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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Sarah Down-Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

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

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the final time before the Easter recess.

    Senedd
  2. Twelve week public consultation

    The final item today is a statement by the Counsel General Jeremy Miles on the consultation on the Draft Legislation (Wales) Bill.

    Mr Miles is today launching a 12 week public consultation on the bill.

    The proposed legislation will impose obligations on Welsh Ministers and the Counsel General to make laws more accessible and also makes bespoke provision about the interpretation of Welsh legislation.

    jeremy miles
  3. Tackling unemployment and economic inactivity

    We move on to a statement by the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning Eluned Morgan, on the Welsh Government’s new employability plan.

    The main aims of the plan are:

    • Eliminating the gap in unemployment and economic inactivity rates between Wales and the UK average within ten years;
    • reducing the number of people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training; (NEET);
    • increasing the number of disabled people in work;
    • and eliminating the qualification gap between Wales and the rest of the UK.
    Eluned Morgan
  4. Investigation of offences conducted by Welsh Revenue Authority

    The Welsh Government is now seeking approval of the draft Welsh Revenue Authority (Powers to Investigate Criminal Offences) Regulations 2018.

    These Regulations provide for various provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 to be applied to the investigation of offences conducted by the Welsh Revenue Authority (“WRA”).

    They include obtaining entry to premises under specified circumstances and seizing relevant items.

    Cash
  5. 'Half a loaf is better than no bread'

    Neil Hamilton says UKIP will support the regulations as "half a loaf is better than no bread".

  6. 'Inadequate and too weak' regulations

    Sian Gwenllian says Plaid Cymru will vote against these regulations as they are "inadequate and too weak".

    She says these regulations fail to protect the patient's right to communicate in their first language when receiving face to face care.

  7. 'Next step should consider dementia, autism and child health services'

    Suzy Davies on behalf of the Conservatives says that it is important to proceed with the standards now but emphasises that these standards are only a step forward.

    She says: "The next step should consider dementia, autism and child health services."

    Suzy Davies
  8. 'No evidence that standards are not needed'

    On behalf of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, Bethan Sayed says "we agree that these Regulations have been too long in the making and that there is a pressing need to put in place robust Welsh language standards for the health service.

    "We have heard no evidence that standards are not needed to move the health service forward in this area".

    Bethan Sayed
  9. Welsh Language Standards (No. 7) Regulations 2018

    The Welsh Government is now seeking approval of the draft Welsh Language Standards (No. 7) Regulations 2018.

    These Regulations specify standards in relation to the conduct of Local Health Boards, National Health Service Trusts in Wales, Community Health Councils and the Board of Community Health Councils in Wales.

    The Regulations also authorise the Welsh Language Commissioner to give a compliance notice to those bodies, in relation to standards specified by the Regulations.

    Welsh
  10. 'I'd rather live next to you than with you'

    "I'd rather live next to you than with you," Nick Ramsay, the Conservative AM for Monmouth tells Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies.

    Nick Ramsay
  11. 'Political fixing' a concern

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett says "what most council leaders want is some measure of certainty".

    Echoing Janet Finch-Saunders' remark, he raises concern over "political fixing".

    Gareth Bennett
  12. Local authorities 'again in a state of limbo'

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian describes the differing policies of the three local government secretaries in three years - Leighton Andrews, Mark Drakeford and now Alun Davies - as a "farce".

    She says this "saga, indeed this farce poses fundamental questions on the ability of this government to govern effectively and poses fundamental questions on the current leadership".

    She adds local authorities are "again in a state of limbo".

    Sian Gwenllian
  13. Proposals to 'gerrymander - I mean - reorganise' local government

    Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders says these are the third major proposals to "gerrymander - I mean - reorganise" local government in recent years, and she suggests uncertainty is doing nothing to help front line services.

    janet
  14. 'Softly-softly approach to council re-organisation'

    Nick Servini

    Political editor, Wales

    Quote Message: This is a softly-softly approach to council re-organisation from Alun Davies that stands in stark contrast to the "big stick" method that failed previously. That said, there will still be pressure put on local government, albeit in a more subtle way. The message to council leaders is that austerity has called into question their financial viability, and if they reject the Welsh Government attempt to deal with those pressures through re-organisation, then they need to come up with alternative solutions. There is a chance this begins a process that could end with fewer than the existing 22 councils. The key question is whether it will bring the numbers down to anything like the 10 that has been suggested by ministers."
  15. Voluntary mergers or a phased approach among options

    The first statement is by the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services Alun Davies, on local government.

    Plans which could see Wales' 22 councils cut through mergers to as few as ten have been resurrected by the Welsh Government

    Voluntary mergers or a phased approach are among the options being considered.

    The announcement comes after the previous policy from the Welsh Government - forced regional joint working - was scrapped.

    Previous plans to merge authorities to eight were also shelved after the Senedd elections.

  16. Video content

    Video caption: Welsh councils will be more powerful, minister pledges

    Local Government Secretary Alun Davies resurrects plans to cut the number of Welsh councils to as few as ten, but says reform must go far deeper.

  17. Business Statement and Announcement

    The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

    Leader of the House Julie James outlines the Assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.