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  1. 9:30am: Environment Committee.
  2. 1:30pm: Questions to the Education Minister.
  3. Next: Questions to the Minister for Economy.
  4. Next: Conservatives' Debate: Hospital Protection.
  5. Next: Conservatives' Debate: The Economy.
  6. Next: Plaid Cymru Debate: Policing in Wales.
  7. Next: Short Debate: 'Meeting the fuel poverty challenge.'

Live Reporting

By Anwen Lewis and Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

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And that concludes our live coverage from the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday 6 May 2015.

Welsh Assembly

We will be back on Tuesday 12 May 2015. Until then hwyl fawr!

Nest and Arbed

The deputy minister, Rebecca Evans, refers to the Welsh government fuel poverty scheme, known as Nest, and says they are are investing £100 million in this over the 5 years that the contract runs.

She added Nest is complemented by the area-based scheme, Arbed.

Fuel poverty

A household is in fuel poverty if they spend 10% or more of their income on energy costs, including Housing Benefit, Income Support or Mortgage Interest or council tax benefits.

Short debate

Llyr Gruffydd introduces the short debate on "meeting the fuel poverty challenge."

Plaid Cymru debate

Rhodri Glyn Thomas is summing up before we move on to voting time and the last item of the day, the Short Debate.


The minister for public services, Leighton Andrews says the Welsh government believes that "policing should reflect the needs of the people of Wales" and supports the call for Police and Crime Commissioners to be abolished.


Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies accepts the turn-out for the PCC elections was "very poor", but stresses the value of accountability.

He again rejects the need for the devolution of policing.


Peter Black

The Liberal Democrat Peter Black says he welcomes "that crime has fallen by more than 20 per cent to a record low under the UK government."

Role of the PCCs

The role of the PCCs is to be the "voice of the people and hold the police to account".

More detailed information on PCC powers and responsibilities is also available

on the Home Office website.

£8 billion

41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales on the 15th November 2012, becoming responsible for a combined police force area budget of £8 billion.


Rhodri Glyn Thomas says the party believes the police forces of Wales have been "politicised" by establishing elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

He calls for Police and Crime Commissioners to be "scrapped at the earliest opportunity."


Members move on to the penultimate debate, Plaid Cymru's on policing.

'Friendly Banter'

via Twitter

Simon Thomas' Milton Keynes 'blip' tickles members...!

@LeightonAndrews "Friendly banter as @SimonThomasAC accidentally refers to the great economist Milton Keynes."

'Deep cuts'

Edwina Hart responds to the debate by saying despite "deep cuts" imposed by the Uk government, the Welsh government has overseen a "marked improvement in economic conditions in Wales."

Picture: Siambr


Half empty or half full?


Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas says it is "a delusion that you can cut your way out of austerity."

He adds "the banking crisis created the deficit, not vice versa."

Economic and social future

The Liberal Democrat William Powell says "Wales's economic and social future would benefit from a UK Government that balances the budget in a fair way by ensuring the wealthiest pay their share and bearing down on tax avoidance."

Economic plan

William Graham proposes the Welsh Conservatives' Debate, that the National Assembly for Wales: "Believes that Wales has benefitted from the long-term economic plan delivered by the UK Government and recognises that Wales's economic and social future depends on that plan continuing".


Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford and Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Lesley Griffiths today jointly announced almost £6m will be invested in the Cylch Caron project, in Tregaron.

Cylch Caron

Mr Drakeford speaks about the

Cylch Caron Project., as an example of Welsh government action.


The Health Minister, Mark Drakeford is replying to the debate.

Three hospitals

The Liberal Democrat Aled Roberts says there is a need for a "reinvigoration" of community hospitals and community based services, and calls on the Welsh government to "secure the future of consultant-led maternity, gynaecology, and breast surgery services at all three hospitals in north Wales."

'National planning process'

Plaid Cymru's Elin Jones calls on the Welsh government to put in place a "national planning process" for the delivery of district and specialist hospitals in Wales.

'Grace and humility'

With the general election imminent, the Deputy Presiding Officer, David Melding calls for "grace and humility" in the debate.

'Broken promises'

According to the Conservative Darren Millar, there have been a "legion of service changes within Labour's Welsh NHS" that have followed a number of "broken promises".

He claims there has been "downgrading" at the special care baby unit at Withybush hospital and a number of community hospitals, among others.


The members move on to the Welsh Conservatives' debate proposing that the National Assembly for Wales "regrets that the Welsh government has failed to protect hospitals from closure and downgrading."

Picture: Ideoba's launch

Edwina Hart and Andrew Auerbach at Ideoba's launch in January 2014
Edwina Hart and Andrew Auerbach at Ideoba's launch in January 2014


Edwina Hart says she is "as disappointed as anybody" about the demise of hi-tech firm Ideoba, and says it is "insulting" to question her "impartiality" as a minister.

The Conservatives have called for

an independent inquiry into the role of ministerial advisers after the collapse of the firm which was backed by the Welsh government.


Russell George complains that Powys County Council has an "unsympathetic approach" to motorsport.

Minister says she is concerned with the council's approach, and that she has written to the council on this matter and is willing to do so again.

Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport was sold to the Welsh government for £52m in 2013.

Cardiff Airport
cardiff airport
Cardiff Airport's terminal building in Rhoose has been refurbished


Eluned Parrott calls on the minister to work to ensure that Flybe airline's new routes from Cardiff Airport become a basis for establishing long-haul routes and more choice for passengers.

120 years

The minister points out that the project, which could power 120,000 homes for 120 years, is in the hands of The Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Tidal lagoon

An artist's impression of how the lagoon around Swansea Bay could look
An artist's impression of how the lagoon around Swansea Bay could look

Rhodri Glyn Thomas asks for a statement on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

The six-mile-long U-shaped seawall would go from the docks to near Swansea University's new Fabian Way campus.

It would take two years to build and create 1,850 construction jobs.

Moving on

Members move on to Questions to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, who has been in the Cabinet in various roles since devolution in 1999.

Picture: Huw Lewis

Huw Lewis

Huw Lewis became education minister

in the Welsh government in June 2013.

He replaced Leighton Andrews who resigned following a row over his support for a school in his Rhondda constituency which faced closure under his own surplus places policy.

'Chinese whispers'

Education Minister says there is a "danger of Chinese whispers in terms of reform of GCSEs and the Welsh Baccalaureate that they will result in narrower curriculums, but that is not true."

Manifesto commitments

General election manifesto commitments on education are debated by Huw Lewis and Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas.

Further education

Christine Chapman says she is pleased to hear of Welsh government support for a new campus for Coleg y Cymoedd.

Special educational needs

Legislation which sets out the way learners with special educational needs can have their needs met will be introduced before the summer recess, says Huw lewis.

Croeso nol!

The Plenary will begin at 13.30 with questions to the Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis.