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Summary

  1. No confidence motion in Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns over Swansea lagoon fails
  2. Health, Social Care and Sport Committee
  3. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  4. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services
  5. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal - Leasehold residential houses
  6. Debate on Petitions
  7. Plaid Cymru debate - Hydrogen energy
  8. Plaid Cymru debate - Head and neck cancers
  9. Short Debate: The Welsh Baccalaureate - education or indoctrination?

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By Alun Jones and Sarah Down-Roberts

All times stated are UK

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That's it from the Siambr, on the day we learned what was going on behind the scenes with the Welsh Conservatives.

Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 3 July.

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'Develop knowledge and understanding of society'

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says the Welsh Baccalaureate "allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of society", and says Mr Hamilton has "no evidence" of propaganda.

Education or indoctrination?

The topic chosen by Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales) for the Short Debate is "The Welsh Baccalaureate: education or indoctrination?".

He says Wales' education system is being used as a tool of propaganda.

Neil Hamilton claims that parts of the Welsh Baccalaureate on topics like poverty and famine are being taught from a "centre-left disposition".

The Welsh Bacc
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Motion of no confidence against the Conservative Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns fails to pass

The motion of no confidence against the Conservative Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns fails to pass as it did not have the support of Labour.

There were nine for, no abstentions, and 40 against.

Plaid Cymru tabled the motion after the UK government failed to support plans for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

The motion, even if it had passed, would have been symbolic. AMs cannot remove Mr Cairns, who is not a member of the assembly.

Mr Cairns has said the tidal lagoon "did not meet the threshold for taxpayer value" despite months of work by officials.

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Awaiting advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething emphasises that the Welsh Government is awaiting advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on whether to extend the HPV vaccination programme to adolescent boys.

'Extend HPV vaccination programme to all adolescent boys'

The topic of the second Plaid Cymru debate is head and neck cancers.

Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn) proposes that the assembly:

"1.Notes the increase in incidence of head and neck cancers among men.

"2. Notes the evidence of the effectiveness of HPV vaccination in protecting against these cancers.

"3. Calls on the Welsh Government to extend its HPV vaccination programme to all adolescent boys."

The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2008
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The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2008

'Welsh Government’s work to decarbonise the Welsh transport network'

Economy Secretary Ken Skates describes Simon Thomas' document as a "superb research report". He moves the Welsh Government amendment to delete points 2 and 3 in the Plaid Cymru motion and replace with:

"Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment through the new Economic Action Plan to decarbonise traditional models of business, public services and infrastructure in Wales and shift towards a low-carbon future in a way that can support our economy to diversify and grow.

"Notes the Welsh Government’s work to decarbonise the Welsh transport network, including the recent commitment to a 25 per cent reduction in emissions across the Wales and Borders rail network by 2023.

"Notes that work to decarbonise the Welsh transport system must be broad based, with the need for creative research and development in alternative infrastructure solutions and across a range of innovative fuels and traction systems, including hydrogen."

Ken Skates
BBC

'Not placing an excessive burden on taxpayers'

Michelle Brown says UKIP also support the Plaid Cymru motion, adding at the end of the motion a call "on the Welsh Government and the UK Government to ensure that any forms of alternative energy that they explore meet the tests of affordability, which include not placing an excessive burden on taxpayers".

'Importance of hydrogen fuel to the diversification of our energy portfolio'

On behalf of the Conservatives, Russell George expresses "support for the objectives" in the Plaid Cymru motion, and they intend to "strengthen the motion" by further noting:

"a) the potential of hydrogen as an alternative form of fuel;

"b) the importance of hydrogen fuel to the diversification of our energy portfolio;

"c) the important distinction between green and brown hydrogen fuel;

"d) that green hydrogen fuel is only viable as a by-product of surplus electricity generation, and therefore its limitations should be recognised; and

"e) that improvements to Wales’s grid infrastructure are required by the Welsh Government in order to ensure that both electricity and hydrogen can be utilised as green alternatives to fossil fuels."

Russell George
BBC

'Convey Wales's ambition in relation to the hydrogen economy to a worldwide audience'

Plaid Cymru has chosen to use its hour by holding two 30-minute debates.

The first is on hydrogen energy, following publication of the report, 'The Potential of Hydrogen in the Decarbonisation of Transport in Wales', by Simon Thomas.

Plaid Cymru calls on the Welsh Government "to hold discussions with businesses, researchers and bodies about holding a key event to convey Wales's ambition in relation to the hydrogen economy to a worldwide audience and to trigger the development of a comprehensive hydrogen economy strategy."

hydrogen car
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'Likely that any future planning applications for opencast coal mining would be rejected'

Petitions Committee chair David J. Rowlands (South Wales East) explains the committee reached the following four conclusions.

