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Summary

  1. 9am: Environment and Sustainability Committee.
  2. The plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the finance minister.
  3. Questions to the minister for natural resources.
  4. Draft Wales bill.
  5. Short debate on the role that Wales can play in the refugee crisis.

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Anwen Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings today's proceedings to a close. 

    Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 19 January.

    Senedd
  2. Support for principle

    In response, the minister Lesley Griffiths says the Welsh government supports the principle of Wales as a 'Nation of Sanctuary'. 

  3. 'Nation of Sanctuary'

    Mr Powell calls on the Welsh government to declare Wales a "Nation of Sanctuary, to send a message to the world that refugees are welcome here".

  4. Short Debate

    The final item is the Short Debate. 

    William Powell's chosen topic is "A nation of sanctuary? The role that Wales can play in the refugee crisis".

  5. Motions passed unanimously

    That's the end of the debate on the Draft Wales Bill. 

    Each of the motions proposed by David Melding were passed unanimously. 

  6. Two legislatures that pass laws in the same policy areas

    "England and Wales is the only jurisdiction anywhere in the world where there are two legislatures that pass laws in the same policy areas" says first minister.

  7. 'Worst' reserved powers model

    Labour's former minister Alun Davies says this "is the worst possible reserved powers model."

    He adds "nobody at all came to the committee providing written or oral evidence saying that they supported the structure and architecture" of the bill.

    Alun Davies
  8. Proposal 5 reached

    Members have reached proposal 5 of 6 of the debate.

    To see a copy click here.

  9. David Melding 'blushes'

    David Melding says a "made in Wales approach is urgently needed."

    Adding "I blush at some of the things I said before 1999" referring to when he was "part of a group that would have done all they could to stop the Assembly being established."

    David Melding
  10. 'Fundamentally against the devolution result 2011'

    The first minister says, "The problem with the bill, which will be exceptionally difficult to overcome unless there is a fundamental change to it, is that at its very heart it seeks to preserve the single jurisdiction of England and Wales.

    "The practical consequence of that is this obsession that there must be minimal difference in the law between England and Wales.

    "That's fundamentally against the devolution result in 2011".

    Carwyn Jones
  11. 'Does not meet the secretary of state's own aspirations'

    First Minister Carwyn Jones says the bill doesn't "meet the secretary of state's own aspirations which were for a stronger, clearer and fairer devolution settlement for Wales that will stand the test of time." 

  12. 'Not in a fit state'

    David Melding, Chair of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, says the draft bill is "not in a fit state to achieve consensus".

    He says that "if the UK Government proceeds with the current timetable for the draft Wales Bill, it should commit to carrying out a bilingual consolidation of Welsh constitutional law during the current Parliament".  

  13. 'Stand the test of time'

    The draft Wales Bill was published by the UK Government on 20 October 2015

    The UK Government stated that the draft Bill “sets out in detail how the Government plans to deliver the St David’s Day commitments to create a stronger, clearer and fairer devolution settlement for Wales that will stand the test of time”.  

  14. Draft Wales Bill

    Members have set aside up to three hours to debate the Draft Wales Bill.

  15. Consultation on the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill

    The consultation on the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill and Explanatory Memorandum ends on 15 February.

  16. 'No confusion' over local government reform

    Mr Andrews disputes Peter Black's suggestion that there is "confusion" over local government reform.

    Leighton Andrews
  17. Budget 'generally well received' by councils

    Mr Andrews said the Welsh budget represented a cut of 1.4% to local authorities compared to 2015, and had "been generally well received". 

    Local councils get 58% of their funding from the Welsh government, with 17% from business rates and the remaining 25% from the proceeds of their own council tax and charges for services.

    councils