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Summary

  1. The plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the health minister.
  2. Questions to the Minister for Education and Skills
  3. Debate by Individual Members: the steel industry
  4. Welsh Conservatives Debate: small businesses
  5. Welsh Conservatives Debate: UK Government's spending review and autumn statement
  6. Short Debate: Women and the economy

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Anwen Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Nos da

    And that's it from the Siambr today.

    Join us again on Tuesday 8 December for the last week before the Christmas recess.

    In the meantime, for more political news click here.

    Senedd
  2. Short debate

    We move on to the last item of the day, the short debate lead by Labour member Christine Chapman.

    Her chosen topic is 'Wasting our talent? Women and the economy in Wales.'

  3. Supporting SMEs all year round

    The Economy Minister Edwina Hart says we should support small local businesses every day and not just on Small Business Saturday and in the "run up to Christmas."

  4. History lesson

    Labour member Joyce Watson says: "Times have changed and high streets do evolve; and if we were to look at our high streets a 150 years ago the market towns would have been full of stables and inns and nothing else."

    Joyce Watson
  5. SME's in decline in Wales

    While opening the debate, William Graham says "In 2014 SME's in wales accounted for 99.9% of private sector business, 3/4 of employment and more than half of turnover, but it is clear that business births are declining in Wales." 

  6. Small businesses debate

    We have moved on to the second Conservative debate of the afternoon, this time on small businesses. 

  7. Welsh Conservatives 'regret' S4C cuts

    "I can assure members that the 25% cut to the direct funding of S4C is a matter of regret to the Welsh Conservatives...we will be making our own firm representation to the UK government on this" says Suzy Davies.

    Suzy Davies
  8. 'Thank goodness for the House of Lords'

    Talking about the House of Lords voting to delay tax credit cuts, Labour member Julie Morgan says: "One of the things that I found most sickening in all of this debate was the sight of Tory millionaires rushing back to the House of Lords to push these cuts through, and all I can say is thank goodness for the House of Lords, thank goodness for a second chamber it's a pity they are not elected but they certainly did the business here."

    Julie Morgan
  9. 'Welcome news and significant victory'

    David Cornock

    Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

    It is, according to Plaid Cymru, "welcome news and a significant victory for Plaid Cymru".

    The scrapping of the requirement to hold a referendum before Wales gets limited income tax powers was scrapped in the chancellor's autumn statement/spending review.

    Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards said: "For several years, we have argued that the principle of fiscal autonomy has already been conceded by the devolution of minor taxes.

    To read the rest of the article click here.

  10. Wales offered income tax powers without referendum

    BBC Wales News

    BBC News UK

    Control of some of the income tax levied in Wales can be devolved to the Welsh government without a referendum, Chancellor George Osborne has said.

    It means Welsh ministers could control £3bn of taxes a year by 2020.

    Mr Osborne also promised that spending per head on devolved services in Wales would not fall below 115 percent of spending per head in England.

    To read the rest of the article clickhere.

  11. Full document

    To see the Spending Review and Autumn Statement in full, along with all supporting documents click here.

  12. Debate on spending review

    The Conservatives have started their first debate of the afternoon on the UK government’s spending review and autumn statement. 

  13. 'Critical situation' of industry

    The UK steel industry is at its most "critical point in its history" says economy minister.

    Edwina Hart
    Image caption: Edwina Hart
  14. Reasons for steelworks' problems

    The reasons given for Tata’s problems are:

    • Cost of making UK steel is still too high
    • Price of Chinese steel has dropped due to crisis in their economy
    • Energy costs “way above” France, Germany, Finland and other European competitors
    • Strong pound is not good for steel exports
    Tata Steel Port Talbot
    Image caption: Tata Steel Port Talbot
  15. Workers at Tata Steel in Wales

    Tata steel
  16. Tata Steel

    In August Tata Steel said it was to mothball part of its plant in Newport for the third time in six years with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

  17. Cut throat business...?

    Mike Hedges
  18. Crisis summit attended by minister

    Back in October the Economy Minister Edwina Hart attended a 'crisis summit' in Rotherham when shewarned that high energy costs and cheap imports were threatening plants in Wales.

  19. Proposal of a debate

    Any AM who is not a member of the government can propose a debate but they must have the backing of at least two other AMs from two different parties.

  20. Condolences following steelworks deaths

    While opening the debate Mr Rees gives his condolences to the families and friends of two men who died in an explosion at a Cardiff steelworks   

    Peter O'Brien, 51, from Llanishen, Cardiff, and Mark Sim, 41, of Caldicot, Monmouthshire, were killed in the blast at Celsa Steel on 18 November.  

  21. Individual members debate

    Members move on to the first debate of the afternoon.

    Labour AM David Rees leads the Individual members’ debate on the importance of steel production to the Welsh economy.

  22. Allegations being investigated

    Leader of the Conservatives Andrew RT Davies asks about the West London Vocational Training College.

