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  1. The Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children
  4. Plaid Cymru Debate on protecting Wales from the immediate fallout of Brexit
  5. Welsh Conservatives Debate on the NHS
  6. UKIP Debate: Believes that Brexit gives Wales a great opportunity to boost trade, industry and employment
  7. Short Debate: Will the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 be sufficient to deal with rogue landlords?

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

Hwyl fawr

That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close.

Senedd Live returns on Tuesday 20 September.


20,000 landlords

Cabinet Secretary Carl Sargeant says that 20,000 landlords have so far registered with Rent Smart Wales, and all landlords have to comply by 23 November.

Rent Smart Wales

Ms Rathbone notes that there are only 10 weeks to go to comply with the Housing (Wales) Act 2014, through the Rent Smart Wales process.

Short Debate

And finally today a Short Debate by the Labour AM Jenny Rathbone. 

Will the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 be sufficient to deal with rogue landlords? 

Jenny Rathbone

Complaint about cardboard cut out

'Lots of people or lots of oil'

First Minister Carwyn Jones says that to be taken seriously on the world stage you either need "lots of people or lots of oil".

Carwyn Jones

Migrant car washers

UKIP's David Rowlands says that EU legislation has not protected migrant car washers in Wales, "most of which work 10 hours a day, seven days a week for as little as £3 an hour".

David Rowlands

Full membership of the single market

Steffan Lewis says that Wales has a trade surplus with the EU and that maintaining full membership of the single market is essential for Welsh businesses.  

Steffan Lewis

'Best possible outcome for Wales'

Conservative Mark Isherwood calls on the Welsh Government to "engage positively with the UK and other devolved governments in securing the best possible outcome for Wales during the forthcoming negotiations."

Mark Isherwood

'Smug, self-satisfied speech'

Llanelli AM Lee Waters says he has heard Neil Hamilton's "smug,  self-satisfied speech" many times before.  

Lee Waters

United Kingdom Independence Party Debate

UKIP's Neil Hamilton proposes that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that Brexit gives Wales a great opportunity to boost trade, industry and employment.

2. Welcomes the freedom Brexit provides to create a tailor-made policy for Welsh agriculture and fishing.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work closely in a positive frame of mind to capitalise on these opportunities and to involve all parties in the Assembly in its negotiations with the UK Government to maximise the potential benefits for Wales.

Neil Hamilton

Retention and recruitment

On behalf of the government, Vaughan Gething says that "retention and recruitment rates in Wales have remained consistent, with staff for example leaving in fewer numbers when compared to those in England."

Vaughan Gething

'Unmanageable workloads'

UKIP's Caroline Jones laments that "unmanageable workloads" have led many GPs to leave.

Caroline Jones

Welsh medical schools

Rhun ap Iorwerth says that a recruitment and retention strategy must include a commitment to increase the number of Welsh-domiciled students studying in Welsh medical schools.  

Rhun ap Iorwerth

Welsh Conservative Debate

The Conservatives propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that the retention of the frontline workforce is a major challenge facing the NHS in Wales.

2. Believes that the Welsh Government must outline its response to recent increases in the number of vacancies for doctors in the Welsh NHS.

3. Recognises, with concern, that stress-related illnesses are increasingly responsible for ambulance service staff being absent from work, and the impact this could have on the longer-term recruitment and retention of staff.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to implement a clear, comprehensive strategy which outlines how the Welsh Government will prioritise frontline staff recruitment and retention and tackle issues pertaining to low staff morale during the course of the fifth Assembly.


'A distinctive future for Wales'

On behalf of the government, Mark Drakeford says "we have to shape Wales' future alongside others". 

"We need a distinctive future for Wales but not a separate future", he adds. 

Mark Drakeford

Number of empty seats

A number of empty seats in the Siambr during the Plaid Cymru Debate
A number of empty seats in the Siambr during the Plaid Cymru Debate

Triggering of article 50

Conservative Nick Ramsay says it is "imperative to work proactively with the UK Government and other devolved governments ahead of the triggering of article 50 and the subsequent negotiations."  

Nick Ramsay


Mr Price accuses the Welsh Government of "confusion over the model of Brexit that is in the best interests of Wales".

Wales and EU flags

Plaid Cymru Debate

We now move on to this afternoon's debates.

