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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement by the First Minister: The Legislative Programme
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure: Circuit of Wales
  5. Debate: Public Sector Decarbonisation
  6. Debate: Stage 4 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill
  7. Urgent Debate: The UK Government-DUP ‘Confidence and Supply’ Agreement

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it for today.

    Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll be broadcasting the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

    Senedd
  2. 'Long-held grievance about funding for Wales'

    Nick Servini

    Political editor, Wales

    Quote Message: Politically, this deal will be considered a gift for Carwyn Jones, and he has given it both barrels, particularly with his claim that it "kills the idea of fair funding". The long-held grievance about funding for Wales, compared with Scotland and Northern Ireland, appeared to have gone away after the financial deal put together by the Treasury last year. This language suggests that grievance will rocket back up the agenda for Labour and Plaid Cymru. The pressure on the Conservatives will be to persuade people of the merits of the city deals, as these have not only become levers for economic development, but also symbols of the UK Government's investment in Wales."
  3. 'Extended display of sour grapes'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton describes the first minister's standpoint as an "extended display of sour grapes".

    He also asks "why Plaid Cymru has not entered into negotiations with the UK government to get a better deal for Wales?"

  4. 'Barnett formula has been bypassed completely'

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says "the Barnett formula has been bypassed completely, at a cost of around £1.7billion to Wales".

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  5. 'On the phone to Downing Street'

    Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies tells the first minister, "I was on the phone to Downing Street yesterday while you were on the balcony talking to the BBC."

    Downing Street
  6. 'Most destructive political agreement in living memory'

    The deal will mean £1bn extra for Northern Ireland over the next two years - but may not trigger new funding for Wales.

    Carwyn Jones says the deal "is the most destructive political agreement in living memory".

    He adds it is "unfair, wrong and corrosive"

    The Welsh Government previously demanded "fair funding" for Wales as a result of any deal to give the Conservatives a working majority following the general election.

  7. Urgent Debate

    The final item today is an Urgent Debate on the UK Government-DUP ‘Confidence and Supply’ Agreement.

    Arlene Foster and Theresa May
    Image caption: Arlene Foster and Theresa May
  8. Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill passes final stage

    AMs pass the final text of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill.

  9. Landfill disposals tax estimated to raise £28m in 2017-18

    AMs agreed the general principles of the Bill on 21 March and Stage 3 on 20 June.

    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.

    Mark Drakeford
  10. Stage 4 of the Bill

    The next item in the Siambr today is a debate on Stage 4 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill.

    This is the last of the 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.
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  11. 'We are interested in environmental issues in UKIP'

    "We are interested in environmental issues in UKIP, particularly air quality" says Gareth Bennett.

    He says his party supports Plaid Cymru's call for the Welsh Government to include measures to reduce air pollution as part of its approach to decarbonising the public sector.

    Gareth Bennett
  12. 'Reduce air pollution as part of approach to decarbonising'

    Plaid Cymru calls upon the Welsh Government to:

    • establish a national not-for-dividend energy company at arms-length from Welsh Government tasked with increasing energy efficiency and renewable electricity generation in the public sector as part of its remit.
    • include measures to reduce air pollution as part of its approach to decarbonising the public sector.
    • provide support for the public sector to provide electric vehicle charging points on premises for employees and visitors.
    • provide support for public bodies to decarbonise transportation with the use of hydrogen and LPG vehicles and similar innovations.
    Simon Thomas
    Image caption: Simon Thomas
  13. 'Slow progress' in setting a carbon budget

    Conservative David Melding says the Welsh Government has made "slow progress" in its efforts to set a Carbon Budget for 2016-2020.

    He says the Conservatives believe that "the provisions in the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 relating to sustainable development need to have more prominent influence over the Welsh Government's own budget setting".

    David Melding
  14. Accelerating decarbonisation in the public sector

    AMs are now holding a debate on Public Sector Decarbonisation.

    The Welsh Government propose that the assembly:

    "1. Notes the Welsh Government's leadership in implementing actions to decarbonise the Welsh public sector, in line with its statutory commitments within the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

    2. Supports the Welsh Government's aim of accelerating decarbonisation in the public sector to provide further stimulus to the low carbon economy.

    3. Supports the Welsh Government ambition that Wales' public sector is carbon neutral by 2030.

    4. Notes the forthcoming call for evidence which will seek views on the approach to be taken to decarbonise the Public Sector."

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  15. 'Very late rabbit out of the hat'

    "Serious questions need to be answered" says Lynne Neagle, Labour AM for Torfaen about the Circuit of Wales hitting a stumbling block so late in the day.

    She describes plans to build a new automotive technology business park in Ebbw Vale as a "very late rabbit out of the hat".

    Lynne Neagle
  16. 'Dead hand of government'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says the decision illustrates the "dead hand of government".

    He repeats the call made by Adam Price for the publication of the due diligence.

    Mr Skates says he is seeking the agreement of the Heads of the Valleys Development Corporation to publish a summary of the due diligence.

  17. 'No showstoppers' to the Circuit

    Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says Wales is now an "international laughing stock".

    He says that a senior official said on June 14, in emails he's obtained, that there were "no showstoppers" to the Circuit.

    So he demands to know when did the Welsh Government learn from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Treasury that £373m could be gouged from the Welsh Government's budget by the Circuit of Wales.

    Mr Skates's answer doesn't contain a date for ONS and Treasury advice, but the government has said it arrived in the last couple of weeks.

    Adam Price
  18. 'Incredibly disappointing'

    Conservative Russell George says "it is incredibly disappointing that it has taken six years and in excess of £9m of public money for the cabinet secretary to reject this project, which could have been a significant investment in the south Wales valleys".

    He adds there is "disconnect" between Mr Skates' statement and evidence given to the Public Accounts Committee by James Price yesterday, "who claimed that the £55m spent to date on the Circuit of Wales had represented good value for money, and provided a significant project that is ‘ready for delivery’ ".

    Russell George
  19. 'Politics is about difficult decisions'

    Mr Skates adds, "I do recognise that many people in Ebbw Vale and across south Wales will be very disappointed by the decision especially as the company has created some very high expectations about the number of jobs which will be created".

    He says the government made "every effort to make this project work" and "politics is about difficult decisions".

  20. Resources 'fully justified'

    Ken Skates says the resources the Welsh Government has already committed on the project are "fully justified".

    He says that due diligence by external experts employed by the Welsh Government has shown that due to the way the deal is structured, the current proposal would see the Welsh Government exposed to more than 50% of the risk, because the £210m underwriting element would carry a higher risk than other parts of the financing package.

    Ken Skates