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Summary

  1. Public Accounts Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  3. Business Statement and Announcement
  4. Debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report on the implications for Wales of leaving the European Union
  5. Debate: Stage 3 of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

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

    Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll be broadcasting the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Bill passes Stage 3

    The Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill passes Stage 3.  

  3. Guide to Public Bills and Acts

    There is generally a four-stage process for the consideration of a Public Bill involving:

    • Stage 1 – consideration of the general principles of the Bill by a committee, and the agreement of those general principles by the Assembly;
    • Stage 2 – detailed consideration by a committee of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
    • Stage 3 – detailed consideration, by the Assembly, of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
    • Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the Bill.
  4. Land partly in Wales and partly in England

    Mark Reckless,  Nick Ramsay and Steffan Lewis propose amendments relating to land partly in Wales and partly in England. 

    The only one accepted by the government is amendment 29 by Steffan Lewis. 

    According to a recent report by the Assembly's finance committee, 1,093 registered properties straddle the Wales-England border.

    Current legislation states land transaction tax will have to be paid on the proportion of the property in Wales and stamp duty will be raised on the land in England.

    As a result, questions have been raised about how the separate valuations should be carried out.

    Mark Reckless
    Image caption: Mark Reckless
  5. Stage 3 of bill

    Finally today is a debate on Stage 3 of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill

    Stamp duty will be  replaced in Wales by the land transaction tax  in April 2018.  

    
          Control of stamp duty on property sales passes to Wales in 2018
    Image caption: Control of stamp duty on property sales passes to Wales in 2018
  6. Response by the Welsh Government

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford sets out the Welsh Government response to the report of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee.

    The formal detailed response can be seen here .

    Mark Drakeford
  7. 'I told you so'

    UKIP's David Rowlands says "I look forward to a time in the near future when I, my UKIP colleagues and all Leavers will be able to say 'I told you so' ".

    David Rowlands
  8. Recommendations 'important for us all'

    "Recommendations one and four are important for us all", says Conservative Suzy Davies.

    Recommendation 1. We acknowledge that the Welsh Government's White Paper has provided additional evidence to support the Welsh Government's position. However, we recommend that the Welsh Government publishes all the evidence on which it bases its position, including details of the scenario modelling that has been done across all sectors and the studies it has commissioned internally and from external sources  

    Recommendation 4. We recommend that the Welsh Government provides us with its register of risks across all areas where Brexit will impact upon its activity  

    Suzy Davies
  9. Implications for Wales of leaving the European Union

    Members now resume the debate that came to an abrupt end on 22 March after the Westminster terror incident.  

    David Rees (Aberavon) leads the debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report on the implications for Wales of leaving the European Union. 

    The report has six recommendations .  

    Welsh and EU flags
  10. Legislative Consent Motion on the Farriers (Registration) Bill approved

    Members agree that provisions in the Farriers (Registration) Bill , in so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales, should be considered by the UK Parliament.  

  11. Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2017 approved

    Members approve that the draft The Partnership Arrangements (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid  in the Table Office.   

    Rebecca Evans
    Image caption: Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans
  12. Marine licensing regulations approved

    Members approve that the draft The Marine Licensing (Notices Appeals) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid  in the Table Office.  

    Ship
  13. Business Statement and Announcement

    Now we have the Business Statement and Announcement where the Leader of the House Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly. 

    Jane Hutt
  14. Members' Bill

    Paul Davies has won the ballot to try to introduce a Members' bill - the ​ Autism (Wales) Bill .

    Any Member wishing to propose a Bill must apply to be included in a  ballot  which is held by the Presiding Officer. 

    He now has nine months to formally introduce a Bill.

    Once introduced, a Members' Bill is subject to the same scrutiny process as other Bills.

  15. Urgent Question 2: grass fires

    Vikki Howells, Labour AM for the Cynon Valley, asks about  the Welsh Government’s response to the large number of grass fires over the weekend.

    South Wales fire service said its crews had been called to 67 grass fires between Friday and Monday morning - 62 of them deliberate.

    They include  two separate incidents at Tylorstown, Rhondda Cynon Taff , at 05:30 and 05:45 BST on Monday.

    The Mid and West service tackled a 40 hectare fire at Gorseinon and another at Kilvey Hill, Swansea.

    Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant condemns people who deliberately start grass fires.  

    
          A fire on Penrhys mountain, Rhondda Cynon Taff covered 20 hectares (50 acres)
    Image caption: A fire on Penrhys mountain, Rhondda Cynon Taff covered 20 hectares (50 acres)
  16. Urgent Question 1: local health boards' overspends

    Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, raises the issue of the  £146m overspends forecast by local health boards this year.  

    Betsi Cadwaladr's deficit is now forecast to be £30m, Hywel Dda £49.9m, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University £35m and Cardiff and Vale £31m for the 2016-17 financial year.

    The health boards will not face a bill to repay the money, but they will be expected to balance their books in the next financial year.

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says the situation is "unacceptable" and that he expects a "significant improvement in financial planning" in the health boards.  

    Simon Thomas
    Image caption: Simon Thomas
  17. 'New Cardiff bus station must be fit for purpose'

     It's important that there's agreement that the new Cardiff bus station is fit for purpose, says first minister in reply to UKIP's Gareth Bennett.