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Summary

  1. Criticism of the Welsh Government's response to a report into children's emotional wellbeing. Children's committee chair says their recommendations had not been given "the respect they deserve".
  2. Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee
  3. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport
  4. Questions to the Counsel General
  5. Topical Questions
  6. Debate on the Children, Young People and Education Committee report on its inquiry into the Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People
  7. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) - Carillion and Capita
  8. Short Debate: Tackling child poverty

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

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A guide to why the four main groups in the Welsh Assembly are all facing leadership elections.

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Hwyl fawr

That's it from the Siambr for today.

Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 10 July.

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Tackling child poverty in Wales

The topic chosen by Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales) for the Short Debate is "tackling child poverty in Wales: the meaning of statistics in practice; the role of the Welsh Government; and the impact of Brexit on the child poverty agenda".

Child poverty
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'A depressingly familiar tale'

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says Capita is "a cautionary tale, showing us how badly things can go wrong."

On Carillion, he says its collapse "has left in its wake a depressingly familiar tale of untouchable directors, a devastated workforce, lost pensions, and business failures by others who had depended on Carillion".

He lists the lessons that can be learned.

Mark Drakeford
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Corporate Affairs Minister

Neil Hamilton reminds AMs that he was once the Corporate Affairs Minister in a Conservative government (he resigned on 25 October 1994).

Neil Hamilton
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'Private outsourcing of a complex public service only ends in tears'

Speaking in support of the motion, Dai Lloyd says "keep the NHS, in all its forms, public.

"Private outsourcing of a complex public service only ends in tears".

Dai Lloyd
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Lessons for Wales from two reports

We move on to the Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) - Carillion and Capita.

Lee Waters (Llanelli) proposes that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the report of the House of Commons' Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Work and Pensions Committees' joint inquiry on the lessons to be learned from the collapse of Carillion.

2. Acknowledges the National Audit Office report on NHS England's management of the primary care support services contract with Capita.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to publish an analysis on the lessons for Wales from these two reports.

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'We have a very long way to go'

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams sets out the Welsh Government's response, which can be seen in detail here.

She says the Welsh Government and the committee "share the same ambitions", but acknowledges "we have a very long way to go".

The Welsh Government says it has accepted "fully or in part" 23 of the recommendations.

Kirsty Williams
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'A child mental health crisis is brewing'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood warns that "a child mental health crisis is brewing, and if you don't make urgent, radical changes now we could be facing true disaster".

Plaid Cymru AM and GP Dai Lloyd talks about seeing "horrendously damaged" young people at his Swansea surgery.

But he says , "I have to wait for them to to be bad enought to access CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)".

He says he had "nowhere to refer them to because they're not bad enough or (don't) have a mental health diagnosis".

Leanne Wood
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'Bitterly disappointing' response by Welsh Government

Labour AM for Llanelli Lee Waters says it is "clear that there is cross-party consensus that the current system is inadequate".

He describes the Welsh Government's response to the report as "bitterly disappointing".

Reflecting on his own family's experience he says, "I've lived the issues presented in this report",

"I first experienced the system when my son was seven years old - I was told 'come back when he's throwing himself against the wall' ".

He says that six years later, after hospital treatment, they got effective support from the third sector.

Lee Waters
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Welsh Government 'has its head in the sand' over mental health of children

UKIP's Michelle Brown says the Welsh Government "still has its head in the sand over this problem and its attitude of 'make the right noise but do nothing' is what lead to this problem in the first place".

Michelle Brown
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Welsh Government's response is 'weak, complacent and totally inadequate'

Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says the committee's report is "ambitious", whereas the Welsh Government's response is "weak, complacent and totally inadequate".

Llyr Gruffydd
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'Only interested in a step change from one office into the first minister's office

Conservative Darren Millar says the Mind over Matter report was "universally welcomed by stakeholders but not, it seems, by the Welsh Government".

He says the only step change "that some people seem to be interested in is a step change from one office into the first minister's office".

Darren Millar
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'Major step change needed'

Committee chair Lynne Neagle (Torfaen) says she's "proud and privileged" to intoduce the report, which has 27 recommendations.

The committee concludes that "a major step change is needed in the priority given to emotional resilience and well-being of children and young people and the awareness and skills of all staff who work with them".

On the Welsh Government's response to the report, she says "neither the detailed evidence we've outlined, provided by a range of experts with significant experience in this field, nor the recommendations to which we have given considerable and serious thought, have met with the acknowledgement, analysis and respect they deserve.

"The step change we have called for is not visible in this response as it stands.

"It does not meet our expectation and demand for a step change in approach".

Lynne Neagle
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Children, Young People and Education Committee report

The first debate of the day is on the Children, Young People and Education Committee report on its inquiry into the Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People.

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Topical Question 4: grass fires

Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley): Will the Welsh Government make a statement on the recent spate of grass fires affecting communities across Wales?

In a Written Statement earlier today, Alun Davies says "most of these fires appear to have been started deliberately.

"I am sure Members will join me in condemning this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.

"Grass fires devastate the environment, kill wildlife and livestock, threaten homes and businesses and put the lives of firefighters and others at risk.

"Starting them deliberately is not funny or clever – it is dangerous and idiotic."

Crews battled a gorse fire at Carmel, Gwynedd
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Crews battled a gorse fire at Carmel, Gwynedd

Statement on 17 July

Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies responds he will make a statement on 17 July.

lAST Thursday he told the Welsh Local Government Association that Wales' 22 local councils will not be forced to merge.

