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Summary

  1. Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  3. Questions to the Counsel General
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Motion to approve the Official Languages Scheme for the Fifth Assembly and note the compliance report for the period 2015-2017
  6. Debate by Individual Members: specialist paediatric rheumatology
  7. Debate on the 'Live Music Protection in Wales' Petition
  8. Short Debate: Remembering Srebrenica

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it from the Siambr for today.

    Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 18 July.

    Senedd
  2. 'We owe it to the people of Srebrenica'

    Jayne Bryant concludes, "we owe it to the people of Srebrenica, we must remember Srebrenica".

    Jayne Bryant
  3. Remembering Srebrenica

    The topic chosen by Jayne Bryant (Newport West) for the Short Debate is 'Remembering Srebrenica'.

    Srebrenica will forever be linked to the Bosnian Serb forces' massacre of around 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.

    About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys died at the hands of Bosnian Serb forces in 1995
    Image caption: About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys died at the hands of Bosnian Serb forces in 1995
  4. Debate by Individual Members: proposal passed

    AMs pass the proposal calling on the Welsh Government to support calls for the creation of a fully dedicated multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology centre in Wales.

    There were 27 members for, nine abstentions and nobody against.

    the vote
  5. Adopting the agent of change principle

    Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths says she has written to all local authorities telling them to apply the agent of change principle with immediate effect.

    Under the agent of change principle, if new developments or uses are to be introduced near a pre-existing business, such as a live music venue, it is the responsibility of the developer to ensure solutions to address and mitigate noise are put forward as part of proposals.

    It is also the developer’s responsibility to ensure the measures are capable of being implemented.

    Clwb Ifor Bach sits in a prime site for redevelopment
    Image caption: Clwb Ifor Bach sits in a prime site for redevelopment
  6. Importance of live music to the Cardiff economy

    Several AMs stress the importance of live music to the Cardiff economy, including the Coldplay concerts last night and tonight in the Principality Stadium.

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  7. Background to the petition

    David Rowlands explains the background to the petition is the campaign to save live music in Womanby Street, a prime site for new developments opposite Cardiff Castle.

    It is already home to several venues, including Clwb Ifor Bach, and is the base for the annual Swn festival.

    Nearby venues Dempseys and the Full Moon have recently closed for redevelopment, while Clwb Ifor Bach has learnt of a plan to convert a neighbouring derelict site into flats.

    David Rowlands
  8. 'Splendid example of democracy in action;

    Petitions Committee chair David Rowlands says the debate on the petition is a "splendid example of democracy in action".

    Richard Vaughan (centre) organised the petition
    Image caption: Richard Vaughan (centre) organised the petition
  9. 'Take steps to protect live music venues in Wales'

    We move on to a debate on the 'Live Music Protection in Wales' Petition, currently under consideration by the Petitions Committee.

    This is the petition text:

    "We call on the National Assembly for Wales to take steps to protect live music venues in Wales. In particular, we ask that the Assembly introduces the ‘agent of change’ principle to make it the responsibility of the developers of any new premises, commercial or residential, to find solutions to noise from nearby pre-existing business. We further call on the National Assembly to legislate so that it is possible for local authorities to recognise an area of ‘cultural significance for music’ within the planning framework."

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  10. 'Unacceptable' to be without a specialist paediatric rheumatology centre

    UKIP's Caroline Jones says it is "unacceptable" that Wales is the only home nation without a specialist paediatric rheumatology centre.

    She talks about the difficult experiences of an eight year old she has met with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

    Caroline Jones
  11. 'Unacceptable that Wales has been left behind'

    David Melding calls for a "fully dedicated" paediatric rheumatology centre in Wales - there are 12 in England.

    It is "unacceptable that Wales has been left behind," he says.

    David Melding
  12. 15,000 children and young people in UK affected by arthritis

    Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint.

    In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. It affects people of all ages, including children.

    The two most common types of arthritis are:

    • Osteoarthritis: the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around 8 million people. It most often develops in adults who are in their late 40s or older. It's also more common in women and people with a family history of the condition. However, it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or be associated with other joint-related conditions, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis: In the UK, rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people. It often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years old. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men. Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are two different conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body's immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling.

    Arthritis is often associated with older people, but it can also affect children. In the UK, about 15,000 children and young people are affected by arthritis.

  13. Debate by Individual Members

    Next we have a Debate by Individual Members.

    David Melding (South Wales Central)

    Dai Lloyd (South Wales West)

    Caroline Jones (South Wales West)

    Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

    Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)

    propose that the assembly:

    1. Notes that Wales is the only home nation without a specialist paediatric rheumatology centre.

    2. Notes that there are an estimated 400 children in South Wales alone that are suffering with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

    3. Recognises the need for a multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology centre in Wales.

    4. Notes that the Welsh Health Specialist Services Committee is undertaking a comprehensive review of paediatric specialised services in Wales.

    5. Calls on the Welsh Government to support calls from Arthritis Care, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and the British Society for Rheumatology for the creation of a fully dedicated multidisciplinary paediatric rheumatology centre in Wales.

    Rheumatology
  14. AMs approve the Assembly Commission's Official Languages Scheme

    There were no contributors from UKIP to the debate.

    AMs approve the Assembly Commission's Official Languages Scheme, without objection.

  15. New approach would not apply to existing staff

    Adam Price stresses the new approach would not apply other than voluntarily to existing staff in their current roles.

  16. 'Equality Impact Assessment should be published'

    Bethan Jenkins, Chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, says that "broadly, committee members were content with the scheme and acknowledged the generally excellent support they received to help them carry out their work in both the Assembly’s official languages".

    She calls for the Equality Impact Assessment to be made public.

    Bethan Jenkins
  17. 'More work to do to become a truly bilingual institution'

    Adam Price is the Commissioner with responsibility for official languages.

    He says the Annual Compliance Report cites "occasions during the year we have failed to achieve the high standards and how we learn from them".

    He says "there is more work to do to become a truly bilingual institution".

    Adam Price
  18. ‘Basic linguistic courtesy’

    We now have a motion to approve the Official Languages Scheme for the Fifth Assembly. It states by summer 2018, the Assembly commission will:

    "adopt an approach where all posts advertised require at least a basic level of Welsh language skills (‘basic linguistic courtesy’) with candidates expected to either evidence those skills on appointment, or commit to gain those skills as part of the induction process".

  19. 90 Second Statements

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

  20. 'No such payment was promised'

    Economy Secretary Ken Skates says no such payment was promised.

    He adds, however, "we stand ready to help in any way we can".

    Ken Skates