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Summary

  1. Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Introduction of a Committee proposed Bill – Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill
  6. Debate by Individual Members: global warming and the Paris Accord
  7. Debate on the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee's report 'Achieving the Ambition – Inquiry into the Welsh Government's new Welsh Language Strategy'
  8. Plaid Cymru debate: Welsh NHS workforce
  9. Short Debate: An M4 fit for future generations

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 on Tuesday 10 October.

    Senedd
  2. Proposed relief road 'good value for money'

    Economy Secretary Ken Skates cites the "continued and worsening problems" around the Brynglas tunnels.

    He says the economic appraisal of the proposed relief road shows it would provide "good value for money".

    The outcome of the current public inquiry "really does matter for Wales," he says.

    Ken Skates
  3. M4 relief road 'an expensive stop-gap'

    Lee Waters says the proposed M4 relief road "would be nothing more than an expensive stop-gap".

    He acknowledges "something must be done about the problem at the Brynglas tunnel at peak times", but warns "we cannot build our way out of the problem... and if we are not careful we could have a £1bn car park".

    Lee Waters
  4. Short Debate

    The final item today is the Short Debate.

    The topic chosen by Lee Waters (Llanelli) is 'An M4 fit for future generations'

  5. 'Very real recruitment challenges'

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says he recognises the "very real recruitment challenges, which are not unique to Wales".

    He outlines a range of measures which the Welsh Government is taking, including the announcement yesterday of £14m to develop north Wales undergraduate medical training.

    Vaughan Gething
  6. 'A perilous situation'

    UKIP's Caroline Jones says she agrees "with the sentiment" behind the Plaid Cymru motion.

    She says that "lack of workforce planning over the last few decades has left us in a perilous situation".

  7. 'Ensure workforce planning is cohesive'

    On behalf of the Conservatives, former UKIP AM Mark Reckless calls on the Welsh Government to "consult with relevant sectors to ensure workforce planning is cohesive".

    Mark Reckless
  8. 'Risks to safe delivery of NHS services'

    Rhun ap Iorwerth argues the "current shortages of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals pose risks to patient safety and the safe delivery of services".

    He says the Welsh Government has "failed to implement an effective and sustainable workforce plan" for the Welsh NHS.

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  9. Plaid Cymru debate

    The topic chosen for the Plaid Cymru debate is the NHS workforce.

  10. Minister wants to lead a 'new consensus' on the language

    Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies says words such as 'brad' (treachery) are inappropriate in discussing the Welsh language.

    He claims it was used in the Siambr yesterday, although the Record of Proceedings does not reflect that.

    He says he will lead a "new consensus" on the language.

    Alun Davies
  11. 'A staggering turnaround job to do'

    Lee Waters says "we have a staggering turnaround job to do and the focus must be how can we get the continuum working in a meaningful way in schools that are currently English-medium. That is very difficult".

    He added that "every English medium school should aim to be a bilingual school in the medium term".

    Lee Waters
  12. Report has 23 recommendations

    Committee chair Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West) presents the report, which has 23 recommendations.

    The first recommendation is that the Welsh Government should "publish its underlying assumptions about the increase in Welsh speakers it expects from its proposed interventions and consults further on detailed, outcome-focused, targets and milestones before adopting them for the new strategy."

    The Welsh Government has committed to creating one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

    Bethan Jenkins
  13. Cymraeg 2050: 'Achieving the Ambition':

    The next debate is on the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee's report 'Achieving the Ambition – Inquiry into the Welsh Government's new Welsh Language Strategy'.

  14. Government supports the motion

    Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths outlines some of the work being done by the Welsh Government, such as the aim of achieving a carbon-neutral public sector by 2030, and "challenging" renewable energy targets.

    She confirms the government will support the motion.

    Lesley Griffiths
  15. Carbon used to produce grocery items

    Labour's Jenny Rathbone says "knowing how much carbon it takes to produce any particular grocery item is important and perhaps it should be on the labels".

    Jenny Rathbone
  16. 'Personal carbon accounts could reduce carbon emissions'

    Simon Thomas, opening the debate, says personal carbon accounts could be an important way of reducing carbon emissions.

    The purpose, he says, is "not to raise money but to change behaviour as the plastic bag levy did".

    He adds that "it fits in with the Welsh approach to cut our carbon and wider international agreements like the Paris Accord".

    He explains it would be voluntary on individuals but mandatory on fuel retailers.

  17. Debate by Individual Members

    We now have a Debate by Individual Members.

    Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales)

    Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

    David Melding (South Wales West)

    Mike Hedges (Swansea East)

    propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Recognises the need to mitigate global warming and support the Paris Accord of the 21st Conference of the Parties ('the Paris Agreement') by cutting carbon emissions and notes that this aligns with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

    2. Notes that the sustainable development principle was embedded in the Assembly by the Government of Wales Act 1998.

    3. Calls on the Welsh Government to commission further research into the feasibility of a personal carbon accounts pilot scheme in Wales.

  18. Cost implications of proposed bill?

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says the government will "look positively at measures that will help the ombudsman to undertake his role", but will want to ensure that public services are not being "over-regulated" as well as considering the cost implications.

    Mark Drakeford
  19. New powers planned for Public Services Ombudsman

    The Bill, introduced by Simon Thomas, sets out the new powers for the Ombudsman to:

    • accept oral complaints;
    • undertake own initiative investigations;
    • investigate private medical treatment including nursing care in a public/private health pathway;
    • undertake a role in relation to complaints handling standards and procedures.
    Simon Thomas
  20. Introduction of a Committee proposed Bill

    We now have a Statement by the Chair of the Finance Committee Simon Thomas on the introduction of a Committee proposed Bill – Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill.