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Live Reporting

By Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That's it from the Siambr (Senedd chamber) for today.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow.

    Senedd
  2. 'Outline a comprehensive strategy for protecting human rights'

    Only one amendment has been tabled to the motion.

    Plaid Cymru proposes that AMs add as a new point at the end of motion that the assembly "calls on the Welsh Government to outline a comprehensive strategy for protecting human rights in a robust and meaningful way now that the UK has left the European Union".

    The amendment is supported by the Welsh Government.

  3. Equality and Human Rights Annual Review 2018/19

    The final item is a debate on The Equality and Human Rights Annual Review 2018/19.

    The Welsh Government's proposal is simply to note the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales annual report, Wales Impact Report 2018-19.

    Dr Alison Parken, Interim Chair of the Wales Committee in the Equality and Human Rights Commission, claims they have "delivered an extensive programme of work to put equality and human rights at the heart of life in Wales".

  4. Payments required in the event of a default by a contract-holder of a standard occupation contract

    AMs approve the draft Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Prescribed Limits of Default Payments) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

    These Regulations specify limits (prescribed limits) for certain types of payments required in the event of a default by a contract-holder of a standard occupation contract.

    Houses
  5. Brexit legislation

    The final statement of the day is by the Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles: "Legislation related to leaving the EU".

    He warns that the Senedd will need to pass "a significant body of subordinate legislation this year".

    Brexit
  6. Metro projects

    We move on to a Statement by the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates: "Metro Projects in Wales".

    He says "I want to re-affirm our commitment to our Metros and set out our plans to develop similarly ambitious programmes for West Wales and Swansea Bay, North Wales, and further expansion in the Cardiff Capital Region".

    Metro map
  7. Social house building in Wales

    The next item is a Statement by the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James: "Re-imagining social house building in Wales – a modern methods of construction strategy for Wales".

    To deliver more homes quickly, she says councils will be encouraged to use modern methods of construction (MMC), "which will help them build better quality homes faster than traditional methods allow, in order to meet the growing need for affordable housing across the country".

    MMC includes various construction methods from new materials and technologies, to off-site manufacturing, which either replace or complement traditional methods of construction.

    Houses
  8. 'I don't think she's worthy of an answer'

    Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders asks why help had not been available for Storm Ciara victims until after Storm Dennis

    Lesley Griffiths replies "I really object to the tone" of her questions before abruptly stopping - "I'm not even going to look at you. In fact deputy presiding officer, I don't think she's worthy of an answer".

    Janet Finch-Saunders
    Image caption: Janet Finch-Saunders
  9. Pentre flooded after tree felling

    Several AMs refer to the fact that a blockage believed to have caused flooding in a village was the result of woodland cut down by Natural Resources Wales.

    Pentre in Rhondda Cynon Taf flooded a second time in five days after the culvert collapsed under felled trees.

    Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood, AM for the Rhondda, calls for an independent inquiry.

    Her comments followed flooding in Pleasant Street, Pentre, following the collapsed culvert.

    Residents called the situation "horrific" and said houses had suffered severe damage.

    NRW confirmed 95% of the Pentre woodland had been felled in a bid to tackle Larch disease.

    NRW admitted felled trees blocked a culvert, causing the flooding in Pentre
    Image caption: Natural Resources Wales admitted felled trees blocked a culvert, causing the flooding in Pentre
  10. Flooding during storms Ciara and Dennis

    We move on to a Statement by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths - "Emergency Flood Summit Update".

    People whose homes have been affected by flooding during storms Ciara and Dennis will receive up to £1,000 from the Welsh Government.

    The Welsh Government is asking "for those impacted to speak with their local authority emergency support teams in the first instance, to ensure the system is as quick and effective as possible".

    Lesley Griffiths
    Image caption: Lesley Griffiths
  11. Trefnydd outlines the Senedd's future business

    The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

    The Trefnydd Rebecca Evans outlines the Senedd's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

    Rebecca Evans
    Image caption: Rebecca Evans
  12. Call for urgent review of the stability of coal tips

    Plaid Cymru Rhondda AM Leanne Wood raises concern over coal tips, calling for an urgent review of their stability.

    Mr Drakeford says assurances have been received that tips where there is greatest cause for concern do not pose a risk to life and property.

    Leanne Wood
    Image caption: Leanne Wood
  13. 'Defences in parts of Newport West constituency were centimetres close to being overwhelmed'

    Questions on flooding have continued. Jayne Bryant, Newport West, says defences in parts of her constituency were centimetres close to being overwhelmed.

    Jayne Bryant,
    Image caption: Jayne Bryant,
  14. Flood damage letter 'could provide a template for further co-operation'

    Brexit Party group leader Mark Reckless asks if the letter from Labour valleys politicians asking for UK government assistance for the flood damage could provide a template for further co-operation.

    Mark Drakeford says when unpredictable events happen and costs are high the ability to go to the Treasury for help is one they have used before and have used again.

    Mr Reckless asked if the Welsh Government could ask for cash for projects like the A55 or the M4 Relief Road.

    Mr Drakeford replies that the case for seeking assistance "is simply the case for the union. The union is a mutual assurance scheme".

    Mark Reckless
    Image caption: Mark Reckless
  15. 'Treasury made the Welsh Government repay £200m'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford, tells AMs that part of the reason his government is asking the UK government for help with the aftermath of the flooding in Wales is because the Treasury recently, and with short notice, made the Welsh Government repay £200m to them.

    Mr Drakeford says the Treasury demanded the repayment six weeks ago because they had recalculated Barnet consequentials.

  16. '£180m of damage in Rhondda Cynon Taf alone'

    Plaid Cymru's Adam Price asks if the Welsh Government has a figure for the amount it is asking the UK government to provide on flooding.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford says that is not possible at this point. "Some of the damage that will need to be repaired is literally still underwater", he says.

    He adds that an estimate given by Mr Price of £180m of damage in Rhondda Cynon Taf alone is "not unreasonable".

    Adam Price also says Welsh men and women in the forces would have made a valuable contribution to the crisis if they had been asked. Was the army asked for assistance, and if not why not, he asks Mr Drakeford.

    Mr Drakeford says the matter was discussed by the emergency services. The decision was not to make such a request because circumstances were so "dangerous" only people trained to deal with them were thought to be safe to be deployed, he told Mr Price.

    Adam Price
    Image caption: Adam Price
  17. Has the Welsh Government done everything it can to support flood victims?

    Conservative Senedd leader Paul Davies asks if the first minister is confident his government has done everything it can to support flood victims.

    Mark Drakeford says he is seeking help from the UK government as costs go beyond what ministers can bear.

    Paul Davies asks the first minister if he accepts that the lack of an updated flood risk management strategy - he says it is ten years since the last one - makes some communities feel flooding is not a priority.

    Mr Drakeford says a new strategy will be published shortly. "I doubt very much myself communities that found themselves on the sharp end of flooding events were concerned about the publication of a strategy", he says.

    Mr Drakeford tells Paul Davies that tests for flood defence schemes will have to be different in future with the expected increasing intensity of extreme weather.

    Paul Davies
    Image caption: Paul Davies
  18. Welsh Government supported the UK government's call for evidence on a ban on the export of live animals

    First Minister Mark Drakeford tells the Brexit Party's Mandy Jones his government supported the UK government's call for evidence on a ban on the export of live animals.

    Mark Drakeford
    Image caption: Mark Drakeford