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Summary

  1. Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Debate on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee Report on their inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales
  6. Plaid Cymru debate: the national parliament of Wales
  7. United Kingdom Independence Party debate: immigration
  8. Short Debate: The multifaceted challenges posed by poverty in Wales

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 on Tuesday 27 June.

Senedd
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'Multifaceted challenges posed by poverty'

Finally in the Siambr today is a Short Debate by Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley).

Her chosen subject is "the multifaceted challenges posed by poverty in Wales."

Poverty
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AMs delete all the UKIP proposal

AMs delete all the UKIP proposal on immigration and replace with the Welsh Government amendment, that the assembly:

1. Reaffirms support for the joint Welsh Government/Plaid Cymru White Paper Securing Wales' Future which balances jobs and the economy with the need to address concerns about the impact of migration on vulnerable communities.

2. Supports the approach set out in Securing Wales' Future:

a) to link the right of EU/EEA nationals to move to the UK after Brexit, to employment; and

b) to increase efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers, particularly those on low pay.

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Plaid Cymru proposal passed

The Plaid Cymru proposal that the assembly

1. Asserts itself as the national parliament of Wales.

2. Demands that all powers and resources currently exercised at the EU level within areas of devolved competence are to be exercised by the National Assembly for Wales after the UK leaves the European Union.

3. Further demands that the UK Government seeks the endorsement of the National Assembly for Wales for all future trade deals with the EU and other countries around the world in order to protect the interests of the Welsh economy.

is passed with 34 for and 16 against.

the vote
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'Increase efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers'

Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan) unsurprisingly wishes to delete all the UKIP proposal and replace with a proposal that the assembly:

"1. Reaffirms support for the joint Welsh Government/Plaid Cymru White Paper Securing Wales' Future which balances jobs and the economy with the need to address concerns about the impact of migration on vulnerable communities.

2. Supports the approach set out in Securing Wales' Future:

a) to link the right of EU/EEA nationals to move to the UK after Brexit, to employment; and

b) to increase efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers, particularly those on low pay".

Jane Hutt
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'The NHS prefers younger foreign nurses'

UKIP's David Rowlands says "there are thousands of 40+ nurses who have left to have families and who now want to come back to nursing but cannot do so because they find the NHS prefers younger foreign nurses... the truth is we want nurses on the cheap so we continue to plunder third world countries to meet our own needs".

He claims the Conservatives are "in turmoil" over immigration.

David Rowlands
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Welsh work permit system

Steffan Lewis draws attention to analysis conducted by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance "which concluded that there is very little evidence to suggest that neither immigration as a whole nor EU immigration has had significantly large negative effects on employment, wages and wage inequality for the UK-born population".

Plaid Cymru propose that the assembly:

  • "Believes that the rights and privileges afforded to UK and EU citizens currently living and working in other EU member states should be protected.
  • Believes that a creation of a Welsh Migration Advisory Service that could issue Welsh specific visas is necessary to plug skills gaps in the Welsh economy.
  • Calls upon the UK Government to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens currently living and working in the UK following Brexit.
  • Calls upon the Welsh Government to publish a consultation on how a Welsh work permit system could benefit the Welsh economy".

'Accountability and control'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies moves his party's amendment, wishing to delete the entire UKIP proposal and replace with a proposal that the assembly:

"1. Believes that Britain and Wales has an open economy and a welcoming society, with immigration playing a significant part in sustaining and developing a modern economy in the 21st century.

2. Recognises the UK Government's commitment to ensure that our public services, businesses and world-class universities can continue to recruit the brightest and best from around the world.

3. Welcomes the UK Government's intention to develop accountability and control within the country's immigration system".

Andrew RT Davies
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United Kingdom Independence Party debate

We now have a UKIP debate on immigration.

The party believes that:

"a) a controlled and fair immigration system, placing emphasis on skilled migration, would have significant benefits for the UK economy;

b) public institutions, such as the National Health Service currently depend upon skilled migration from both outside and inside the European Union;

c) uncontrolled, and largely unskilled, immigration from the European Union member states at the current levels is unsustainable;

d) current UK immigration policy gives migrants discrimination in favour of EU nationals to the disadvantage of those from other parts of the world."

Immigration
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'Shared Welsh interests'

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford says Labour will vote for the Plaid Cymru motion because "it articulates some shared Welsh interests".

He says the Conservative amendments are drafted "as if the general election hadn't happened".

