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Summary

  1. The Public Accounts Committee discusses the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales
  2. The plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the first minister.
  3. Procurement Policy - Driving Improvement and Engaging Business
  4. The Fire and Rescue National Framework 2016 Onwards
  5. The TB Eradication Programme
  6. Valuation Office provisions arising from the Enterprise Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Anwen Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Nos da

    That's it for today.

    Senedd Live will be back tomorrow at 9am for the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee.

    Senedd
  2. 'Shocking news'

    Plaid Cymru's rural affairs spokesman Llyr Gruffydd says this is "shocking news that will make a complete mockery of the vaccination trial. 

    "The Labour government should be ashamed that it could have let this happen."  

  3. Badger vaccination programme suspended

    The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans, announces that the supply of vaccines to immunise badgers has been "interrupted", meaning the programme has been suspended. 

    The Welsh government began its £4.6m five-year programme to immunise badgers in north Pembrokeshire in 2012. 

    The vaccination programme was announced by Labour ministers in 2012 when they abandoned the previous coalition government's intention to cull badgers in the Intensive Action Area (IAA).

    Badger
  4. TB Eradication Programme

    The final statement of the day is by the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans on the TB Eradication Programme.  

    Last week in Plenary, a motion by Plaid Cymru’s Llyr Gruffydd to annul The Tuberculosis (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2015 was not agreed when, as required by Standing Order 6.20, the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the motion. 

    Mr Gruffydd said he had no opposition to sharing information about the location of herds that are infected with TB among stakeholders — such as farmers, veterinarians and those working within cattle markets -  but questions the case for making that information “freely available to all and sundry”.

  5. 'Help address the risk of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning'

    Mr Andrews proposes Fire and Rescue Authorities, and firefighters, "should diversify from their traditional roles".

    Alongside their domestic fire safety work, the framework says they could also "help address the risk of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, which claims around 30 lives a year in Wales and England, or look at accident risks in the home."

  6. Fire and Rescue National Framework

    Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews up next, making a Statement on "The Fire and Rescue National Framework 2016 Onwards."

  7. Plans to establish a Supplier Feedback Service

    Jane Hutt says she has commissioned work to establish a Supplier Feedback Service "to provide businesses with access to a responsive service to address policy queries and feedback". 

    She will launch this new service in March.

  8. Supplier qualification information database

    Nick Ramsay questions the minister about SQuID. For the uninitiated, this is the supplier qualification information database, which seeks to "make the contracting process easier for buyers and suppliers, and is especially helpful for small businesses".

    This is not what the AMs are talking about
    Image caption: This is not what the AMs are talking about
  9. Procurement Policy

    Another opportunity to hear from Jane Hutt now, this time on "Procurement Policy - Driving Improvement and Engaging Business."

  10. Bidding for £150 million

    The first minister says the Welsh government is bidding for £150 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

    He calls on the UK government to "deliver on the City Deal".

  11. £600m road and rail Metro project

    The first minister is making a statement on the £600m road and rail Metro project for south Wales.

    Formal consultation begins in 2016 on the upgraded public transport network from Bridgend to the border.

    The first minister said yesterday he launched a public awareness campaign in Pontypridd, promising faster journey times and more frequent services

    Artist's impression of how the new vehicles will look
  12. Ministerial visits

    In the Business Statement and Announcement, Jane Hutt rejects a claim from Plaid Cymru's Alun Ffred Jones that ministerial visits are being used for political purposes.

  13. 'There are checks and balances'

    "Of course there are checks and balances," says Education Minister Huw Lewis about the "only English-based private provider operating in Wales."

    He says he expects any allegations of criminal activity to be referred to the police.  

  14. Urgent question

    Andrew RT Davies asks an urgent question on the Welsh government’s decision to withdraw funding from the West London Vocational Training College.  

    Payments to the college's Cardiff campus have been suspended after a BBC Wales' Week in Week Out investigation into fraud allegations.  

  15. Concerns over S4C cuts

    The Welsh Conservatives will raise concerns over S4C cuts with the UK government, says Suzy Davies.  

    S4C
  16. 'No slashing of funding'

    "We will not be looking to slash local government funding", says first minister.

    Councils
  17. No wider plan

    In reply to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, the first minister stresses he doesn't feel the Prime Minister David Cameron has yet to draw up a sufficient wider plan.

    Leanne Wood
  18. First minister supports air strikes

    Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks the first minister about Syria.

