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Summary

  1. AMs react to the decision by the UK government not to back the world's first tidal power lagoon
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport: The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport: The Recent Airbus Group Announcement
  5. Statement by the Leader of the House: Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  6. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services: Brexit – the Risks for the Future of Health and Social Care in Wales
  7. Statement by the Minister for Environment: The Woodland Strategy
  8. Statement by the Minister for Housing and Regeneration: Integrating Housing, Health and Social Care

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Siwan Richards

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

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

Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

Senedd
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New £105 million Integrated Care Fund capital programme

Rebecca Evans says "housing is the platform to prevention and early intervention for social care, and it is also the key to helping to make services more sustainable.

"The new £105 million Integrated Care Fund capital programme aims to maximise the contribution housing interventions can make to improve service delivery, whilst also alleviating the pressures on the NHS and the delivery of social care."

Rebecca Evans
BBC

Statement by the Minister for Housing and Regeneration

The final statement of the day is by the Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans: 'Integrating Housing, Health and Social Care'.

Statement by the Minister for Environment

We move on to a Statement by the Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn, on the Woodland Strategy.

The Welsh Government’s Woodlands for Wales Forestry Strategy and accompanying 5-year action plan sets a target of 2,000 hectares of new planting per annum - "Increasing woodland cover and developing a competitive and integrated forestry sector are key outcomes of the Strategy".

Woodland
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'NHS was created long before the EU'

UKIP group leader Caroline Jones says "Our NHS was created long before the EU and will be here long after we leave".

'Blasé about the biggest threat we have faced in modern times'

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says the Conservatives "shouldn't be blasé about the biggest threat we have faced in modern times in Wales".

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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'UK government does not want or expect a no deal outcome'

Conservative Angela Burns says "there is a degree of mischief making in this statement, because this is still a negotiation.

"The UK government does not want or expect a no deal outcome".

Angela Burns
BBC

'Real and lasting consequences'

Vaughan Gething says the Brexit risks for Health and Social Care are "obvious and critical", including access to current and new medicines, medical technology and innovations, the necessity of continued international research, collaboratio nand innovation, and protecting access to essential healthcare for EU citizens in Wales and Welsh citizens in the EU27.

He warns, "if unresolved, they will have real and lasting consequences for our services for individuals, families and communities across Wales".

Vaughan Gething
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'Risks for the future of health and social care in Wales'

The next statement is by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething: "Brexit – the risks for the future of health and social care in Wales".

Gypsies, Roma and Travellers plan 'needs to be more ambitious'

Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian talks of the need to upgrade many of the current sites.

She says the Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers document needs to be more ambitious in the parts dealing with education, health, employment and skills.

Sian Gwenllian
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'Identify and meet the accommodation needs'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says that "everyone will be disadvantaged until we identify and meet the accommodation needs of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, enabling the provision of authorised residential and transit sites".

Mark Isherwood AM
BBC

BREAKING: Gareth Bennett to run for UKIP Wales leadership

UKIP AM Gareth Bennett has announced that he is throwing his hat in the ring for the UKIP Wales leadership election.

Mr Bennett, 49, said that his key themes would be campaigning for the abolition of the Welsh Assembly, and "rowing back against the increasing cost of the Welsh language provisions".

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Statement by the Leader of the House

We move on to a Statement by the Leader of the House, Julie James: "Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers".

The Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers document set out proposals for how the Welsh Government would be seeking to improve access to advice and services and reduce inequalities experienced by these communities.

The plan and consultation summary can be found here.

Gypsy caravan
BBC

'Increasing frustration with the lack of clarity'

Brian Meechan

BBC Wales business correspondent

This is not a shock in that Airbus has been warning for years that it might be less likely to invest in Wales and the rest of the UK in future if it doesn't have easy access to the EU. It is a sign of its increasing frustration with the lack of clarity over the future trading relationship that it is now saying its long-term commitments, including to its Flintshire plant, could be in doubt. Airbus currently has workers and products moving quickly and seamlessly across EU countries and it is planning for what happens if that stops after Brexit. There are also a number of companies in Flintshire whose business in a large part revolves around supplying Airbus so there would be a ripple effect on the local economy if it invests less or begins to withdraw completely. Some have argued that the company wouldn't really do this but many said the same about Tata's warnings over a number of years that it was at risk due to high energy costs and cheap Chinese steel. Politicians only made moves to tackle its problems after it put its entire UK operations up for sale."

Airbus
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'Latest example of fake news by project fear'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says "'it's hard to stifle a yawn at the latest example of fake news by project fear."

He says "this is a political statement in the propaganda war by the remainer establishment".

He adds, "most aircraft components would be tariff free under WTO [World Trade Organization] rules".

He concludes, "Airbus has nothing to worry about".

Neil Hamiton AC
BBC

'Brexit wake-up call'

Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says were Airbus to abandon Broughton the effects would be worse than when Shotton steelworks axed more than 6,500 jobs in 1980.

He describes Airbus' warning as a "real Brexit wake-up call".

Llyr Gruffydd
BBC

'Commitment to get best possible deal'

Conservative Russell George says the UK government has "restated its commitment on countless occasions to get the best possible deal for the UK and Welsh economy".

Russell George
BBC

'Time to rule out a no-deal scenario'

Thousands of Welsh jobs are at risk as Airbus has warned it could leave the UK if it exits the European Union single market and customs union without a transition deal after Brexit.

Ken Skates says Airbus' warning is of "very serious concern to the Welsh economy".

He says the "situation is now critical", and it is "time to rule out a no-deal scenario".

Ken Skates
BBC
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Planemaker 'could leave the UK'

The next statement by Ken Skates, on the recent Airbus Group announcement.

