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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Legislative Consent Motion on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
  3. Statement by the Leader of the House: International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
  4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance: Vacant Land Tax
  5. Statement by the Leader of the House: Update on Digital Connectivity in Wales
  6. Debate: The Role of the Planning System in Placemaking

Live Reporting

By 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 Children, Young People and Education Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Legislative Consent Motion on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill approved

    AMs give legislative consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill, with 46 for and 9 against.

    the vote
  3. Call for separate Planning Inspectorate for Wales

    On behalf of Plaid Cymru, Sian Gwenllian:

    • Calls on the Welsh Government to amend technical advice note 20 urgently to make it clear that assessments of the impact of individual applications on the Welsh language in specific circumstances need to be carried out.
    • Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that the National Development Framework contains a clear statement on the importance and relevance of the Welsh language when planning how to use land.
    • Calls on the Welsh Government to create a separate Planning Inspectorate for Wales, so that the inspectorate can develop its expertise in a Wales-only planning system.
    Sian Gwenllian
  4. 'Town and country planning system needs adaptation'

    Conservative David Melding says the town and country planning system "needs adaptation to make more holistic decisions on the built environment which maximises well-being goals and increases the supply of land for housing".

    He calls on AMs to recognise the need for "a strong national placemaking framework to give guidance to planning authorities and others to shape and make good places".

  5. 'High quality, well designed developments and places'

    The final item today is a debate on "The Role of the Planning System in Placemaking". The Welsh Government

    propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Recognises having high quality, well designed developments and places is essential to the long-term health and well-being of the people of Wales.

    2. Believes the town and country planning system is well placed to make holistic decisions on the built environment which maximise the well-being goals.

    3. Acknowledges that having strong national placemaking policies in Planning Policy Wales and the National Development Framework shows leadership to planning authorities and others in shaping and making good places.

    4. Recognises the role of built environment professionals to deliver placemaking and calls on local authorities to effectively resource planning departments.

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  6. 'Ensure that BT does not benefit from over subsidy'

    Julie James says "to date we have paid BT £300 for every premises, however, the closure of the delivery phase means that we must now work together to balance the books and ensure that all expenditure is eligible and fully evidenced.

    "This process will take several months to conclude but is essential to ensure that BT does not benefit from over subsidy".

    BT
  7. 'Encouraging and frustrating in equal measures'

    Leader of the House Julie James tells AMs that "take-up across the Superfast Cymru intervention area now stands at 42.5 per cent which means we are ahead of where we expected to be and are on course to meet our 50 per cent target much earlier than we had anticipated."

    She says "this is encouraging and frustrating in equal measures.

    "It is encouraging because the rate of growth is greater than modelled, but it is frustrating because there is clearly room for improvement."

    Work on the Superfast Cymru scheme in Llanddowror, Carmarthenshire
    Image caption: Work on the Superfast Cymru scheme in Llanddowror, Carmarthenshire
  8. Statement by the Leader of the House

    The last statement of the day is by the Leader of the House Julie James: "Update on Digital Connectivity in Wales".

    Digital
  9. 7,000 new homes built every year in Wales

    House builders have raised concerns about the proposed tax as a barrier to development, and penalising some landowners for delays outside their control.

    About 7,000 new homes are being built every year in Wales yet 12,000 more are needed to tackle under supply.

    Research commissioned by the Welsh Government into stalled development sites found that just over 400 sites were stalled across Wales at the time of publication, in 2015. These stalled sites primarily relate to residential development, with at least 7,600 homes being tied up within these sites across Wales.

  10. Legislation to be laid by the spring of next year

    Mark Drakeford tells AMs that he will be in a position "by the autumn of this year to submit a formal request to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and that by the spring of next year legislation will be laid before the assembly and UK parliament to seek agreement to the transfer of these powers".

  11. Plans aimed at boosting house building and regeneration

    The next statement is by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford on vacant land tax.

    Plans for a tax on vacant land are aimed at boosting house building and regeneration.

    It would apply to land where permission to build has been granted - or land that is within a local development plan - but where no work has been carried out.

    New build houses
  12. Stonewall: 'half of LGBT young people face bullying'

    Several AMs highlight the work of Stonewall. The charity's research shows that more than half of LGBT young people in Wales and 73 per cent of trans young people still face bullying at school, for being LGBT. Nearly half of those never tell anyone about it.

  13. 'We can all be fabulous'

    "We can all be fabulous", says Conservative Mark Isherwood.

    He says there's more to do to tackle discrimination and improve services for LGBT people.

    Mark Isherwood
  14. Anti-bullying guidance to be updated

    Julie James tells AMs that the Welsh Government is updating its anti-bullying guidance ‘Respecting others’, which was published in 2011.

    She says, "the revised guidance will be published for consultation later this year and will include guidance on bullying incidents related to LGBT issues.

    "We are working closely with education practitioners, other partners, and children and young people to ensure the revised guidance has the maximum impact possible."

    Julie James
  15. 'Violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people'

    The first statement of the day is by the Leader of the House Julie James: International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

    Tens of thousands of Twitter users celebrate on 17 May, using the hashtag #IDAHOT, to share messages of solidarity and support.

    Since 2004, the IDAHOT has been commemorated to "draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally".

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  16. Vote deferred

    The vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill has been deferred to Voting Time later today, at around 19.15.

  17. 'That nirvana doesn't exist'

    Mark Drakeford says Simon Thomas "wants to suggest to you that there was a choice between what we have agreed and some mythical nirvana, which will be even better.

    "But that nirvana doesn't exist."

  18. 'You threw away your strongest weapon'

    Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas, citing an assembly "urban myth", says: "I'm told that if you stand on that piece of glass in the middle of the assembly chamber it will crack and let you fall into the fault below it."

    He tells Alun Davies, "You can try it... Alun, it will be a good place for you to go".

    More seriously, he tells the Welsh Government, "you threw away your strongest weapon in challenging what was happening in Westminster.

    "Your strongest weapon was time.

    "The Westminster Government is up against it. They can't negotiate their way out of a paper bag at the moment."

    Simon Thomas
  19. 'A select club of national parliaments'

    Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says "We have joined a select club of national parliaments that have voluntarily decided to cede their own authority".

    He says "this is Sewel on steroids. This creates a legal pathway, a streamlined mechanism whereby the exception can become the rule if the politics of Westminster so decides."

    Adam Price
  20. 'A deepening of the whole devolution process'

    UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says "I believe the Welsh Government has played an extremely good hand in the course of the negotiations.

    "And there's been I think a deepening of the whole devolution process."