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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Statement: The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Strategic Action Plan
  3. Statement: Refugee Week – Wales, a Nation of Sanctuary
  4. Statement: Companion Animal Welfare
  5. The Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Wales) Regulations 2018
  6. Debate: Stage 4 of the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill
  7. Debate: The Second Anniversary of the EU Referendum

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

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

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow morning for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

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  2. Labour, Plaid Cymru and Conservatives back bill

    The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, backed by Labour, Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives, is passed in the Senedd, with Wales following in the footsteps of Scotland by setting a minimum price per unit.

    A public consultation is expected by the end of the year on what the minimum price should be, ahead of its likely introduction in 2019.

    There were 45 for, no abstentions, with five against.

    Alcohol
  3. 'Promises that are now falling apart'

    Labour AM for Llanelli Lee Waters responds to Leanne Wood's comments: "I'm surprised it's taken her two years to reveal this cunning plan".

    He says "we should turn our fire at those who made promises that are now falling apart."

    Lee Waters
  4. First minister 'refused to use his greatest campaigning tool for the national good'

    Leanne Wood accuses the first minister of not utilising the trade unions for a Welsh civic society "remain" campaign because they were "too busy campaigning and fundraising for Labour for the Assembly election".

    She says the first minister "refused to use his greatest campaigning tool, the unions and others, for the national good.

    "Had you done that we might have had a different result and I wonder if you regret that now."

  5. 'Restricting the Assembly’s legislative competence'

    Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says AMs should express regret over "the Welsh Government’s decision to grant consent for the UK Government to restrict the National Assembly for Wales’s legislative competence, despite stating clearly in ‘Securing Wales’ Future’ that 'any attempt to do so will be firmly resisted'. "

    She also calls on AMs to express regret "that a majority of Welsh Labour MPs abstained on a vote on continued single market participation via EEA membership, in contradiction to 'Securing Wales’ Future' which states, 'We cannot support an EU exit agreement that would leave the UK without continued Single Market participation'."

  6. 'Stop trying to undermine the Brexit process'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says it is "the decided will of the people that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union".

    He calls upon "politicians opposed to the United Kingdom leaving the EU to respect the wishes of Welsh and British voters and stop trying to undermine the Brexit process".

    He also calls upon the Welsh Government "to work with the UK Government to secure the best deal for Wales and the UK, outside the EU, the single market and the customs union".

    Neil Hamilton
  7. 'UK Government negotiations with EU should not be undermined'

    On behalf of the Conservatives, Mark Isherwood says AMs should recognise that "the UK Government is delivering on the decision made in the EU referendum to leave the EU and that its position in negotiations with the EU should not be undermined".

  8. 'Best basis for securing satisfactory outcome to Brexit negotiations'

    The final item today is a debate on the second anniversary of the EU referendum on 23 June 2018.

    First Minister Carwyn Jones calls on AMs to "reaffirm support for the approach to EU transition put forward in the White Paper, Securing Wales Future, published by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru in January 2017 and believes this still provides the best basis for securing a satisfactory outcome to the Brexit negotiations".

    He says “what matters most is securing a Brexit that safeguards Welsh jobs and the economy. All the evidence shows this requires a close relationship with our EU neighbours.

    “This means full and unfettered access to the Single Market and participation in a Customs Union. We also urgently need clarity and direction from the UK Government.”

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  9. 'Rushed passage of bill has hampered scrutiny'

    Rhun ap Iorwerth says Plaid Cymru will vote for the bill, although he says the "rushed passage" of the bill has hampered scrutiny of the price aspect.

    Vaughan Gething rejects the suggestion that the legislation was rushed, adding the bill addresses the reality that Wales like other countries "has a problem with cheap strong alcohol".

  10. 'Shoddy legislation'

    This bill makes me "despair" says Conservative Angela Burns, stating the legislation is "shoddy".

    She says the legislation is incomplete without the price on the face of the bill.

    "My biggest concern is that you could be replacing one addiction with another," she adds.

    Angela Burns
  11. Guide to Public Bills and Acts

    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.
  12. Stage 4 debate

    We now reach the Stage 4 - the final stage - debate on the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill.

    Being able to buy a bargain-priced bottle of wine or cider could soon be a thing of the past in Wales if the new law is passed.

    If the price is set at 50p, it would mean a can of cider would cost at least £1 and a bottle of wine £4.69.

    Ministers believe tackling excessive drinking could save one life a week and 1,400 hospital admissions a year.

    Health officials want to cut the number of alcohol-related deaths - 463 in 2015-16 - and the 54,000 alcohol-related admissions to hospital every year.

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  13. Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Wales) Regulations 2018 approved

    AMs approve the draft Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Wales) Regulations 2018 without objection.

    The ban on making or selling "rinse-off" personal care products with microbeads will take effect on 30 June.

    The UK government introduced a ban in England in January.

  14. 'Important step to safeguarding our marine environment'

    Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn said: "Microbeads in rinse-off products are unnecessary and harmful to sea life.

    "A ban will reduce pollutants from entering our seas and is an important step to safeguarding our marine environment."

  15. 'Microbeads ban part of the action needed'

    Plaid Cymru's climate change spokesman Simon Thomas stresses that a ban on microbeads is only part of the action needed to take on plastics along with a levy on single-use plastics.

    Simon Thomas
  16. 'Significant step'

    Welsh Conservative environment spokesman David Melding backs the idea, and says "this is a significant step if we are going to put an end to the plastic problem that is choking our seas and scourging our environment."

  17. Plastic microbeads facing ban from bathroom products

    AMs are now considering the Environmental Protection (Microbeads) (Wales) Regulations 2018.

    Plastic microbeads will be banned from bathroom products such as shower gel and toothpaste in Wales if assembly members back the regulations.

    Campaigners say the tiny pieces of plastic are polluting the oceans with a devastating effect on marine life and are entering the food chain.

    Microbeads are a major environmental concern because they are too small to be captured in sewage treatment when washed down the drain.

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  18. 'Regulation of veterinary fees needs to be looked at'

    Mick Antoniw says the "regulation of veterinary fees needs to be looked at - it seems to me there is very little clarity about veterinary fees, they seem to be largely unregulated and increasing by about 12% per annum, and there is a 20% VAT charge".

    Mick Antoniw
  19. 'More needs to be done to educate dog owners'

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett suggests "more needs to be done to educate dog owners as to the welfare and cost of keeping their animals".

    Gareth Bennett
  20. Animal Offender Register

    Plaid Cymru's Bethan Sayed says she is disappointed with the cabinet secretary's comments that a draft report by a Task and Finish Group does not recommend the development of an Animal Offender Register in Wales.

    In 2016, RSPCA Cymru made a case for the introduction of an Animal Offender Register in Wales, and Bethan Sayed has long called for such a register.

    The final version of the report is due by the summer recess.

    Bethan Sayed