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  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs
  2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services
  3. Topical Questions
  4. Debate: The General Principles of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill
  5. Member Debate - Community Transport
  6. Debate: Stage 3 of the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill
  7. Debate: Stage 4 of the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That's it from the Siambr for today.

    Senedd Live returns, after the three week Easter recess, on April 17.

    Have a nice Easter!

    Easter eggs
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  2. Continuity Bill passes Stage 4

    AMs pass the final text of the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill.

    There were 39 for, one abstention and 13 against.

    EU and Wales badges
  3. Guide to Public Bills and Acts

    We now reach Stage 4 of the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill.

    There is generally a four-stage process for the consideration of a Public Bill involving:

    • Stage 1 – consideration of the general principles of the Bill by a committee, and the agreement of those general principles by the Assembly;
    • Stage 2 – detailed consideration by a committee of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
    • Stage 3 – detailed consideration, by the Assembly, of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
    • Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the Bill.
  4. Bill passes Stage 3

    The Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill passes Stage 3.

  5. Repeal of the Act: Amendment 4 passed

    Julie James explains as this bill is a "fall-back option", her amendment 4 "would be a pragmatic way of repealing the bill".

    The amendment - "The Welsh Ministers may by regulations repeal this Act or any provision of this Act" - is passed with 47 for, one abstention and 5 against.

  6. Duty to report on Welsh Ministers’ consents (Sections 14 and 15)

    The Welsh Government's amendment 3 is passed, stating that "Welsh Ministers must lay before the National Assembly for Wales a report on the exercise of their consent function under section 14(1) or 15(1) before the end of a period of 60 days beginning with the day on which consent is given."

  7. Amendment 9 defeated

    Leader of the House Julie James says "this bill is not the vehicle to provide for the new legislative framework for the environment post-Brexit" which she says amendment 9 seeks to provide.

    She adds. "I assure members we will not leave any gaps in environmental protection" after Brexit.

    Amendment is not passed, with 19 for and 33 against, with one abstention.

    Julie James
  8. Welsh Conservatives' contribution

    There are ironic cheers as David Melding intervenes on behalf of the Conservatives.

    Yesterday Andrew RT Davies, Welsh Conservative leader, was asked at a press conference why there were no Tory amendments on the bill. He replied: "We think it’s a complete waste of time having the Continuity Bill in the first place."

    But having tabled no amendments to be debated at Stage 2 yesterday, the Welsh Conservatives have now tabled amendments at Stage 3 in the name of David Melding.

  9. Environmental principles and governance

    The amendments can be seen here.

    Simon Thomas' amendment 9 seeks to put continuance of EU law environmental principles and governance on the face of the bill.

    He points out that in the Scottish Parliament half an hour ago, amendment 39 from Labour MSP Claudia Beamish was passed unanimously meaning their EU Continuity Bill includes general principles on the environment and welfare.

  10. Bill to prevent what Welsh ministers call a Whitehall 'power-grab'

    The debate on Stage 3 of the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill begins in a few minutes.

    The bill to prevent what Welsh ministers call a Whitehall "power-grab" would bring powers over devolved matters currently wielded at EU level to Cardiff Bay.

    The draft legislation is being fast-tracked amid a row between Welsh Labour and UK Conservative ministers over the UK government's Brexit Bill.

    UK ministers have said they intend to keep a limited number of powers in devolved areas temporarily.

  11. General Principles of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill agreed

    AMs agree to the general principles of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill.

  12. Member Debate – Community Transport

    The proposal of the Member Debate on community transport is passed without objection.

  13. Core funding for Community Transport Association 'will be maintained'

    Economy Secretary Ken Skates says core funding for the Community Transport Association "will be maintained in 2018/19".

    He also says "we are providing the funding stability needed to plan and deliver local bus services".

    Ken Skates
  14. Tributes to voluntary transport schemes

    AMs pay tributes to the voluntary transport schemes which serve their constituencies.

  15. 'Unique role providing bespoke transport options for vulnerable people'

    We now reach the Member Debate on community transport.

    Mark Isherwood (North Wales)Dai Lloyd (South Wales West)Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

    propose that the assembly:

    1. Notes that community transport services play a vital role in our communities, providing transport for people who face barriers to accessing public and private transport, supporting people to live independently and access vital services, while also mitigating issues around loneliness and isolation.

    2. Notes the concern about the current Department for Transport consultation on community transport permits (Section 19/22) and the potential impact of this on services in Wales.

    3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

    a) work in partnership with the community transport sector and public bodies to ensure the sector can continue in its unique role providing bespoke transport options for vulnerable people, to ensure access to services while the consultation process is underway;

    b) develop contingency plans to mitigate any impact on transport provision through minibus services delivered through Section 19 and 22 permits;

    c) publish a clear strategy which recognises the cross-cutting aspect of community transport provision across Welsh Government departments in delivering the Welsh Government’s strategic aims;

    d) provide much needed stability for the sector by moving toward three year funding agreements to allow organisations to develop and take forward plans, to ensure greater sustainability and a more strategic approach to service provision; and

    e) ensure engagement with relevant partners and stakeholders across Wales to inform the Welsh Government’s own response to the consultation, and ensure understanding in the sector of the Welsh Government’s position.

    Mark Isherwood
    Image caption: Mark Isherwood
  16. Welsh Government supports general principles of Bill

    Counsel General Jeremy Miles says the Welsh Government will support the general principles of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill.

    He says further work must be carried out on the bill, including on the financial costings.

    Jeremy Miles
  17. 'Benefits to Welsh citizens should not be underestimated'

    Mick Antoniw, chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, presents its report.

    One of the views expressed is that the committee believes the bill "represents the best practice approach our predecessor Committee promoted in its report Making Laws in Wales.

    "As both the Member in charge and Cabinet Secretary pointed out in their evidence, it enables legislation of considerable importance in Wales to be available bilingually and the benefits of this to Welsh citizens should not be underestimated."

  18. Equality Committee's 19 recommendations

    John Griffiths, Chair of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, presents the committee's report.

    It has 19 recommendations, one of which is that there should be a requirement on the Ombudsman to consult with regulators before embarking on an own initiative investigation.

    John Griffiths
  19. Bill to extend Public Services Ombudsman’s powers

    In the first debate of the day, Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales) seeks agreement to the general principles of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill.

    The Bill would extend the Ombudsman’s powers and introduce some substantial legislative changes. These include:

    • Powers to design guidance to deal with complaints;
    • Powers to enable the Ombudsman to undertake own initiative investigations;
    • Establishing a complaints handling process across the public sector;
    • Powers to enable the Ombudsman to investigate the private healthcare element of a public / private healthcare pathway;
    • Powers to work jointly with other commissioners, statutory advisers, regulators and the Auditor General in Wales;
    • Placing a duty on the Ombudsman to prepare a Welsh language strategy;
    • Placing a duty on the National Assembly to review the implementation of the Act; and
    • Bringing more organisations within the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction.
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  20. 90 Second Statements

    We move on to the 90 Second Statements, which can be used to raise any subject of concern. For example, a Member may raise matters of pressing concern to their constituents, draw attention to local issues, mark anniversaries or significant dates, or pay a tribute.