    A BBC Wales reporter, posing as a student was offered a loan at a private college in Cardiff using fake qualifications which prompted the suspension of payments to West London Vocational Training College and to its Cardiff students.  

    Mr Lewis says he has learned in the last hour or so that the "South Wales Police economic crime unit and the Welsh government counter fraud branch are now working together in investigating the allegations of fraud made in the BBC programme Week In Week Out."

  23. Parental imprisonment handbook

    Labour member Christine Chapman asks about children affected by parental imprisonment.

    Mr Lewis says in 2014 Bernardo's published a handbook for schools to help them with this situation. 

  24. Welsh language textbooks

    Liberal Democrat Aled Roberts referrs to recent reports that pupils studying maths GCSE in Welsh will be at a "huge disadvantage" because of delays translating textbooks.

  25. Diamond Review

    The education minister refers to the Diamond Review which is an independent review (lead by Professor Ian Diamond) of higher education funding and student finance arrangements.

  26. Tabled questions

    To see a list of the questions being asked to the education minister please click here.

  27. Spokespeople after Question 2

    The Presiding Officer will call Party Spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the minister after Question 2.

  28. Education questions

    Members have moved on to the second item this afternoon - questions to the Education Minister Huw Lewis.

  29. Stratified Medicine

    Conservative Altaf Hussain asks about stratified medicines.

    For those of us who don't know, this means looking at large groups of cancer patients to try and find ways of predicting which treatments cancers are likely to respond to. 

    It involves looking in detail at the cancer cells and their genetic make up. 

    Researchers want to find out if some treatments are more likely to work in cancers that have particular changes to their genes.

    For more information by Cancer Research UK click here

  30. Divide on e-cigarettes ban

    Conservative Mohammad Asghar refers to the possibility of an e-cigarettes ban which is included in the Public Health (Wales) Bill.

    On Monday the Health and Social Care Committee published its report into the Bill which stated:

    "AMs were unable to reach a consensus view on whether to support the provisions to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed and substantially enclosed workplaces and public places; with many committee members holding that the restrictions would be contrary to the aim of the bill to improve public health."

    e-cigarettes
  31. Medical Director post

    Interviews for a new Medical Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Heath Board will take place on the 17th December says health minister.

    Betsi Cadwaladr
  32. Biggest cause of claims in primary care

    While answering a question from the leader of the Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams on access to primary and community care services, Mark Drakeford says: "The single greatest cause of claims against primary care clinicians turns out to be as a result of ear syringing."

    Mark Drakeford
  33. Syria air strikes debate

    Over at the House of Commons, 157 MPs are expected to speak in the Syria air strikes debate.

    To watch the debate, follow our colleagues' live page by clicking here.

    House of Commons
  34. Croeso nôl

    Welcome back to our coverage of the National Assembly for Wales.

    Questions to the Health Minister Mark Drakeford will get underway at 13:30.

  35. Back at 13:30

    That's it form the committee this morning.

    Join us again at 13:30 for the start of plenary.

    To see a schedule for the afternoon's proceedings, please click here

  36. 'Lack of awareness'

    Aled Powell says "there is an alarming lack of awareness of the existence of the Welsh language just over the border of Offa's Dyke."

  37. Premiership matches on S4C?

    Labour member for Swansea East Mike Hedges suggests that Premiership football games could be shown on S4C 'as live' later in the evening.

    Mike Hedges
    Image caption: Mike Hedges & Alun Davies
  38. Funding for S4C has been cut

    It was announced in the Chancellor's recent Spending Review that the money S4C receives from the UK government is set to be cut from £6.7m to £5m by 2019.

    The channel receives the bulk of its money from the BBC licence fee.

    The channel's funding reduced from £101m in 2009 to £82.8m in 2014/15.

  39. Westminster 'mess'

    Mr Nosworthy says they are "calling for devolution of the whole (broadcasting) industry".

    While responding, former minister Alun Davies says "Westminster have made such a mess."

  40. New Welsh language broadcaster?

    One of the things Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg is calling for is a new multi-platform Welsh language broadcaster "to increase use of Welsh - especially among young people - acting primarily online, but on radio and on television as well; assisting  S4C and Radio Cymru services and to free current broadcasters from the current burden of trying to serve the entire audience."

    Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg
  41. BBC Charter Review

    Colin Nosworthy says there is a "danger of seeing the BBC as the only Welsh language provider."

    BBC
  42. This morning's witnesses

    Giving evidence this morning are Aled Powell, Colin Nosworthy and Curon Davies from Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg.

    Witnesses
  43. New committee members

    Plaid Cymru's Lindsay Whittle and Bethan Jenkins have been formally welcomed as new members of the committee. 

    New members
  44. Bore da

    The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee will get underway at 9am.

    This morning they will continue with their inquiry into the BBC Charter Review, hearing evidence from Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg. 

    Senedd