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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with an Emergency Question on border arrangements for Northern Ireland
  2. Questions to the First Minister
  3. Statement: Public Good and a Prosperous Wales - Consultation Response
  4. Debate: Stage 4 of the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill
  5. Debate: The Draft Budget 2018-19
  6. Debate: Air Quality

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Abolition of the Right to Buy Bill passes stage 4

    That completes Stage 4 of the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill.

    The bill, promised by Labour at the 2016 assembly election, is expected to come into effect before the next election, in 2021.

    the vote
  3. Guide to Public Bills and Acts

    Next, the AMs will vote on Stage 4 of the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Bill.

    There is generally a 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.
  4. Active travel 'a major opportunity'

    Former environment minister John Griffiths says towns and cities face big challenges in terms of air quality and that active travel is a major opportunity for Wales to reduce vehicle use.

    John Griffiths
  5. 'Innovative measures promoted by the UK Government'

    Conservative David Melding commends the "innovative measures promoted by the UK Government, such as phasing out all diesel and petrol engines by 2040 – and calls for greater partnership links between the Welsh and UK Government on this policy, to ensure the transition to zero-emission road transport in the UK and bringing forward the associated public health outcomes."

  6. 'Air pollution a public health issue'

    Plaid Cymru calls upon the Welsh Government to

    • treat air pollution as a public health issue.
    • publish a national air pollution strategy.
    • issue guidance to local health boards on alerting residents of air pollution levels.
    • issue guidance to local authorities on how they should monitor air quality outside schools and on active travel routes.
    • recognise the need to decarbonise the transport sector and welcomes the provision of £2 million towards electric vehicle charging as a result of Plaid Cymru’s budget agreement with the Welsh Government.
  7. 'A clean air plan for Wales'

    Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn says the Welsh Government is developing "a clean air plan for Wales to deliver improvements over and above legal compliance for all our citizens, including through:

    a) a clean air zone framework to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of clean air zones by local authorities, wherever they are needed;

    b) improvements to local authority reporting on air quality issues in their areas and their plans to deal with them;

    c) the establishment of a national air quality assessment and monitoring centre for Wales, to advise local and national government on the extent of poor air quality and the effectiveness of current and future actions;

    d) the delivery of an on-going air quality campaign and other interventions to raise public awareness of poor air quality and to change behaviour."

    Hannah Blythyn
  8. 'Urgent need for action'

    The final debate of the day is on air quality.

    Nitrogen dioxide limits were introduced in EU law in 1999, with the aim of achieving them by 2010.

    AMs discuss "the urgent need for action, including work across all parts of the Welsh Government, to tackle poor air quality affecting human health and the natural environment in Wales".

    Air pollution
  9. 'Delivering prosperity for all during these difficult times'

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford that the "spending plans before the assembly today, together with our progressive tax plans, demonstrate our commitment to Taking Wales Forward and delivering prosperity for all during these difficult times".

  10. 'Always money for Labour's friends in the bay'

    "There's always money for Labour's friends in the bay," says Neil McEvoy, adding "I'm tired of the dependency culture in Wales".

    He says although "Plaid Cymru has been involved in the budget... 99% of it is all Labour and it really shows".

    Mr McEvoy was suspended from the Plaid Cymru group in the assembly in March.

  11. 'Transformative change' needed

    The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s chair Dai Lloyd presents its report on the Welsh Government’s draft budget 2018-19.

    He says "it is disappointing that four of the seven local health boards reported a deficit in at least one of the preceding three years.

    "In particular, it is of concern that Betsi Cadwaladr and Hywel Dda both reported a deficit in each of the years 2014-15 to 2016-17."

    One of the conclusions is that "finding further efficiencies and reforming current health services are vital if these challenges are to be met.

    "Urgent attention is needed to ensure that the Welsh Government’s allocations for NHS Wales expenditure is used in a way which will deliver transformative change".

    Dai Lloyd
  12. What would the £500m otherwise be spent on?

    Referring to Steffan Lewis' claim that Plaid Cymru has secured £500m for its manifesto commitments since last May's assembly election, UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says he would like to know what the £500m would otherwise be spent on.

    He also compares that figure unfavourably with the £1 billion deal agreed between the Conservatives and the DUP.

  13. Spending plans

    The agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru, announced in October, includes £30m for a power plant at the Port Talbot steelworks and £2m to scrap the Cleddau Bridge tolls - which are 75p for cars - by 2020.

    Other commitments include:

    • £14m to develop north Wales undergraduate medical training
    • £15m for improvements to sections of the A487 and the A470 from 2019
    • £3m for the design and development of the third Menai bridge crossing
    • £2m for electric charging points
    • £5m from 2019 for a national art museum and north Wales football museum
    • £10m investment in the Welsh language
    • No cuts to the supporting people grant, which helps vulnerable people live independently

    Plaid Cymru said it had also secured the re-establishment of perinatal mental health support service in Wales, as well as 80 new district nurses.

    Some of the cash - about £50m per year - is allocated to pay for commitmentsthat were made previously in the 2017-18 budget deal with Plaid Cymru.

  14. Budget 'fails to adequately meet the needs of the Welsh people'

    Conservative Nick Ramsay says the Welsh Government's draft budget 2018-2019 "fails to adequately meet the needs of the Welsh people".

    He criticizes "cuts to rural affairs, local government and the economy".

    Nick Ramsay
  15. 'Lack of transparency in the impact on overall local government funding'

    Finance Committee chair Simon Thomas presents its report, which has nine recommendations and in which taxation is an important consideration.

    The report also states that "the lack of transparency in terms of the impact on overall local government funding was a concern until the publication of the settlement.

    "In future years, the Committee would like to see the Strategic Integrated Impact Assessment explain more in terms of how decisions had been prioritised and reached."

  16. 'Less than satisfactory nature of unavoidably disjointed way'

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says "I do appreciate the less than satisfactory nature of providing information in this unavoidably disjointed way.

    "It is a consequence of the interaction between our budget timetable and that of the UK government".

    Chancellor Philip Hammond's stamp duty cut for first time buyers means more money for Mr Drakeford and he tells AMs that he'll make an announcement on spending it before end of term, so within a fortnight.

    Mark Drakeford
  17. Labour and Plaid Cymru have agreed two-year budget deal

    We move on to a debate on the draft budget 2018-19.

    Plaid Cymru has agreed to back the Labour-led Welsh Government's budget for the next two years.

    The deal, said to be worth £210m, includes £40m to boost mental health funding and £40m for higher and further education between 2018 and 2020.

    Labour and Plaid Cymru