    Mr Jones replies that he personally supports air strikes, but some in his party will disagree.

    However, he adds they are not sufficient on their own to bring peace to Syria.

    Other countries have been bombing Syria for some time
    Image caption: Other countries have been bombing Syria for some time
  19. 'Dismantling the green agenda'

    Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams says the UK government is dismantling the green agenda.

    Mr Jones replies that his government has been "very vocal" in its criticism.  

    Kirsty Williams
  20. 'Uncertainty' of energy policy

    Investors find the "uncertainty" of the UK government's energy policy off-putting, says first minister.  

    Energy
  21. 'Dithering' over the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

    The UK government is "dithering...inept" over the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, says David Rees. 

    First minister says it's a fantastic project which needs "respect".

    Carwyn Jones
  22. First Minister's Questions

    First Minister's Questions will begin at 1.30pm and followed by an urgent question on West London Vocational Training College.  

  23. Hwyl

    The committee now goes into private session.

    Senedd Live will be back for plenary at 1.30pm.

  24. 'A venture capital deal'

    "I saw this as a venture capital deal...a portfolio that was very risky" concludes Mr Davies.

  25. 120 acres of farmland on the edge of Cardiff

    The most valuable site for sale covered 120 acres (50 hectares) of farmland on the edge of Cardiff, which could now be earmarked for housing.

    The land was sold for £15,000 an acre (£37,500 per hectare) but one valuation has now estimated that large chunks of that land could be worth up to £2m an acre (£5m per hectare). 

  26. 'You did not do this for philanthropic reasons'

    "Four permanent jobs are created by every house built" says Mr Davies, who describes the Wales Audit Office report as "limited."

    "You did not do this for philanthropic reasons" says Darren Millar.

    The Wales Audit Office had concluded: "Due to flaws in the way RIFW was established, in the selection of assets and also in the sale process itself, neither RIFW nor the Welsh Government are able to demonstrate that value for money was achieved from the portfolio sale transaction".  

  27. 'Plenty' of money made

    "We've made money and the Welsh government have as well", says Mr Davies. 

    "You've certainly made plenty of money" replies the committee chair, Darren Millar.

    Money
  28. Overage payable is as yet not agreed

    Mr Davies explains the current position in respect of the land in Monmouth is that they have not yet completed on the sale of the land earmarked for residential development. 

    In order to complete on the purchase, he says "RIFW need to remove their charge on the land relating to the overage." 

    Overage is a potential right to receive future payments in respect of land, and in this case the overage payable is as yet not agreed between the parties.  

  29. '12 months is an extraordinary amount of time'

    "We were not in an extraordinary hurry, it took a year. 

    "12 months is an extraordinary amount of time to do a deal" says Langley Davies. 

    The 15 publicly-owned sites that were sold
    Image caption: The 15 publicly-owned sites that were sold
  30. 'Defective title issues'

    There were "99 defective title issues...they were not in a tidy state at all", says Mr Davies. 

  31. Witness

    Langley Davies, Director, South Wales Land Developments Limited
    Image caption: Langley Davies, Director, South Wales Land Developments Limited
  32. Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales

    The Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales is again the topic this morning, for the sixth time.   

    In a previous Public Accounts Committee meeting, property advisors at the centre of criticism about the sale of public land in Wales defended their actions.

    Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) advised the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales about the sale of 15 publicly-owned sites for £21m in one deal in 2012.

    The Wales Audit Office claimed the land could have been sold for £36m.

    Managers from LSH told the committee they had got value for money, but if they had their time again they would have tried to prove they got best value.

    15 publicly-owned sites were sold for £21m
  33. Bore da

    The Public Accounts Committee gets underway at 9am.

    December 1 is memorable in the Assembly because on this day in 2004 Leanne Wood made history as the first AM to be expelled from the Siambr.

    Following the royal opening of the Wales Millennium Centre, the assembly turned its attention to the previous week's Queen's speech which outlined a UK governmental programme dominated by anti-terror and crime measures, including the introduction of ID cards and an anti-terror bill.

    During the debate, Leanne Wood referred to the Queen as "Mrs Windsor"; a remark she was later asked to withdraw by the Presiding Officer, Lord Elis-Thomas, on the grounds of discourtesy.

    The AM for South Wales Central was asked to leave after refusing to do so. She was joined by other Plaid Cymru AMs.

    You can watch the video here.

    Senedd