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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. 'Innovative food and drink solutions'

    The final item today is a statement by the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths: "Food and Drink Wales Cluster Network".

    The Welsh Government Food and Drink Division invites "collaborative projects to develop innovative food and drink solutions, which address societal and public sector challenges and common issues, facing small groups of businesses within the food and drink industry".

    Welsh food
  3. 'Train, Work, Live'

    The next statement is by the Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething: "A Healthier Wales – Update on the Train Work Live Campaign".

    The campaign aims to "promote Wales internationally as an excellent place for doctors, including GPs, to train, work and live".

    Vaughan Gething
  4. United Nations International Day for Disabled People

    The debate takes place on the United Nations International Day for Disabled People, a day designed to promote the rights of disabled people and increase awareness of the challenges they face.

  5. Disabled People's Employment

    We move on to a Statement by the Minister for Economy and Transport Ken Skates: "Disabled People's Employment".

    The Employability Plan, published in March 2018, included a commitment to increase the number of disabled people into work.

    One of his points is that the Disability Action plan for Apprentices is "changing attitudes and culture and is helping more people living with disabilities to gain skills and employment".

    Ken Skates
  6. 'Adequate resources and opportunities for staff professional development'

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian says this year's results showed a "slight increase" across the three areas - reading, maths and science - but compared to 2006 there had been a "decrease in science".

    She adds, “There is a need to continue the small increase since 2015 in a time of massive change in our education system and make sure that the new curriculum has time to embed, providing adequate resources and opportunities for staff professional development."

    She concludes that the results are a reminder that teachers need more money and respect.

    Sian Gwenllian
  7. 'Slightly less bad than they were'

    Conservative Suzy Davies says Wales' Pisa results "are slightly less bad than they were", with scores remaining lower than in other parts of the UK.

    She says the "target" of seeing Welsh pupils achieving a score of 500 in every subject in the Pisa tests has been missed.

    Suzy Davies
  8. 'We have caught up with the pack'

    Education Minister Kirsty Williams says Wales is now "in the international mainstream".

    "We have caught up with the pack... and we must keep up this momentum", she says, adding "not only have our overall scores gone up, we've also reduced the attainment gap".

    She thanks the efforts of teachers and students.

    Kirsty Williams
  9. PISA results 2018

    The first statement of the day is by the Minister for Education Kirsty Williams: PISA results 2018.

    Wales has seen its performance improve in international tests in reading, maths and science but scores remain lower than in other parts of the UK.

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (or Pisa) is set by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and allows us to compare the basic skills of teenagers in places right across the world.

    The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests the basic skills of teenagers in places around the world
    Image caption: The Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests the basic skills of teenagers in places around the world
  10. 'Ethnicity question isn't inclusive in its current wording'

    Bethan Sayed raises the issue that people who are not white will not be able to automatically identify themselves as Welsh in the next census.

    There will be no dedicated tick box for ethnic minority Welsh on the 2021 form, despite there being one on the equivalent Scottish census.

    Singer Kizzy Crawford has said she was shocked to see the lack of options in the draft version of the census.

    Rebecca Evans replies that the "Welsh Government agrees completely that the ethnicity question at present isn't inclusive of all of those members of society who consider themselves to be Welsh but aren't white. I can confirm that Welsh Government officials have been raising this directly with the ONS for quite some time, and I have written recently to the Minister for the Constitution on this matter to more formally raise Welsh Government's concerns.

    "I think it is important to recognise that within the census there is a separate question on national identity. So, anybody can identify as Welsh, English, British or any combination of that, but we do agree that the ethnicity question isn't so inclusive in its current wording. We do want the ONS to consider this issue carefully."

    Bethan Sayed
    Kizzy Crawford
  11. Trefnydd outlines the Senedd's future business

    The next item is the Business Statement and Announcement.

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

    Rebecca Evans
  12. 3,165 pupils from 107 schools

    Brexit party leader Mark Reckless congratulates the 3,165 pupils from 107 schools across Wales who took the Pisa tests.

    He says the results are "significantly better than the very poor results in 2016".

    The first minister says Mr Reckless is right to point out that the gap in reading is the largest of the three subjects, comparing Wales with other parts of the UK.

    In reading, Wales scored 483 - ranking just behind Austria and Switzerland but ahead of nations including Latvia, Italy, Croatia and Lithuania.

    However, 44% of pupils in Wales rarely or never read books compared with 35% on average in the OECD.

    A survey of pupils taking the test found attitudes towards reading had in general become more negative in the last decade, with the change in Wales greater than across other nations and regions on average.

    Mark Reckless
  13. Pisa results

    Conservative Paul Davies refers to the Pisa tests which are taken every three years by a sample of 15-years-olds in 79 countries and regions.

    "Why has there been no statistically significant improvement in Wales' Pisa scores in reading, and maths" he asks.

    The first minister points out that the biggest improvement was in maths, while science is also now close to the international average.

    He acknowledges the results were "not perfect".

    Paul Davies
  14. Cwm Taf Morgannwg

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price refers to a senior member of the Labour party's call for a public inquiry into maternity failures at a health board.

    The services at Cwm Taf Morgannwg were put into special measures following a major independent review.

    Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey made the call when challenged on the Labour Welsh Government's record on the NHS, by Adam Price, during a BBC election debate. She subsequently withdrew the call.

    Mark Drakeford replies "whether she was completely familiar with the details is hardly of any relevance to the mothers and fathers caught up in events at Cwm Taf".

    Adam Price
  15. Community bank

    The Llywydd Elin Jones conducts a ballot to determine the names of Members who may table questions, and a computer randomly selects the order in which the questions are to be asked in plenary.

    The first of the tabled questions today is by Conservative Mark Isherwood: What progress has been made to establish a community bank in Wales?

    First Minister Mark Drakeford replies that "the partnership created between Banc Cambria and the Community Savings Bank Association is completing a detailed project plan, and an initial market assessment and feasibility study".

    Mark Isherwood
    Mark Drakeford