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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 Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

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  2. 'Strongly in favour of having the maximum sensible devolution of taxes'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says "generally speaking I'm not in favour of introducing new taxes although I'm strongly in favour of having the maximum sensible devolution of taxes".

  3. 'Change for social change's sake'

    Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says he would welcome "change for social change's sake".

    He welcomes the "positive approach to exploring new opportunities".

    Adam Price
  4. 'No change for change's sake'

    Conservative AM Nick Ramsay reminds the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government of the words in his written statement issued on 5 July 2016, that "there should be no change for change's sake".

    He calls on the Welsh Government to make arrangements for an independent review of any new taxes to be completed within 6 years of their introduction.

    He says it is important that the public were involved in the process but they should also "have a sense of ownership" of new taxation.

    He added: "Any new tax must have the potential to improve the lives of people in Wales".

    Nick Ramsay
  5. 'Have your say'

    The public is being asked for ideas on what potential new taxes should be introduced in Wales.

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said he wanted "a national debate" on new taxation and was keen to hear from the public and businesses.

    A shortlist of ideas for new Welsh taxes will be considered in the autumn.

    Mr Drakeford told AMs the procedure for creating a new tax was "certainly not straightforward", and required approval from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

    "Sometimes you have to begin with the machinery you have, and pretty soon some of its deficiencies may become apparent, and a less cumbersome set of mechanisms may emerge," he said.

    Several members of the public had already e-mailed him with ideas, he said.

    He added that he was particularly interested in a levy on vacant land, due to come into force in the Republic of Ireland in 2019.

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  6. Wales Act 2014 allows for the creation of new Welsh taxes

    The final item today is a government-led debate on taxation.

    The Welsh Government already has powers over stamp duty and landfill tax from 2018, and income tax from 2019.

    Powers over stamp duty - to be replaced by a Land Transaction Tax - and the tax on landfill sites will take effect in April 2018.

    Income tax rates in Wales could be varied from April 2019 as part of a deal with the UK Treasury with Welsh ministers able to cut or raise rates by 10p within each tax band.

  7. 'Robust plan' by autumn for taking the service forward

    The service, which differs from other UK models by having a greater proportion of clinical staff within it, was launched as a pilot in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABM), in October 2016, and extended to Carmarthenshire in May 2017.

    Between 4 October 2016 and 30 April 2017 the service in ABM has dealt with in excess of 73,000 calls

    Vaughan Gething says he is “very pleased with the progress that has been made to date".

    He tells AMs he has commissioned an evaluation of the pilot so far and has also asked the 111 Programme Board to provide him with a "robust plan" by autumn 2017 for taking the service forward.

  8. 111 service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    The members are now listening to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething: Update on the Pathfinder 111 NHS Service in Wales.

    Plans to bring in a new NHS helpline for urgent but non-emergency care in Wales were first announced in 2013, despite problems with the service in England.

    The 111 service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can use it both for health information and advice and to access urgent care.

  9. 'Confusion' over access to treatments

    Conservative Angela Burns says there is confusion as to whether some treatments are available via this New Treatment Fundor through Individual Patient Funding Requests (IPFR).

    Angela Burns
  10. 'Health board compliance showed some variation'

    Vaughan Gethingacknowledges that "in the first two months of the fund, health board compliance showed some variation in the availability of recommended medicines on health board formularies".

    He adds "this needs to be consistent across Wales with every health board achieving full compliance with the two-month timescale for every medicine.

    "I expect full compliance to be sustained over the five-year period of the fund and to make a real difference for patients".

    Vaughan Gething
  11. Progress report by Vaughan Gething

    The next item in the Siambr is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething: The New Treatment Fund - Progress Report.

    The £80m treatment fund was launched in January, promising speedier access to new medicines.

  12. 350,000 entries of historic place names

    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd refers to the Welsh Government decision earlier this year not to support his effort to protect historic place names.

    He wanted to introduce a bill to the assembly to protect the names of houses and farms, fields, natural features and landscapes.

    Ken Skates says that "Wales now boasts the only statutory list of historic place names in the UK, and perhaps the world. The list included nearly 350,000 entries at its launch in early May."

    He adds that work to bring the statutory register of historic parks and gardens into effect is well underway.

    Dai Lloyd
    Image caption: Dai Lloyd
  13. 'Wales at the forefront of the UK nations'

    Ken Skates says the 2016 Act has "placed Wales at the forefront of the UK nations in the protection and management of the historic environment".

    Ken Skates
  14. £963m into the Welsh economy each year

    The heritage sector generates £963m into the Welsh economy each year and supports over 40,500 jobs, a new report by the Historic Environment Group has revealed.

    The report, which collects data from 18 of Wales’ premier heritage organisations, highlights an increase of 4.4% in the number of visits to sites in the last seven years.

  15. Historic Environment Act became law after receiving Royal Assent in March

    Now a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates: Historic Environment Policy and Legislation.

    The Historic Environment (Wales) Act was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 9 February 2016 and became law after receiving Royal Assent on 21 March 2016.

    Pontcysyllte viaduct is one of three of the world's heritage sites
    Image caption: Pontcysyllte aqueduct is one of Wales' three world heritage sites
  16. 'All private sector residential high rise blocks'

    Carl Sargent, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, says "our primary focus has been and remains for the time being on high rise tower blocks within the social housing sector.

    "We are, though, now engaged with local authorities and the WLGA to identify all private sector residential high rise blocks.

    "We are working to ensure we can identify freeholders and managing agents of these blocks and provide them with appropriate advice and guidance - in line with that which we have provided to the social housing sector.

    "My expectation is that where an owner identifies that a residential high rise building has, or is suspected of having, ACM cladding they will send samples for testing and take the same additional precautionary measures as social housing landlords have taken".

    He reiterates he is waiting on UK Government advice on whether failed cladding should be removed or a "full system" test done first.

    Carl Sargeant
  17. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

    The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant is now providing an update to members following the Grenfell Tower Fire.

    Samples of the same type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower are being tested from seven social housing tower blocks in Wales at the request of the Welsh Government.

    Cladding from Clyne Court, Sketty, failed a safety test but meets regulations, Swansea council said
    Image caption: Cladding from Clyne Court, Sketty, failed a safety test but meets regulations, Swansea council said
  18. 'Corruption' and 'incompetence'

    Plaid Cymru's Neil McEvoy accuses the Welsh Government of "corruption" and "incompetence" over the Circuit of Wales, Kancoat, the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) among others.

    Jane Hutt's response is that Mr McEvoy is a member of the public accounts committee which has looked at the individual cases.

    Neil McEvoy