Mark Drakeford
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'Totally unrealistic'

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says his party has "no difficulty" in supporting the first two points of the Plaid Cymru motion, but he says the third is "totally unrealistic".

Neil Hamilton
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'Ensure that more decisions are devolved'

Conservative Mark Isherwood draws attention to the UK Government's Policy Paper 'The United Kingdom's exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union' which states that "we have already committed that no decisions currently taken by the devolved administrations will be removed from them and we will use the opportunity of bringing decision making back to the UK to ensure that more decisions are devolved".

He says "the Prime Minister has been very clear that she wants a bespoke deal that works for the whole of the UK, embracing the most tariff and barrier-free trade possible with our European neighbours through a new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement."

Mark Isherwood
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Plaid Cymru debate

The next debate is the Plaid Cymru debate, in which they propose that the assembly:

1. Asserts itself as the national parliament of Wales.

2. Demands that all powers and resources currently exercised at the EU level within areas of devolved competence are to be exercised by the National Assembly for Wales after the UK leaves the European Union.

3. Further demands that the UK Government seeks the endorsement of the National Assembly for Wales for all future trade deals with the EU and other countries around the world in order to protect the interests of the Welsh economy.

Steffan Lewis
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One recommendation is rejected

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant sets out the response of the Welsh Government to the report, which can be seen in detail here.

One recommendation is rejected, that "the Committee recommends that the Welsh Government should consider extending concessionary transport schemes to refugees and asylum seekers, including children, to enable them to have greater access to education, employment, and volunteering opportunities."

Mr Sargeant explains it was reject because "refugees can already access benefits support, including for travel, on the same basis as other Welsh residents. The Welsh Government would not be able to mandate concessionary travel for asylum seekers without legislative change. The Home Office provides asylum seekers with financial support of £36.95 per week, which includes a very small amount for transport costs. Any concessionary transport funding should be provided by the UK Government."

Carl Sargeant
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Becoming a Nation of Sanctuary 'may encourage many more asylum seekers'

It becomes clear that UKIP's Gareth Bennett was the committee member who did not agree the report.

He says "there are pitfalls in making such a report, one of which is the danger of providing services to refugees which go beyond services provided to ordinary members of the public".

He says that becoming a Nation of Sanctuary "may encourage many more asylum seekers to try to come here."

19 recommendations

Committee chair John Griffiths (Newport East) presents the report, which has 19 recommendations, including "that we become the world’s first Nation of Sanctuary".

He puts on record that one member was not able to agree the report.

John Griffiths
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Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's Report

Now the first of this afternoon's debates.

It's on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's Report on their inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.

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Scrutiny of the annual draft budget and other related budgetary matters

Members approve the protocol on the administrative arrangements for the scrutiny of the annual draft budget and other related budgetary matters agreed by the Finance Committee and the Welsh Government.

90 Second Statements

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

NHS Wales to provide 'life-prolonging' breast cancer drug

The second topical question is by Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the commercial access deal struck between NHS Wales and Roche, which will mean that breast cancer patients in Wales can access the Kadcyla drug?

Kadcyla, a combination of two drugs, is used on people with HER2-positive tumours that have spread and cannot be surgically removed.

Manufacturer Roche reached a deal to provide the drug - that gives an average six months extra life - in England earlier this month.

The same commercial access deal has now been agreed with NHS Wales.

Kadcyla
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75th percentile

Kirsty Williams says "I'm clear that I expect to see an improvement in Wales PISA 2018 score, but in particular I want to see progress in performance above the 75th percentile".

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Pisa education test target

The first topical question is byDarren Millar (Clwyd West): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm what the Government’s targets are for the 2018 PISA assessment?

A target to improve Welsh pupils' scores in global education tests remains in place, the first minister said yesterday in the Siambr, despite comments by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.

Carwyn Jones said ministers still wanted to see a score of 500 in every subject in the Pisa tests by 2021.

Mrs Williams told a committee of AMs last week: "It's not my target."

Expedited Ministerial response

The next item in the Siambr is the topical questions.

Topical Questions must relate to a matter of national, regional or local significance where an expedited Ministerial response is desirable.

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Improved bowel cancer screening tests

In response to UKIP's Caroline Jones, Mr Gething says it is "too early to asses the roll-out" of "more accurate and user-friendly tests for bowel cancer screening".

According to the Welsh Government website, "the introduction of faecal Immunochemical testing (FIT) within the bowel screening programme is expected to start during 2018/19".

Vaughan Gething
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'Train, work, live' campaign

Conservative Angela Burns raises the work-life balance of all workers in the NHS.

