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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement: The Draft Budget 2018-19
  4. Statement: The Welsh Government Response to the Independent Review of Sport Wales
  5. Statement: The Bovine Tb Eradication Programme
  6. Motion to agree the financial resolution in respect of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill
  7. Debate: The White Paper on Proposals for a Welsh Language Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Cai Llwyd

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

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

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow morning for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

    Senedd
  2. 'Consensual and evolutionary' approach needed

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says the proposals in the White Paper are "by and large very sensible", but stresses the need for a "consensual" and "evolutionary" approach.

  3. 'Proposals could weaken legal rights of Welsh speakers'

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian says the proposals could weaken the current legal rights of Welsh speakers, especially scrapping the post of Welsh language commissioner.

    Plaid Cymru calls on the Welsh Government to "ensure that regulatory work and promotional work in relation to the Welsh language is undertaken by two different bodies", and to "extend the language standards to the rest of the private sector".

    Sian Gwenllian
  4. White Paper has a 'narrow remit'

    Conservative Suzy Davies says the Welsh Government's White Paper has a "narrow remit".

    But she says the Conservatives support the core aims to "strike the right balance between promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language and regulating Welsh language duties, and reduce bureaucracy and ensure value for money".

    Suzy Davies
  5. Regulation and promotion of the Welsh language

    Alun Davies rejects the argument that one body cannot undertake both regulation and promote the language, and cites Natural Resources Wales as an example.

    He adds he does not believe that there is a need for a separate body to deal with complaints regarding the language, and says the Public Services Ombudsman has told him that his office would be able to deal with these complaints as well as the current workload.

    Alun Davies
  6. Debate on the White Paper

    The final item today is a debate on the White Paper on proposals for a Welsh Language Bill.

    The consultation, which began on 9 August, ends on 31 October.

    The job of Welsh language commissioner is to be scrapped as ministers try to hit an ambitious target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

    Ministers are to takeover decisions on what language rules, or "standards", apply to which organisations.

    Instead of a single figurehead, the Welsh Government wants to create a Welsh Language Commission to promote the language.

    Like the current commissioner, the body would also be responsible for policing the system.

    Banks, supermarkets and other organisations in the private sector would not immediately face new rules, despite such suggestions earlier this year.

    The current Welsh language commissioner, Meri Huws, has been in post since the job was created in 2012.
    Image caption: The current Welsh language commissioner, Meri Huws, has been in post since the job was created in 2012.
  7. Motion on the the financial resolution of bill agreed

    AMs agree the proposal that: "The National Assembly for Wales, for the purposes of any provisions resulting from the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Standing Order 26.69, arising in consequence of the Bill."

  8. Changes to the estimated financial implications of the bill

    Finance Committee chair Simon Thomas says the committee is disappointed at the need to make the level of changes to the estimated financial implications of the Bill since its introduction in December 2016, however, it welcomes the action taken by the Minister to address the situation.

  9. Financial resolution of the bill

    The penultimate agenda item is a motion to agree the financial resolution in respect of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.

    AMs agreed to the general principles of the Bill in June, but the proposed law's passage through the assembly was delayed until officials completed work to revise the figures on its cost.

    In May Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, said that over the four-year implementation period, the Bill is no longer anticipated to generate a saving of £4.8 million, but instead result in a cost of £8.3 million.

    This figure has since been revised following a Welsh Government quality assurance process over the summer and now stands at a net cost of £7.9 million over the implementation period.

    If passed, the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill will set up a single system - called an individual development plan - to replace "statements" which currently address the needs of an individual aged up to 25.

    It will also allow parents and young people to appeal to the special educational needs (SEN) tribunal, set to be renamed the Educational Tribunal for Wales.

    Originally, the impact assessment suggested it could save £4.8m over four years, with the savings outweighing the costs.

