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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Sarah Down-Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That's it from the Siambr for today.

    Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 19 November.

    Senedd
  2. Stage 3 completed

    That completes Stage 3 of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill, the penultimate stage.

  3. Extension of the right to vote

    The bill also covers the extension of the right to vote to persons aged 16 and 17, and to foreign nationals resident in Wales, in assembly elections.

    Conservative Suzy Davies said the latter proposal lacked political consensus and that “no evidence has been presented to this assembly and no new provision in the new budget.

    "It will take a lot for me to be persuaded of the merits of the commission bringing forward a bill in the future".

    Suzy Davies
  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. Members of the Senedd

    Former first minister Carwyn Jones' amendment - "Members of the Senedd are to be known by that name or as Aelodau o’r Senedd" is passed.

    There were 37 for, no abstentions and 18 against.

  6. Rhun ap Iorwerth's amendment defeated

    Rhun ap Iorwerth's amendment, to leave out "the Welsh Parliament" so the institution has a Welsh-only name, is defeated.

    There were 16 for, no abstentions, and 39 against.

    So it will be called both Senedd Cymru and the Welsh Parliament.

    Mr ap Iorwerth had pleaded with the Welsh Government, made up of Labour AMs and one Liberal Democrat, to allow ministers to be given a free vote on the name.

    "Senedd Cymru is Wales's Parliament," he said.

    "We sing our national anthem in Welsh not to exclude anyone, but to include everyone, in a celebration of our Welsh nation in a way no one else does theirs".

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  7. Current bilingual name 'not stopped increasing use of the word Senedd'

    Counsel General Jeremy Miles says Welsh Government ministers will vote in favour of a bilingual name, but that backbench Labour AMs have a free vote.

    He points out that the institution currently has a bilingual name "which has not stopped increasing use of the word Senedd".

    Jeremy Miles
  8. New title for AMs

    Former first minister Carwyn Jones moves his amendment - "Members of the Senedd are to be known by that name or as Aelodau o’r Senedd".

    Carwyn Jones
  9. Conservative group in favour of a bilingual name

    David Melding says the Conservative group was convinced that a bilingual name for the institution is needed in the legislation "because the consultation to the bill produced an emphatic response - over 70% - in favour of a bilingual name".

    DAvid Melding
  10. Leave out 'the Welsh Parliament'

    Rhun ap Iorwerth presents his amendment, to leave out "the Welsh Parliament" so the institution has a Welsh-only name.

    He has the support of Labour AMs David Rees, Mike Hedges, Hefin David, Huw Irranca-Davies and John Griffiths.

  11. Replacing the title National Assembly for Wales

    Last month AMs voted to replace the title National Assembly for Wales with a bilingual name, calling it both Senedd Cymru and the Welsh Parliament.

    The idea of the Welsh-only title Senedd was rejected, but there will be another vote soon.

    Protestors gathered on the steps of the assembly building in Cardiff Bay on Saturday calling for the Welsh Assembly to be renamed Senedd
    Image caption: Protestors gathered on the steps of the assembly building in Cardiff Bay on Saturday calling for the Welsh Assembly to be renamed Senedd
  12. 'Turning mid-Wales into the world’s biggest wind farm'

    The topic chosen Short Debate by Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales) is "The National Development Framework: Turning mid-Wales into the world’s biggest wind farm".

    Mr Hamilton says "whatever we do in this country is going to make no difference whatsoever to global warming", citing emissions from China and India.

    A draft National Development Framework identifies where big projects should go over the next 20 years.

    It has highlighted 15 "priority areas" for wind and solar energy.

    The Welsh Government's consultation document said it "supports large scale on-shore wind and solar energy development in the identified priority areas" and there would be an "acceptance of landscape change" in future.

    The priority areas are spread across all parts of Wales, except national parks.

    Some of those are in Powys, where campaigners have previously fought against plans for wind farms.

    Carno wind farm in Powys
    Image caption: Carno wind farm in Powys
    Neil Hamilton
  13. Douglas Bain appointed Acting Standards Commissioner

    AMs agree a motion to appoint Douglas Bain as Acting Standards Commissioner with immediate effect.

    The acting Commissioner’s remuneration is to be a daily rate of £392 (or pro-rata for part of a day).

    Sir Roderick Evans resigned on Monday.

    Neil McEvoy has claimed his recordings of Sir Roderick Evans revealed sexism and bias.

    There were 40 for, no abstentions and two against.

    Douglas Bain
    Image caption: Douglas Bain
  14. Assembly Commission's Budget 2020-21 agreed

    AMs agree the budget of the Assembly Commission for 2020-21.

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  15. Budget for 2020-21 totals £61.411 million

    The Assembly Commission's Budget 2020-21 is the next topic of discussion.

    The budget for 2020-21 totals £61.411 million and provides for:

    ▪ expenditure under the Commission’s direct control (the operational budget);

    ▪ a project fund;

    ▪ depreciation;

    ▪ the budget for the Remuneration Board’s Determination for Members’ Pay and Allowances; and

    ▪ the accounting provision for the Members’ Pension Scheme under the HM Treasury’s Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) heading.

  16. Motion to alter the remit of the Finance Committee

    AMs agree to alter the remit of the Finance Committee, so that its remit is as follows:

    a) to carry out the functions of the responsible committee set out in Standing Orders 18.10, 18.11, 18A.2(iv) and (v), 19 and 20 of the National Assembly for Wales;

    b) under Standing Orders 19 and 20, the committee’s responsibilities include considering any report or document laid before the Assembly concerning the use of resources, or expenditure from the Welsh Consolidated Fund, including undertaking budget scrutiny of the bodies directly funded from the Welsh Consolidated Fund;

    c) under Standing Orders 18.10 and 18.11, the committee’s responsibilities include oversight of the governance of the Wales Audit Office, as set out in the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2013;

    d) under Standing Order 18A.2(iv) and (v), to exercise budgetary functions in relation to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales;

    e) the committee also considers any proposals for, and the progress of the devolution of fiscal powers to Wales as part of its responsibilities;

    f) the committee may also scrutinise legislation introduced to the Assembly.

  17. Motion to alter the remit of the Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee

    AMs agree to alter the remit of the Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee, so that its remit is as follows:

    a) to examine legislation and hold the Welsh Government to account by scrutinising expenditure, administration and policy matters encompassing (but not restricted to): local government; housing, community regeneration, cohesion and safety; tackling poverty; equality of opportunity and human rights;

    b) to exercise the non-budgetary functions set out in Standing Order 18A.2in relation to accountability and governance of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales.

  18. Amending Standing Orders on Oral Assembly Questions

    AMs approve a motion to amend Standing Order 12.63 to change the number of times a Member may enter the ballot for any Ministerial Oral Assembly Question session from twice to once.