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  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Deemed Consent for Organ Donation - the first six months
  4. Statement by the Secretary for Finance and Local Government: Welsh Language and Local Government
  5. Motion to annul the Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

That's the end of today's plenary.

Senedd Live returns at 1.30pm tomorrow.


Motion defeated

The motion is defeated (16 for, 38 against).

Disappointing that councils challenge Welsh language rules

Conservative Suzy Davies says it is "disappointing" that councils have made more than 270 challenges against standards imposed by the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Neath Port Talbot council challenged the most - 54 since they were made in September 2015, saying some were "unreasonable" and "disproportionate".

The assembly passed the rules, written by civil servants, two years ago.

The Welsh Government challenged some of its own standards in March.

Welsh flags in office

Will the report's recommendations be implemented?

Sian Gwenllian welcomes the report's recommendations but expresses fears that they may not be implemented.

Sian Gwenllian

Considering the role of the Welsh language in local government administration

The Welsh Government is inviting the views of local authorities and other stakeholders on the report and recommendations of the Working Group on the Welsh Language in Local Government Administration and Economic Development. 

The group was asked to consider the role of the Welsh language in local government administration and as the language of the workplace, and local government’s role in supporting the Welsh language though its economic development functions.   

Welsh Language and Local Government

The Welsh Language and Local Government is the topic of the     Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford. 

Mark Drakeford

'Cannot commit to raising funding for voluntary organisations'

"I cannot commit to raising funding for voluntary organisations", says Mr Sargeant in response to Conservative Mark Isherwood. 

Celebrating the contribution of volunteers

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development ScotlandVolunteer Now(Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.  

Statement on Volunteering Week

The next item is a Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant on Volunteering Week.  

Carl Sargeant

A minimum of 100,000 apprenticeships

Julie James targets a provision of a minimum of 100,000 apprenticeships, but refuses to commit to a more specific figure.  

Julie James

Pet waste "not something that's come across my desk"

"We have no shortage of complacency"

Apprenticeships in Wales

Julie James makes her first statement as Minister for Skills and Science, on apprenticeships.

Targets are 'admirable but unrealistic'

UKIP's Nathan Gill says the government's targets are "admirable but unrealistic".

Nathan Gill

'High achievement for the government'

Conservative David Melding acknowledges that this is an "area of high achievement for the government". 

David Melding

Still the 'Real Madrid of recycling'?

Lesley Griffiths does not repeat the analogy that her predecessor Carl Sargeant was so keen on, that Wales is the "Real Madrid of Europe in terms of recycling". 

'Enormous environmental benefits'

The so-called "circular economy" means products are intended to be more sustainable as their design is based around reusable parts, allowing for a simpler recycling process.  

Wales recycled 56% of waste in 2014/15 and aims to recycle 70% by 2025.

Lesley Griffiths says changes in people's habits could have "enormous environmental" benefits.

Crushed tins baled to sell

'A Circular Economy'

Members move on to a Statement by Lesley Griffiths, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs: "Building on our Recycling Success for a Circular Economy".  

UK government to follow Wales' example?

Dai Lloyd, who first tried to introduce a law on presumed consent, welcomes the figures and calls on the UK government to follow Wales' example.   

Dai Lloyd

Dozens of lives saved

The system has saved dozens of lives since its implementation, Mr Gething tells AMs.

Of the 31 dead people whose organs were donated between December and May, 10 had not registered a decision to either opt in or out.

This figure compares to 23 people donating organs in the same period in 2014/15 and 21 in 2013/14, under the old system of people having to opt in before their organs were donated.

First six months of deemed consent for organ donation

Members now hear a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport Vaughan Gething on the first six months of deemed consent for organ donation.  

Since December 2015, unless somebody in Wales registers to opt out, their organs are donated after they die.  

Under what is known as soft opt out or deemed consent, people who are 18 or over, have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and die in Wales, will be regarded as having consented unless they register otherwise.  

organ donation

Requests for statements

Among the topics raised by AMs were a strategy on creating a "dementia-friendly nation", the decision by the House of Commons leader Chris Grayling to reject calls from MPs to overturn a ban on speaking Welsh at Westminster, and the bovine TB eradication programme.

Business Statement and Announcement

Next on the agenda is the Business Statement and Announcement.

