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Summary

  1. Finance Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport
  4. Topical Questions
  5. Statement by the Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee: Dignity and Respect in the Assembly
  6. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) - Criminal Justice
  7. Debate on the Petition calling on the Welsh Government to ban the use of Wild Animals in Circuses in Wales
  8. Debate on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report on the Scrutiny of regulations made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
  9. Short Debate: Secure housing – stable families

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Section 21 needs to be repealed'

    Julie Morgan sets out a case for "why section 21 needs to be repealed to give greater security to families in the Welsh private rented sector".

  2. Short Debate

    The final item today is the Short Debate by Julie Morgan (Cardiff North).

    Her chosen topic is "Secure housing – stable families".

    Julie Morgan
  3. 'Preventative, restorative rehabilitation of offenders'

    AMs approve the proposal of the Member Debate on criminal justice, including the call "for the eventual devolution of criminal justice, along with the resources to deliver a preventative, restorative rehabilitation of offenders that puts an end to the revolving door between prison and re-offending".

    For 32, Abstentions 4, Against 8.

    vote
  4. Welsh Government to formally respond in due course

    Leader of the House Julie James says the Welsh Government has not yet had time to formally respond to the report, and will do so in due course.

    Julie James
  5. 'Seemingly obscure being of vital importance'

    Conservative David Melding says the scrutiny of regulations made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is an example of the "seemingly obscure being of vital importance".

  6. Committee's seven recommendations

    Committee chair Mick Antoniw (Pontypridd) presents the report, which has seven recommendations.

    The first recommendation is that "the sifting mechanism currently included in the Bill should be extended to cover all regulations that are made under the Bill and are laid before the National Assembly, and that a committee of the National Assembly is responsible for making a recommendation as to the appropriate procedure for the regulations."

    Mick Antoniw
  7. Debate on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report

    The next item is a debate on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report on the Scrutiny of regulations made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

    Yesterday the former Welsh Government Counsel General Mick Antoniw described the EU Withdrawal Bill as a "constitutional mugging".

    Brexit
  8. Welsh Government 'exploring all opportunities to bring forward legislation'

    The rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths commits the Welsh Government to "exploring all opportunities to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales".

    She says "no-one should underestimate my personal commitment to do this".

    A Siberian tiger at a foundation in the Netherlands which rescues retired circus animals
    Image caption: A Siberian tiger at a foundation in the Netherlands which rescues retired circus animals
  9. 'Currently no legal barriers'

    There are no circuses based in Wales but they do visit.

    A ban on wild animals in all circuses in the Republic of Ireland came into force in January.

    A total of 18 other EU countries have banned or restricted the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, in addition to 14 other countries.

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  10. Petition calling on the Welsh Government to ban use of wild animals in circuses

    We move on to a debate on the petition calling on the Welsh Government to ban the use of Wild Animals in Circuses in Wales.

    The petition by Linda Joyce Jones received 6,398 signatures.

    Elephants
  11. Welsh Government supports the motion

    Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies says the Welsh Government supports the motion.

    Alun Davies
  12. 'More schemes needed for offenders to meet with victims'

    Bethan Sayed says her husband's flat was burgled last year and she has a different view to him as to how the burglar should be punished.

    She calls for more schemes for offenders to meet with victims to realise the impact on victims.

    Bethan Sayed
  13. Over-crowding in prisons a 'serious concern'

    Devolution of criminal justice "would allow us to set sentencing policy," says Conservative David Melding.

    He says over-crowding in prisons is a "serious concern".

    David Melding
  14. 'Ineffective prison system'

    Jenny Rathbone begins by stating "we lock up more people in England and Wales than any other country in Western Europe.

    "If we go on that way we will catch up with the United States, which currently spends more on its equally ineffective prison system than they do on the education of their children".

    Jenny Rathbone
  15. 'Failed to halt the rise of the number of people incarcerated'

    The first debate of the day is a Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) on criminal justice.

    Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central)

    Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

    Bethan Sayed (South Wales West)

    Dai Lloyd (South Wales West)

    David Melding (South Wales Central)

    Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)

    propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Regrets that:

    a) criminal justice policies for England and Wales have failed to halt the rise of the number of people incarcerated;

    b) the conditions in which too many Welsh prisoners are held, highlighted by the recent Inspection reports of HMP Swansea and HMP Liverpool, are not conducive to rehabilitation;

    c) 47 per cent of prisoners re-offend within one year;

    d) most of the 2007 Corston Report recommendations on the treatment of women offenders have not been implemented, ignoring the evidence that the imprisonment of women for relatively minor offences causes major, costly and unjustifiable disruption to their children’s lives.

    2. Calls on the Welsh and UK Governments to:

    a) trial alternative models of punishment of non-violent Welsh offenders in Wales in order to prevent the disruption of family, housing and employment links which are essential ingredients of successful rehabilitation;

    b) promote better joined up working between health, housing and criminal justice services to combat the escalation of homelessness and mental illness amongst people leaving prison;

    c) develop a distinct Welsh penal policy based on the evidence of what works;

    3. Calls for the eventual devolution of criminal justice, along with the resources to deliver a preventative, restorative rehabilitation of offenders that puts an end to the revolving door between prison and re-offending.

    Prison
  16. How to make a complaint?

    Jayne Bryant says she asked her own staff if they knew how to make a complaint against her - she suggests they didn't.

  17. 'Harassment on social media has become the norm'

    Standards committee member Paul Davies says evidence it has received suggests the assembly needs a "whole new culture".

    He says the committee has heard that harassment on social media has become the norm.

    Any new system is only as good as it's enforcement, says Mr Davies.

    He concludes the "scale of the problem is quite alarming".

    Paul Davies
  18. Advice and assistance on any matters of principle

    Jayne Bryant stresses that the National Assembly Commissioner for Standards, Sir Roderick Evans QC, is an independent person appointed by the Assembly to provide advice and assistance on any matters of principle relating to the conduct of Assembly Members.

  19. Statement by the Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee

    We now have a Statement by the Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee Jayne Bryant: "Dignity and Respect in the Assembly".

    She says the new dignity and respect policy will go before the assembly next month.

    Jayne Bryant: