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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement: Fire Safety in Wales - Steps being taken following the Grenfell Tower fire
  4. Statement by the First Minister on Brexit and Devolution: Securing Wales' Future
  5. Statement: Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation
  6. Statement: Bovine TB
  7. Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017
  8. Debate: Stage 3 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it for today.

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

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  2. Stage 3 completed

    That completes Stage 3 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill.

    This is the third of three Bills to establish tax arrangements in Wales – a series of legislation to prepare for the introduction of the first Welsh taxes in almost 800 years.

  3. Four-stage process

    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. Bill is 'sufficiently future-proofed'

    Nick Ramsay withdraws his amendment on "the definition of intent", after Mark Drakeford said the bill is "sufficiently future-proofed and the amendment is not workable".

    Nick Ramsay
    Image caption: Nick Ramsay
  5. Communities Scheme on the face of the Bill

    Members pass a Welsh Government amendment which places the new Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme on the face of the Bill.

    The amendment places a duty on Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a communities scheme, which will be targeted at activities which promote or improve the social or environmental wellbeing of communities close to landfill sites and waste transfer stations.

    The scheme will be funded by using some of the revenue raised by landfill disposals tax. A decision about how much will be allocated will be made in the autumn.

    Mark Drakeford
  6. Tax will raise £28m in 2017-18

    Finally in the Siambr today is a debate on Stage 3 of the Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Bill.

    AMs agreed the general principles of the Bill on 21 March.

    The tax, along with stamp duty land tax, is being devolved in April 2018.

    Like the landfill tax it replaces, the new levy will be paid by landfill site operators who will pass the costs on to waste operators through a gate fee.

    Public finances watchdog the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the landfill disposals tax will raise £28m in 2017-18, with proceeds falling to £22m in 2020-21 as recycling rates increase.

    Landfill
  7. Political groups from which chairs of committees are elected

    The proposal that the assembly agrees that the political groups from which the chairs of committees are elected will be as follows:

    (i) Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee - Labour;

    (ii) Petitions Committee - UKIP.

    is passed.

    vote
  8. Housing and Homelessness Regulations

    The draft Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft laid in the Table Office.

  9. 'New incidents fallen by over 40%'

    According to the Welsh Government, the number of new bovine TB incidents has fallen by over 40% since its peak in 2009 and is now the lowest it has been in 12 years.

    In May, the Welsh Assembly's Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee called on ministers to set a national target date for the disease to be wiped out completely.

    Farming leaders are worried ongoing issues with TB could affect future trade deals to export Welsh beef after Brexit.

  10. More regionalised approach to eliminating the disease

    Lesley Griffiths has published a strengthened TB Eradication Programme, which commits to taking a more regionalised approach to eliminating the disease in Wales.

    From the 1st October this year, Low, Intermediate and High TB Areas will be established in Wales based on bovine TB incidence levels.

    Enhanced measures will be applied in each TB Area tailored to protect the Low TB Area and reduce the disease in the Intermediate and High TB Areas.

    Lesley Griffiths
  11. Fresh approach to combat the disease in cattle

    The final statement in plenary today is by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths on bovine TB.

    The Welsh Government will announce a fresh approach to combat the disease in cattle after a public consultation.

    Farmers had been asked to give their views on the idea of splitting the country into areas of low, intermediate and high risk, based on levels of TB.

    Farming unions have said Wales' TB restrictions were already among the strictest in the world.

    They urged measures to tackle the infection in badgers but Lesley Griffiths has ruled out a widespread badger cull, like the one being carried out by the UK government in parts of England.

    It is an expensive, complicated problem that has plagued several different governments and ministers, as well as causing misery and financial ruin in rural Wales.

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  12. Accountability and costs

    UKIP's Michelle Brown welcomes the consultation and questions the cabinet secretary about accountability and costs.

    In her response, the cabinet secretary wonders whether the UKIP member has read the white paper.

    Michelle Brown
  13. 'Factual inaccuracies in so-called piece of journalism'

    Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas criticizes a "misleading article" in the Guardian today and calls on the Welsh Government to respond to it.

    Kirsty Williams responds she is "absolutely dismayed by the misleading headline and the factual inaccuracies which pepper that so-called piece of journalism".

    On the proposed commission, Simon Thomas welcomes in 'broad terms' the statement and asks a number of questions including how quality assurance will be maintained in the new body.

    Simon Thomas
  14. Clarity about the role of the proposed commission

    Conservative Darren Millar seeks clarity about the role of the proposed commission in relation to the functions already carried out by Qualifications Wales and Estyn.

    He welcomes implementation of recommendations of the review by Professor Ellen Hazelkorn.

    She recommended that education policy and institutions should be more focused on Wales' social and economic goals.

    Darren Millar
  15. Proposed Tertiary Education and Research Commission

    A white paper has now been published inviting views on the proposed Tertiary Education and Research Commission.

    It aims to make sure Wales has "the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive economy".

    The new organisation will manage funding for universities, further education colleges, research and skills.

    It will also seek to improve links between higher and further education and Welsh business.

    Publishing the white paper today, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says the aim is to make it "easier for people to learn and acquire skills throughout their careers".

    Education
  16. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education

    The members are now listening to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams on the Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation.

    The scrapping of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw) was announced in January.

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  17. 'Moved on from the referendum'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says he's "glad the first minister has moved on from the referendum".

    He claims UKIP is "nearer to his position than the Welsh Conservatives are".

    He disagrees however with the first minister's claim that "the UK remains deeply divided", saying that 83% of voters in the general election voted for parties committed to Brexit.

    Brexit
  18. Call for a renewed British-Irish council

    Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis calls on the Welsh Government to publish proposals for a "renewed British-Irish council that would involve all the nations of these islands, not just those that are currently members of the United Kingdom".

    He reminds the first minister that a majority of AMs backed the idea of a Continuation Bill in response to the UK government's proposal to hold EU powers at Westminster before devolving them.