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Live Reporting

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.

    Senedd
  2. Ensure that the current legislation continues to operate effectively

    AMs approve the draft The Plant Health (Amendment) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

    Under the EU single market, plant material may move freely between and within member states and between member states and Switzerland. Material which hosts the most serious pests and diseases requires an EU plant passport to facilitate its movement. The Regulations introduce changes in relation to the import of plant material from EU member states and Switzerland and the movement of such material within Wales, to ensure that the current legislation continues to operate effectively after the UK has left the EU in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario.

  3. Bill passes Stage 3

    AMs pass Stage 3 of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

    Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James
    Image caption: Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James
  4. Guide to Public Bills and Acts

    There is generally a four-stage process for the consideration of a Public Bill involving:

    • Stage 1 – consideration of the general principles of the Bill by a committee, and the agreement of those general principles by the Assembly;
    • Stage 2 – detailed consideration by a committee of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
    • Stage 3 – detailed consideration, by the Assembly, of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
    • Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the Bill.
  5. Enforcement regime

    The enforcement regime will allow for fixed penalty notices to be issued against anyone requiring a prohibited payment; if penalties are not paid Local Housing Authorities can prosecute offences through the Magistrates Court.

    Convictions for an offence could result in an unlimited fine, and will be taken into account by Rent Smart Wales when considering whether to grant or renew a licence.

    Cash
  6. Tenants no longer charged for an accompanied viewing

    According to the Welsh Government, the Bill will:

    • ensure tenants are no longer charged for an accompanied viewing, receiving an inventory, signing a contract, or renewing a tenancy
    • permit letting agents and landlords to only charge fees relating to rent, security deposits, holding deposits, or when a tenant breaches a contract
    • provide a regulation-making power to limit the level of security deposits
    • cap holding deposits to reserve a property before the signing of a rental contract to the equivalent of a week’s rent and create provisions to ensure their prompt repayment
    • create a clear, simple and robust enforcement regime for when offences occur.
    Private renting now accounts for 15% of housing in Wales, ministers say
    Image caption: Private renting now accounts for 15% of housing in Wales, ministers say
  7. 'Make renting simpler and fairer'

    We move on to a Stage 3 debate of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

    The private rented sector now accounts for 15% of all housing in Wales.

    According to the Welsh Government, the bill will "make renting simpler and fairer".

  8. 'Mitigating measures'

    Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood calls for "the administrative devolution of welfare to Wales so that mitigating measures can be put in place".

    Leanne Wood
  9. 'Employment is one of the best ways to tackle inequality'

    The Conservative amendment is to delete the entire Welsh Government proposal and replace with a proposal that the assembly:

    1. Acknowledges the Welsh Government’s analysis of the impact of welfare reform.

    2. Notes the recent comments made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the rollout of Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments, as well as the actions taken by the UK Government to address concerns over the implementation of both.

    3. Further notes that the Welsh Government has admitted that employment is one of the best ways to tackle inequality, through its programme for government andeconomic action plan;

    4. Is concerned that, while employment has substantially increased since 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission report ‘Is Wales Fairer?’ highlighted that poverty and deprivation still remain higher in Wales than other British nations; Wales is the least productive nation in the UK, and median weekly earnings in Wales are lower than in England and Scotland.

    5. Calls on the Welsh Government to publish a robust and meaningful plan to tackle poverty that contains clear performance targets and indications to measure progress.

    Mark Isherwood
    Image caption: Mark Isherwood
  10. 'Negative impact on the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people'

    The first debate of the day is on "Analysis of the Impact of the UK Government's Welfare Reform on Households in Wales".

    The Welsh Government proposal is that the assembly:

    1. Notes the empirical analysis of the effect of the UK Government’s Welfare Reform on Households in Wales.

    2. Recognises and regrets the negative impact on the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Wales.

    Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn
    Image caption: Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn
  11. Amendment to four pieces of subordinate legislation in the field of agriculture approved

    AMs approve the draft The Common Agricultural Policy (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

    These draft regulations amend four pieces of Wales subordinate legislation in the field of agriculture:

    • the Agricultural Subsidies and Grant Schemes (Appeals) (Wales) Regulations 2006;
    • the Rural Development Programmes (Wales) Regulations 2014;
    • the Common Agricultural Policy (Integrated Administration and Control System and Enforcement and Cross Compliance) (Wales) Regulations 2014;
    • and the Common Agricultural Policy Basic Payment and Support Schemes (Wales) Regulations 2015.

    According to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report "these provisions are minor, technical and do not change the effect on citizens of the subordinate legislation being amended".

  12. 'Address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively'

    AMs approve the draft Animal Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

    The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report explains that these draft Regulations "seek to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively, and other deficiencies, arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union".

    They amend four pieces of subordinate legislation in the field of animal health and welfare:

    • the Registration of Establishments (Laying Hens) (Wales) Regulations 2004;
    • the Welfare of Animals (Transport)(Wales) Order 2007;
    • the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Wales) Regulations 2007;
    • and the Welfare of Animals at the time of killing (Wales) Regulations 2014; all of which constitute retained EU law under the 2018 Act.
  13. 'I will not pretend that we are in charge of things'

    Former minister Alun Davies' frustrations with the Welsh Government line on Brexit is for all to see. He says he regretted the tone Drakeford took on a public vote.

    "I will not pretend that we are in charge of things," Mr Drakeford told him back.

    Alun Davies
  14. 'Gulf between voters and political elites'

    Neil Hamilton of UKIP suggests the UK Parliament in effect voted against Brexit. He says there is a gulf between voters and political elites.

    Neil Hamilton
  15. 'Deeply disappointing that the amendment by Hilary Benn was lost'

    It was "deeply disappointing" that the amendment by Hilary Benn was lost in the Commons, says the first minister.

    The amendment allowing MPs to take control of the commons process to hold a debate on a series of indicative votes, was defeated by 314-312. Six Labour MPs voted against their colleague.

    Mr Drakeford says a voter in Newport West had ushered him into his house to see the result when he was out on the doorstep.

  16. 'Wales will be badly hit by post-Brexit migrant salary plans'

    The first minister says his government will support the conclusions of yesterday's report by the Wales Centre for Public Policy which says Wales will be badly hit by the UK government's proposed salary threshold of £30,000 to limit immigration post-Brexit.

    A report said Wales' manufacturing sector would be hit by the plans
    Image caption: A report said Wales' manufacturing sector would be hit by the plans
  17. First minister's Brexit position 'confusing'

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price quotes a a senior Welsh Labour source who told BBC Wales that the first minister's stance on Brexit is ""confusing" and "not sustainable".

    On Wednesday last week, Mark Drakeford said "we're very near" the point a further referendum should be called.

    But he stressed the priority should be to allow time for MPs to reach a consensus on a Brexit deal.

    The source told BBC Wales Mr Drakeford should be "clearer in calling for another referendum".