causing misery and financial ruin in rural Wales.

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Accountability and costs

UKIP's Michelle Brown welcomes the consultation and questions the cabinet secretary about accountability and costs.

In her response, the cabinet secretary wonders whether the UKIP member has read the white paper.

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'Factual inaccuracies in so-called piece of journalism'

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas criticizes a "misleading article" in the Guardian today and calls on the Welsh Government to respond to it.

Kirsty Williams responds she is "absolutely dismayed by the misleading headline and the factual inaccuracies which pepper that so-called piece of journalism".

On the proposed commission, Simon Thomas welcomes in 'broad terms' the statement and asks a number of questions including how quality assurance will be maintained in the new body.

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Clarity about the role of the proposed commission

Conservative Darren Millar seeks clarity about the role of the proposed commission in relation to the functions already carried out by Qualifications Wales and Estyn.

He welcomes implementation of recommendations of the review by Professor Ellen Hazelkorn.

She recommended that education policy and institutions should be more focused on Wales' social and economic goals.

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Proposed Tertiary Education and Research Commission

A white paper has now been published inviting views on the proposed Tertiary Education and Research Commission.

It aims to make sure Wales has "the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive economy".

The new organisation will manage funding for universities, further education colleges, research and skills.

It will also seek to improve links between higher and further education and Welsh business.

Publishing the white paper today, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says the aim is to make it "easier for people to learn and acquire skills throughout their careers".

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Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education

The members are now listening to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams on the Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation.

The scrapping of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw) was announced in January.

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'Moved on from the referendum'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says he's "glad the first minister has moved on from the referendum".

He claims UKIP is "nearer to his position than the Welsh Conservatives are".

He disagrees however with the first minister's claim that "the UK remains deeply divided", saying that 83% of voters in the general election voted for parties committed to Brexit.

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Call for a renewed British-Irish council

Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis calls on the Welsh Government to publish proposals for a "renewed British-Irish council that would involve all the nations of these islands, not just those that are currently members of the United Kingdom".

He reminds the first minister that a majority of AMs backed the idea of a Continuation Bill in response to the UK government's proposal to hold EU powers at Westminster before devolving them.

Robustness of 'joint position'

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Desired outcome in Lancaster House speech

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies endorses the 12 principles the Prime Minister Theresa May set out in her Lancaster House speech in January, in which she said the UK "cannot possibly" remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean "not leaving the EU at all".

'Time is right for a Convention on the Future of the United Kingdom'

The first minister says "the time is right for a Convention on the Future of the United Kingdom".

He also says he wants "the inter-governmental relationships among the four administrations to promote the dynamism which our Union should show.

"Acting in the name of Welsh voters, we deserve something more than grudging, transactional relationships based on a bare minimum of fig-leaf consultation".

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Fig leaves

'Brexit and Devolution: Securing Wales' Future'

Next in the Siambr is a statement by the First Minister on 'Brexit and Devolution: Securing Wales' Future'.

At the start of 2017 the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru published a White Paper, “Securing Wales’ Future”, setting out how they think the UK should approach withdrawal from the EU.

This document develops constitutional and governance ideas which first surfaced in that White Paper.

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Expert group to examine lessons of Grenfell Tower tragedy

Carl Sargeant announces he is setting up an expert group to examine the lessons coming out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and their application to Wales.

The group will include representatives from the social housing and fire sectors and will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary’s Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Des Tidbury.

He said a first round of urgent discussions with all residential social landlords in Wales had been completed.

Mr Sargeant said: “Between all residential social landlords in Wales, they own 36 blocks of flats of seven or more storeys.

“Social landlords have told us none of those appear to have been fitted with the type of cladding used in the Grenfell Tower.

"Seven blocks in Wales have been retro-fitted with sprinklers – and of course where any new or converted blocks are developed here, under the changes introduced as part of the Domestic Fire Safety Measure (Wales) 2011, they would be required to include sprinklers."

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High rises in Wales

Swansea council has 11 high rises, while Flintshire has three.

There are nine high rises in Cardiff, in areas such as Gabalfa, Whitchurch, Butetown and Llanedeyrn, with most 11 storeys but the highest 16.

The Maelfa, Llanedeyrn, is one of nine high rises in Cardiff
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The Maelfa, Llanedeyrn, is one of nine high rises in Cardiff

Steps being taken following the Grenfell Tower fire

The first of this afternoon's statement is by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant.

