That's it from the Siambr for today.
Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 11 July.
That's it from the Siambr for today.
Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 11 July.
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children Carl Sargeant says he was "slightly astounded" by Neil Hamilton's contribution.
He says he is " genuinely concerned" about "a clear spike" in hate crime around the time of the referendum and following the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.
Mr Hamilton questions "the explosion of hate crime associated with Brexit".
He says "there has been an active trawling of hate post-Brexit and you can find it if you want it".
He adds, "almost anything can be recorded today as hate crime".
Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language Alun Davies points out the Welsh Government's intention to publish a White Paper for consultation in the National Eisteddfod on provision for a new Welsh Language Bill.
He says action is being taken already to promote and facilitate the use of Welsh across communities and workplaces, in formal and informal settings.
He also draws attention to the establishment of a planning board to advise on a national programme to promote the use of the Welsh language.
He says he wants to "unite the nation on the subject of the Welsh language"
Conservative Suzy Davies calls on the Welsh Government to "consider how best to promote the acquisition and use of Welsh language skills as an intrinsic part of its economic strategy", and to review the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner and ensure that the Commissioner is accountable to the National Assembly for Wales.
She also says the government should "reflect on the purpose and effectiveness of Welsh language standards prior to any proposal to extend their application into the private sector" and "adopt a new model, outside government, to promote the Welsh language within education, communities and the economy".
UKIP's Neil Hamilton warns that "flying in the face of local public opinion will limit the chances of success of the Welsh Government's strategy of reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050".
Referring to the decision taken to remove English-stream education at Ysgol Llangennech which was approved by Carmarthenshire council in January, and this week's announcement that Welsh-medium education will continue at a Powys school after a U-turn by the council, he calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that:
"a) any changes to existing key stages 1 to 5 education and childcare provision involves genuine local consultation whereby:
i) all respondents supply their names, addresses and postcodes; and
ii) each individual named in any submitted petition is recorded as a discrete observation unit; and
b) the opinions of third parties, agents and commissioners, including those purporting to offer expert advice on Welsh language provision, are not given priority over the wishes of local residents and parents".
Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian calls on the Welsh Government to:
"a) plan for substantial growth, and normalising, Welsh medium education and child care;
b) ensure that language considerations are intrinsic in economic planning as part of maintaining the current maintenance regimes and the need for this to be reflected in the Welsh Government’s proposed economic strategy;
c) strengthen the role of the Welsh language Commissioner to regulate and promote the rights of Welsh speakers and extend the Welsh language standards to the private sector including the telecommunications sector, banks and supermarkets;
d) establish a new arms-length agency to promote the Welsh language within education, communities and the economy".
The topic of the Plaid Cymru debate is the Welsh Government’s aim of reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050.
The Plaid Cymru report ‘Reaching the Million’ outlines some of its main strategic priorities for growing the number of Welsh speakers in Wales to a million by 2050.
Conservative Darren Millar tells Ken Skates he inherited "a real mess" from ex-economy minister Edwina Hart.
Economy Secretary Ken Skates says the Circuit of Wales was the "most difficult and challenging decision I've been involved in".
He refers to the the establishment of the Ministerial Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys with its "aim of ensuring effective regeneration across the region alongside strong, connective infrastructure; improved access to good quality jobs and skills development".
He insists the Welsh Government's intention to invest £100m over ten years in a new Automotive Technology Business Park in Ebbw Vale will stimulate economic growth across the Heads of the Valleys.
He also draws attention to the work of the Welsh Government and other stakeholders "in driving forward the North Wales Growth Deal to support economic growth on a cross-border basis".
Conservative Mark Isherwood says the Welsh Government has failed to address poverty in Wales and misspent money on the Communities First scheme.
UKIP's Neil Hamilton describes Welsh ministers' decision that the taxpayer should not offer a £210m guarantee to the proposed Circuit of Wales development near Ebbw Vale as "a devastating blow to industrial confidence in Wales".
For years, how did the government miss a "most elementary" flaw about being liable for the project's debt, asks Mr Hamilton.
