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Summary

  1. Carwyn Jones warns against limiting Welsh Government ambitions as he outlines proposed new laws.
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  3. The Legislative Programme
  4. Update on European Transition
  5. Local Government Reform – next steps
  6. Update on Welsh Government Requirements for Other Rail Franchises Serving Wales and Rail Infrastructure Investment
  7. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services: Publication of Donna Ockenden's Governance Review
  8. The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2018
  9. Motion to approve the financial resolution in respect of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

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

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

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  2. Financial resolution in respect of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill

    AMs approve the proposal that the National Assembly for Wales, for the purposes of any provisions resulting from the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Standing Order 26.69, arising in consequence of the Bill.

    There were 45 for. no abstention, and one [Neil McEvoy] against.

  3. Regulation of Registered Social Landlords

    AMs approve the draft Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2018.

    Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans
    Image caption: Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans
  4. 'Woeful and utterly shameful'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown says that as Labour has been in charge of health in Wales since 1999, "if this is a difficult report for the board of Betsi Cadwaladr, it's even more difficult for you".

    She describes the situation as "woeful and utterly shameful".

    Michelle Brown
  5. 'Disappointing' response to Ockenden review

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth describes the health secretary's response to the review led by Donna Ockenden as "disappointing".

    He says the health board has been dysfunctional from the beginning and has ignored issues which had been flagged up by staff repeatedly.

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  6. 'Astonishing that nobody has been sacked'

    Conservative Darren Millar calls on Vaughan Gething to apologise for the "failures" since Betsi Cadwaladr health board has been in special measures.

    He says it is "astonishing" that nobody in the board has been sacked.

    He asks whether the 520-page report will be presented to the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) "for them to be able to consider whether there is a case to answer in terms of corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide".

  7. 'Acceleration and implementation of improvement'

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says he has made his expectations clear to the Betsi Cadwaladr health board.

    "It must focus its attention on the acceleration and implementation of improvement," he adds.

    Vaughan Gething
  8. Donna Ockenden's governance review

    The final statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething, on the publication of Donna Ockenden's governance review.

    Her independent review said leadership has been "wholly inappropriate and significantly flawed" since Betsi Cadwaladr health board was created in 2009.

    Mental health in north Wales was described as a "Cinderella service" and senior management heavily criticised.

    Mental health was "chronically understaffed," relying on staff goodwill.

    The review was sparked by problems found at Tawel Fan.

    The 17-bed elderly psychiatric ward on the Glan Clwyd Hospital site closed in 2013 but a wide-ranging inquiry, which was published in May, rejected claims of abuse.

    Months before Tawel Fan was closed in December 2013 amid claims of a "scandal", the health board - Wales' largest - was already in turmoil.
    Image caption: Months before Tawel Fan was closed in December 2013 amid claims of a "scandal", the health board - Wales' largest - was already in turmoil.
  9. Welsh Government's support for HS2 'quite bizarre'

    UKIP's David Rowlands says he finds the Welsh Government's support for HS2 as "quite bizarre given that it will swallow up at least £50 billion of investment".

    David Rowlands
  10. 'We in Wales should be livid at the way we are treated'

    Plaid Cymru's Adam Price thanks Professor Mark Barry for revealing the "caustic" evidence that Network Rail’s Wales Route, which makes up 11% of the UK network, has received little more than 1% of total spend on enhancements.

    He says "we in Wales should be livid at the way we are treated".

    Adam Price
  11. 'No consensus on devolution of Network Rail funding'

    In response to Ken Skates' comment that "if the UK Government cannot help us to meet our objectives and deliver investment in Wales on an equitable basis, alternative arrangements for the prioritisation, funding, and delivery of enhancements to the rail infrastructure in Wales will be needed following a fair devolution settlement in this area", Conservative Russell George reminds the cabinet secretary that "the devolution of Network Rail funding was examined by the Silk Commission and discussed during the St David's Day process and no consensus was achieved".

