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Live Reporting

Sara Down-Roberts and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

  1. Welsh Government wins today's votes

    Senedd members have backed the Welsh Government in a series of votes at the end of today's plenary session.

    They were as follows:

    That's all from Senedd Live for today - we'll be back at 1.30pm tomorrow for the final plenary session of an eventful year.

  2. 'Baseless prejudice' against sex education

    Responding to the debate, Education Minister Kirsty Williams accepted that a new curriculum on its own could not do all the "heavy lifting" needed to improve standards and tackle inequality, being just part of the Welsh Government's education reforms.

    Ms Williams said the rights of the child were at the centre of the proposed reforms.

    But on the matter of parental rights, she pointed to the fact that they were strongly represented on school governing bodies which would have to agree to any local curriculum.

    Ms Williams insisted there must be an end to the removal of children from relationship and sex education (RSE).

    She said they had the right to be informed on these "vital" issues for the sake of their own protection and safety.

    She accused Caroline Jones of aligning with people expressing "baseless prejudice" about what they thought was already being taught in RSE, who had launched "disgraceful" abuse on members of the Senedd.

    Kirsty Williams
  3. RSE not essential for children's safety, says Tory MS

    Conservative MS Darren Millar is not happy with the end of the right to withdraw children from relationships and sex education (RSE).

    He says parents should be allowed autonomy to teach their children as they see fit on such matters.

    However, Mr Millar claimed it need not stop schools engaging with children on how to stay safe and keep their bodies private.

  4. Age-appropriate relationship education can cut violence, says Labour MS

    Labour backbencher Joyce Watson welcomed the removal of the right of parents to take their children out of relationships and sex education.

    She said she had campaigned for years on the issue of healthy relationships and had had some success in schools.

    But the problem had been the lack of allocated time in the school day.

    Ms Watson said domestic violence could be tackled by teaching children at an early age to respect themselves and to respect others.

  5. Greater discretion could increase inequality, says Mark Reckless

    South Wales East MS Mark Reckless said he would vote against the general principles of the bill.

    He worried that a bill hailed by its supporters as "bold and ambitious" may not succeed in its goals of raising standards and removing inequality.

    Giving teachers and schools greater discretion could lead to an increase in attainment gaps, Mr Reckless warned.

  6. Tory MS 'genuinely excited' about real-world relevance

    Conservative MS Laura Ann Jones said she was sceptical of the curriculum bill at first, but was now "genuinely excited" that it would leave children "far better prepared" for the adult world.

    However, she wanted to be sure that local variations would not preserve or cause more inequalities.

    Ms Jones welcomed the proposal to apply maths and literacy in real world situations, and to make religious education mandatory.

    She pointed to the experience of her own son in learning about other people's cultures under the current system.

    The South Wales East MS also welcomed the role of relationships and sex education, saying she felt it was an area she had missed out on her self at a "scary" time, and should not come as a surprise to young people.

  7. Sex education keeps children safe, says Labour member

    Labour MS Jenny Rathbone rejected Caroline Jones's opposition to sex eduction.

    The Cardiff Central member said it was wrong that girls aged nine should be left ignorant of menstruation because their parents felt too embarrassed to talk about it.

    She said she supported the right of the child to know what was happening to their body.

    They need to have the knowledge to keep them safe, Ms Rathbone said, pointing to the risk of abuse.

  8. Parents 'feel their rights removed' on relationships and sex education

    Reform MS Caroline Jones said her group felt the bill removed the rights of parents to teach their children about sex and relationships.

    She claimed parents had twice rejected in public consultation the proposals to stop them taking children out of such classes.

    Ms Jones said some teachers had confided in her that they did not feel trained or equipped to teach children about sexuality and relationships, saying they preferred a health professional to do this.

  9. Plaid Cymru MS wants 'the story of Wales' to be mandatory

    Plaid Cymru's Sian Gwenllian asked how to ensure consistency across Wales, and that the new curriculum wouldn't lead to widening disparity and disadvantage.

    She said every pupil should learn about the national story of Wales, and stories of its communities, which she wanted to be made mandatory and specified on the face of the bill.

    Ms Gwenllian said relationships and sex education should also be mandatory.

    Sian Gwenllian
  10. Concerns about religious education and sexuality lessons

    Suzy Davies, education spokesperson for the Welsh Conservatives, said she supported the general principles but had doubts on how effective it would be, with a lot of detail being left to trust.

    She had particular concerns about differences in the requirements to provide religious education between voluntary-aided schools and others.

