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Summary

  1. 9am: Public Accounts Committee.
  2. The plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the first minister.
  3. Stage 4 debate on the Environment (Wales) Bill.
  4. Stage 3 debate on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill.

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Anwen Lewis

All times stated are UK

  1. Nos da

    That's the end of the Stage 3 debate on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill and today's plenary.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Enterprise and Business Committee.

    Senedd
  2. Ecclesiastical buildings

    Amendment 68 by Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins, supported by Conservative Darren Millar - stating that "Welsh Ministers must provide a publicly-available list of ecclesiastical buildings in Wales which they consider to be of national or international importance" - is defeated. 

    Ken Skates says it is "unnecessary" and involves an element of duplication. 

  3. Historic place names

    Bethan Jenkins' amendment 62 - to leave out 'historic place names' and insert ‘the commonly used current and historic names of places, landmarks and buildings’ - is defeated.

    Ken Skates said it would be "resource intensive" and "could lead to current names, which are often business names, displacing historic names".   

    Bethan Jenkins
  4. Listed buildings: recovery of costs

    A series of amendments by Conservative Suzy Davies regarding recovery of costs associated with listed buildings are rejected after the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates said they would "severely limit cost recovery by local authorities" and would be a "recipe for legal disputes".

    Suzy Davies
  5. Amendment 8 'lost'

    Members vote against amendment 8 by Peter Black which would have inserted a new section including: "A local authority must compile, maintain and publish a register (the “local register”) of buildings of special local interest, together with any modification or revision thereof."

    Cost was one of the reasons it was opposed by the government.  

    Peter Black
  6. Maintain historic environment records

    The bill aims to make it easier for owners to manage their listed buildings by introducing management plans that will eliminate the need for repeated planning applications for similar works.

    Councils must also maintain historic environment records to inform nearby planning decisions and must set up a register of nationally important parks and gardens.

  7. More difficult to escape prosecution?

    The new law to protect historical monuments and buildings in Wales aims to make it more difficult for those who damage them to escape prosecution.

    It comes after 119 cases of damage to sites between 2006 and 2012 resulted in only one successful prosecution.

    The bill will give ministers powers to make owners who damage monuments undertake repairs.

    In 2013, a stretch of the 1,200-year-old Offa's Dyke, on privately owned land between Chirk and Llangollen, was found flattened.

    Excavation works at Offa's Dyke were investigated by police in 2013
    Image caption: Excavation works at Offa's Dyke were investigated by police in 2013
  8. Historic Environment Bill

    The final item today is the Stage 3 debate on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill.  

  9. No objections to the proposal

    Members approve the Environment (Wales) Bill without objection.

  10. 'Congratulating the Welsh government"

    Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas said " I congratulate the Welsh government for producing a range of legislation which compares with anything any other parliament in the world has produced."

  11. Responses to the bill

    While supporting the purposes behind the bill, the Liberal Democrats say it is not ambitious enough, while the Conservatives describe the legislation as a missed opportunity.

    Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd claims to have "succeeded in making the case for stronger legislation on reducing carbon emissions in Wales".

  12. Changes to the way natural resources are managed

    There is now a Stage 4 debate on the Environment (Wales) Bill. 

    In addition to making changes to the way in which natural resources are managed, the measure introduces laws in many other areas, including climate change, waste management, fisheries for shellfish and marine licensing.

    Welsh environment
  13. Smoke-free Premises Regulations approved

    Members approve the regulations.

    There were no objections.  

  14. Exempt designated cells in prisons?

    The next item is on the Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

    The purpose of the regulations 2016 is to amend the 2007 Regulations to exempt designated cells in prisons in Wales from the smoking ban for a time-limited period, “so that prisons in Wales can be supported to become operationally smoke-free in a safe and secure way during the period of the exemption”.

  15. Tata Steel Task Force meeting

    Edwina Hart says the second meeting of the Tata Steel Task Force was held yesterday.

    Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne represented the UK government at the meeting in Cardiff.

    Ms Hart says she will "establish a high-profile group to examine investment opportunities and consider options and ideas for regionally focused economic development for the area".

    Edwina Hart
  16. Business Statement and Announcement

    Jane Hutt outlines the business of the Assembly for the next three weeks. 

    AMs request statements on, among other issues, the future of community pharmacies, the Basic Payment Scheme for farmers, and services for people having treatment for cancer. 

  17. 'It is socialism' says first minister

    "It is socialism, you're right," says first minister in response to a question on Flying Start, part of the Welsh government's early years programme for families with children under 4 years of age living in disadvantaged areas of Wales.  

  18. 1,700 jobs 'saved'

    First minister says 1,700 jobs would have been "thrown away" had Cardiff Airport closed.

  19. Cardiff-Anglesey air link is 'chaotic at best'

    Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says the Cardiff-Anglesey air link has been "chaotic at best".

    Carwyn Jones responds by saying the twice-daily service was not disrupted last month before a new airline, Citywing, agreed to take over. 

    The twice-daily return flights, running since 2007, get a £1.2m annual subsidy.
    Image caption: The twice-daily return flights, running since 2007, get a £1.2m annual subsidy.