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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. 'Curriculum and Assessment Reform: A White Paper on Proposals for Legislative Change'
  3. 'Healthy Wales – Our national ambitions to prevent and reduce obesity in Wales'
  4. 'Making Wales a Nation of Sanctuary'
  5. Debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee reports on Brexit Preparedness

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. No-deal Brexit would be 'disastrous'

    Brexit minister Jeremy Miles says that the Welsh Government has accepted each of the recommendations in the three reports.

    He warns that a no-deal Brexit would be "disastrous".

    Jeremy Miles
  2. Wales would be 'among the hardest hit'

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says that Wales would be "among the hardest hit" by a no-deal Brexit.

    He calls for Article 50 to be delayed, preferably to provide time for a so-called "people's vote".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  3. No-deal Brexit could 'devastate' Welsh lamb industry

    Conservative David Melding warns that a no-deal Brexit could "devastate" the Welsh lamb industry, adding "it's time that everyone in this chamber stood up and addressed these home truths".

    David Melding
  4. 'Potential vulnerabilities in terms of the smooth functioning of food supply chains'

    On the preparedness of the food and drink sector in Wales, the committee says "our other work on the preparedness of Welsh ports leads us to conclude that there are potential vulnerabilities in terms of the smooth functioning of food supply chains should new delays and checks be in place in the event of a “no deal” Brexit."

  5. 'Concerns about lack of physical capacity and infrastructure'

    On the preparedness of Welsh ports, the committee reiterates its "concerns about the lack of physical capacity and infrastructure to accommodate new customs and border checks".

  6. 'Lack of robust data hampering ability of health service to prepare for Brexit'

    On the preparedness of the healthcare and medicines sector, the committee chair David Rees says the committee "heard that a lack of robust data, particularly in terms of the make-up of the social care workforce, are hampering the ability of health service in Wales to prepare for Brexit, although we also note that Welsh Government commissioned research is underway in this area."

    David Rees
  7. External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee reports

    The final item today is a debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee reports on Brexit Preparedness.

    Committee chair David Rees presents the reports.

    Welsh and EU flags
  8. Regulated Fostering Services Regulations approved

    AMs approve the draft The Regulated Fostering Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2019.

    These Regulations impose requirements on service providers and responsible individuals in respect of fostering services. For example, the Regulations require service providers to ensure that fostering services are carried out with sufficient care, competence and skill and to take reasonable steps to ensure the service is financially stable.

  9. Regulated Advocacy Services Regulations approved

    AMs approve the draft The Regulated Advocacy Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2019.

    These Regulations impose requirements on service providers and responsible individuals in respect of advocacy services. For example, the Regulations require service providers to ensure there are effective arrangements in place for monitoring, reviewing and improving the quality of the advocacy provided and to have policies in relation to, for example, safeguarding and staff discipline.

  10. Adult Placement Services Regulations approved

    AMs approve the draft Adult Placement Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2019.

    The purpose of these Regulations is to impose requirements on fostering services providers (both local authorities and independent providers) in relation to the establishment and functions of fostering panels.The Regulations broadly replicate the 2003 Regulations, but introduce two significant changes:

    • the establishment of a central list of people who are considered suitable to sit on a fostering panel, and from which fostering panel members may be drawn

    • the introduction of a two-stage process for the assessment of prospective foster parents.

  11. 'Prioritise asylum seekers and refugees over economic migrants'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown says "I completely agree that we should make sure that Wales is indeed a nation of sanctuary for those who need it."

    She adds "I would prioritise asylum seekers and refugees over economic migrants any day of the week".

  12. 'Great deal to be welcomed'

    Helen Mary Jones says "there is a great deal to be welcomed in the strategy and the plan".

    She has stepped in to replace Leanne Wood who has, she explains, had to "go home due to climatic conditions beyond her control" - i.e snow.

  13. 'Long-provided a safe haven'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood says Wales has "long-provided a safe haven for victims of persecution, violence, ethnic cleansing, genocide, from across the world and long may that remain the case".

    Mark Isherwood
  14. 'Close to 1,000 Syrian refugees in Wales'

    The ‘Nation of Sanctuary – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan’ includes:

    • Mental health services which address the difficult past experiences of those seeking sanctuary
    • Interventions to mitigate the risk of refugees and asylum seekers becoming destitute
    • Actions to prevent vulnerable individuals from being exploited
    • Safeguarding, particularly for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

    A website will be launched to provide information for refugees and asylum seekers.

    According to the Welsh Government, "Welsh communities have already welcomed close to 1,000 Syrian refugees as part of the UK Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, and the Community Support scheme, along with many more asylum seekers from across the world."

  15. Statement by the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip

    The next item is a Statement by the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt: "Making Wales a Nation of Sanctuary".

    Jane Hutt, who was the longest serving Welsh cabinet minister until 2017, supported Mark Drakeford's bid for the leadership and returned to government after his victory.

    The Welsh Government’s 'Nation of Sanctuary—Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan' has been developed in response to the recommendations made by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee report, '"I used to be someone": Refugees and asylum seekers in Wales'.

    It has been co-produced by the Welsh Government, refugee support organisations, public sector organisations, and asylum seekers and refugees themselves.

    Jane Hutt
  16. 'More and more of a problem financially'

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett warns that obesity "is going to become more and more of a problem financially unless we can get to grips with it".

  17. 'Timetable must not be allowed to slip'

    Helen Mary Jones says Plaid Cymru is "keen to support" the minister in the progress of this obesity strategy, which she points out is the "result of a Plaid Cymru amendment to the original legislation".

    She calls on the minister to ensure the "October timetable is not allowed to slip".

    Helen Mary Jones
  18. 'Key performance indicators needed'

    Conservative Darren Millar calls for key performance indicators on tackling obesity so that the Welsh Government can be held to account.

    Darren Millar
  19. Four main themes

    The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft policy that has four main themes:

    • Leadership and enabling change: to drive improved leadership and accountability to deliver Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales across all sectors.
    • Healthy environments: to create an environment which supports everyone to make healthier food and activity choices.
    • Healthy settings: to create healthy settings so that people can access healthy meals, snacks and drinks and be physically active.
    • Healthy People: to provide the opportunities for people and communities to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
    Vaughan Gething