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Live Reporting

Alun Jones and Sara Down-Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Adding blue to the green recovery'

    The topic chosen by Joyce Watson (Mid and West Wales) for the Short Debate is "Broaden the spectrum: adding blue to the green recovery".

    She calls for "putting our seas at the heart of the green economy and post-COVID-19 social settlement".

  2. Plaid Cymru motion rejected

    The Plaid Cymru motion calling for the 2021 summer exams to be cancelled is rejected.

    There were nine for, no abstentions and 40 against.

  3. Proposal to 'note' Welsh hearts Bill passed

    In the vote to "note a proposal for a Welsh hearts Bill", there were 38 for, 11 abstentions and nobody against.

    The Welsh Government abstained in the vote, after health minister Vaughan Gething said it was "not necessary to legislate on this matter" as he said the Welsh Government has policies which are making progress in achieving the goals of the proposed bill.

    The proposal was that the Senedd:

    1. Notes a proposal for a Welsh hearts Bill to improve the outcomes for people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

    2. Notes that the purpose of the Bill would be to place a duty on:

    a) Welsh Ministers to publish a strategy to improve the outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and to develop pathways for survival for the whole country;

    b) local authorities to plan to ensure sufficient access to community defibrillators in each part of their area;

    c) Welsh Ministers to ensure that training in CPR is provided for people throughout Wales;

    d) health boards to collaborate in the production of regional pathway of survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests; and

    e) Welsh Ministers to report to the Senedd on the progress of their strategy against objectives every year.

    CPR
    Image caption: CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a life saving medical procedure that is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around a person's body when their heart cannot.
  4. Plans for summer 2021 exams to be announced next month

    Education minister Kirsty Williams confirms the Welsh Government will vote against the Plaid Cymru motion as a whole.

    She says she will make a statement on her plans regarding summer 2021 exams in the week beginning 9th November.

    She says she is waiting for important advice related to exams, including the findings of an independent review, and will make an announcement after the firebreak has ended and all year groups have returned to school.

    Some pupils will be sitting GCSEs in core subjects in November.

  5. 'Take all steps to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to sit general and vocational exams this school year'

    Welsh Conservatives

    The Conservatives call on the Welsh Government, among other things, to "take all steps to ensure that pupils in Wales have the opportunity to sit general and vocational exams this school year, including if the school year is extended" and "set a date by which a decision must be made on whether exams will go ahead, with such dates allowing for a credible and robust system of externally moderated centre assessment grades to be implemented instead".

  6. Call for the 2021 summer exams to be cancelled

    Plaid Cymru

    The topic chosen by Plaid Cymru for their debate is the "future of education".

    Plaid Cymru reiterates its call for the 2021 summer exams to be cancelled.

    Siân Gwenllian says it is clear from the the high numbers of pupils having to self-isolate that the 2020-21 school year will be as equally - if not more - disrupted than the last academic year.

    She says the Welsh Government must ensure that the A-level "fiasco" of summer 2020 is not repeated, by making an immediate statement that exams will not be held in summer 2021.

    Exams results
  7. Hinkley Point petition noted

    The proposal that the Senedd simply "notes" the petition is passed by MSs.

  8. 'Robust marine environment legislation in place to ensure that environmental and human health is protected

    Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, says "I understand the concerns" expressed in the petition but adds there is "robust marine environment legislation in place to ensure that environmental and human health is protected".

  9. Ensure we are only disposing of material that doesn't pose any danger to the health of our citizens'

    The MS for Cardiff Central, Janny Rathbone says "we need to look at the evidence, and rely on the scientists who understand what is harmful and what is not, and ensure we are only disposing of material that doesn't pose any danger to the health of our citizens".

    Jenny Rathbone
    Image caption: Jenny Rathbone
  10. 'Don't allow the Welsh Government to break their own law!'

    This petition was submitted by Cian Ciaran having collected a total of 10,692 signatures.

    It concludes, "Don't allow the Welsh Government to break their own law!"

    The site where the dredged mud was disposed of
    Image caption: The site where the dredged mud was disposed of
  11. Sediment from Hinkley Point nuclear power station

    MSs are now debating a petitions which calls "on the Welsh Government to invoke the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 in respect of uncertainties, and to ensure that a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is carried out before any further sediment from Hinkley Point nuclear power station can be dumped at Cardiff Grounds."

