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Summary

  1. Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services
  4. Statement by the Llywydd: Update on the establishment of a Youth Parliament for Wales
  5. Debate on the Petitions Committee report: Petition 'Suspend Marine Licence 12/45/ML to dump radioactive marine sediments from the Hinkley Point nuclear site into Wales coastal waters off Cardiff Bay'
  6. Debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report: Wales' future relationship with Europe. Part one: a view from Wales
  7. Debate on the Children, Young People and Education Committee report: Flying Start: Outreach
  8. Short Debate: ensuring that dads continue to have a voice and the support to be positive role models in their children’s lives

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 Whitsun Half Term recess, on Tuesday 5 June.

    Senedd
  2. 'Dads need your support too'

    The topic chosen by Nick Ramsay (Monmouth) for the Short Debate is "Dads need your support too: ensuring that dads continue to have a voice and the support to be positive role models in their children’s lives."

    Coincidentally, Mr Ramsay has recently announced that his wife is expecting their first child.

    Nick Ramsay
  3. Welsh Government rejects one recommendation

    Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, presents the Welsh Government's response to the report, which can be seen in detail here.

    Six out of the seven recommendations are accepted, at least in principle.

    Recommendation 6 is rejected: "That, given the likely increased regional divergence in approaches to intervention resulting from additional flexibility, the Welsh Government publish regular monitoring reports detailing any revisions to service provision by local authorities."

    The Welsh Government's reason for rejecting is that "to reduce the reporting burden on local authorities Welsh Government has reduced and streamlined the amount of data required focussing on what’s necessary to produce the annual Flying Start Statistical Bulletin.

    "Data on outreach is not collected at an all Wales level."

    Huw Irranca-Davies
  4. 'Limited extent to which outreach services were benefiting children'

    Committee chair Lynne Neagle (Torfaen) presents the report.

    She says the Committee was "very disappointed to discover, during the course of taking evidence, the limited extent to which outreach services were benefiting children in many local authorities in terms of number of participants – in some cases as few as five children in an authority area."

    The report has seven recommendations, one of which is to address "the Committee’s concerns regarding the geographical focus of the Flying Start programme and the sufficiency of the revised level of flexibility allocated to outreach funding".

  5. Children, Young People and Education Committee report

    The next debate is on the Children, Young People and Education Committee report: "Flying Start: Outreach".

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  6. All recommendations accepted, at least in principle

    Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford presents the Welsh Government's response to the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee's report, which can be seen in detail here.

    All the recommendations are accepted, at least in principle.

    Mark Drakeford
  7. EU 'making the difficulties in coming to a sensible deal'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says it is the EU that is "imposing the impediments and making the difficulties in coming to a sensible deal".

    Neil Hamilton
  8. Welsh Government 'steamroll-able and marginalized'

    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd says the Welsh Government is now "steamroll-able and marginalized".

    His comments refer to the Welsh Government's backing of the EU Withdrawal Bill - key legislation in the Brexit process - after it agreed with UK ministers on how powers in devolved areas wielded in Brussels will be dealt with.

    Dai Lloyd
  9. 'Make Brexit work for a Wales in Europe but not the EU'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood says "contrary to the predictions of the doomsayers, it is time to make Brexit work for a Wales in Europe but not the EU".

    Mark Isherwood
  10. 'Preferential market access'

    Committee chair David Rees (Aberavon) presents the report which has 18 recommendations.

    The first recommendation is that "the Welsh Government negotiates with the UK Government to ensure that preferential market access, free from both tariff and non-tariff barriers, is prioritised in the forthcoming negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union."

    David Rees
  11. External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report

    The next item is a debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report: "Wales' future relationship with Europe. Part one: a view from Wales."

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  12. 'No risk from the dredged material'

    Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths says Natural Resources Wales is satisfied there is no risk from the dredged material to people, the environment, or the wildlife that lives there.

    However, she says she has asked NRW to review the way they have communicated their decisions over this licence.

    Lesley Griffiths
  13. 'What is Wales getting out of this dumpling?'

    "What is Wales getting out of this dumpling? Nothing, dim byd, nada", says independent AM Neil McEvoy.

  14. 'So little control over our natural resources'

    Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas says the row illustrates that "we have so little control over our natural resources, that we have to accept the spoil of a nuclear power station in Hinckley Point".

    He says that as a matter of principle it is the Welsh Parliament that should decide what happens in Welsh waters.

    Simon Thomas
  15. Warning against 'riding roughshod over the established norms of international scientific practice'

    Conservative David Melding warns against "riding roughshod over the established norms of international scientific practice".

    He points out that analysis of the samples by independent experts, against international guidelines, found the chemical and radiological results were within acceptable, safe limits.

    The analysis of the sediment was carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). The results were assessed by Natural Resources Wales’ radiological experts in consultation with Public Health Wales.

    David Melding
  16. External academics needed

    Labour AM for Swansea East, Mike Hedges says the only thing that would reassure his constituents is external academics stating the sediments from the Hinkley Point nuclear site are safe.

    Mike Hedges
  17. 'Significant level of support'

    Committee chair David J. Rowlands (South Wales East) presents the report, which contains an overview of the Committee’s consideration of the petition and a summary of the evidence the Committee has received.

    The report presents the evidence received with limited commentary and without producing substantive conclusions or recommendations.

    He says the petition "gathered a significant level of support in a short amount of time".

    David J. Rowlands
  18. Debate on the Petitions Committee report

    The first debate of the day is on the Petitions Committee report on the call by petitioners for the "suspension of Marine Licence 12/45/ML to dump radioactive marine sediments from the Hinkley Point nuclear site into Wales coastal waters off Cardiff".

    The Hinkley C power plant building project includes dredging mud and sediment from the seabed in the Bristol Channel, near the decommissioned Hinkley Point A and B, and disposing of it just over a mile out to sea from Cardiff Bay.

    The project prompted concerns from campaigners, who feared the mud could have become contaminated by discharges from Hinkley.

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  19. Statement by the Llywydd

    The next statement is by the Llywydd Elin Jones, providing an update on the establishment of a Youth Parliament for Wales.

    She announces that at the Urdd Eisteddfod next week, the campaign to register voters will be launched for the first election to the Youth Parliament.

    The plan to create a youth parliament was backed by all parties in the assembly in 2016, following concern about the lack of a vehicle to engage young people in politics.

    The former Youth Assembly for Wales - known as Funky Dragon -closed in 2014 after the Welsh Government withdrew funding.

    Elin Jones