The planemaker said it could leave the UK and cut thousands of jobs if the UK leaves the single market and customs union without a transition deal.

The company employs 14,000 people at 25 sites in the UK, with around half of its employees in Wales.

Airbus
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'The goalposts have moved'

Brian Meechan

BBC Wales business correspondent

This was a project that seemed at one point to have widespread and almost universal support in Wales. It required the UK government to agree a significant strike price - a subsidy paid by consumers through energy bills - although the exact amount varied depending on the length of time that price was set for and whether other taxpayer funding was invested in the project. The independent report by Charles Hendry was very supportive of the tidal lagoon. However, it also said that doing a full, value for money, assessment was beyond its scope. In recent months, some in the business community have been privately raising concerns about the cost of the project and its impact on energy bills. While Tidal Lagoon Power and the Welsh Government now say it is the same price as nuclear power, the UK government insist it is double. However, the goalposts have moved. There was huge criticism of the UK government over the price for energy struck for the new nuclear plant across the water at Hinkley Point. With a pledge not to commit bill payers to such costs again, even getting the cost of the lagoon to a similar figure was unlikely to be good enough. It seems, ultimately, that UK ministers do not have confidence that the lagoon developers are able to deliver the project at the price they now think is reasonable for consumers to pay. Especially as other options such as wind energy come in at a much lower cost."

UK government's 'utter contempt' for Swansea

Caroline Jones accuses the UK government of showing "utter contempt" for the Swansea region.

She says the Welsh Government has UKIP's support "in fighting this decision".

'My depth of devastation'

Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd says "words cannot convey my depth of devastation.

"This is a wonderful project, there's tremendous potential for tidal energy in Swansea Bay and the Bristol channel".

'Bitterly regret that a more positive decision was not made'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says, "I bitterly regret that a more positive decision was not made yesterday".

However, he adds "the numbers were always challenging if you looked at the economics, just the raw power generated".

UK government 'badly let down the people of Wales'

Ken Skates says the UK government's decision not to back the world's first tidal power lagoon is "deeply disappointing", adding they have "badly let down the people of Wales".

He says is is a "further blow" following the disappointment that the Great Western mainline was only being electrified as far as Cardiff.

The tidal lagoon had won widespread support across Swansea
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The tidal lagoon had won widespread support across Swansea

Lagoon rejection decision

The first statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates, on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, following the decision by the UK government not to back the world's first tidal power lagoon.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said on Monday it was not value for money.

Artist's impression of a section of the tidal lagoon
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Artist's impression of a section of the tidal lagoon

Business Statement and Announcement

The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

Leader of the House Julie James outlines the Assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

Julie James
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What is Neil McEvoy alleging about Cardiff local development plan?

The first minister says he "does not understand" what independent AM Neil McEvoy was alleging he had done over the Cardiff local development plan.

Neil McEvoy AM
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Vote of no confidence in Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns

"We'll look forward to your full support' in the vote of no confidence in Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns tomorrow, says Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd.

The first minister doesn't say whether or not he will back it.

Dai Lloyd AM
BBC

'By 2028 many of our traditional retailers will have disappeared'

If the rise in online sales continues, then by 2028 many of our traditional retailers would have disappeared, says Caroline Jones.

The first minister reiterates that urban centres should be more mixed.

Caroline Jones
BBC

What is the Welsh Government doing to address retail closures?

UKIP leader Caroline Jones raises retail closures, listing a long list of stores that are shutting including House of Fraser in Cardiff and Cwmbran.

The UK government are not appearing to address the issue, she says and asks what the Welsh Government is doing?

The first minister suggests the answer may be for city centres to be more mixed - in terms of offices and residential properties.

'Excessive use of opiate painkillers'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks about the report into Gosport War Memorial Hospital and the excessive use of opiate painkillers. Has the Welsh Government considered any implications from it?

Officials will look at the report, replies the first minister.

What action will the Welsh Government be doing to work with health boards so families that have concerns over syringe drivers can have them addressed, Andrew RT Davies asks.

The first minister says he is not aware of concerns but says if they have them they can be raised with an AM or ministers.

Andrew RT Davies
BBC

Plaid Cymru letting the UK government 'off the hook'

The first minister says Plaid Cymru is letting the UK government "off the hook".

First Minister's Questions does not involve answering questions about Westminster, he adds.

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'You're not even going to bother trying'

"You're just going to wring your hands. You're not even going to bother trying' over the lagoon, Leanne Wood accuses the first minister.

She calls for him to condemn Labour MPs who backed leaving the single market and customs union.

Leanne Wood AM
BBC

'Wales has been let down by a decision of the UK government'

The first minister accuses Plaid Cymru of moving the blame elsewhere for the rejection of the lagoon.

"Wales has been let down by a decision of the UK government," he says.

'Small window of opportunity' to save Swansea tidal lagoon

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood sees a "small window of opportunity" to save Swansea tidal lagoon by setting up a Welsh public energy company.

But the first minister says “we cannot fill in the gaps that they (UK government) have left”.

Artist impression
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UK government's inquiry due to report in 2023

The first minister replies that it is important that women affected receive the support they need, and he notes that the UK government's inquiry is not due to report until 2023 and he expects "robust" recommendations so "unacceptable practices are not repeated".

Mr Jones also refers to the Live Fear Free Helpline.

First Minister Carwyn Jones
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Welsh women affected directly by the spycops issue

The first of the tabled questions is by Bethan Sayed: Will the First Minister make a statement on the support for Welsh women affected directly by the spycops issue?

She has an event later about uncovering police officers who had relationships with Welsh women activists.

A public inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by undercover officers is ongoing.

Bethan Sayed AM
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Welcome to Senedd Live

Prynhawn da.

Plenary begins with Questions to the First Minister.

Senedd
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