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Summary

  1. Finance Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Statement from the Chair of the Finance Committee: Fiscal Reform – Lessons from Scotland
  6. Debate on the report by the Public Accounts Committee on Natural Resources Wales: Scrutiny of Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16
  7. United Kingdom Independence Party debate: Brexit
  8. Short Debate: Problem gambling in Wales

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it from the Siambr for today, and for the summer as the assembly will be in recess from next week.

    Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 19 September.

    Have a great summer!

    holiday
  2. 'Poor public policy decisions from successive government'

    Darren Millar says "thanks to poor public policy decisions from successive governments of all colours, gambling has never been easier than it is today".

    He says a "public health crisis is brewing", and that "gambling is no respecter of persons; it can affect people from any social strata and all walks of life".

    The Gambling Commission has estimated 1.1% of the Welsh population has a problem.

    Darren Millar
  3. Problem gambling in Wales

    Finally in the Siambr today is a Short Debate by Darren Millar (Clwyd West).

    His chosen subject: Problem gambling in Wales.

    Gambling
  4. Wales' receipts from the Common Agricultural Policy and structural funds

    Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford reminds UKIP members that "Wales' receipts from the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) and from structural funds form a far larger proportion of the UK's allocation than our Barnett share would ever do".

    Mark Drakeford
  5. UKIP's 'lack of awareness of how the European Union works'

    Eluned Morgan says the debate has highlighted UKIP's "lack of awareness of how the European Union actually works".

    Addressing UKIP's point about "unelected technocrats in Brussels", she says the "European Commission only has the powers to propose laws. It's the Council - the elected governments of the EU, overseen by the elected members of the European Parliament - who decide if these laws pass".

    Eluned Morgan
  6. 'Endangers the control people in Wales have over their lives'

    The Plaid Cymru view is the current approach to Brexit through the UK Government's European Union (Withdrawal) Bill "blocks the exercise of devolved powers by the Assembly and endangers the control people in Wales have over their lives".

  7. 'Deliver a post-Brexit framework that supports Welsh farmers'

    On behalf of the Conservatives, Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)says that leaving the European Union offers the opportunity to devolve more powers to the National Assembly for Wales.

    He says "there will be an opportunity to reduce the amount of red tape facing Welsh farmers" and the Welsh Government should "work with the UK Government to deliver a post-Brexit framework that supports Welsh farmers".

    The Conservatives call on the Welsh Government "to do more to support rural communities across Wales, by developing more tailor-made policies in the areas of health, education and housing".

    Paul Davies
  8. 'Tailor made policies for rural areas within a localism agenda'

    UKIP also believe "that the Welsh Government should develop other tailor made policies for rural areas within a localism agenda which empowers local people by:

    a) making major planning decisions with a significant adverse impact on the quality of life, such as intrusive wind-farms, subject to local referendums;

    b) making major changes to the provision of rural schools and other educational services subject to genuine local consultation;

    c) facilitating more affordable rural housing; and

    d) giving greater priority to the provision of NHS facilities in smaller rural towns".

    Neil Hamilton
  9. United Kingdom Independence Party debate

    Brexit is the topic of the UKIP debate.

    Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales) says that Brexit "enables the Welsh people to have more control over their own lives by devolving governmental powers from unelected technocrats in Brussels to Assembly Members in Cardiff and MPs at Westminster".

    The party also believes that Brexit "can create more prosperity for agriculture and the rural economy, by replacing the CAP with an agricultural policy tailor-made for Wales's specific needs, with special reference to conservation and environmental protection based on scientific principles and incurring proportionate cost to rural taxpayers and businesses".

    Wales an EU flags
  10. Extending the appointment of the Chair of the Wales Audit Office Board

    Members agree to extend the appointment of Isobel Garner as Chair of the Wales Audit Office Board for a further three years.

    Isobel Garner
  11. No 'wider systematic failing' in Natural Resources Wales

    Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths says she is "pleased" that Natural Resources Wales conceded that with hindsight it would have done things differently over the timber deal, but there is not a "wider systematic failing" in the environment regulator.

  12. Natural Resources Wales' leadership 'utterly lacking in humility'

    Llanelli AM Lee Waters talks about the "broader arrogance" of Natural Resources Wales' leadership, "utterly lacking in humility".

  13. Chief executive 'in denial'

    Natural Resources Wales' outgoing chief executive Emyr Roberts was "in denial" says Labour's Jenny Rathbone, who questions whether NRW is fit for its important role in the timber industry.

    Jenny Rathbone,
  14. 'Smaller manageable lumps of larch'

    Natural Resources Wales sold a job lot of timber instead of "smaller manageable lumps of larch", says Nick Ramsay.

  15. Welsh Government either 'incompetent or corrupt'

    When Plaid Cymru's Neil McEvoy says the Welsh Government is either "incompetent or corrupt", he is warned by the Llywydd who then tells him he's out of time and his mic is turned off.

    Neil McEvoy
  16. 'Extraordinary' to sell timber worth £72m without a business case

    It was "extraordinary" the environment regulator decided to sell timber in a deal worth £39m to a sawmill company without a proper business case, the Public Accounts Committee said.

    The trees sold were actually worth £72m.

    Other firms were unable to bid for the Natural Resources Wales contract, which may have broken EU competition laws.

    NRW have said it needed to award contracts quickly to control the rapid spread of the disease Phytophthora Ramorum in larch trees.

    BSW Timber failed to open a new saw line in Wales as it was expected to as part of a 10-year contract with NRW. The contract has since been cancelled.

    Timber
  17. Three recommendations for Natural Resources Wales

    Now the first of this afternoon's debates.

    It's on the report by the Public Accounts Committee on Natural Resources Wales: Scrutiny of Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16.

    Committee chair Nick Ramsay (Monmouth) presents the report which has three recommendations, the first of which is that:

    "Natural Resources Wales undertake a full evaluation of its governance arrangements relating to contracting processes, clearly setting out lessons learned with specific reference to the timber sales contracts referred to in this report".

    Natural Resources Wales
  18. Finance Committee in 'a pivotal and potentially influential role'

    "Never in the history of the assembly has the Finance Committee been in such a pivotal and potentially influential role in terms of deepening devolution," says Conservative Nick Ramsay.

    Nick Ramsay
  19. 'Need for specific and timely data on a Wales level'

    Simon Thomas says "one key lesson from Scotland is a need for specific and timely data on a Wales level, beyond the data provided on a UK level by the Office for Budget Responsibility".

    Simon Thomas
  20. Lessons from Scotland

    We now have a statement from the Chair of the Finance Committee, Simon Thomas: Fiscal Reform – Lessons from Scotland.

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