  1. "It is clear that the Welsh Government does not anticipate, and would not welcome, future applications for further opencast coal extraction in Wales. The changes proposed in Planning Policy Wales: Edition 10 would appear to make further new opencast coal mining developments highly unlikely in the future.
  2. "Proposed changes to planning policy make it likely that any future planning applications for opencast coal mining would be rejected through a local planning process or “called-in”. We support this approach.
  3. "National planning policy should ensure that suitable financial provision for site restoration is paid or guaranteed by those responsible for any future opencast mining developments. The effectiveness of planning policy in achieving this should be kept under close review by the Welsh Government and strengthened if necessary.
  4. "We encourage the petitioners, local communities and others with an interest in this issue to submit their views to the public consultation on Draft Planning Policy Wales: Edition 10 prior to the closing date of 18 May 2018."
David Rowlands
BBC

Two petitions relating to opencast mining developments in Wales

The next debate is on the Petitions Committee' consideration of two petitions relating to opencast mining developments in Wales.

Both petitions focused upon national planning policy and the approach adopted by the Welsh Government.

The first petition calls upon the assembly "to urge the Welsh Government to make the MTAN Guidance Notes, notably those relating to a 500 metre buffer zone around opencast workings, mandatory in planning law for Wales."

The second petition calls upon the assembly to "urge the Welsh Government to call in all opencast mining planning applications over 10 years duration or over 350 hectares in size because the implications of these developments are far reaching and long standing with effects beyond the immediate locality".

Ffos-y-Fran has 11m tonnes of coal reserves and employs more than 200 people
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Ffos-y-Fran has 11m tonnes of coal reserves and employs more than 200 people

Mick Antoniw's motion agreed without objection

Several AMs speak about problems with the current system of leasehold tenure.

Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies says the Welsh Government will abstain in the vote because "the government is moving to take the actions we are able to".

The motion is agreed without objection.

'Abolish the building of leasehold residential houses in Wales'

The next debate is on a Member's Legislative Proposal, on leasehold residential houses.

Mick Antoniw (Pontypridd) proposes the assembly:

1. Notes a proposal for a Bill to:

a) abolish the building of leasehold residential houses in Wales; and

b) improve consumer awareness of the implications of leasehold tenure.

2. Notes that the purpose of the Bill would be to:

a) place a duty on local authorities in Wales to reject all planning applications for leasehold residential housing developments; and

b) place a duty on sales and management agents to provide potential purchasers of existing leasehold properties with information on the implications of leasehold contracts.

His proposal is supported by:

Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central)Mike Hedges (Swansea East)Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley)

Mick Antoniw
BBC

Vote deferred

The vote on the no confidence motion will be held at the end of plenary.

Welsh Government criticises Alun Cairns but does not go as far as Plaid Cymru

For the Plaid Cymru motion to pass a majority of AMs would be needed. Labour has 29 of the 60 seats in the Senedd.

An alternative amendment tabled by the Welsh Government criticises Mr Cairns but does not go as far as Plaid Cymru.

It says instead that the assembly "regrets the secretary of state for Wales' failure to stand up for Wales and to support the need for greater UK government investment in major infrastructure projects in Wales".

'The National Assembly not an outpost of gesture politics'

Mark Drakeford explains why the Welsh Government will not support the Plaid Cymru motion.

"I do not believe we set up the National Assembly for Wales to be an outpost of gesture politics", he says.

'A government with form when it comes to saying no to Wales'

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says "this is a government with form when it comes to saying no to Wales."

Referring to Paul Davies's claim that the fiscal framework was an achievement by Alun Cairns, Mr Drakeford says Alun Cairns wasn't even in the meetings.

'I'm sure he was there in spirit,' says Conservative Nick Ramsay.

Mark Drakeford
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'Westminster’s voice in Wales and not Wales’ voice in Westminster'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says “railways not electrified, bridges renamed in the name of the colonial prince, the tidal lagoon scrapped, that is what is being delivered by the secretary of state in Wales.

“He is Westminster’s voice in Wales and not Wales’ voice in Westminster."

Leanne Wood
BBC

UKIP support Welsh Government amendment

UKIP's Caroline Jones says the UK government has shown "utter contempt for my region" but blames Prime Minister Theresa May and Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

She describes Alun Cairns as a "messenger", adding he needs to be "less of a yes-man".

She says UKIP will support the Welsh Government amendment.

Caroline Jones
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Alun Cairns a 'governor general-in-Wales'

Rhun ap Iorwerth says Alun Cairns is reinventing the role of Welsh Secretary as "governor general-in-Wales".

'Ministers have a duty to ensure that the figures stack up'

Interim leader of the Welsh Conservative group, Paul Davies says colleagues in his group were disappointed by the lagoon decision but "I appreciate that government ministers have a duty to ensure that the figures stack up.

"It's clear they felt unable to do that with this project".

He says it is "only appropriate that we take the opportunity to be a little more objective and recognise some of the positive outcomes delivered by the Secretary of State for Wales".

He cites the Severn Toll removal, the fiscal framework, and regional finance deals for Swansea and Cardiff.

Paul Davies
BBC

'Secretary of State has robbed us of a new beginning for Swansea and for Wales'

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas says he didn't expect to be having two votes of confidence in Conservatives in Wales in one day, referring also to Andrew RT Davies' resignation as leader of the Conservative group in the Welsh Assembly.