    Ms Davies added that teachers wanted "very clear instruction" on what children should be taught in terms of sexuality and relationships and at what age, given the sensitivities surrounding the subject.

  11. Cost questions on curriculum from finance committee

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd, chair of the finance committee, raised the issue of costing the changes if the bill allowed for local variations.

    He said this would be the case for individual schools setting their own curriculum within a national framework, claiming there appeared to be no means of determining the overall cost of the changes.

    More work should also be done to assess the costs of education outside of the school setting for particular pupils given their different needs.

    Llyr Gruffydd
  12. Curriculum not fit for a modern Wales, says education chair

    Lynne Neagle, who chairs the children, education and young people's committee, said improvements were need to the curriculum to help children learn the skills they needed for adulthood.

    The current curriculum was not fit for a modern Wales, she said.

    While the committee supported the aims of the bill, it had questions about it, including the practicality of implementing the necessary changes during the pandemic.

    She said the committee wanted more reassurance about the balance to be struck between local flexibility and national requirements.

    Stakeholders also wanted to be sure that standards would be upheld, and the committee wanted more evidence to provide this.

    Lynne Neagle
  13. Debate on a bill for a new curriculum in Wales

    Education Minister Kirsty Williams opens a debate on the general principles of the bill introducing a new curriculum for schools in Wales.

    It aims to set out the expectations on cross-curricular skills such as literacy, numeracy and digital competence, and the mandatory elements of Welsh, English, Religion, Values and Ethics, and relationships and sexuality education.

  14. Health minister closes Covid debate

    Closing the debate, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he respected people's right to disagree with the Welsh Government's approach to the pandemic.

    He pointed to opinion polls suggesting 61 percent for their handling of the situation, but it was not a reason for complacency.

    Mr Gething said he knew more health boards would join Aneurin Bevan and Swansea Bay in pausing some non-urgent treatment in order to deal with coronavirus cases.

    He said ministers were considering "each day" the decisions they needed to make to keep the people of Wales safe, and welcomed constructive suggestions from opposition parties.

    Mr Gething said the vaccine offered hope, but everyone had to "travel together" in following the path that would keep people safe.

    Voting was deferred until the end of plenary.

  15. Labour MS hopes to see more regional approach to restrictdions

    Labour MS Jack Sargeant said he supported the Welsh Government's strategy.

    But he said for the sake of his constituents in Alyn and Deeside he hoped to see a more regional approach to restrictions when circumstances allowed.

  16. 'We are walking a very narrow path'

    Labour backbencher Joyce Watson said "we are walking a very narrow path" while vaccines offered some hope for the future.

    She said it was a matter of individual and collective responsibility to follow the rules, and supported the focus on all-Wales restrictions.

    The situation was very precarious, Ms Watson added, noting that it only took a single superspreader event in Cardigan to prompt a spike in infections in a previously low-incidence area of her Mid and West Wales constituency.

  17. UKIP's Hamilton asks if control plan will control anything

    UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton asked if the control plan would control anything, noting that Covid cases have risen since the firebreak lockdown ended in November.

    He said the current "disproportionate" restrictions were causing immense damage to the economy with minimal effect on the number of deaths.

  18. All politicians doing the best they can, says ex-FM Jones

    Former First Minister Carwyn Jones said he felt all politicians and all governments around the world were trying to do the best they can in the circumstances they find themselves in.

    He noted there was criticism of the short notice given to pubs in Wales of the 6pm closure and ban on serving alcohol.

    But he said it was "delusional" to think we can go back to normal while the virus was still prevalent.

    Mr Jones said he supported the Welsh Government in its efforts, and the UK government in its efforts in England.

    He noticed how the nation came together and survived the deprivations of the Second World War, and asked why people could not endure a "mild level of restriction" to cut infection rates.

  19. Plaid Cymru urges engagement with hospitality sector

    Plaid Cymru's Helen Mary Jones thanked the Welsh Government for accepting her party's amendment calling for a detailed plan for the safe reopening of hospitality and entertainment businesses.

    Firms told her they did not feel they were being consulted by those in power and the scientific advisers, she said.

    They know their operations best, Ms Jones added.

  20. 'Can't afford to wait til after Christmas for further action'

    Labour backbencher Lynne Neagle from Torfaen said her local Aneurin Bevan health board was under increasing pressure.

    She says she did not think the nation could afford to wait until after Christmas for further action.

    "I know everyone has had a really tough year and that we all want some respite," she said.

    "But it will come at the cost of more hospital admissions and further deaths."