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Live Reporting

By 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 28 January.

    Senedd
  2. 'The case for anchor towns'

    The topic chosen for the Short Debate by Hefin David (Caerphilly) is "The case for anchor towns: Their role in building a fairer economy".

    He considers a Bevan Foundation report which advocates that a limited number of suitable towns be developed in a new concept of anchor towns.

    According to the Bevan Foundation, the defining features of an anchor town are:

    • A sizeable population within fifteen-minute travel times
    • Strong local transport networks
    • Growth potential
    • Key anchor institutions
    • Diverse consumer and business services
    • Core public services
    Hefin David
    Image caption: Hefin David
  3. Motion on workforce skills post-Brexit passed

    The Conservative motion on workforce skills post-Brexit is passed, after being amended by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru's amendment 3 on the importance of Erasmus+.

  4. Motion on suicide bereavement support passed

    The motion on suicide bereavement support is passed.

    There were 35 for, 12 abstentions and nobody against.

    It's Co-Submitters wereDai Lloyd (South Wales West)David Melding (South Wales Central)

    And its supporters:Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)David Rees (Aberavon)Jack Sargeant (Alyn and Deeside)Jayne Bryant (Newport West)Joyce Watson (Mid and West Wales)Mark Isherwood (North Wales)

  5. 'Ensure that provision meets the evolving technology needs of the economy'

    The Welsh Government has one amendment to the Conservative motion, moved by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education:

    "In point 2, delete sub-point 2(d) and replace with: 'working with FEIs, universities and employers to ensure that provision meets the evolving technology needs of the economy.' "

    So they reject the call for developing an Institute of Technology in north Wales.

    Kirsty Williams
    Image caption: Kirsty Williams
  6. 'Support networks for apprentices via formal partnership arrangements with further education colleges'

    The three Plaid Cymru amendments, moved by Bethan Sayed, are:

    Amendment 1:

    In point 2, insert as new sub-point after sub-point (b) and re-number accordingly:

    'increasing support networks for apprentices via formal partnership arrangements with further education colleges;'

    Amendment 3

    Add as new point at end of motion:

    Calls on the Welsh Government to recognise the importance of Erasmus+ in attracting people to Wales to meet the demands of the Welsh economy via the further education and higher education sectors and commit to opposing any attempt by the UK Government to exit the programme in 2021.

    Amendment 4

    Add as new point at end of motion:

    Calls on the Welsh Government to create better conditions for developing the skills of the Welsh workforce by increasing the first year minimum wage for an apprentice to the standard, national minimum wage, relevant to the person's age group.

    Bethan Sayed
    Image caption: Bethan Sayed
  7. Workforce skills post-Brexit

    The topic chosen by the Conservatives for their debate is "workforce skills post-Brexit".

    Mohammad Asghar moves the motion proposing that the assembly:

    1. Recognises the importance of further education provision in developing the skills of the Welsh workforce to meet the demands of the Welsh economy post-Brexit.

    2. Calls on the Welsh Government to invest in the people of Wales by:

    a) increasing funding into further education;

    b) expanding the number of degree apprenticeships in Wales;

    c) creating an adult learning allowance to help people enhance and develop their skills; and

    d) developing an Institute of Technology in north Wales.

    Mohammad Asghar
    Image caption: Mohammad Asghar
  8. 'There should not be a salary threshold'

    Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles responds to the report on behalf of the Welsh Government.

    All 12 recommendations are accepted or accepted in principle.

    The Welsh Government continues to argue that "there should not be a salary threshold, and that, if one must be set, then it should be set at £20,000 for the UK as a whole".

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

  9. 'Salary threshold set at £30,000 will not meet the needs and requirements'

    Committee chair David Rees presents the report.

    One of the committee's conclusions is that a salary threshold set at £30,000 "will not meet the needs and requirements of Wales and the Welsh economy. We therefore call on the UK government to lower the salary threshold requirements in any future system."

    David Rees
    Image caption: David Rees
  10. One recommendation rejected

    Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, responds to the report on behalf of the Welsh Government.

    One recommendation is rejected, that "the Welsh Government should, in consultation with members of the MHCCC Assurance Group, review the role, purpose and governance arrangements of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat Assurance Group, in order to satisfy itself that there is sufficient focus on implementation; increased accountability in terms of ensuring that learning from pilots and projects is shared and good practice is scaled up so that there is a more consistent approach to mental health crisis care provision and services across Wales."

    The minister points out that "a review of the role and functions of the MHCCC Assurance Group has recently been carried out with members. It has now moved from a Task and Finish Group as originally convened, to an Assurance Group which will report formally to Welsh Government and other partners".

    The response from the Welsh Government to the report can be seen in full here.

    Vaughan Gething
    Image caption: Vaughan Gething
  11. Why is the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act increasing?

    Committee chair Dai Lloyd presents the report which has 11 recommendations, the first of which is that the Welsh Government "works with the police to seek evidence about why the number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is increasing, and to provide some analysis of national and local data to explain the regional variations".

  12. 'Making Wales a zero suicide country'

    Several AMs refer to the assembly's Health, Social Care and Sport Committe's report - Everybody’s Business: A report on suicide prevention in Wales - published in December 2018.

    It made a series of recommendations which it said if implemented "would be a big step forward in making Wales a zero suicide country".

  13. 'A sufferer of depression and PTSD following father's death'

    Responding to Lynne Neagle's point that "those bereaved by suicide are more at risk of suicide", Jack Sargeant shares his experience following the death of his father Carl Sargeant, 49, who was found hanged at home in Connah's Quay in November 2017.

    "I myself, following my experience, am a sufferer of depression and PTSD [Post-traumatic stress disorder]" he says.

    Jack Sargeant
    Image caption: Jack Sargeant
  14. 'Limited support available in Wales to support those bereaved by suicide'

    We move on to a Member Debate on suicide bereavement support.

    Lynne Neagle (Torfaen) proposes that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Recognises that losing someone to suicide is a uniquely devastating loss for families, friends and whole communities.

    2. Notes the limited support available in Wales to support those bereaved by suicide.

    3. Notes that losing someone to suicide is a major risk factor for dying by suicide and that support for those bereaved is a vital part of suicide prevention.

    4. Calls on the Welsh Government to urgently ensure there is support for those bereaved by suicide available across Wales as part of a comprehensive postvention pathway for Wales. In doing so, the Welsh Government must ensure that improvements to services and the new pathway are co-produced by those with lived experience of suicide bereavement.

    Lynne Neagle
    Image caption: Lynne Neagle
  15. LCM on the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill approved

    AMs approve the Legislative Consent Motion on the Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill.

  16. 'Lack of any limitation in terms of preventing the amendment of the Government of Wales Act 2006'

    On behalf of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Mick Antoniw expresses concern "at the apparent lack of any limitation" on the face of the UK government’s Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill "in terms of preventing the amendment of the Government of Wales Act 2006".

    Mick Antoniw
    Image caption: Mick Antoniw
  17. 'Necessary and a pragmatic solution'

    On behalf of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, Mike Hedges says that with the Brexit deadline a matter of days away, the committee is content that including provisions in the Bill is "necessary and a pragmatic solution".

    Mike Hedges
    Image caption: Mike Hedges