    Back in 2018, calls to stop mud dredged alongside the new nuclear power station from being dumped near Cardiff Bay were rejected by the assembly, but AMs said Natural Resources Wales should do more to reassure the public.

    Hinkley Point C is expected to create more than 25,000 jobs
    Image caption: Hinkley Point C is expected to create more than 25,000 jobs
  12. 'Improve the outcomes for people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests'

    The next item is a debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal.

    Alun Davies invites members to "note a proposal for a Welsh hearts Bill to improve the outcomes for people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests."

    The Blaenau Gwent MS draws on personal experience after collapsing with a cardiac arrest earlier this year.

    He has described how a decision to run in a busy city park saved his life.

    The 56-year-old praised health service staff for treating him while trying to cope with the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Mr Davies, who has been the Labour member for Blaenau Gwent since 2011, wrote about how he enjoys running both in Bute Park, Cardiff and in the hills around Trefil, near Tredegar.

    He described how he had planned to travel to his constituency before running on a Friday but instead opted for a jog in the capital.

    "That unthinking decision saved my life," he said.

    Mr Davies said he had little memory of what came next and still does not remember stopping to speak to friends before collapsing.

    The friends he had bumped into were able to call 999, administer CPR and found a defibrillator that paramedics then used to "restart my heart", Mr Davies wrote.

    Alun Davies
    Mr Davies collapsed while running in Bute Park in Cardiff
    Image caption: Mr Davies collapsed while running in Bute Park in Cardiff
  13. Neil McEvoy asked to leave the chamber

    Independent MS Neil McEvoy shouts "shame, shame' before being asked to leave the chamber by acting chair David Melding.

    Mr McEvoy had claimed he suffered "indirect racial discrimination" in the selection of questions to ministers, but Mr Melding said the commissioner Joyce Watson was not "qualified to speak" about the matter.

    Neil McEvoy
  14. 'Radical occupational health analysis for staff needed'

    In Questions to the Senedd Commission, the body that runs the institution, the Labour member for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw calls for a "radical occupational health analysis for staff".

    He says, "It's not a case of us managing this new environment with Zoom and so on, but Zoom and the environment is managing us much more".

  15. New guidance 'to reduce the number of pupils and staff that are having to self-isolate'

    Conservative Suzy Davies says it is "disproportionate" that hundreds of school children have to self-isolate if one pupil tests positive for Covid-19.

    Kirsty Williams replies the Welsh Government is developing guidance "to reduce the number of pupils and staff that are having to self-isolate", involving consideration of what exactly constitutes a close contact.

    Suzy Davies
    Image caption: Suzy Davies
  16. Statement on summer 2021 exams in the week beginning 9th November

    Education minister Kirsty Williams tells David Rees she will make a statement on her plans regarding summer 2021 exams in the week beginning 9th November.

    Next summer's exams will go ahead in England and Northern Ireland, but the Scottish government has said National 5 exams, equivalent to GCSEs, would be replaced by teacher assessments and coursework.

  17. Free school meals

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian welcomes the Welsh Government's announcement that free school meals will be provided for children during all school holidays in Wales until spring 2021, but calls for the policy to be extended to all children in families who receive basic universal credit or even better for all children in Wales.

    Education Minister Kirsty Williams says £11m would pay for the scheme up to and including Easter 2021, and says she will keep the matter "under review".

    More than 75,000 pupils aged between five and 15 from lower-income homes are eligible for free school meals across Wales.

    It is also open to younger children who attend nursery for full days and sixth form pupils.

    Children will now get free school meals during every holiday until after Easter 2021
    Image caption: Children will now get free school meals during every holiday until after Easter 2021
  18. Parents socially distanced at the school gates?

    Kirsty Williams acknowledges there are concerns that some parents are not socially distanced at the school gates at the beginning and end of the school day, and stresses the importance of following guidelines.

    Kirsty Williams
    Image caption: Kirsty Williams
  19. A day in the life of the education minister

    The Minister for Education Kirsty Williams, having spent two hours this morning answering questions at the Children, Young People and Education Committee about the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill, is now answering MSs questions. Most relate to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.