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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 Minister for Housing and Local Government: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping
  4. Statement by the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd: Update on the Welsh Mutual Investment Model
  5. Debate: The Future of Wales' Railway

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. 'No support in Ebbw Vale or Blaenau Gwent for any service to Newport'

    UKIP's David Rowlands takes issue with former minister Alun Davies's assertion that "there is no support in Ebbw Vale or Blaenau Gwent for any service to Newport".

  2. 'Pivotal moment for the future of public transport for Wales'

    David Rowlands says UKIP has "a duty to the people of Wales to support the Welsh Government where we feel their actions have largely been correct.

    "The birth of the Transport for Wales franchise in October last year was a pivotal moment for the future of public transport for Wales".

    He describes Professor Mark Barry's report - ‘The Rail Network in Wales: The Case for Investment’ - as "compelling".

    David Rowlands
  3. 'Wales severely lagging behind rest of UK in transport infrastructure investment'

    The Plaid Cymru amendments include:

    • deleting 'regrets' in point 1 and replace with 'condemns', and
    • inserting at the end of point 1: "acknowledging that Wales is severely lagging behind the rest of the UK in transport infrastructure investment."

    Rhun ap Iorwerth calls on the Welsh Government to implement the recommendations of Professor Mark Barry, "with emphasis on connecting the north and south through the re-opening of the West Wales lines".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth also calls on the Welsh Government to "commit to renewable methods of powering public transport", and for or a "renewed focus from the Welsh Government on working towards the reopening of the Gaerwen to Amlwch railway line across Anglesey in light of recent worrying economic announcements".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  4. 'Recent poor performance of rail services'

    Conservative Russell George says it is "entirely inaccurate" to claim that there has been under-investment by the UK government in Wales’ rail infrastructure.

    He criticises the "recent poor performance of rail services, including frequent delays and cancellations, operated by Transport for Wales since they became responsible for services on the Wales and Borders franchise," and "the delay in the re-establishment of direct rail services between Wales and Liverpool".

    Russell George
  5. 'Look forward to delivering a step-change in service provision'

    Transport minister Ken Skates says "it's an exciting time right now, seeing that we are in control of many of Wales' rail services.

    "As a consequence we can look forward to delivering a step-change in service provision".

    Ken Skates
  6. 'Historic under-investment by the UK government in Wales’ rail infrastructure'

    The final item today is a debate on the "future of Wales' railway".

    The Welsh Government propose the National Assembly for Wales:

    "1. Regrets the historic under-investment by the UK government in Wales’ rail infrastructure and recent missed opportunities to enhance strategic infrastructure capacity in Wales.

    "2. Notes the published work undertaken by Professor Mark Barry: ‘The Rail Network in Wales – The Case for Investment’ and the proposals contained within it to enhance rail infrastructure within Wales and mainlines serving Wales.

    "3. Supports the Welsh Government’s response to the UK Government’s Rail Review being undertaken by Keith Williams.

    "4. Believes that investment in strategic rail infrastructure is essential for Wales’ future competitiveness regardless of the terms on which we leave the EU and calls on the UK Government to develop a timetable for meeting its current obligations for the Trans European Transport Network, including full electrification of the North and South Wales mainlines."

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  7. Current Mutual Investment Model schemes

    Current MIM schemes include:

    • redevelopment of Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff
    • work to complete the dualling of the A465 from Dowlais Top to Hirwaun
    • additional investment in Band B of the 21st Century Schools Programme
  8. 'Avoid many of the criticisms levied at historic forms of public-private partnership'

    Rebecca Evans says "from the outset, our intention has always been to ensure that the Mutual Investment Model promotes the public interest in the widest possible definition of that term.

    "To that end, the model will deliver positive, additional outcomes in relation to wellbeing, value for money, and transparency; and in so doing will avoid many of the criticisms levied at historic forms of public-private partnership – in some cases, criticisms that the Welsh Government was among the first to raise.

    "For example, you will recall that successive Welsh Governments have criticised the now discredited form of PFI. Indeed, last week in this chamber, you heard the First Minister say that he expects all contracting authorities in Wales to conduct reviews of their historic PFI contracts, and to identify the scope to make savings."

