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Summary

  1. The Conservative call for an armed forces commissioner for Wales is rejected, with the Senedd passing the Welsh Government amendment to "welcome the appointment of the Armed Forces Liaison Officers"
  2. Committee members hold a scrutiny session with the Leader of the House and Chief Whip
  3. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs
  4. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services
  5. Debate on the Children, Young People and Education Committee report: Targeted Funding to Improve Educational Outcomes
  6. Equalities and Brexit - Joint findings by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee and the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee
  7. Welsh Conservatives debate - Armed Forces
  8. Short Debate: Rural Wales - an economy to be promoted.

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 on Tuesday 13 November.

    Senedd
  2. 'Farming at the heart of the rural economy'

    The topic chosen for the Short Debate by Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) is "Rural Wales - an economy to be promoted".

    She says "without farming at the heart of the rural economy, we will lose not just farms, not just the next generation, not just the businesses that depend on agriculture, but we will lose the environment".

    Angela Burns
  3. 'Welcome the appointment of the Armed Forces Liaison Officers'

    The Conservative call for an armed forces commissioner for Wales is rejected, with the assembly passing the Welsh Government amendment to "welcome the appointment of the Armed Forces Liaison Officers across Wales and the collaborative approach of the Armed Forces Expert Group in ensuring the Armed Forces Covenant is upheld".

  4. Appointment of the Armed Forces Liaison Officers

    The Welsh Government does not see the need for an armed forces commissioner for Wales, so its amendment is to delete point 4 and replace with:

    "Welcomes the appointment of the Armed Forces Liaison Officers across Wales and the collaborative approach of the Armed Forces Expert Group in ensuring the Armed Forces Covenant is upheld".

  5. 'Not convinced' of need for an armed forces commissioner

    Helen Mary Jones says Plaid Cymru is "not convinced" of the need for an armed forces commissioner for Wales, and therefore will not support the Conservative call.

    Helen Mary Jones
  6. Grandfather's horrific experiences in the first world war

    Dr Dai Lloyd poignantly recalls his grandfather's horrific experiences in the first world war, although he was subsequently reluctant to talk about them - "cofio mud oedd cofio taid".

    Dr Dai Lloyd
  7. 'No soldier left behind Act'

    Independent AM Neil McEvoy (South Wales Central) calls on the Welsh Government "to bring about a no soldier left behind Act that would guarantee quality housing and healthcare to veterans who have seen active service".

    Neil McEvoy
  8. Call to appoint an armed forces commissioner for Wales

    The topic chosen by the Welsh Conservatives for their debate is the Armed Forces.

    Mark Isherwood moves the Conservative motion, that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Notes that this year’s Remembrance Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of the first world war.

    2. Welcomes the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank you 100’, which remembers those who served, sacrificed and changed our world between 1914 and 1918.

    3. Honours the contribution of those who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

    4. Calls upon the Welsh Government to appoint an armed forces commissioner for Wales to ensure that the Armed Forces Covenant is upheld.

    Welsh Conservatives raised the issue of creating an armed forces commissioner in a Senedd debate in 2016 with a wider brief than the Scottish post to include serving personnel and their families.

    Armed Forces
  9. 'No dilution in equalities and human rights protections'

    Leader of the House Julie James says the Welsh Government has been clear that UK withdrawal from the EU should in no way lead to a dilution in equalities and human rights protections.

    Julie James
  10. Shared Prosperity Fund 'should be administered by Welsh Government in relation to Wales'

    John Griffiths outlines the committees' joint-letter to the first minister encapsulating their views.

    He says the committees "remain unconvinced by the UK Government’s assertion in its right-by-right analysis of the Charter that all Charter rights are already protected by UK domestic law".

    He also says the two committees "share the views of our witnesses that the Shared Prosperity Fund proposed by the UK Government should be administered by the Welsh Government in relation to Wales to ensure that it is sensitive to local needs and inequalities. We also think that the Fund should be targeted at tackling inequality and socio-economic disadvantage."

    John Griffiths
  11. Joint findings by committees

    The next item is a debate on Equalities and Brexit - Joint findings by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee and the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee.

    Brexit
  12. Four recommendations rejected

    Education Secretary Kirsty Williams sets out the Welsh Government response to the recommendations from the Children, Young People & Education Committee Report.

    Four recommendations are rejected, including that "If the Welsh Government wants schools to use the PDG on pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (eFSM) at any point in the past two years, it should fund schools’ PDG allocations on this basis, i.e. per pupil who has been eFSM at any point in the past two years, rather than expecting schools to support additional pupils from a grant allocation based on a one year snapshot of eFSM eligibility".

    According to the Welsh Government, "We have undertaken extensive modelling within the parameters of the existing overall quantum of funding, mostly recently in advance of confirming allocations for the current and next financial years. This resulted in what the Government considers to be the optimum, affordable allocation being implemented. However, we recognise there is a wider cohort of learners on the periphery that 5 would also benefit from additional support. That is why, from April 2018 we have provided greater flexibility to schools by expanding the definition for use of the PDG to allow schools the flexibility to support learners who have been e-FSM in the previous two years."

    The response can be seen in full here.

    Kirsty Williams
  13. Value for money and opportunity cost of Pupil Development Grant

    Committee chair Lynne Neagle (Torfaen) presents the report, which has 31 recommendations.

    The first recommendations is that "the Welsh Government should regularly assess the scale of investment required for the Pupil Development Grant (PDG) in terms of value for money and opportunity cost. In particular, the Welsh Government should closely monitor on an ongoing basis the PDG’s impact on the pupils it targets."

    Lynne Neagle
  14. 'We will do justice to your legacy'

    We move on to the 90 Second Statements.

    Plaid Cymru's Bethan Sayed pays a personal tribute to Carl Sargeant on the first anniversary of his death, "a really good friend, a confidant and someone I could always rely on.

    "If you're up there listening to us, we are alright mate, but we will always remember you, and we will do justice to your legacy, but we miss you terribly here today."

    Carl Sargeant had been a Welsh Government minister for almost a decade
    Image caption: Carl Sargeant had been a Welsh Government minister for almost a decade
    Bethan Sayed
    Image caption: Bethan Sayed
  15. 'No discussions have taken place'

    Alun Davies replies "no discussions have taken place on the use of RAF Valley for training purposes by pilots from Saudi Arabia.

    "The use of RAF Valley for training purposes is a matter for the RAF and the Ministry of Defence".

  16. Topical Question: training of pilots from Saudi Arabia in RAF Valley

    Rhun Ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn) asks:What discussions have taken place between the Welsh Government and the UK Government regarding the training of pilots from Saudi Arabia in RAF Valley?

    Last month Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards, asked defence minister Mark Lancaster "what discussions he has had with North Wales Police on the potential effect on the security threat level of training Saudi pilots at RAF Valley?"

    The answer from Mr Lancaster was that "the RAF Police, together with RAF Valley authorities, maintains routine contact with the North Wales Police.

    "The current assessment is that there is a negligible potential security risk to North Wales associated with training Saudi pilots at RAF Valley so there have been no specific discussions with North Wales Police on this subject.

    "All such assessments are kept under constant review."

  17. 'Looking across Welsh Government portfolio to identify parcels of land for housing'

    Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans says a cross-government group is "looking right across the Welsh Government portfolio to identify parcels of land for housing".

    Rebecca Evans
  18. Releasing Welsh Government land for brownfield housing

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett asks what action is being taken to release Welsh Government land for brownfield housing.

    Gareth Bennett