He says manifesto commitments should not be "broken willy-nilly".

"If there are two manifesto commitments in your manifesto for election for which you are then the cabinet secretary responsible for, do you then carry on?" he asks.

"What the Secretary of State has robbed us of is not one project, but the start of a whole new technology, the start of a new beginning for Swansea and for Wales."

Simon Thomas
BBC

Alun Cairns faces unprecedented vote of no-confidence

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns now faces an unprecedented vote of no-confidence in the assembly.

Plaid Cymru tabled the motion after the UK Government failed to support plans for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

The motion, if it did pass, would be symbolic. AMs cannot remove Mr Cairns, who is not a member of the assembly.

Plaid Cymru's motion proposes that the assembly "no longer has confidence in the secretary of state for Wales to deliver major infrastructure projects, following the decision of the Westminster government not to support the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon".

It adds that the assembly "has no confidence in the post of the secretary of state for Wales and believes it should be abolished and replaced with a properly constituted UK council of ministers with shared and equal decision-making powers".

Alun Cairns has said the renewable energy project "did not stack up"
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Alun Cairns has said the renewable energy project "did not stack up"

Motion to suspend Standing Orders approved

The motion to suspend Standing Orders to allow the no confidence motion in Alun Cairns to be considered, is passed with 35 for, 4 abstentions and 9 against.

Motion to suspend Standing Orders

There's a vote in the Siambr imminently on a motion to suspend Standing Orders to allow a motion of no-confidence in the Welsh Secretary to be considered.

No Topical Questions accepted

No Topical Questions have been accepted by the Llywydd, so we move on to the 90 Second Statements, which must be brief, factual, and are not subject to debate.

'Wales is lagging behind in access to mpMRI scans'

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says Wales is lagging behind in access to mpMRI scans.

The Multiparametic MRI (mpMRI) scan, which is done before a biopsy, is able to boost detection of prostate cancer.

Vaughan Gething says it is not currently recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Around 32,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK
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Around 32,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK

Hospitals' drug prescription regime

Conservative Angela Burns says there is an issue in Welsh hospitals "where a person's tried and tested drug regime does not fit in with the drug prescription regime in a hospital".

Vaughan Gething replies "I recognise the challenges, and work is being led by the Chief Pharmacist" on the issue.

Angela Burns
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Reducing the budget deficits of local health boards

Asked by UKIP group leader Caroline Jones what progress is being made in reducing the budget deficits of local health boards, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething replies that "overspending by health boards is unacceptable, and the Welsh Government is providing targeted intervention support to boards in deficit".

Cash
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School transport 'all a bit of a hotchpotch'

UKIP's Michelle Brown says there is a "distinct lack of consistency" in local authorities' school transport strategies, adding "it's all a bit of a hotchpotch".

Kirsty Williams says all local authorities have to abide by the Learner Travel Measure".

Michelle Brown
BBC
Michelle Brown

Paul Davies appointed interim leader of Welsh Conservative group

'Satisfaction rates are plummeting'

Referring to National Survey for Wales results, Conservative Darren Millar tells Kirsty Williams that "satisfaction rates are plummeting under your watch".

She replies she will not accept lectures from someone who supports "the Tory austerity agenda".

Parent satisfaction with secondary schools fell from 85% to 75% in a year, while the figure for primary schools dropped from 90% to 88%.

Parent satisfaction with secondary schools fell from 85% to 75%
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Parent satisfaction with secondary schools fell from 85% to 75%

Support for Carmarthenshire County Council's Welsh in Education strategy

Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd seeks assurance from the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan that she will "give 100% support" to Carmarthenshire County Council's new Welsh in Education strategy.

Eluned Morgan replies, "I am supportive of what Carmarthenshire are doing".

Llyr Gruffydd
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'Commitment to deliver real and lasting improvements'

Kirsty Williams replies "our national mission is clear on our commitment to deliver real and lasting improvements in the educational experience and outcomes of our disadvantaged learners."

kirsty williams
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Educational wellbeing of adopted children

Plenary begins with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams.

The first of the tabled questions is by Dawn Bowden: Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the educational wellbeing of adopted children?

Back at 1.30pm

The committee now moves into private session.

Senedd Live returns for plenary at 1.30pm.

Suicide rates continue to be much higher for males than for females

According to the Welsh Government, the mid point review of the implementation of the Talk to Me 2 Suicide and Selfharm action plan states that suicide rates continue to be much higher for males than for females.

The highest age-specific rates were seen for middle aged men, with a secondary smaller peak in elderly males of 90 years plus. In females, the highest age- specific rates are in those aged 30-34 years and 50-59 years.

Waiting times for psychological therapies can be 18 months

Rhun ap Iorwerth reports previous evidence heard by the committee that waiting times for psychological therapies can be 18 months.

Vaughan Gething says, "I wouldn't try to say that all the current waits are acceptable".

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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