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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 12.30pm with tributes to Carl Sargeant AM
  2. Questions to the First Minister
  3. Business Statement and Announcement
  4. Debate: The Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Report 2016-17
  5. Debate: The Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report 2016-17
  6. Motion to agree to the First Minister's recommendation to Her Majesty to appoint a Counsel General

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones, Sarah Down-Roberts and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Nos da

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

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

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  2. Recommendation to appoint a Counsel General

    AMs agree to the First Minister's recommendation to Her Majesty to appoint Jeremy Miles AM as Counsel General.

    Mr Miles will replace Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw.

    Plaid Cymru abstained. Simon Thomas questions why a new counsel general is being appointed and says there should be a hearing held with the Counsel General-designate, not a mere rubber-stamping of the first minister's recommendation.

    The vote
  3. Positive developments in Welsh-language use under the language standards system

    The Plaid Cymru amendment calling on the Welsh Government to reconsider abolishing the role of Welsh Language Commissioner as outlined in the Welsh language Bill White Paper, is defeated.

    However the Welsh Government supports the Plaid Cymru amendment that the assembly:

    • Notes positive developments in Welsh-language use under the language standards system, which is managed by the Welsh Language Commissioner, only a year after they came into force, and which include:
    • a) that 76 per cent of Welsh speakers are of the opinion that public organisations' Welsh-language services are improving;
    • b) that 57 per cent of people believe that opportunities to use the Welsh language are increasing;
    • c) an increase from 50 per cent in 2015-16 to 96 per cent in 2016-17 in the number of telephone services where a language choice is offered as default; and
    • d) an increase from 32 per cent in 2015-16 to 45 per cent in 2016-17 in the number of councils that provide every page on their website in Welsh.
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  4. 'Far more emphasis on carrots than sticks'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says he hopes Eluned Morgan will follow Alun Davies' example, as Mr Hamilton sees it, of having "far more emphasis on carrots than sticks".

  5. 'Missed an opportunity' to draw attention to achievements

    Conservative Suzy Davies says the Welsh Language Commissioner has "missed an opportunity" to draw attention to her achievements.

    The annual report is "not a place to be shy", she adds.

    Suzy Davies
  6. 'Reconsider abolishing the role of Welsh Language Commissioner'

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian says there have been many "positive developments in Welsh-language use under the language standards system, which is managed by the Welsh Language Commissioner, only a year after they came into force".

    She calls on the Welsh Government to reconsider abolishing the role of Welsh Language Commissioner.

    Sian Gwenllian
  7. 'Fully committed' to commitment

    Newly-promoted Eluned Morgan says she is proud to serve in the Welsh Government as minster for Welsh language and lifelong learning and skills.

    She says she is fully committed to Labour's assembly election manifesto commitment to ensuring there are a million people speaking Welsh by 2050.

    In 2011, there were 562,000 Welsh speakers, according to the census.

    Eluned Morgan
  8. Target of one million Welsh speakers by 2050

    The next debate is on the Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report 2016-17.

    In the summer, the then Welsh Language Minister Alun Davies unveiled plans to replace Meri Huws' role with a commission tasked with promoting the language, while ministers decided what standards should apply to different organisations.

    Meri Huws' job faces abolition
    Image caption: Meri Huws' job faces abolition
  9. Child poverty 'probably the greatest challenge'

    Sally Holland's report says that child poverty is "probably the greatest challenge facing the Welsh Government".

    She says the Welsh Government "should use all available levers to alleviate child poverty, including the use of new tax raising powers.

    "It should support local authorities to offer further relief in specific areas known to cause pressure on the poorest families, including holiday hunger, school uniform costs and high domestic fuel bills".

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  10. Access to extra-curricular learning

    Yesterday Children's Commissioner for Wales Dr Sally Holland said it was "vital" that young people in Gwynedd continued to access extra-curricular learning.

    She was responding to news that all youth clubs in Gwynedd could be axed as the council tries to save about £270,000 from its budget.

  11. 'A year of unprecedented change'

    The next item is a debate on the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Report 2016-17.

    The report is entitled ‘A Year of Change’ and the commissioner Sally Holland frames the current policy discussion by saying "Brexit, elections and political infighting have dominated the news headlines this year". She goes on to say:

    "I think I would be underselling it if I said that this year has been a year of change. Unprecedented would probably be a better description".

    Sally Holland
    Image caption: Sally Holland
  12. Business Statement and Announcement

    Julie James AM makes her first appearance as Leader of the House and Chief Whip, since being promoted to the Cabinet.

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  13. 'Prevent new open cast mining'

    "We will be consulting early next year on amendments to planning policy to prevent new open cast mining," says the first minister to UKIP's David Rowlands.

  14. Great Western Railway: Welsh and English

    There is "no reason why Great Western Railway can't use Welsh and English," says first minister.

    Great Western Railway has said on Twitter it had "no plans" to use the Welsh language on its new high-speed trains.

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  15. 'Not uncommon for bidders to withdraw'

    Asked about Arriva Trains Wales dropping out of the Welsh rail franchise process, the first minister says it is not uncommon for bidders to withdraw.

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  16. 'That answer was correct back in 2014'

    BBC journalist tweets

    Former minister Leighton Andrews says he asked for a formal investigation in November 2014.

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