  9. Statement by the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd

    We move on to a Statement by the Minister for Finance and Trefnydd Rebecca Evans: Update on the Welsh Mutual Investment Model.

    According to the Welsh Government, the Mutual Investment Model (MIM) is an "innovative way to invest in public infrastructure developed in Wales.

    "MIM has been designed by the Welsh Government to finance major capital projects due to a scarcity of capital funding.

    "The MIM will support additional investment in social and economic infrastructure projects and help to improve public services in Wales."

    MIM schemes will see private partners build and maintain public assets. In return, the Welsh Government will pay a fee to the private partner, which will cover the cost of construction, maintenance and financing the project.

    At the end of the contract the asset will be transferred into public ownership.

  10. Call for repeal of Vagrancy Act 1824

    Former minister Alun Davies calls for the repeal of the Vagrancy Act 1824, which he says "does criminalise people who are attempting to live on the streets".

    Alun Davies
  11. 'Increase in people living in tents in urban centres is becoming a controversial issue'

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett says the "increase in people living in tents in urban centres is becoming a controversial issue".

    Last month a Conservative councillor demanded the tearing down of homeless people's tents in Cardiff.

    Tents on the streets
  12. Rough Sleeper Count 'can miss people who have been driven from the areas'

    Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood says it is "too soon to say that the pressures that cause homelessness appear to be stabilising" .

    She adds that the Rough Sleeper Count "can miss people who have been driven from the areas where people are being counted".

    Leanne Wood
  13. Key deficiency in 2014 Act

    Conservative David Melding says he agrees with the minister that rough sleeping is unacceptable and not inevitable, but he says a key deficiency in the 2014 law is that local authorities are only required to help those who actively seek assistance.

    David Melding
  14. 158 people sleeping rough on night of snapshot count

    New figures on rough sleeping were released earlier today.

    The Rough Sleeper Count is an estimate of the number of people sleeping outdoors over a two week period and over a one night period in Wales.

    Local authorities estimate that the figures show an additional two people sleeping rough over the two week period compared to the same time less year, an increase of less than one per cent to 347 people.

    Local authorities reported 158 people sleeping rough on the night of the snapshot count, a decrease of 16 per cent or 30 people, on the previous year.

    Homlessness
  15. 'Dramatic difference it has made to his life'

    Julie James says the Welsh Government is investing more than £30m this year and next year to prevent and tackle homelessness and is committed to building more affordable housing and protecting the social housing stock.

    “She adds, "we will continue to trial the Housing First model in various pilots across Wales, supported by over £700,000 of additional funding. These projects are in their early days but we are already seeing signs of success with people who have been sleeping rough for a long time supported into housing.

    “I recently visited the Salvation Army Housing First project in Cardiff and met someone who has been successfully housed through the project. He told me about the dramatic difference it has made to his life and what it means to have his own home again.”

  16. Statement by the Minister for Housing and Local Government

    The first statement of the day is by the Minister for Housing and Local Government Julie James: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping.

    Julie James
  17. Congratulations to five who re-painted Tryweryn village slogan

    Trefnydd Rebecca Evans joins Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood in "congratulating" the five people who re-painted over a vandalised unofficial memorial to a drowned Welsh village.

    The wall's slogan "Cofiwch Dryweryn" - Remember Tryweryn - was vandalised to read "Elvis" recently.

    The original graffiti appeared near Aberystwyth, after the village of Capel Celyn in Gwynedd was flooded in 1965.

    Cofiwch Dryweryn memorial
    Image caption: The slogan was daubed back on the rock on Monday
  18. Business Statement and Announcement

    We move on to the Business Statement and Announcement.

    The Trefnydd Rebecca Evans AM outlines the assembly's future business and responds to requests from AMs.

    Rebecca Evans
  19. No-deal Brexit would be 'disastrous' for automotive sector

    The first minister says a no-deal Brexit would be "disastrous" for the automotive sector in Wales.

    first minister