Mr Gething says the "train, work, live" campaign, as well as financial incentives and more of a culture of cooperation in Wales between government and the profession helps recruitment.

GP practice heat map
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Re-registering doctors in Wales

Rhun ap Iorwerth cites examples of doctors trained in Wales who find it difficult to register to return to Wales after spending time working abroad.

Vaughan Gething says "there is a balance between the assurance we should properly want in terms of a doctor's professional competence and their previous record...and making it as easy as possible for them to come and provide a service we need".

He promises to consider the issue.

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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'Air pollution in Cardiff today at dangerous levels'

Jenny Rathbone says that air pollution in Cardiff is today at "dangerous levels because of the combination of ozone levels and particles from vehicles".

Sustainable alternatives to cars for getting children to schools

Now we have questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething.

The first is by Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central): What assessment has the Cabinet Secretary made of the public health impact of failing to develop sustainable alternatives to cars for getting children to schools in urban areas?

Jenny Rathbone
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First Minister and Economy Secretary will be speaking to Tesco managers

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Economy Secretary Ken Skates will be speaking to Tesco managers "in the next hour", Mr Skates has told AMs.

He said he had been notified of the company's decision 45 minutes ago.

Up to 1,200 Tesco call centre jobs are at risk as the supermarket giant plans to close its site in Cardiff.

Tesco's customer engagement centre is based on Maes Y Coed Road, Cardiff
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Tesco's customer engagement centre is based on Maes Y Coed Road, Cardiff

Circuit of Wales racetrack funding decision on 27 June

In response to Plaid Cymru's Adam Price, Ken Skates says a final decision on the Circuit of Wales racetrack will be made by the Welsh Government's cabinet next Tuesday 27 June.

The company behind the project wants a £210m taxpayer-funded guarantee.

The Conservatives and Plaid Cymru have criticised a delay on the decision.

It was originally expected that ministers would decide whether to go ahead with backing the project in March.

The guarantee that is sought amounts to about half the cost of the scheme.

Circuit of Wales
Circuit of Wales

'Need for upgrades to facilities across Wales'

Asked by UKIP's David Rowlands about proposals by Cardiff Council for a 20,000-capacity multi-purpose arena in Cardiff, Mr Skates says "it is not in the interests of our nations for politicians to turn regions against each other when talking about what facilities we need".

He adds, "we do need a major arena in the south...but I understand the need for upgrades to facilities across Wales".

Callaghan Square, near Cardiff Central railway station, has been suggested as a potential location for any new indoor arena while the Cardiff Blues rugby region also wants to build a 15,000 arena as part of a £150m development of the Arms Park in Cardiff city centre.

Ken Skates
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Visitors to the National Library of Wales

Conservative Suzy Davies notes that the economy secretary wishes to see an increase in visitors to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

She aks whether visitors to the website count in those statistics.

Mr Skates responds, "I wish to see an increase in visitors to the website and the building".

Suzy Davies
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Questions without notice

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

'Economic boost of around £45m'

Gareth Bennett notes that there were "some moans from residents and traders".

Ken Skates says the "estimated economic boost for the capital region was around £45m".

Gareth Bennett
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Staging of the UEFA Champions League Final

We move on to questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates.

The first of the tabled questions today is by Gareth Bennett (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement about the staging of the UEFA Champions League Final recently held in Cardiff?

First Minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh legend Ian Rush with the trophy
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First Minister Carwyn Jones and Welsh legend Ian Rush with the trophy

David Rowlands elected unopposed

David Rowlands is elected unopposed as chair of the Petitions Committee.

David Rowlands
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Mike Hedges elected unopposed

Mike Hedges is elected unopposed as chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

Mike Hedges
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Senedd committee chair party split

Plenary begins at 1.30pm with nominations for committee chairs.

The Llywydd will invite nominations for the chairs of the following committees:

(i) Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee

(ii) Petitions Committee.

This follows a row in the Siambr yesterday over the number of committee chairperson posts held by the Conservatives and Plaid Cymru.

Back at 1.30pm

The members are now meeting in private.

Senedd Live will be back at 1.30pm for Plenary.

'There will be challenges'

Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders reminds the cabinet secretary that the Wales Audit Office’s July 2009 report on Communities First identified weaknesses with the extent to which public services engaged with the Communities First programme.

She seeks assurance those "tensions" are not present now.

Mr Sargeant responds, "this is not an easy programme. We are talking about some of the most difficult communities in the whole of Wales, and of course there will be challenges".

Janet Finch-Saunders
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