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Live Reporting

By 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 for the Finance Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Motion on Air Passenger Duty passed

    The motion calling on the UK government to devolve Air Passenger Duty to the Welsh Assembly by 2021 is passed without objection.

    Cardiff Airport
  3. 'The case has been made'

    The Brexit Party's Mark Reckless says that despite the party's general scepticism about the devolution of taxes, "in the round I think the case has been made for this tax to be devolved".

  4. Alun Cairns 'poor voting record' on devolving Air Passenger Duty

    Plaid Cymru’s Rhun ap Iorwerth - the other co-submitter of the motion - says Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has a poor voting record on devolving Air Passenger Duty and is actually standing in the way of devolution.

    He says today’s Senedd vote should be a signal to Mr Cairns because "the will of this Senedd is clear".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  5. Why should there be a block on devolving APD?

    Conservative Nick Ramsay says "if we can have income tax powers here, and stamp duty, then why should there be a block placed on this one?"

    The Welsh Conservatives are co-submitters of the motion.

    Nick Ramsay
  6. Unanimous recommendation by the Welsh Affairs Committee

    Finance Minister Rebecca Evans (Gower) welcomes the unanimous recommendation by the Welsh Affairs Committee that Air Passenger Duty should be devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.

  7. The case for devolution of air passenger duty

    The final item today is a debate on air passenger duty - the case for devolution.

    Significantly, no amendments have been tabled to the Welsh Government's motion calling on the UK government to devolve APD to the Senedd by 2021.

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  8. Legislative Consent Memorandum agreed

    AMs agree that provisions in the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill in so far as they fall within the legislative competence of the National Assembly for Wales, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

  9. Voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity

    AMs move on to discuss the the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill.

    The Bill received its first reading in the House of Lords on 1 May 2019 and is sponsored by the Cabinet Office.

    The explanatory notes to the Bill state that: “The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill provides for voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to be asked in the England and Wales and Northern Ireland censuses.

    "It does this by removing the criminal penalty for not responding to questions on these matters.”

  10. 'Deeply uneasy with the idea of setting targets'

    Labour AM for Torfaen, Lynne Neagle - chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee - says she is "deeply uneasy with the idea of setting targets" in this field.

    She warns there would be a risk of "perverse incentives".

    Lynne Neagle
  11. 'Proposed reduction expectations will span the course of 3 years'

    We move on to a Statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services Julie Morgan: "Improving Outcomes for Looked after Children".

    She says "almost 25% of looked after children are placed out of county and 5% are placed outside Wales. Whilst there will often be good reasons why these children are placed out of area, for example in specialist placements or with wider family or friends, we want to explore whether a proportion of these children could be placed more appropriately closer to home.

    "Proposed reduction expectations will span the course of 3 years - with regular evaluation and monitoring both quarterly and at the end of each year."

    Some key points from the Wales Children Receiving Care and Support Census, as at 31 March 2018, were:

    • There were 16,080 children receiving care and support included in the CRCS census at 31 March 2018, which was a rate of 256 per 10,000 children aged under 18 years. Of these, 8,870 (55%) were boys and 7,210 (45%) were girls.
    • One-fifth (21%) of children receiving care and support had a disability.
    • Parental mental ill health capacity factor was recorded for almost a third of children receiving care and support.
    • The attainment of children receiving care and support at the Foundation Phase and each Key Stage assessment was much lower than the average for all pupils.
    Julie Morgan
  12. Task and Finish Group recommendations

    The full report of the Task and Finish Group which made recommendations on how the money should be spent can be found here.

  13. £15m fund to improve critical care

    Mr Gething announces how the £15m Welsh Government fund to improve critical care will be allocated.

    It includes £1.7m for the establishment of a national transfer service for critically ill adults, to "improve patient safety and make better use of limited critical care and emergency ambulance resources".

    Mr Gething says “We need to speed up the pace of changes within critical care and look at how we deliver services across Wales, to ensure we have the right services in the right place for those who are critically ill. This funding will help us achieve that."

  14. 'Help to redesign the way critical care services in Wales are delivered'

    The first statement of the day is by the Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething: "The Task and Finish Group on Critical Care - Report".

    A £15m fund aiming to "strengthen all aspects of critical care and help to redesign the way critical care services in Wales are delivered" was announced by the Welsh Government in July 2018.

    Decisions on how the money is allocated are made by the Task and Finish Group, chaired by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

    Vaughan Gething
  15. Trefnydd outlines the Senedd's future business

    The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

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

    Rebecca Evans
  16. When will a strategy on child poverty be forthcoming?

    When will a strategy on child poverty be forthcoming, asks Labour AM for Torfaen, Lynne Neagle, as called for by a cross-party vote.

    The first minister says he wants to build on the record of successive governments but agrees more action is needed. "We will look to see what more can be done," he says, adding that the criticism of the national assembly "is that we are a strategy factory. I am interested in the things that we can do that make a difference".

  17. Greater protection for pubs

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett asks what the Welsh Government is doing about pub closures.

    Mr Drakeford says the government is intending to bring in greater protection by ensuring pubs cannot be demolished or have their use changed without planning permission sought first.

    Gareth Bennett
  18. First minister 'betraying voters'

    Mark Reckless accuses the Mark Drakeford of teaming up with the SNP as if he leads a government that wants to leave the UK. He accuses the first minister of betraying voters.

    The first minister says it is incumbent on those who talk about alternative arrangements for the Irish border to explain how they are to operate He says the Foreign Office action of withdrawing transport to Welsh ministers abroad (later reneged) were "crass in the extreme".

    Mr Drakeford says he wants the UK to be a success but says the FCO's action is a coup for Scottish nationalism - Scottish ministers were subject to similar restrictions.

    Mark Reckless
  19. 'Incredulity' in Ireland that Wales voted Leave in 2016

    Brexit Party leader Mark Reckless raises a recent Eluned Morgan statement that she encountered “incredulity” in Ireland that Wales voted Leave in 2016.

    "Shouldn't we be telling Ireland they need to move on the backstop to avoid no deal?" he asks.

    Mr Drakeford says the things Eluned Morgan reported are the things we know are said "day-in day-out" about the attitude the UK government has taken to the Brexit negotiations.

    Eluned Morgan statement
  20. 'Another health board that is not doing very well'

    Paul Davies raises a BBC interview with Andrew Davies who claimed that Welsh Government scrutiny over Swansea Bay University Health Board is getting in the way of delivering services.

    The first minister replies that when health boards face challenges it is "right and proper" that the government takes a direct interest.

    Mr Davies says it is another health board that is not doing very well, and that complaints about Swansea Bay health board rose by 29% in 2018.