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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Student Support in 2018/19 and the Publication of the Summary of Results from the Consultation on Implementing the Welsh Government's Response to the Diamond Report
  4. Statement by the Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: The Interim Report of the Parliamentary Review on Health and Social Care
  5. Statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language: The Welsh Language Strategy
  6. Statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language: Update on the Ministerial Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys
  7. Statement by the Minister for Skills and Science: Employability
  8. Debate: Stage 3 on the Trade Union (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 Children, Young People and Education Committee.

    Cardiff Bay
  2. Stage 3 completed

    That completes Stage 3 of the Trade Union (Wales) Bill.

  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. Keeping agency worker cover ban in strikes in Welsh public sector

    The next group of amendments relates to a prohibition on using temporary workers to cover industrial action.

    Rules stopping employers from using agency workers to cover strikers will be protected in the public sector under Welsh Government plans.

    A UK Government consultation was held on changing the rules in 2015 but the idea has not been put into action.

    Currently employment regulations prevent firms and organisations from providing agency workers to cover the duties performed by an employee on strike.

    UK ministers consulted in 2015 on removing the regulation, saying it was committed to tackling the "disproportionate impact of strikes in important public services".

    The Welsh Government now wants to add protections to the Trade Union Bill that would stop agency workers being used in the Welsh public sector if the regulation was lifted.

    The Welsh Conservatives oppose this, but their amendments are rejected.

    the vote
  5. Third group of amendments not passed

    The next group of amendments in the name of Janet Finch-Saundersare on requirements relating to ballot before action by trade union, and removing definitions of devolved Welsh authorities.

    "These amendments deserve to be defeated", says Mark Drakeford.

    The amendments are not passed.

  6. 'This isn't a pantomime'

    "This isn't a pantomime" says the Llywydd Elin Jones in a rowdy Siambr.

    Pantomime
    Image caption: Pantomime
  7. Janet Finch-Saunders' amendment on facility time rejected

    Janet Finch-Saunders' second amendment seeks publication requirements in relation to facility time.

    Mark Drakeford says the Conservatives are not interested in telling the public about the advantages of facility time, and the amendment seeks to establish a "biased one-sided account".

    The amendment is again rejected with 12 for and 43 against.

  8. UKIP opposing all the Stage 3 amendments

    Gareth Bennett says UKIP will be backing this Bill and opposing all the Stage 3 amendments by the Conservatives.

    Gareth Bennett
  9. Janet Finch-Saunders' amendment 1 rejected

    Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford calls on AMs to reject Janet Finch-Saunders' amendment 1.

    "The amendment sets out to solve a problem that does not exist," he says.

    12 members were for the amendment, 43 against.

    Mark Drakeford
  10. 'Taxpayer shouldn't be funding the collection of union subs'

    Janet Finch-Saunders' amendment relates to the restriction on deduction of union subscriptions from wages in public sector.

    "In the 21st century, the taxpayer shouldn't be funding the collection of union subs," she says.

    Janet Finch-Saunders
  11. Stage 3 of bill

    Finally today, after a 10 minute break, we have a debate on Stage 3 of the Trade Union (Wales) Bill.

    The bill is intended to ensure restrictions making it harder to call strikes, brought in by the UK Government's Trade Union Act, will not apply to Welsh public services.

    strike
  12. ‘Working Wales’ coming into effect in April 2019

    Julie James says she is establishing a new cross-Welsh Government Board to lead on the development of the Employability Delivery Plan, which will be published before the end of this year.

    The Employability Programmes will be called ‘Working Wales’, coming into effect in April 2019.

    Julie James
  13. Statement by the Minister for Skills and Science

    The next item is a statement by the Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James on employability.

    Employability
  14. Previous initiatives focused on the valleys 'haven't worked'

    Leanne Wood says the taskforce must be different to previous initiatives and programmes focused on the valleys "because they haven't worked".

    "No specific budget has been allocated," she notes.

  15. Performance indicators of the taskforce’s plan

    Andrew RT Davies notes the taskforce’s plan – Our Valleys, Our Future – will be published on July 20 whereas the performance indicators will not be available until the autumn.

  16. Three of the taskforce’s priorities

    Alun Davies sets out some of the taskforce’s priorities, ahead of the plan’s publication next week;

    • Closing the employment gap between the South Wales Valleys and the rest of Wales by getting an additional 7,000 people into work by 2021, and creating thousands of new, fair, secure and sustainable jobs;
    • Creating new strategic hubs in six areas across the Valleys, including the new automotive technology business park for Ebbw Vale, announced by Ken Skates last month;
    • Exploring the concept of a Valleys Landscape Park, to help local communities build on their many natural assets, including the potential for community energy generation and tourism.
  17. Statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language

    Now another statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language: Update on the Ministerial Taskforce for the South Wales Valleys.

    The taskforce was announced last July.

    Alun Davies has pledged an "industrial renaissance".

    The Valleys
  18. 'No major new funding'

    Nick Servini

    Political editor, Wales

    Quote Message: Carwyn Jones believes the heat and the divisions surrounding the Welsh language have been consigned to the history books. This strategy is likely to put that view to the test in a number of communities. There is no major new funding, so any rise in Welsh-medium education will have to be matched by a corresponding reduction in capacity in English-language schools. How controversial that proves depends on the role of local authorities who will be crucial in the entire process. The Welsh Government's "hearts and minds" approach will have to be prepared to deal with complaints that Welsh-medium education is getting the lion's share of new funding. One of the central pillars of the argument from ministers is that this is not a central government diktat, but a response to the increase in demand for Welsh-medium education across many different communities".
  19. 'Measured and practical steps'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton gives a "warm welcome" to the strategy which includes "measured and practical steps".

    He adds "we must do our best to avoid the sort of controversy" over changes at a school in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire.

    He refers to the announcement that there will be 150 more Welsh-medium nursery groups created over the next decade as a "beacon of hope".

    A row blew up over changing Llangennech infant and junior school to a Welsh-medium primary
    Image caption: A row blew up over changing Llangennech infant and junior school to a Welsh-medium primary