Adam Price proposes that the National Assembly for Wales calls on the Welsh Government to prioritise: 

(a) protecting Wales from the immediate fallout of Brexit; and 

(b) closing the prosperity gap between Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom by: (i) creating a Wales development agency for the 21st century which will sell Wales, our products and ideas to the world in order to grow Welsh businesses and boost our exports; (ii) establishing a national infrastructure commission for Wales to plan, fund and deliver our nation's transport, telecommunications, energy and green infrastructure; and (iii) increasing levels of procurement for businesses based in Wales. 

Adam Price

Child smacking ban?

Mr Sargeant confirms the intention "to take forward, on a cross-party basis, legislation that will remove the defence of reasonable punishment" for assaulting a child.

 A bid to ban parents smacking children was opposed by Welsh government ministers in 2014.


Anti-poverty schemes

Bethan Jenkins says that many anti-poverty schemes in Wales are funded by the EU.

Mr Sargeant says that the Welsh government will continue to press the UK government for financial commitments for the post-Brexit era.  

Valley communities

Communities and children

The first question to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant is by Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins: Will the Minister provide an update on strategic regeneration areas?  

Mr Sargeant says that regeneration continues under the Vibrant and Viable Places Programme.   

Bethan Jenkins

'Tragedy for the farmers'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says "each one of the cases is a tragedy for the farmers concerned and for the animals that are slaughtered".

He says it's an issue that is "all too often neglected by people in the Labour Party".

Neil Hamilton

Bovine TB

Conservative Paul Davies says there has been a 37% increase in the number of cattle slaughtered due to bovine TB.

"This government just does not do rural affairs" says Mr Davies.

Statistics recently released by the Welsh Government revealed that in the 12 months to May 2016, 8,973 cattle were slaughtered in Wales due to bovine TB - a 37% increase on the previous year.

In Pembrokeshire, 2,652 cattle were slaughtered in the same period - a 61% increase on the previous year.

Ms Griffiths points out that the number of new herd incidents of the disease in Wales had dropped by 17%.

She says she will make a statement on bovine TB next month.


Buy5 campaign

The Cabinet Secretary tells Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas that she has supported NFU Cymru's Buy5 campaign encouraging consumers to support Welsh farm businesses by buying five items of Welsh produce. 

Lesley Griffiths

'A good story to tell'

Mr Gill says that Anglesey council is moving to three-weekly rubbish collections, despite achieving current targets.

Ms Griffiths says it's a matter for the local authority, but that Wales has "a good story to tell on recycling".


Prevent littering

The first question is by Nathan Gill, requesting a statement on the Welsh Government's policy to prevent littering in Wales.

Mr Gill has sparked a party row by refusing to stand down as an MEP after being elected to the assembly, where he now sits as an independent.  

Croeso nôl

Plenary begins with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. 


Senedd Live will be back at 1.30pm for Plenary.

Neurodevelopmental waiting times

Dr Sarah Watkins, Senior Medical Officer, tells the committee that "neurodevelopmental waiting times, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conditions like that were in almost all health boards very unacceptable."

She adds "in every almost area waiting times have gone down significantly" but says " they are still too long."

Dr Sarah Watkins

'Heathly School Scheme'

Rebecca Evans tells the committee, "It's been tremendously successful in terms of changing the culture in schools... It's one of these programmes which is constantly under review in order to make sure that it very much reflects the latest in terms of the challenges within the community, the pressures facing young people and so on. It's a fantastic way of engaging children."  

Children's Health

Rebecca Evans talks about the need to get children and young people more physically active. She says they are working with the NHS, local authorities, Sport Wales and other agencies to get children and young people more physically active.

child playing football
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Rebecca Evans and Vaughan Gething
Rebecca Evans and Vaughan Gething

Coming up

The Committee is now meeting in private, but at 11am there will be a scrutiny session with the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Vaughan Gething, and the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM.  

Young people in care

She tells the committee "This year I've decided to concentrate on the experiences of young people in care as the highest priority, the highest at risk group really as they move into adulthood."

'Every child to be equal'

She says " I want every child in Wales to have an equal chance to be the best they can be and poverty is one of the main sort of humps on the road that children face in becoming the best that they can be. So first of all we need to just keep people really alert to the fact."

'Crisis point'

On mental health services, Sally Holland says "particular concerns are the long waiting lists, but also the lack of early intervention, so young people are having to get to real crisis point before they're getting any help or intervention."  

Mental health
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Tackling homophiobia

With regards to transgender children, Sally Holland says there are really good projects. 

"There are groups in more and more schools but probably I'd still say a minority where there are not only support groups for young people identifying as lesbian or gay, but there are also whole school approaches to tackling homophobia and excepting diversity within the school."