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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. The Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill
  3. Update and next steps for the Pupil Development Grant
  4. The Environment in Wales
  5. The Public Health Wales Review of Sexual Health Services
  6. The Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 (Continuation of Effect) Order 2018

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings the first plenary since the Easter recess to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Children, Young People and Education Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 (Continuation of Effect) Order 2018 approved

    AMs approve the draft Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 (Continuation of Effect) Order 2018.

    The effect of section 14(1) of the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Act 2014 is that the Act is to lapse on 30 July 2018, unless an order is made by the Welsh Ministers under section 14(2) providing that the Act is to continue in effect.

    This Order provides that the Act is to continue in effect.

  3. Ability to have abortion at home

    Vaughan Gething says "I have instructed officials to start work immediately on how we can amend the legal framework to allow for the treatment of the termination of pregnancy to be carried out at home in line with recommendation 7".

    He adds, "my officials will now work with stakeholders to develop a fully costed and timetabled implementation plan".

  4. 'Clear from this report that more needs to be done'

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says: “We’ve made tremendous strides in recent years in reducing teenage pregnancies, but the number of sexually transmitted infections remains considerable and it’s clear from this report that more needs to be done, particularly in respect of access and inequality.”

    He adds that his “vision for sexual health services in Wales is one of modern services meeting the needs of all users."

    Vaughan Gething
  5. 'Develop an understanding of the needs of the population'

    The final statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething, on the Public Health Wales Review of Sexual Health Services.

    The report’s recommendations include:

    • Health boards to develop an understanding of the needs of their population and have a system in place to deliver services to vulnerable groups;
    • Considering amending the legal framework to allow patients to take medication for termination of pregnancy at home;
    • Enhancing the role of for primary care and pharmacies in sexual health provision, for example delivering over the counter oral contraception;
    • Health boards look at other opportunities to extend provision of Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in both primary and secondary care.

    Dr Giri Shankar, Professional Lead Consultant for Health Protection at Public Health Wales, who oversaw the review on behalf of the organisation, said that “while huge progress has been made in addressing teenage pregnancies, much work remains to be done on accessibility to services, risky behaviours, modernising information gathering systems, access to abortion services and moving care closer to patients".

  6. Welsh Government 'repeating what it has said many times before'

    Echoing David Melding's concerns about the generality of the statement, UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says "at least the statement shows a commitment to recycling by repeating what it has said many times before".

    Commitment to recycling?
    Image caption: Commitment to recycling?
  7. 'Lack of specific measures to meet environmental challenges'

    Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas welcomes the principles, but criticizes the lack of specific measures to meet the environmental challenges.

    He calls for more ambition from the government, such as a deposit return scheme and a Clean Air Act.

    Simon Thomas
  8. 'We need more detail and bite'

    Conservative David Melding describes the statement as being "very general indeed".

    Quoting the minister "calling on our National Parks and AONBs [Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty] to be exemplars on the sustainable management of natural resources, particularly on biodiversity, trees and woodlands", he adds, "crikey, they are in crisis if they are not doing that naturally already.

    "We need more detail and bite".

    David Melding
  9. Environment Minister's five priorities

    Hannah Blythyn sets out her five priorities: reversing the decline in biodiversity, working with the national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, increasing the number of trees and woodlands, accelerating action on air quality and becoming the best in the world on recycling.

  10. Statement by the Minister for Environment

    The next statement by the Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn.

    The title does not give much away - "The Environment in Wales".

    Hannah Blythyn
  11. Narrowing the attainment gap 'a moral duty'

    "There is no question for me that we have to continue to prioritise narrowing the attainment gap – we have a moral duty to ensure there is equity of opportunity for all learners to reach their full potential. That is our challenge and I am absolutely committed to rising to it," says Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education.

    Kirsty Williams
  12. 'Kirsty Williams has shown contempt for the Assembly'

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says Kirsty Williams has shown contempt for the Assembly by announcing that the Early Years Pupil Development Grant (PDG) will increase from £600 to £700 per eligible pupil, just weeks before the Children, Young People and Education Committee is due to publish a report on the subject of school grants.

  13. 'Appalled' by timing of announcement

    Conservative Darren Millar says he is "extremely disappointed" and "appalled" that the education secretary announced the increase first at the Welsh Liberal Democrats conference rather than in the Siambr.

  14. Grant will increase from £600 to £700 per eligible pupil

    We move on to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams, providing an update and next steps for the Pupil Development Grant.

    The grant which aims to help Wales' poorest pupils to achieve their potential is set to increase.

    The Early Years Pupil Development Grant (PDG) will increase from £600 to £700 per eligible pupil.

    Kirsty Williams says the extra cash would benefit 15,000 children who are in the foundation phase.

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  15. 'HMRC will have learned from IT glitches'

    In response to UKIP's Michelle Brown, Huw Irranca-Davies says he has confidence that HMRC can take on the administration of the scheme effectively on behalf of the Welsh Government, and that they will learn from "IT glitches" in England.

    Michelle Brown
  16. 'Evidence suggests impact is limited'

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says the Welsh Government's focus is on the working parent "but that a lot of the evidence suggests the impact is limited in that respect".

    He seeks assurance that the "£100 million plus investment" will have the necessary impact.

    Llyr Gruffydd
  17. 'Fulfills one of our manifesto commitments'

    Conservative Darren Millar says the "Childcare Offer" also "fulfills one of our manifesto commitments to extend childcare".

    He raises several concerns, such as capacity within the sector to deliver the extension.

  18. 'Reducing some of the administrative and time burden'

    Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children and Social Care, says the Bill "will enable a technical solution to the management and processing of applications for the Childcare Offer, reducing some of the administrative and time burden upon parents and local authorities."

    Huw Irranca-Davies
  19. Welsh Government introduces its 'Childcare Offer'

    The first statement of the day is by the Minister for Children and Social Care Huw Irranca-Davies, on the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill.

    The Welsh Government is introducing its "Childcare Offer", providing 30 hours of government-funded education and childcare for the working parents of three and four-year-olds for 48 weeks a year.

    If the Bill being passed, it is envisaged that administration of the scheme will be carried out by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs who will accept applications and check eligibility for the Welsh Childcare Offer.

    Childcare