Alun Davies
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Topical Question 3: local government reorganisation

Sian Gwenllian (Arfon) asks: Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on local government reorganisation plans following his comments in the WLGA conference on 29 June 2018?

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Bruce Robertson 'misinformed and out of step with public opinion'

Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan replies she was "really disappointed" by the chairman of Trago Mills, Bruce Robertson's comments, adding his remarks were "misinformed and out of step with public opinion".

Eluned Morgan
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Topical Question 2: Trago Mills

Dawn Bowden (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) asks: What is the Welsh Government's response to comments made by the owner of Trago Mills that Welsh language signage is visual clutter?

Trago Mills' store in Merthyr Tydfil is their first in Wales
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Trago Mills' store in Merthyr Tydfil is their first in Wales

Topical Question 1: merger between TATA steel and Thyssenkrupp AG

David Rees (Aberavon) asks: What analysis has the Welsh Government undertaken of the impact on the steel industry in Wales of the merger between TATA steel and Thyssenkrupp AG announced last week?

Ken Skates replies, "we broadly welcome the announcement and continue to engage with the company to assess the detail".

TATA steel
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Alternative delivery models for Swansea bay tidal lagoon?

Mike Hedges asks what assessment has the Counsel General made of the Welsh Government's legal powers to support a new model for the Swansea bay tidal lagoon.

Jeremy Miles replies "the Welsh Government stands ready to consider how it could use its powers to support alternative delivery models".

Swansea bay tidal lagoon
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Addressing problem gambling

We move on to Questions to the Counsel General Jeremy Miles.

The first of the tabled questions is by Simon Thomas: What legal advice has the Counsel General provided to the Welsh Government regarding legislating against problem gambling?

The top stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) being dropped to £2 is welcomed by Simon Thomas but he criticizes the "delay" by the UK government in implementing the stake limit.

Jeremy Miles says the Welsh Government's powers are "very limited" in this area.

Gambling
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'More difficult to implement economic strategy'

Ken Skates rejects UKIP's David Rowlands' assertion that "the failure to reduce the number of local authorities in Wales will make it more difficult to implement the economic strategy".

David Rowlands
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'Elements of our military history already commemorated'

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lord Elis-Thomas responds he has not considered such an institution, but points out that "a number of elements of our military history are already commemorated".

Lord Elis-Thomas
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Call for a National Military Museum for Wales

Welsh Conservative leadership contender Suzy Davies calls for a National Military Museum for Wales.

Suzy Davies
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'Good commercial sense to embrace the Welsh language'

Ken Skates responds "it requires goodwill and a degree of cooperation with the Welsh Government".

He says "it makes good commercial sense to embrace the Welsh language because you can add value to your product or service by using something that is unique".

Welsh language use by private companies

Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth, on the day he announced he is to challenge Leanne Wood for the leadership of Plaid Cymru, asks whether it is enough to rely on the goodwill of private companies towards the Welsh language.

He does not mention Trago Mills, but the question clearly relates to their letter that was leaked complaining about bilingual signs at its Merthyr Tydfil store.

Rhun ap Iorwerth
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'Continue to assess potential scenarios' of Brexit

Ken Skates responds that his officials "continue to assess the potential scenarios" of Brexit.

Ken Skates
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Impact of Brexit on the automotive industry

Plenary begins with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, shortly after he confirmed he will not run for the Welsh Labour leadership and will support the frontrunner Mark Drakeford instead.

The first of the tabled questions is by Lynne Neagle: What assessment has the Cabinet Secretary made of the impact of Brexit on the automotive industry?

Cars
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12 AMs now running leadership campaigns

Back at 1.30pm

The committee now moves into private session.

Senedd Live returns for plenary at 1.30pm.

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Zonal attachment quota allocations

Griffin Carpenter of the New Economics Foundation says the current focus of Welsh fisheries on non-quota species means that the immediate benefits of zonal attachment quota allocations "would be limited in Wales".

He says "Wales could benefit from increased quota of quota-managed species if zonal attachment is used to divide fishing opportunities with the EU and/or in the distribution of UK quota to the devolved administrations".

'High degree of political pressure and scrutiny' needed

Prof Richard Barnes of the University of Hull says "a high degree of political pressure and scrutiny has to be placed upon any steps that are being taken to introduce new legislation or change existing legislation" by the UK government on fishing.

Prof Richard Barnes
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'Clarity has been missing from Welsh fisheries management'

According to Griffin Carpenter of the New Economics Foundation, "to answer whether Welsh fisheries policies are delivering their desired outcomes requires a clear definition of what those desired outcomes are.

"Unfortunately this clarity has been missing from Welsh fisheries management."

Griffin Carpenter
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New witnesses

Giving evidence are:

Prof Richard Barnes, University of Hull

Griffin Carpenter, New Economics Foundation.

Witnesses
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Introductory session

The committee moves on to an introductory session of its inquiry into the impact of Brexit on fisheries in Wales.

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Break

The committee is now having a break until 11am before the next evidence session.

Keen to see more SME house builders enter or re-enter the market

Both ministers acknowledge there is a need for greater supply of all tenures including market housing.

The say they are keen to see more SME house builders enter or re-enter the market in Wales to increase not only housing supply, but to "innovate and help shape the future of house building".

Low carbon house
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'The market has not succeeded'

Reflecting on the last 40 years or so, David Melding says "we'd have to conclude the market has not succeeded in delivering appropriate levels of scale to meet housing need".

David Melding
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