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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Introducing a food business grant for small and medium slaughterhouses'

    On behalf of the Welsh Government the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, notes action taken by the Welsh Government on:

    a) introducing a food business grant for small and medium slaughterhouses for the installation of CCTV and other business improvements;

    b) including robust animal health and welfare standards in work to define the Sustainable Brand Values (SBV) for the agri-food industry.

    c) ensuring any review of food labelling legislation relating to animal welfare must be evidenced based.

    She also says that no non-stun slaughter is practiced currently in Wales, and that the Welsh Government’s preference is for "animals to be slaughtered as close as practicable to their point of production".

    Lesley Griffiths
  2. 'No race to the bottom'

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd says "it's crucial that Brexit does not lead to a race to the bottom on animal welfare".

  3. 'Ban third-party puppy sales'

    Independent AM Neil McEvoy (South Wales Central) calls on the Welsh Government to "ban third-party puppy sales to end unethical puppy farming".

    Neil McEvoy
  4. 'Increase support for small and medium-sized abattoirs'

    The Conservatives call on the Welsh Government to:

    a) make CCTV surveillance mandatory in all Welsh slaughterhouses;

    b) explore the introduction of Lucy’s Law and a ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and all commercial third party dealers in Wales; and

    c) increase support for small and medium-sized abattoirs to ensure farmers are able to process stock as locally as possible.

  5. 'UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world'

    Conservative Andrew RT Davies welcomes "the positive work undertaken by the UK Government to ensure the UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world".

    He notes "the recent consultation undertaken by the UK Government on aspects of animal welfare in transport so the regulatory regime reflects scientific and veterinary knowledge once the UK leaves the European Union".

    He also welcomes "the decisions taken by the UK Government to raise the maximum sentences for animal cruelty to five years and to introduce mandatory CCTV in abattoirs in England."

    Andrew RT Davies
  6. 'Wales should be a world leader'

    The topic chosen by the United Kingdom Independence Party for their debate is animal welfare.

    They propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Believes that Wales should be a world leader in animal welfare.

    2. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

    a) make CCTV surveillance mandatory in all Welsh slaughterhouses; and

    b) ban the practice of slaughtering livestock without stunning in all Welsh slaughterhouses.

    3. Calls on the UK Government to ban live animal exports for the purposes of rearing and slaughter.

  7. All recommendations accepted

    The Welsh Government accepts all the Finance Committee recommendations.

    Mark Drakeford says "it is hugely regrettable that we are no clearer on the UK government's intentions beyond 2021. The delay in the spending review into next year means it will be even more difficult to plan effectively for our future outside the European Union".

  8. 'Huge disappointment'

    David Rees expresses "huge disappointment" that only two AMs who supported Brexit are in the Siambr as he speaks, with no UKIP AMs present.

    Wales currently receives around £680 million per year in EU funding, considerably more per person than any of the devolved nations and English regions.

    David Rees
  9. 'Sustainable long-term replacement for Barnett formula needed'

    Public accounts committee chair Nick Ramsay agrees with the Finance Committee "that the Welsh Government should work with the UK Government and other devolved administrations to develop a sustainable long-term replacement for the Barnett formula that allocates funding across the UK based on needs."

  10. 'At least the same amount of funding to Wales'

    Committee chair Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales) presents the report which has 11 recommendations, one of which is that "the Welsh Government negotiates with the UK Government to initially secure at least the same amount of funding to Wales through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund as it currently receives through Structural Funds, plus inflation.

    "This should be added into the Welsh Government’s Block Grant, and remain in place."

    Llyr Gruffydd
  11. Assembly Commission budget for 2019-20 agreed

    Members agree the budget of the Assembly Commission for 2019-20.

    Money
  12. Motion to approve the Assembly Commission's Budget 2019-20

    AMs are now being asked to approve the Assembly Commission's Budget 2019-20.

    The total budget is £57.023 million.

    Suzy Davies, member of the Assembly Comission
    Image caption: Suzy Davies, member of the Assembly Comission
  13. David Rowlands elected as alternate member of the Standards of Conduct Committee

    David Rowlands is also elected in place of Michelle Brown (United Kingdom Independence Party) as alternate member of the Standards of Conduct Committee.

  14. David Rowlands appointed to Assembly Commission

    AMs pass the proposal that the assembly appoints David Rowlands (United Kingdom Independence Party) as a member of the Assembly Commission, the body that oversees the assembly.

    Mr Rowlands will gain an extra £13,578 on top of his £66,847 basic backbench AMs' salary, bringing his total pay to £80,425.

    Earlier this year a motion to elect Neil Hamilton to the Assembly Commission was defeated.

  15. No Topical Questions accepted

    No Topical Questions have been accepted by the Llywydd.

    Topical Questions must relate to a matter of national, regional or local significance where an expedited Ministerial response is desirable.

    Questions
  16. Review quality of audio on Senedd.tv

    The Llywydd Elin Jones replies she will review the quality of the audio on Senedd.tv, and she also says "we are investing in the infrastructure we have to make sub-titling more straight-forward in the future".

    Elin Jones
  17. Broadcasting of proceedings in the Senedd

    Only three questions have been tabled for the Assembly Commission, the body that runs the Welsh Assembly.

    Janet Finch-Saunders asks what plans does the Commission have to improve the broadcasting of proceedings in the Senedd.

    She says that people with hearing loss have difficultly using Senedd.tv

    Janet Finch-Saunders
  18. Ken Skates 'keynote speaker at arms fair'

    Leanne Wood says that economy secretary Ken Skates "is listed as the keynote speaker at an arms fair in Cardiff next year.

    "This event will involve the sale of arms to regimes with appalling human rights records".

    Julie James replies, "I did not know my colleague was scheduled to speak there and I will be more than happy to take that up".

    Julie James
    Image caption: Julie James