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Summary

  1. The Welsh Assembly sat from 13.30 GMT, and the first item on the agenda was first minister's questions.
  2. Among the day's items was a debate on the annual report on Equality 2013-2014.
  3. Plenary ended with a Debate on The Legislative Programme.

Live Reporting

By Anwen Lewis, Alun Jones and Leonie Horton

All times stated are UK

  1. Nos da

    That's it for today from us in Cardiff Bay!

    Join us again tomorrow at 13:30 when the Finance Minister will be answering members' questions.

    Assembly chamber
  2. Celebrate

    Liberal Democrat Aled Roberts says "we do need to celebrate the steps we have taken as a legislature."

  3. Funding mechanism

    Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas emphasises that the success of the legislative programme relies on a "sustainable funding mechanism" for the Welsh Government.

  4. Paul Davies

    Conservative Paul Davies criticises the government saying "in the first two years of this assembly term, only one bill was passed."

  5. Violence Against Women Bill

    BBC Wales News

    The bill has been a topic of debate.

  6. Violence against Women Bill

    Carwyn Jones

    Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill is "ground breaking" according to the first minister.

  7. List of Bills

    Click here for a list of the Bills for the present Assembly term.

  8. Legislative Programme

    The Welsh Legislative Programme is announced by the First Minister following the election of a new Welsh government.

  9. Last item

    On to the last item of the day, a debate on the Legislative Programme.

  10. Eliminating Child Poverty

    Lindsay Whittle

    Plaid's Lindsay Whittle says the Welsh government's target of "eliminating child poverty by 2020 is brave and well intentioned."

  11. Equality

    The Equality Act 2010 created a Public Sector Equality Duty and also gave Welsh Ministers the power to impose specific equality duties on devolved Welsh public authorities through regulations.

  12. A first for Wales

    Wales was the first government to bring in specific equality duties in order for public bodies to better perform their public sector equality duty.

  13. Stop Radicalisation

    Conservative AM Mohammed Asghar welcomes calls by the new Children's Commissioner for Wales for "strong mentors in schools and places of worship to help stop young people becoming radicalised by religious extremists. "

  14. Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014.

    We have moved on to the next item.

    A debate by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths on the Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014.

  15. Schools Challenge Cymru

    Minister says Mike Hedges "asks the 64,000 dollar question "

    adding "although every challenge school is not in the same situation... those best schools are going to make people sit up and take notice."

  16. Thank you

    Mike Hedges

    Mike Hedges thanks the minister for his "commitment to school improvement" but also asks when we will see the improved exam results.

  17. Huw Lewis

    Huw Lewis was appointed Minister for Education & Skills back in 2013.

  18. Simon Thomas

    Simon Thomas asks the minister how to disseminate good practice from 40 schools to all schools in Wales.

    Simon Thomas

    The minister says "of course the partnership between schools is part of that dissemination."

  19. Paul Davies

    Paul Davies

    Paul Davies "welcomes Schools Challenge Cymru's approach to improving schools."

  20. Schools in the programme

    Click here for a list of the schools that are part of the programme.

  21. Schools Challenge Wales

    The programme is targeted at 40 Pathways to Success schools facing challenges in their circumstances and stage of development.

  22. Minister for education

    We have moved on to a statement by the Minister for Education, Huw Lewis,

    Mr Lewis is giving an update on Schools Challenge Cymru.

  23. Blue Badge Scheme

    BBC Wales News

    Rejections for disabled parking badge applications have leapt up since tougher measures were introduced.

  24. Short Debate on Blue Badge

    Peter Black used his Short Debate in July 2014 to speak on the Blue Badge Scheme.

  25. Edwina Hart

    Edwina Hart

    The minister for economy says there might be need for a new body instead of local authorities, to administer the scheme.

  26. Blue Badge Scheme

    The Blue Badge Scheme provides eligible people parking concessions.

  27. Blue Badges

    Next up, the Minister for Economy, Edwina Hart, will be giving a statement on the Blue Badge scheme.

  28. Jane Hutt

    Jane Hutt starts her weekly business statement.

    She responds to requests for debates and statements from members.

  29. New scheme

    Questions now on Jobs Growth Wales - the first minister says the scheme, now closed, had exceeded its targets.

    Plaid's Simon Thomas says the budget for the next financial year has been cut; but the FM says there will be a statement on a new scheme to replace JGW next month.

  30. Post update

    @Plaid_Cymru

    Plaid Cymru tweets: .@LeanneWood asks whether FM has considered asking for a Welsh quota of asylum seekers so Wales can play part in providing sanctuary #FMQs‏

  31. Cardiff Metro

    Labour member John Griffiths asks the first minister about the Cardiff Metro system.

    Mr Jones says there will be an update before the summer recess.

  32. Post update

    @WelshLabPress

    Welsh Labour Press ‏tweets: .@fmwales sets out Welsh Labour Government's record of protecting schools funding. Standards improving here, stalling in England. #FMQs

  33. Background: Europe help for migrant boats

    European leaders are to triple funding for rescue operations aimed at migrant boats in the Mediterranean following crisis talks in Brussels.

    The EU will also look at ways to capture and destroy smugglers' boats and deploy immigration officers to non-EU countries, officials said.

    Refugees and immigrants protest in Athens against EU policies for migrants. 22 April 2015
    Image caption: Protests, like this one in Athens, have called on EU leaders to take action

    Several EU member states have promised more ships and other resources.

  34. Migrant help

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks whether the first minister has raised the plight of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean with ministers in London. She also asks whether there should be a Welsh 'quota' for housing asylum seekers, saying Wales could become a "nation of sanctuary".

    Mr Jones says he's "more than ready" to help, and says he has "great sympathy" for Ms Wood's suggestion.

  35. Educational approach

    Kirsty Williams is asking about schools funding - she says it's a priority for the Liberal Democrats.

    She adds that the party's promises at Westminster level would result in up to £150m additional funding for the Welsh Government; money she wants to see ring-fenced for education.

    Mr Jones says it's impossible to say whether the money would be "given with one hand and taken away with another".

  36. Pic: Carwyn Jones

    Carwyn Jones
    Image caption: Carwyn Jones is facing AMs in his weekly question session
  37. Apprenticeships funding

    Andrew RT Davies is asking about last week's announcement of £144m to be spent on apprenticeships.

    He points out that some of the money is coming from EU economic aid, and asks whether Wales will qualify for such aid again in future - suggesting that getting the money at all is a sign of economic failures. Previous schemes using such funds "regrettably, have failed," he says.

    Mr Jones says GDP per head has increased, and jobs have been attracted to Wales as a result on EU money.

  38. Job creation

    The flagship Welsh government youth job creation scheme, Job Growth Wales, has been temporarily closed while approval for a new one is awaited from the EU.

  39. Pic: Andrew RT Davies

    Andrew R T Davies
    Image caption: Andrew R T Davies goes after the closure of Jobs Growth Wales in his questions
  40. On to party questions

    Party leader questions are underway, Conservative leader Andrew R T Davies is the first to go.

  41. Cancer question

    Nick Ramsay is raising the thorny subject of access to cancer drugs for patients in Wales.

    Carwyn Jones highlights problems with the Cancer Drugs Fund in England - he says approved drugs are more accessible in Wales than in England.

  42. All the questions

    You can view the list of questions at FMQs here.

  43. On his feet

    First Minister Carwyn Jones is on his feet and answering questions from the AMs assembled in the Senedd.

  44. Coming up

    The Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler takes her seat for the start of the session.

  45. Good afternoon

    Hello and welcome to Cardiff Bay.

    The first item this afternoon is first minister's questions.

  46. Post update

  47. Post update