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Summary

  1. A special plenary began at 13.30 with a statement by the First Minister Carwyn Jones on Tata Steel.

Live Reporting

By Nia Harri and Anwen Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl Fawr

    That's all from Senedd Live today. 

    We will back tomorrow morning at 10am for a special meeting of the Enterprise and Business Committee. 

    The members have been recalled to discuss the steel industry in Wales following the Tata Steel announcement last week. The subject:Support for the Steel Industry in Wales.

  2. 'Package of support worth £60m+'

    During the session today Carwyn Jones confirms that a package of support worth more than £60m that was available for Tata "remains on the table", made up of a commercial loan plus cash for environmental improvements and up to €2m for skills and training. 

    Carwyn Jones also tells the debate he is skeptical that Port Talbot is losing £1m a day. 

  3. Last few speakers

    After over 3 hours of debating we have reached the last 3 speakers!

  4. 'A strategic industry'

    Carwyn Jones tells the Assembly: "This is a strategic industry, It needs government help, It needs to be run for the future, for the good of Britain and for the good of our communities in Wales."

    Carwyn Jones
  5. Unemployment

    Plaid Cymru's Lindsay Whittle recalls a period in 1981 when he was unemployed for 7 months as the "worst period of my life."

    Lindsay Whittle
  6. 'Fed-up'

    Liberal Democrat Eluned Parrott says workers are "heartily fed-up" of crisis after crisis.

    She says the first minister does not hold "all the cards" but it is "no reason not to play the cards that you do have."

    Eluned Parrott
  7. 'Steelmaking capacity fundamental'

    Carwyn Jones tells the Assembly "Steelmaking capacity is fundamental to a major industrial economy. 

    "It's difficult to imagine... how the UK could prosper without the ability to make its own steel."

    Port Talbot steel works
  8. 'No certainty about the future of different Tata sites'

    This morning there was a meeting of the steel task force which includes Tata, unions and governments. 

    The Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said the UK government is ready to assist investors with the cost of paying for Port Talbot steelworks.

    The UK government will "stand ready to support any potential investor," he said.

    But after the meeting, Mr Cairns warned there was no certainty about the future of different Tata sites in Britain.

    Task force
  9. 'Unite'

    David Rees AM tells the first minister, "There's clearly a time for both governments to work together as one to unite.... And I hope that if the UK government doesn't take the lead, and l've got to be honest, my faith has not been convinced yet in the UK government, I would want the Welsh government to take the lead on this."        

    David Rees
  10. Steel workers march into talks to save Port Talbot plant

    ITV

    Union leaders marched into emergency talks to save the beleaguered Tata Steel works.

    They have called for the government to step in to protect the Port Talbot steel plant whilst a buyer is sought to take over the complex.

    Unions are also pressing for a deal to have the whole plant taken over instead of selling parts of the operation off piecemeal.

    To read the rest of the article click here.

  11. Protesters

    Protest
    Image caption: Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Welsh Assembly buildings in Cardiff Bay ahead of the meeting.
  12. 'Too good to fail'

    Kirsty Williams, the leader of the Liberal Democrats tells Mr Jones, "This is an industry not only too big to fail, It's am industry too good to let fail." 

    Kirsty Williams
  13. 'We owe it to those workers'

    Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood tells the first minister "we must be all prepared to do what we can now, to do whatever it takes to keep those furnaces burning in Port Talbot. We owe it those workers to show leadership on this."

    Leanne Wood
  14. Tata Steel: Industry cannot be allowed to die

    BBC Wales Politics

    First Minister Carwyn Jones has said the British steel industry cannot be allowed to die, as assembly members reconvene to discuss the Tata crisis.

    Assembly election campaigning has been suspended for the crisis recall after Tata Steel UK went up for sale.

    About 6,000 Welsh jobs are under threat, including more than 4,000 in Port Talbot.

    To read the rest of the article click here

  15. 'What is on offer?'

    The leader of Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies asks the first minister to "make it clear to the Assembly this afternoon what exactly is the Welsh government making available ... so that we can understand the offer that is available to prospective purchasers."  

    Andre RT Davies
  16. Statement by Carwyn Jones

    "These plants cannot close. Welsh steel, British steel cannot be allowed to die."

    Carwyn Jones
  17. Emergency session

    This is an emergency session with members recalled from its Easter recess to discuss Tata Steel. 

    First Minister Carwyn Jones opens with a statement before taking questions from Assembly Members. 

  18. Prynhawn da

    The Assembly members have been recalled from their Easter recess to Cardiff Bay today to debate Tata Steel's decision to sell off its UK operation as a going concern. 

    The session will be in the old debating chamber in Tŷ Hywel because they're replacing the IT system at Y Senedd.

    Port Talbot Steel Works