His statement is on 'Fire Safety in Wales - Steps being taken following the Grenfell Tower fire'.

Seventy-nine people are either dead or missing presumed dead after the London fire last week.

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Motion to allocate committee chairs to political groups

Members disagree over the political groups from which the chairs of committees are elected.

Proposed changes are as follows:

(i) Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Labour;(ii) Petitions Committee - UKIP.

Conservative Paul Davies says he was "extremely disappointed" at the proposed changes, which follows UKIP AM Mark Reckless' decision to join the Conservative group in the assembly.

The South Wales East AM sits as a Tory but has not joined the party.

Mr Reckless, who was chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, suggests there has been a breach of standing orders.

Mr Davies is angry that Plaid Cymru has more committee chairs than the Tories ( three v two).

As there was opposition to the motion, there will be a vote later in plenary.

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Paul Davies

Business Statement and Announcement

Now we have the Business Statement and Announcement where the Leader of the House Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly.

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Concerne about availability of radium 223

Conservative Angela Burns says she's concerned about the availability of prostate cancer treatment radium 223 in south Wales.

The first minister says the principle of the New Treatments Fund is universal availability regardless of location in Wales.

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Argued for Air Passenger Duty devolution 'ad nauseum'

Independent AM Nathan Gill asks what the first minister will do "to ensure" Air Passenger Duty is devolved to Wales.

The first minister says he's argued for it "ad nauseum", adding he'd like to cut APD, especially for long-haul flights.

He says there's no reason Scotland should control it while Wales doesn't.

Conservative Nick Ramsay reiterates the Welsh Conservative position that Air Passenger Duty should be devolved.

Neil Hamilton accused of a 'complete lack of humanity'

Carwyn Jones accuses Neil Hamilton of a "complete lack of humanity", adding that Jeremy Corbyn visited Grenfell victims and expressed their anger.

Mr Jones adds that Neil Hamilton "misjudged" the mood and should "reflect on whether the comments he has made reflect the humanity we share in this chamber".

Jeremy Corbyn visited people seeking news of missing loved ones
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Jeremy Corbyn visited people seeking news of missing loved ones

'Weaponising' Grenfell Tower

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton criticises Jeremy Corbyn for "weaponising" Grenfell Tower by suggesting victims should "occupy" empty properties.

"Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it," the Labour leader told ITV's Peston on Sunday.

Mr Corbyn has already called for the government to requisition properties.

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'Slap down' for education secretary

Andrew RT Davies quotes Education Secretary Kirsty Williams in the education committee last week, "It's not my target", referring to a key target to improve Wales' scores in global education tests.

Ministers wanted to see Welsh pupils achieve a score of 500 in every subject by 2021 in the Pisa tests.

The first minister insists the target remains.

"That is a slap down" for the education secretary, says Mr Davies.

Carwyn Jones says the education secretary was simply saying she wasn't the minister when the target was set.

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'Domestic' row between first minister and Leanne Wood

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says he feels he's intruding on a "domestic" row between the first minister and Leanne Wood.

Andrew RT Davies
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Access to, not membership of, the single market

The first minister says he doesn't rule out membership of EFTA (the European Free Trade Association) or the EEA (European Economic Area).

But he repeats his position supporting access to, not membership of, the single market.

"You are all over the place on this" says Leanne Wood.

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'No mandate for hard Brexit'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks if the first minister agrees the election gave "no mandate" to leave the single market.

Mr Jones says there is no mandate for "hard Brexit".

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Recycling system is 'simple'

UKIP's Caroline Jones raises concerns over the recycling scheme in Bridgend.

The first minister insists the system is "simple".

Recycling targets will be reviewed

The first minister tells Conservative Mohammad Asghar that recycling targets will be reviewed and new targets set for beyond 2025.

He adds that councils not meeting recycling targets are "effectively costing themselves more money" in landfill tax.

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Simplify and standardise the selection stage of procurement

The first minister refers to SQuID.

For the uninitiated, that's the Supplier qualification information database.

The SQuID seeks to simplify and standardise the selection stage of procurement.

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This is not what the first minister had in mind

Call for a summit of Welsh supply chains

The first minister says the future of Welsh supply chain companies is "bright".

Steffan Lewis calls on the government to hold a summit of Welsh supply chains and to establish a business loans scheme to help them.

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