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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Work together for a better world'

    Leader of the House Julie James says the debate is timely in Refugee Week as "those of all religions and beliefs must come together and work together for a better world".

  2. 'The worth and dignity and autonomy of the individual'

    Mick Antoniw says "humanism is the outcome of a long tradition of free thought that has inspired many of the world’s great thinkers".

    He says it "affirms the worth and dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others."

    Mick Antoniw
  3. 'Reason to be human – celebrating world humanist day'

    The topic chosen by Mick Antoniw, AM for Pontypridd, for the Short Debate is "Reason to be human – celebrating world humanist day".

    According to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), World Humanist Day, celebrated every year on June 21, "is an opportunity for humanists and humanist organizations to publicize the positive values of Humanism and to share the global concerns of the Humanist movement, and we’ve been celebrating the day since the 1980s."

  4. 'Tackle persistent air pollution and introduce clean air zones'

    AMs pass the motion that the National Assembly for Wales "calls on the Welsh Government to tackle persistent air pollution and introduce clean air zones to change behaviour and improve the health of citizens".

    There were 48 for, no abstentions and 3 against.

    The vote
  5. 'Able to address future demand for safe and high quality services'

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething calls on AMs to "welcome the Welsh Government’s commitment to:

    a) publish a comprehensive integrated strategy for Wales’s health and social care workforce in 2019 to ensure our services are able to address future demand for safe and high quality services;

    b) make NHS Wales an exemplar employer through its support for well-being at work by developing robust policies that support the health, well-being and continual professional development of the health and social care workforce."

    Vaughan Gething
  6. 'Ensure every region has the health workforce it requires'

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn) calls for "the opening of a centre for medical education in Bangor and the expansion of medical education across Wales to ensure every region has the health workforce it requires".

    He also calls for "future health and social care workforce plans to include robust targets for providing a bilingual workforce and details of how existing NHS staff will be encouraged and supported to learn Welsh".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  7. 'NHS in Wales has staff shortages across many specialities'

    UKIP group leader Caroline Jones says that "due to the failure of successive Welsh Governments to undertake adequate workforce planning, the NHS in Wales has staff shortages across many specialities, particularly nursing, general practice, emergency medicine, psychiatry, radiology and endoscopy; and that these shortages are putting existing staff under tremendous strain and impacting on patient care."

    Caroline Jones
  8. 'Make NHS Wales an exemplar employer'

    On behalf of the Conservatives, Angela Burns calls on the Welsh Government

    • "to publish a comprehensive integrated strategy for Wales’s health and social care workforce to ensure our services are able to address future demand for safe and high quality services by January 2019".
    • "to make NHS Wales an exemplar employer through its support for well-being at work by implementing priority access to treatment for NHS workers and developing robust policies that support the health, well-being and continual professional development of the health and social care workforce".
    Angela Burns
  9. Welsh Conservatives debate

    The topic chosen by the Welsh Conservatives for their debate is the health and social care workforce.

    The party believes that "a valued, supported and healthy workforce will be key in driving forward the transformation NHS Wales needs to be sustainable in the future".

    Nurse
  10. 'Testament to the consensus we have'

    Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn says the Welsh Government will support the motion, which she says is "testament to the consensus we have in this place and in Wales of the need to take action to reduce air pollution"

    Among the measures is a £20m fund to reduce emissions and improve the environment in Wales. The Air Quality Fund, which will run until 2021, will support local authorities to comply with nitrogen dioxide limits and improve air quality in their areas.

    Hannah Blythyn
  11. 'A breath of fresh air in every way'

    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd says "we as an assembly must play our part because the health of our people, the health of our children in particular, depends on the fact that we breathe clean air.

    "A breath of fresh air in every way."

    Dai Lloyd
  12. 'Wales has some of the worst air quality in the UK'

    Conservative David Melding says "Wales has some of the worst air quality in the UK, with Cardiff and Port Talbot both having higher particulate matter levels than Birmingham or Manchester.

    "Additionally, a road in Caerphilly is the most polluted outside of London."

    David Melding
  13. 'Cleaner transport alternatives'

    Gareth Bennett says UKIP "agrees with the spirit of today's debate" but that "introducing cleaner transport alternatives and tackling industrial pollution" is better than introducing clean air zones.

  14. 'Air pollution causes 2,000 deaths a year'

    We move on to a Member Debate on air quality.

    Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales)

    Dai Lloyd (South Wales West)

    David Melding (South Wales Central)

    Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central)

    propose that assembly notes

    a) that 21 June is clean air day;

    b) the damaging impact of air pollution on our health - Public Health Wales figures show air pollution causes 2,000 deaths a year which is 6 percent of Wales's total deaths; and

    c) that NO2 and particulate matter must both be dealt with in order to combat air pollution.

    2. Calls on the Welsh Government to tackle persistent air pollution and introduce clean air zones to change behaviour and improve the health of citizens.

    Pollution
  15. 'Assembly Commission cannot be immune from austerity'

    Labour AM Mike Hedges says that "the Commission of this Assembly cannot be immune from the austerity that the rest of the public sector in Wales is facing".

    Last year, the assembly came in for criticism over how it spent £1.9m in refurbishing of part of the ground floor of the assembly office block, Ty Hywel.

    Mike Hedges
  16. Concern over a possible increase in assembly budget

    Simon Thomas concludes, "the Commission has stated that this is likely to result in a compensating increase to the Commission’s “core” budget, reflecting expenditure that would have otherwise been funded through the underspend.

    "This contradicts the Commission’s agreement of a previous recommendation made by the Finance Committee that in the remaining years of this Assembly, its budget should not increase beyond any increase to the Welsh Block Grant.

    "Whilst we accept that the Commission will not utilise any underspend from the Determination’s budget line, we are concerned by a possible increase in budget.

    "At a time of austerity and when other public services in Wales are facing extensive and continuing real term cuts, we highlight the Assistant Auditor General for Wales comments that some of the Commission’s possible projects were “probably nice-to-haves, rather than absolute essentials”.

    In November last year AMs approved a £2.3 million increase in the budget for the Assembly Commission.

  17. Priority projects funding 'will aid scrutiny'

    We move on to a Statement by the Chair of the Finance Committee Simon Thomas on the work undertaken by the committee in relation to the Assembly Commission’s use of the Remuneration Board’s Determination underspend.

    Mr Thomas says the committee was "concerned about the intention to fund some projects through the underspend, over multiple years, as the Commission is then reliant on an unpredictable resource.

    "We believe that core projects should be identified and funded separately.

    "The Commission has confirmed that following consideration of our report and the Remuneration Board’s decisions to allow more flexibility over Members’ allowances, it has reviewed its approach to funding projects and that priority projects identified for completion during 2019-20 will be identified in the budget document and will now be fully funded from the Commission’s core budget line.

    "We believe this decision will aid scrutiny."

  18. 'Perceptive observer of the south Wales valleys'

    Vikky Howells pays tribute to playwright Frank Vickery, who has died after a short illness, describing him as a "perceptive observer of the characters, humour and wit of the south Wales valleys".

    Frank Vickery had a long association with Treorchy's Park and Dare Theatre, which was near to where he was born
    Image caption: Frank Vickery had a long association with Treorchy's Park and Dare Theatre, which was near to where he was born
  19. Barclays' announcement 'deeply disappointing'

    Economy Secretary Ken Skates says the announcement was "deeply disappointing", and that he would be meeting Barclays' management on Friday.

    Ken Skates