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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the NHS
  3. Statement on the Supreme Court Reference: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill
  4. Statement on The Learning Disability Improving Lives Programme
  5. Debate: Brexit and the Fishing Industry

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 for the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Welsh Government motion passed

    The Welsh Government motion, with the Plaid Cymru amendments, is passed.

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  3. 'Needs to be a strong voice for Wales in trade discussions in light of Brexit'

    Simon Thomas says although fishing is a quite small sector in the Welsh economy it is an important part of life in coastal communities.

    He moves the Plaid Cymru amendments to add new points at the end of the motion, that the assembly:

    • Believes that there needs to be a strong voice for Wales in trade discussions in light of Brexit
    • Notes the importance of fishing to the sustainable livelihood of Welsh coastal communities.
    • Calls on the Welsh Government to allocate more resources to fisheries and the marine environment.
    Simon Thomas
  4. 'Greatest possible access to the single market'

    On behalf of the Conservatives, David Melding calls on AMs to "welcome the UK Government's intention to seek the greatest possible access to the single market through a comprehensive free trade agreement".

  5. 'Opportunities' of Brexit

    Neil Hamilton says UKIP will not support the motion because it refers to the "significant and distinct challenges" rather than the "opportunities" that Brexit poses to the Welsh fishing industry and marine environment.

    He calls on the UK Government to implement a 200-mile exclusive economic zone giving UK fishermen sole access to the seas within 200 miles of the UK coastline.

    Neil Hamilton
  6. 'Adapting to a post-Brexit world'

    Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths says she is unhappy with the current quota system.

    She says the government will do "all we can to support the industry, prepare for the challenges and help them adapt to a post-Brexit world."

    She has announced over £1m will be invested in the Seafood Market Development Project over the next four years to help market Welsh seafood domestically and internationally, "to provide vitally needed support for the sector as the UK prepares to leave the European Union."

    Lesley Griffiths
  7. 'Significant and distinct challenges Brexit poses'

    The final item today is a debate on Brexit and the fishing industry.

    The Welsh Government propose that the assembly:

    1. Notes the Wales Centre for Public Policy report entitled ‘Implications of Brexit for Fishing opportunities in Wales’.

    2. Recognises the significant and distinct challenges Brexit poses to the Welsh fishing industry and marine environment.

    3. Supports the following key themes identified by the seas and coasts sub-group:

    a) plan to make the best use of our seas;

    b) provide effective stewardship of our marine environment and natural resources;

    c) continue to be responsible partners in UK marine and fisheries management;

    d) secure a fairer deal for the fishing industry; and

    e) stand on our own two feet.

    4. Reiterates its support for full and unfettered access to the EU single market, including for food and fisheries.

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  8. 'So long to catch up'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown questions "why it has taken the Welsh Government so long to catch up" with the UK government on how services for people with a learning disability could be strengthened.

    Michelle Brown
  9. 'Need for different sectors to work together'

    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd emphasises the need for different sectors to work together, "especially in this time of austerity".

    He expresses concern over the "decline in the number of specialist nurses".

    Dai Lloyd
  10. 'Too many people are having to fight'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood says there are "pockets of good practice but too many people are having to fight for the support and adjustments to services they need to enable them to lead an ordinary life".

    Mark Isherwood
  11. Improving Lives Programme focuses on five key areas

    The Improving Lives Programme focuses on five key areas - early years, housing, social care, health and education, skills and employment.

    Huw Irranca-Davies says work needs to be done to ensure all services are person-centred and flexible to meet individual needs.

    "We will ensure services are seamless and work together, which will hopefully benefit everyone, whilst ensuring those who need additional support experience a level of equality when accessing services," he says.

    A ministerial advisory group has also been created.

    Huw Irranca-Davies
  12. Around 75,000 adults with learning disabilities in Wales

    The final statement of the day is by the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, on the Learning Disability Improving Lives Programme.

    There are around 75,000 adults with learning disabilities in Wales but only 15,000 are known to social services, according to the Welsh Government.

  13. 'Questions regarding all of the devolution settlements in the UK'

    Jeremy Miles says his application to the Supreme Court for permission to participate in the Reference of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill has been suucessful.

    He says some of the issues raised by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland in that Reference raise questions regarding all of the devolution settlements in the UK and are not limited to the Scottish Bill nor indeed the Scottish devolution settlement.He adds that the Reference may raise questions about the legislative role of the devolved legislatures and the limits of their legislative competence, and so the court’s decision could therefore have an impact on the National Assembly’s legislative competence and the relationship between the National Assembly and the UK Parliament.

    Jeremy Miles
  14. Statement by the Counsel General

    The next statement is by the Counsel General Jeremy Miles: "Supreme Court Reference: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill".

    In April, the UK and Welsh governments reached agreement over a long-running Brexit "power-grab" row.

    The agreement on changes to the UK Government EU (Withdrawal) Bill followed months of discussions.

    The Scottish Government rejected the offer, saying the Scottish Parliament's "hands would be tied".

    The row centred on what would happen after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union to 64 powers in devolved areas, such as agriculture support and food labelling.

    The powers are currently operated by EU officials in Brussels.

    The changes to the Brexit bill mean the consent of the assembly would be needed for powers to be held to Westminster
    Image caption: The changes to the Brexit bill mean the consent of the assembly would be needed for powers to be held to Westminster
  15. 'Without the NHS I wouldn't be here today'

    UKIP group leader Caroline Jones says "without the NHS I wouldn't be here today", after her breast cancer was discovered 11 years ago and treated.

    She says the Welsh Government's long-term plan is "going in the right direction", but calls on the government "to ensure the policies are delivered on the ground".

  16. 'I make no apologies for asking questions'

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says it's a "fantastic achievement in itself that the NHS has lasted 70 years.

    "I make no apologies, 20 years after Labour took charge of the NHS in Wales, for asking questions about how you have failed to get to grips with the workforce challenges, why there is still a lack of integration of social care, why there is still a poor performance of waiting times compared with other nations of the UK".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  17. 'Learn from best practice'

    Conservative Angela Burns says the NHS saved her life three years ago.

    She calls on the Welsh Government to "learn from best practice" of how the NHS is run in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    As an example, she cites the new NHS mobile app that will put patients in England in direct touch with their GPs.

    Angela Burns
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  18. 'Fundamental change is needed'

    Vaughan Gething says it is an opportunity to celebrate what has been achieved since 1948 and also to remember the core principles of the NHS.

    He says the intention is to "create even better care locally, with support and treatment available across a range of community-based services.

    "Fundamental change is needed to ensure a sustainable future and to ensure the NHS in Wales can remain true to that core value, born in Wales 70 years ago, to provide free healthcare for all.”

    Vaughan Gething
  19. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services

    The first statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething, on the 70th Anniversary of the NHS.

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