    Alun Davies has said the financial changes were "disappointing"
    Image caption: Alun Davies has said the financial changes were "disappointing"
  10. Tackling Bovine TB 'vital in a post-Brexit world'

    Neil Hamilton says the cabinet secretary has been "constructive" in the way she has developed policy to tackle Bovine TB and that eradicating the disease will be "vital in a post-Brexit world".

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  11. Expenditure on eradicating Bovine TB to be maintained?

    In the context of Brexit, Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas calls on the cabinet secretary to confirm that expenditure on eradicating Bovine TB will be maintained at current levels, at least until the end of the current assembly term.

    Lesley Griffiths responds: "My intention would be to continue to fund at the level we are, but budgets are done on an annual basis".

    Simon Thomas
  12. 'Targets must be proportionate'

    Responding to the announcement that formal targets for Bovine TB eradication will be set by the end of the year, Conservative Paul Davies calls for the targets to be "developed in partnership with the agriculture industry to ensure they are proportionate".

    Paul Davies
  13. Wales split into areas of low, intermediate and high risk

    We move on to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, on the Bovine Tb Eradication Programme.

    Farms with chronic bovine TB problems now need individual action plans under tougher measures to tackle the disease.

    From this month, Wales is split into areas of low, intermediate and high risk, based on levels of TB.

    Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths has continued to rule out the large-scale culling of badgers that applies in England.

    Humane killing of infected badgers near chronic TB cattle herds will be among options to stop the disease spreading.

    In England, culling is part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB, and last month licences were issued for badger culling in 11 new areas in Devon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Cheshire.

    In 2015-16, the Welsh Government spent £26.4m on tackling the disease, which included money from the EU.

    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.

    This shows how TB affects different parts of Wales
    Image caption: This shows how TB affects different parts of Wales
  14. Elite sport 'tends to be given priority'

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett says the remit of Sport Wales is an issue because "grouping elite sport and grass roots sport together has caused problems".

    He questions whether it is viable for one organisation to be responsible for both, as the elite level "tends to be given priority".

    Gareth Bennett
  15. Tackling inequalities in sport

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says the statement makes no mention of tackling a number of inequalities in sport, including gender, disability and race.

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  16. 'No key performance indicators and no targets'

    Conservative Russell George says there "needs to be much closer working between Sport Wales and the Welsh Government".

    He criticises the statement for having "a lot of warm words, but no key performance indicators and no targets".

    Russell George
  17. 'Adapt and become more resilient'

    Rebecca Evans says "over the term of this government I will continue to invest in sport, through Sport Wales, but I will expect the sector to adapt, to become more resilient and to demonstrate better its contribution to our well-being goals and our objectives".

    Rebecca Evans
  18. Response to the Independent Review of Sport Wales

    The next statement is by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans.

    She is setting out the Welsh Government's response to the Independent Review of Sport Wales.

    An independent review said staff skills had failed to keep pace with change outside of the publicly-funded body.

    Welsh sports organisations claimed the quango offered them "little insight".

    The report was ordered by Sport Wales chair Paul Thomas, sacked by ministers in March for an "irretrievable breakdown in relationships".

    Published by the Welsh Government, the study reviews the purpose of Sport Wales, which promotes elite and grassroots sport and has an annual budget of £22m.

    In 2016, the activities of the board were suspended by the Welsh Government at around the same time that early extracts of the report were leaked to BBC Wales.

    It was commissioned by Mr Thomas, who was sacked along with vice chair Adele Baumgardt, and continued after his departure.

    According to the study, a range of organisations that worked with Sport Wales reported that "they are provided with little insight or innovation they are not already aware of".

    Staff skills at Sport Wales had failed to keep pace with change elsewhere, the report says
    Image caption: Staff skills at Sport Wales had failed to keep pace with change elsewhere, the report says
  19. 'Tourism tax' could lead to investment in facilities

    Responding to the Conservatives' attack on the 'tourism tax', Mr Drakeford explains it is on a shortlist of four ideas, one of which will be worked on further and put to the UK Government in 2018.

    He says "many people have advocated the idea, which is used in many parts of the world, in order to be able to invest in facilities to attract more tourists".