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Live Reporting

Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings Questions to the First Minister to a close.

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  2. 'Telephone or video call with a GP not a second class option'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford says a telephone or video call with a GP is not a "second class" option, and that the professional judgement of medical professionals can decide when a face to face consultation is necessary.

  3. Administration of welfare

    Adam Price also asks for the Welsh government's current position on the devolution of the administration of welfare.

    The first minister says the Welsh Affairs Committee's benefits inquiry is a good forum to consider the arguments.

  4. Increase in national insurance to fund public services 'regressive'

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price returns to the Senedd after his paternity leave.

    He describes the use of a national insurance rise to fund public services as "regressive", an opinion the first minister agrees with.

    Mr Price says there is a continued merit in a Welsh social care solution based on Gerry Holtham's ideas. The first minister says he previously told the Silk Commission there was more merit in devolving national insurance than income tax.

    The first minister says "there were better decisions that could and should have been made" by the UK government on social care. But he adds he can't forget that people will now be paying extra national insurance. He also says the inter-ministerial group will now look at what can be done with the cash to change the social care system.

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  5. Call for an independent Welsh Covid-19 inquiry

    Andrew RT Davies presses again for an independent Welsh Covid-19 inquiry, citing the groups in support of the idea.

    The first minister says he has written again to Michael Gove - the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - and if he receives "the assurances that I think we've had previously then I will be prepared to go ahead with the agreement that we have already reached with the prime minister."

  6. Vaccine passports

    Conservative group leader Andrew RT Davies reiterates his opposition to vaccine passports.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford says the decision is "finely balanced" and he "starts from a position of scepticism...that doesn't mean that I cannot be persuaded if the evidence of their public health benefits in September...outweighs their disadvantages."

    He says there are ethical, practical and legal issues to consider alongside potential public health benefits. and the Welsh government's cabinet have already met twice on the issue and will meet again this week.

    Andrew RT Davies
  7. Cut to universal credit 'callous'

    First Minister Mark Drakeford describes the cut to universal credit as "callous", saying removing the £20 uplift will result in people having to choose between "heating, eating and being able to travel to work".

    Mark Drakeford
  8. Plans for social housing

    The Llywydd (presiding officer) conducts a ballot to determine the names of members who may table questions to the first minister and Welsh ministers. Each member may enter their name into a ballot.

    The first question today comes from Mabon ap Gwynfor, seeking a statement on the government's plans for social housing.

    First Minister Mark Drakeford refers to plans to build 20,000 low-carbon social homes for rent in Wales by 2026.

    Plaid Cymru wanted 30,000 social homes as part of a wider package of 50,000 affordable homes to buy and rent, while the Welsh Conservatives had said it would have delivered 100,000 homes over the next decade- 40,000 of which would be social homes.

    House building
  9. Welcome

    Prynhawn da, welcome to our coverage of Questions to the First Minister, which gets underway at 1.30pm.

    The meeting will be held in a hybrid format, with some members in the Siambr (Senedd chamber) and others joining by video-conference.

    The return of the MSs to the Siambr after the summer recess comes a day after the Welsh Olympians and Paralympians were welcomed to the Senedd.

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