Adam Price attacks the Welsh Government scheme for a £100m auto-industry business park in Blaenau Gwent as a "field of dreams" strategy - build it and they will come.
He lists alleged incidents of government misleading.
Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says "something has gone desperately wrong with the Circuit of Wales".
He calls on the Welsh Government to "meet with all relevant parties in order to explore potential solutions to the issues referred to in its statement on the Circuit of Wales of the 27 June 2017 to increase future investor confidence".
He also calls on the Welsh Government to commit to establishing "a full independent inquiry into the Welsh Government's handling of the Circuit of Wales project".
Conservative Russell George calls on the Welsh Government to outline how it proposes to increase investor confidence for regeneration projects.
He also criticises the Welsh Government’s handling of the Circuit of Wales project, claiming "this could have a negative impact on potential investment for future regeneration projects in Wales".
We move on to the Welsh Conservatives debate on the importance of regeneration schemes in enhancing the future prosperity of communities across Wales.
Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans says the Welsh Government is fully committed to improving the life of young carers.
She says that Carers Trust Wales will provide her with recommendations as how to further support the well-being of young carers.
UKIP's Caroline Jones congratulates Bethan Jenkins on an "important piece of legislation" and offers her full support.
Conservative David Melding says "all secondary schools should have a member of their senior management team with express responsibility for ensuring they have a good young carers policy".
Bethan Jenkins also points to difficulties in young carers obtaining prescriptions on behalf of those in their care, with many young carers not known to local pharmacies and being under the age of 16, and calls for more engagement so that medicines could be obtained more easily.
The first of this afternoon's debates is on a Member's Legislative Proposal.
Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West) calls for more actions to make sure young carers in Wales get the support and services they need to maintain their education, have better access to social and recreational activities and be able to carry out their responsibilities as carers.
Members agree that the assembly:
We now have the 90 Second Statements, where three AMs have the opportunity to raise issues of topical interest.
Ken Skates replies "the Welsh Government does not get involved in the Welsh Books Council's funding decisions".
He adds it would be "tragic if the publication is lost forever".
Mark Drakeford describes the paper as a "belated step forward", but that it "still treats people as bargaining chips, which is unacceptable".
The first topical question is:
Steffan Lewis (South Wales East): What assessment has the First Minister made of the UK Government’s policy paper ‘Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU’, published last week?
The next item in the Siambr is the topical questions, which must relate to a matter of national, regional or local significance where an expedited Ministerial response is desirable.
Caroline Jones replies that the assembly "has no suitable growing space, unlike some other UK legislatures".
Jenny Rathbone challenges that assumption and calls for a rethink.
UKIP's Gareth Bennett refers to the "variability of tv coverage of council meetings".
Mr Drakeford says the Welsh Government white paper ‘Reforming local government: Resilient and renewed’ places "greater obligations on local authorities both to broadcast their proceedings and to make their proceedings available to the public".
Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders calls for the "inclusion of a clear poverty reduction scheme within future local authority reform".
Mr Drakeford points out that local authorities "are often the final resort of the welfare state....so there is already a golden thread in terms of what local authorities do".
Plaid Cymru's Adam Price raises the decision-making process behind the Circuit of Wales, particularly balance sheet classification.
Mr Drakeford says his officials contributed to the due diligence process.
He adds he does not believe that the decision on the Circuit of Wales has a direct bearing on the mutual investment model the Welsh Government has put together.
The Llywydd calls party spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the Cabinet Secretary after Question 2.
Mr Drakeford says "it is for each local authority to determine its own policy and approach to the use of fixed penalty notices
"The Welsh Government supports their use when deployed in response to genuine problems, issued sensibly and enforced evenhandedly".
Plenary begins with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford.
The committee is now meeting in private.
Senedd Live is back at 1.30pm for plenary.
UKIP's David Rowlands asks to what extent the ideals behind the city deals would be delivered anyway without them.
Ken Skates says the five-year gateway assessment will establish whether there will be "true additionality" through the city deals.