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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 tomorrow.

    Senedd
  2. General principles of smacking ban bill agreed

    AMs agree to the general principles of the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill.

    There were 36 for, no abstentions, and 15 against.

    Vote
  3. 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.
  4. 'Who am I to tell decent parents what to do and how to do it?'

    Independent AM Neil McEvoy says he does not support smacking but cannot in good conscience vote to make it unlawful.

    He asks, who am I to tell decent parents what to do and how to do it?

    Neil McEvoy
  5. 'I wish the bill happened 20 years ago'

    Tory AM David Melding says it is his understanding that the offence would not attract a heavy-handed criminal investigation or sanction.

    He says he wishes the bill happened 20 years ago.

    David Melding
  6. 'Massive spectrum between a tap on the hand and a punch in the face'

    Mandy Jones, Brexit Party AM for North Wales, speaks against the Welsh Government's proposals to ban smacking children.

    She calls for the minister to explain what she means by a smack: "There is a massive spectrum between a tap on the hand and a punch in the face. And I should know that."

    She has previously revealed how she was physically abused by her adopted mother throughout her childhood.

    Ms Jones says the bill could lead to parents being prosecuted for a mild smack, which would not be in the interests of the child. She fears that the pressure on social services to deal with the law could mean that children who go through what she had to go through could slip through the net.

    Mandy Jones
  7. 'Government intervening inappropriately and excessively in family life'

    Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders says "this bill sees this government intervening inappropriately and excessively in family life... As it stands we are on track to unreasonably criminalise good parents,” accusing ministers of nanny stateism.

    There are "irresponsible" serious unknown financial implications for councils from the bill, she adds.

    Janet Finch-Saunders
  8. Offences that previously would have been covered by the defence of reasonable punishment

    Finance Committee chair Llyr Grufydd presents their report.

    Among the recommendations is that the Welsh Government "considers how to ensure there is a clear link between estimated referrals to the police and prosecutions for offences that previously would have been covered by the defence of reasonable punishment. This information should be included in a revised Regulatory Impact Assessment".

    Llyr Gruffydd
  9. Require ministers to undertake a post-implementation evaluation of the Bill within three years

    On behalf of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Dai Lloyd presents their report.

    One of its recommendation is that the Bill should be amended to require the Welsh Ministers to undertake a post-implementation evaluation of the Bill, within three years of the legislation coming into force, and report the findings of such an evaluation to the National Assembly.

    Dai Lloyd
  10. Two committee members disagree with recommendation

    The chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, Lynne Neagle, presents their report, which has 20 recommendations.

    The committee recommends that the assembly agrees the general principles of the Bill. But two committee members, Suzy Davies AM and Janet Finch-Saunders AM, do not support this recommendation.

    Lynne Neagle
  11. 'Smacking is hitting a child'

    The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, tells Assembly Members that however we define or try to justify smacking, it is still hitting a child - and she wants that to stop.

    She says "as a government we want to give children in Wales the same level of protection from physical punishment as adults.

    "Now is the time for Wales to join more than 55 other nations across the world who have taken steps to end the physical punishment of children. Now is the time to bring clarity for parents, professionals and children that physically punishing a child is not acceptable in Wales.”

    Julie Morgan
  12. Children would have the same legal protection from physical punishment as adults

    The final item today is a debate on the General Principles of the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill.

    If AMs pass the legislation banning smacking children, they will have the same legal protection from physical punishment as adults.

    The legislation would mean a parent or guardian could not use the defence if accused of assault or battery against a child.

    The debate is the final part of the stage one process, which has heard evidence from a variety of organisations and representatives including the police, local authorities, children’s services and health services who have all backed the bill.

    Smacking
  13. 'Disastrous decision' to abolish the Welsh Development Agency

    The Brexit Party's David Rowlands says that "Wales has never recovered" from the "disastrous decision" to abolish the Welsh Development Agency.

    It was abolished by former First Minister Rhodri Morgan's government in 2006.

    David Rowlands
  14. 'Provide information on the expected tangible outcomes'

    Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood calls on the Welsh Government:

    • to provide information on the expected tangible outcomes and submit a detailed plan that outlines the benefits of the taskforce on a valley-by-valley basis and progress in delivering those outcomes.
    • to draw up a specific budget line for the Valleys taskforce to be included in the Welsh Government’s upcoming budget.

    They also call for "a special temporary committee to be established with a specific remit to hold the Minister to account on the work of the Valleys Taskforce and for the membership of the committee to be made up of Assembly Members representing valleys constituencies".

    Leanne Wood
  15. Plan 'lacks sufficient ambition to help support the Valleys communities'

    Conservative Russell George says that the best way to improve the lives and communities of those who live in the Valleys is through "providing quality, long-term employment opportunities, empowering people to fulfil their potential and to take ownership in their own communities".

    The Conservatives say the 'Our Valleys, Our Future' delivery plan lacks sufficient ambition to help support the Valleys communities, and they draw attention to "the 40 per cent increase in the number of empty homes in Wales since 2009".

    Russell George
  16. Extension of the taskforce to include the Gwendraeth and Amman Valleys

    AMs move on to a debate on the Valleys Taskforce.

    The government motion proposes that the National Assembly for Wales:

    "1. Recognises the importance of the Ministerial taskforce for the south Wales Valleys in supporting economic development across the region.

    "2. Notes the update on the Ministerial taskforce for the south Wales Valleys published on 18th July.

    "3. Welcomes the seven updated priority areas and the extension of the taskforce to include the Gwendraeth and Amman Valleys.

    "4. Welcomes the empty home grant scheme that will be rolled out to all local authorities within the taskforce area during this financial year."

    Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters
    Image caption: Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters
  17. Statement by the Brexit Minister

    We move on to a statement by the Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles: "Brexit Update".

    The Welsh Government yesterday published an overview of its no deal Brexit action plan.

    The plan sets out "the potential consequences of a no deal Brexit on all aspects of Welsh life and summarises the measures being taken to help to limit some of the worst effects of leaving without a deal".

    Brexit