Leader of the House Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly up to three weeks in advance.

Jane Hutt

A million people speaking Welsh by 2050?

Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian questions the Labour assembly election manifesto commitment to ensuring there are a million people speaking Welsh by 2050, as the language is now the responsibility of minister Alun Davies who is not in the cabinet.

In 2011, there were 562,000 Welsh speakers, according to the census.

Mr Jones says there will be a further statement in August on the commitment.

Shop in Welsh-speaking area

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board 'improved markedly'

The commitment to consult on the future structure of health services in north Wales remains in place, says Mr Jones in response to Conservative Darren Millar. 

Mr Jones adds that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has "improved markedly" since it was put in special measures.

Vote Leave letter: no more power than 'my children's pet cat'

 Mr Jones says the signatories to today's Vote Leave open letter -  signed by ex-London mayor Boris Johnson and ministers including Michael Gove, Chris Grayling and Priti Patel - have no more power than "my children's pet cat" to deliver on their promises.  

Ministers campaigning to leave the European Union say recipients of EU funding would get the same money if the UK votes to leave. EU funding projects for areas including farming, science, and culture would be continued until 2020, they said.

'World model, not a Little Britain model'

 Regarding the referendum to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union, Mr Jones says Welsh higher education operates on a "World model, not a Little Britain model".  

Map of Wales and European flag

'Are you making it up as you go along?'

How will you meet the liabilities, asks Mr Davies. "Are you making it up as you go along?"  

We will have to examine some of our existing spending commitments, says first minister, but not manifesto promises.

He also reminds Mr Davies that he is no longer the Leader of the Opposition. 

Money for the M4 relief road will be borrowed

The money for the M4 relief road will be borrowed, says first minister. 

 "That's the whole point" he says.   

M4, education and the Severn Bridges

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks about spending commitments on the M4, education and the Severn Bridges.  

He asks what'll be cut to meet commitments on class sizes, building the M4 relief road and so on.  

Andrew RT Davies

Leave vote: 'nobody knows what would happen'

Leanne Wood says the Welsh economy would be disproportionately hit by Brexit, and asks for contingency plans.   

Mr Jones says "nobody knows what would happen if there is a leave vote".   

Leanne Wood

Welsh fans 'ambassadors for our nation'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says Welsh fans were "ambassadors for our nation" in Euro 2016.

About 24,000 Wales fans had tickets for the opening game against Slovakia in Toulouse
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About 24,000 Wales fans had tickets for the opening game against Slovakia in Toulouse

Cross-border problems with farm payments

UKIP group leader, Neil Hamilton asks about cross-border problems with farm payments.

Mr Jones says 90% of single farm payments to farmers have been made, but acknowledges "there are some cross-border issues". 

Neil Hamilton

Building on too many greenfield sites?

Plaid Cymru's Neil McEvoy asks the first question, on local development plans.

Mr McEvoy has long argued that Cardiff council is building on too many greenfield sites.

Cardiff Council's plan assumes Cardiff's population will grow from around 350,000 now to 395,000 over the next 13 years.  

Mr Jones accuses Mr McEvoy of "living in a land of fantasy" over his claims that Mr Jones has misled the assembly over comments made in 2012 referring to Cardiff's local development plan.  

The expansion will be the biggest Cardiff has seen in more than half a century
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The expansion will be the biggest Cardiff has seen in more than half a century

Questions to the first minister

Plenary continues with questions to the First Minister Carwyn Jones.

A full list of the questions tabled is here. 

Minute's silence to remember the victims of the Orlando attack

Members observe a minute's silence to remember the victims of the attack in the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando early on Sunday, in which 49 people were killed and dozens wounded.

About 350 people attended a vigil outside the Senedd on Monday evening to show support for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.
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About 350 people attended a vigil outside the Senedd on Monday evening to show support for victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

New facility to search speeches and votes

The Assembly’s website has a new facility to search speeches and votes made by each Assembly Member during the Fifth Assembly.

According to the website, 10 out of the 60 members have yet to make spoken contributions: seven members of the government, Deputy Presiding Officer  Ann Jones,  the Labour AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Dawn Bowden and Michelle Brown the UKIP AM for north Wales.


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