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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 9 July.

    Senedd
  2. 'Route map for creating kinder communities'

    The topic chosen for the Short Debate by Jack Sargeant (Alyn and Deeside) is "Action for Kinder Politics: A route map for creating kinder communities across Wales".

    He says, "for me, kinder communities begins by recognising that empathy must be central to what we do. It means having the ability to see the world from points of view that aren't always our own. It must be our foundation and our grounding.

    "It also means being upfront, honest and transparent as individuals and as governments, so if we do fail on certain things, people know that we did try our best. And it means recognising that our own economics have for far too long been unequal and the consequences extremely harsh".

    Jack Sargeant
  3. Cymraeg 2050 motion defeated

    The Conservative motion calling on the Welsh Government to update the Assembly via oral statements every six months on progress made in relation to Cymraeg 2050, the strategy of reaching one million Welsh speakers in a generation, is defeated.

  4. 'Significant progress' of Cymraeg 2050

    Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, claims it is a matter to "celebrate" that since the launch of Cymraeg 2050, "the Welsh Government has made significant progress in the following areas:

    a) increasing the number of Cylchoedd Meithrin and Cylchoedd Ti a Fi in order to set more children on the journey into Welsh medium education;

    b) moving from assessing the demand to creating the demand for Welsh medium education in order to increase the number of speakers via the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans;

    c) launching a new Welsh Language Technology Action Plan which sets out the vision for Welsh to be readily available in technology;

    d) funding the National Centre for Learning Welsh to provide the Cymraeg Gwaith / Work Welsh scheme to develop the Welsh language skills of workers within targeted sectors, including the apprenticeship sector;

    e) the provision of almost £60 million of capital funding for early years, education and the renovation of Neuadd Pantycelyn and the Urdd facilities at Glan-llyn and Llangrannog;

    f) funding 14 business officers across Wales to offer practical advice and tools to help businesses use more Welsh. A helpline will be launched soon to assist with information about the Welsh language, signposting and short translations."

    Eluned Morgan
  5. 'Requires strategic planning and practical intentional implementation in every area'

    Plaid Cymru's Delyth Jewell says that "implementing the aspiration of the strategy requires strategic planning and practical intentional implementation in every area, especially in relation to education, economic development, community development, status and infrastructure of the Welsh language, the workplace and the family".

    She calls on the Welsh Government to "introduce a timetable that permits the Welsh Language Commissioner to set Welsh language standards and expand the rights to use the Welsh language in the area of housing associations, water, postal services, transport, energy, telecommunications as well as adding new bodies to regulations that have already been passed".

    Delyth Jewell
  6. 'Update the Assembly via oral statements every six months on progress'

    Conservative Suzy Davies calls on the Welsh Government to:

    • "update the Assembly via oral statements every six months on progress made in relation to Cymraeg 2050.
    • "report to the Assembly before the end of 2019 on the effectiveness of its current promotion of the Welsh language to businesses, as distinct from the work of the Welsh Language Commissioner.
    • "appoint a network of Welsh language business champions to promote the use of the language by micro, small and medium sized enterprises.
    • "consider further reform of the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner to permit investigation of claims by both Welsh and non-Welsh speakers regarding breaches of their language rights."
    Suzy Davies
  7. Cymraeg 2050 strategy

    The topic of the second Welsh Conservatives debate is the ambition of the Cymraeg 2050 strategy of reaching one million Welsh speakers in a generation.

    Cymraeg sign
  8. 'National workforce plan for the whole of the eye care sector'

    Health minister Vaughan Gething moves the Welsh Government amendment, which commits to:

    • "progress publication and implementation of the national workforce plan for the whole of the eye care sector and issue a Welsh Health Circular to ensure sufficient capacity in eye clinics to meet the current and future needs of the people of Wales;
    • "improve the capture, analysis and learning from complaints and serious incidents where sight loss has occurred;
    • "continue to drive forward implementation of the eye care delivery plan recommendations in its final year and notes the Chief Optometric Advisor will work with stakeholders across Wales over the coming months to agree next steps."
  9. 'Failure to meet eye care waiting time targets'

    Conservative Angela Burns calls on the Welsh Government to:

    "a) robustly hold health boards to account over their failure to meet eye care waiting time targets and implement its eye care measures;

    "b) develop a national workforce plan for ophthalmology to ensure sufficient capacity in eye clinics to meet the current and future needs of the people of Wales;

    "c) improve the capture, analysis and learning from complaints and serious incidents where sight loss has occurred;

    "d) urgently publish a timetable for the development and publication of a new eye care delivery plan for Wales."

  10. 111,000 people living with sight loss in Wales

    The topic chosen by the Welsh Conservatives for their debate is sight loss.

    They point out that there are currently 111,000 people living with sight loss in Wales and that the number of people with sight loss is predicted to increase by 32 per cent by 2030 and double by 2050.

  11. Recommendations accepted or accepted in principle

    Education minister Kirsty Williams responds on behalf of the Welsh Government.

    All the recommendations are accepted, or accepted in principle, except one recommendation it says should be directed at Qualifications Wales.

    The response by the Welsh Government can be seen in full here.

  12. 'Shut up'

    "Shut up" independent AM Michelle Brown shouts at Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies, as she was being heckled.

    Deputy Presiding Officer Ann Jones tells her to withdraw.

    Michelle Brown complains about not being able to hear herself think, but she does apologise and is allowed to continue.

    Michelle Brown
  13. 'Clearer statement about vision for the Welsh Bacc'

    Committee chair Lynne Neagle (Torfaen) presents the report, which has 10 recommendations.

    Recommendation 1 is that "the Welsh Government issue a clearer statement about its vision for the Welsh Bacc, underpinned by guidance that details its expectations in relation to the consistency of the qualification’s delivery in Wales and the resources schools and colleges should make available to teach the qualification effectively".

    Lynne Neagle
  14. All recommendations accepted

    Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, responds on behalf of the Welsh Government.

    All recommendations are accepted.

    The response can be seen in full here. The response by Transport for Wales can also be seen here.

  15. 'Demonstrate a stronger commitment to meeting customer needs'

    Committee chair Russell George (Montgomeryshire) presents the report which has 13 recommendations.

    One of which is that "TfW must demonstrate a stronger commitment to meeting customer needs and improving passenger experience: it must employ a wide range of mechanisms, both formal and informal, to consult and engage with stakeholders and passengers."

    Russell George
  16. Rail workers killed: 'ensure that lessons are learned'

    Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters makes a statement after two rail workers died after being hit by a passenger train between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend stations.

    He says the Welsh Government is "deeply shocked" at the incident.

    Mr Waters says the incident has sent "shockwaves through the whole industry" and now needs to be investigated. "Its hard to understand how this could have happened this morning just 20 so miles away from us," the Labour AM says.

    He expresses condolences with all those affected and says lessons must be learned.

    Lee Waters
  17. 'Duty of candour' on NHS organisations

    Health minister Vaughan Gething says the Welsh Government has its own new law planned to place a "duty of candour" on NHS organisations, requiring them to be open and honest when things go wrong.

    The Welsh Government wants to "create a culture of continual learning and improvement in our NHS", adding: "We have already introduced our Quality and Engagement Bill which will increase openness and transparency across the NHS and give a stronger voice to staff and patients."

    The government's bill also proposes to replace Community Health Councils with a new body - there have been concerns about a lack of detail on what will replace them.