    Russell George
  12. 'Initial findings are stark'

    In May, Ken Skates announced Cardiff University’s Professor Mark Barry would lead on the case for investment in rail infrastructure in Wales, against the backdrop of the UK Government’s £50bn investment in HS2.

    Mr Skates tells Assembly Members:

    “The initial findings of this work are stark. Wales has not received an equitable share of UK rail investment over a sustained period, denying us the economic benefits enjoyed elsewhere in the UK.

    “Network Rail’s Wales Route, which makes up 11% of the network, has received little more than 1% of total spend on enhancements in England and Wales.

    “This has resulted in low lines speed on the South Wales Mainline, capacity and speed constraints along the North Wales Coast, infrequent commuter services for the Swansea Bay city region, and inadequate cross-border services in both North and South Wales.

    “I continue to support HS2, but call once again on the UK Government to make the right choices to benefit north Wales, and exert pressure on them to mitigate against the probable impact of HS2 on the economy in South Wales.”

    HS2
  13. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport

    The next statement is by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates: "Update on Welsh Government Requirements for Other Rail Franchises Serving Wales and Rail Infrastructure Investment".

    Ken Skates
  14. 'Are we moving with any purpose at all to any actual mergers?'

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett says "it's not clear whether we are moving with any purpose at all to any actual mergers."

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  15. 'Unnecessary uncertainty'

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian questions why Alun Davies "departed from your predecessor [Mark Drakeford] 's plan for regional joint working, thereby creating unnecessary uncertainty".

    She also makes the point that the announcement that Wales' 22 local councils will not be forced to merge should have been made in the Senedd, rather than at the Welsh Local Government Association's annual meeting.

    Sian Gwenllian
  16. 'Turmoil, demoralisation and destabilisation'

    Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders tells Alun Davies that "you and your predecessors, for the last three or four years, have been playing with the hearts, minds and lives of many working within local government.".

    She says that in March, the Green Paper "pushed the button of turmoil, demoralisation and destabilisation".

    Janet Finch-Saunders
  17. 'Independent working group to drive a shared approach'

    Alun Davies says the government received 177 responses to the Consultation Green Paper, Strengthening Local Government, Delivering for People.

    Of those who expressed a view on the principle of creating fewer, larger authorities, 54 per cent were in favour of the proposals within the Green Paper with 46 per cent opposed.

    Mr Davies announces he intends to "establish, in partnership with the WLGA, an independent working group to drive a shared approach which will shape the future of local government in Wales.”

    He says Derek Vaughan has agreed to lead this work and will chair this working group. The membership of the working group will be drawn largely from local government.

    Alun Davies
  18. New bill will not contain a map of new boundaries

    The next statement is by the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies: "Local Government Reform – next steps".

    A bill next spring will be the latest attempt to reduce the number of councils from 22.

    It will also introduce votes for 16 and 17 year olds in local elections.

    Ministers have been trying to either encourage or force councils to merge since 2014.

    The new bill will not contain a map of new boundaries as ministers hope authorities will re-organise voluntarily.

    Local authorities will be encouraged but not forced to merge
    Image caption: Local authorities will be encouraged but not forced to merge
  19. 'The worst prime minister since Lord North'

    Neil Hamilton describes Theresa May as "the worst prime minister since Lord North", who is remembered as the prime minister who lost America.

    He says the prime minister's "incompetence will keep us in subjugation to a European Union which is fundamentally undemocratic".

    Neil Hamilton
  20. 'Ensure we don't run out of equipment and medicine'

    Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis warns "there is no way of mitigating our withdrawal from the European Union economically, let alone a no-deal withdrawal", but seeks assurances about contingency planning.

    He says,"the head of the NHS in England has confirmed they are preparing for a no-deal Brexit by stockpiling drugs. Is that kind of discussion happening at a Welsh Government level to ensure we don't run out of equipment and medicine?"

    Steffan Lewis