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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance: Update on European Transition
  4. Statement by the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning: Progress Report on the Employability Plan
  5. Debate on the General Principles of the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings the first plenary of the new term to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow morning for the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

    Senedd
  2. General principles of bill agreed

    AMs agree to the general principles of the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill.

    There were 41 for, no abstentions, with 11 against.

    Plaid Cymru voted against.

    Vote
  3. Minister 'continuing to explore options available'

    Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies says he is "continuing to explore the options available" to him to meet the committee recommendation that the Bill should, on its face, commit the Welsh Government to providing its Childcare Offer.

    Huw Irranca-Davies
  4. Welsh Government 'buying votes with taxpayers money'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown says "what the people of Wales really need to understand is that the Welsh Government is effectively buying votes with taxpayers money on this one".

    Michelle Brown
  5. Childcare bill 'excludes the poorest'

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says the party will oppose the childcare bill because it "excludes the poorest".

    He says the childcare policy will subsidise free childcare for the wealthiest families earning £200,000 a year while excluding those from the poorest households looking to return to work.

    Llyr Gruffydd
  6. 'Flies in the face of the rhetoric'

    Janet Finch-Saunders - in her new capacity as Conservative spokesperson on social care, children, young people, and older people - says "to exclude and disadvantage parents in education or those looking for work, flies in the face of the rhetoric we hear often from this government".

    Janet Finch-Saunders
  7. 'Bill does not satisfy the key principles of legislating'

    Mick Antoniw presents the report of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, which describes the Bill as a "skeleton Bill", adding "it lacks clarity and a clear statement of purpose.

    "With so little detail on its face we believe the Bill does not satisfy the key principles of legislating."

    Mick Antoniw
  8. 'Lessons should be learned from pilot schemes'

    A report published in July into the general principles of the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill said lessons should be learned from the pilot schemes.

    The Children, Young People and Education Committee report said free childcare should be offered to unemployed parents on courses or training linked to finding work.

    The limited trial offers working parents 30 hours a week of free childcare.

    Restricting it to working parents risked increasing the gap in attainment between the well-off and less well-off, the children's committee said.

    Committee chair Lynne Neagle, a Labour AM, outlines how the committee thinks the bill could be improved.

    Lynne Neagle
  9. General Principles of the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill

    The final item today is a debate on the General Principles of the Childcare Funding (Wales) Bill.

    A scheme offering free childcare for parents of three and four-year-olds was first piloted within seven council areas with a plan to extend it to the whole of Wales by 2020 at an estimated cost of £100m a year.

    Childcare
  10. First of a series of annual reports

    This is the first of a series of annual reports on the implementation of the Employability Plan.

  11. 'Far-reaching new approach'

    Eluned Morgan says they are just six months into a ten year plan but "we have made a promising start - working to better understand existing barriers and the actions needed to deliver real change and setting in motion a far-reaching new approach to improving employability across Wales.”

    Eluned Morgan
  12. Statement by the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning

    We move on to a statement by the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan: Progress Report on the Employability Plan.

    The plan seeks to reduce the number of people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), increase the number of disabled people in work, and eliminate the qualification gap between Wales and the rest of the UK.

    Employment
  13. Chequers agreement a 'dog's breakfast'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton describes the Chequers agreement on how to handle the UK's future relationship with the EU as a "dog's breakfast" which "shows what happens when you conduct a negotiation through people who don't really believe in what they are doing".

    Neil Hamilton
  14. 'Held hostage by a bunch of ideological separatists'

    Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis says "we are being held hostage by a bunch of ideological separatists in Westminster".

    He calls for publication of a comprehensive list of contingency plans the Welsh Government is making in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and of a Brexit with a deal.

  15. 'Another round of Project Fear'

    Conservative Darren Millar says the statement is merely "a repetition of the kind of diatribe we have come to expect".

    He reminds AMs that Wales voted to leave the EU. He criticizes the "prophesies of doom and gloom", and "another round of Project Fear".

    Darren Millar
  16. 'Decision must pass to the people'

    Mark Drakeford says that if the UK government "cannot secure a vote in the House of Commons in favour of the deal it has negotiated, then the decision must pass to the people.

    "Our preference as a government is that this decision is resolved through a general election.

    "If the current rules of parliament are manipulated to prevent an election, then the case for a second referendum strengthens".

    Mark Drakeford
  17. Update on European Transition

    The first statement of the day is by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford: Update on European Transition.

    Europe
  18. Business Statement and Announcement

    The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

    Leader of the House Julie James outlines the Assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

    Julie James