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Summary

  1. The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications 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. Debate by Individual Members on the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity
  5. Plaid Cymru Debate on mental health
  6. Welsh Conservatives: Recognises that there is a need for specific legislation for autism
  7. Short Debate: Women, Wales and the Commonwealth - the role of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in the post-Brexit era

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    And that's it for today. 

    Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 18 October.

    Senedd
  2. Helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions

    The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians says its network provides a means of:

    •Building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles;

    •Improving the awareness and ability of all parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation;

    •Helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. 

  3. Women, Wales and the Commonwealth

    Finally today a Short Debate by Joyce Watson. 

    The subject: Common Cause: Women, Wales and the Commonwealth - the role of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in the post-Brexit era. 

  4. Autism bil: proposal not agreed

    On the proposal that the National Assembly for Wales:

    "Recognises that there is a need for specific legislation for autism, and calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward an autism (Wales) bill during the fifth Assembly term."

    there were 24 for, no abstentions and 27 against, so the proposal was not agreed.

    voting
  5. 'Time to bed in'

    The Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans says "there is a need to give the new legislation and policies the time to be delivered, the time to bed in, and demonstrate their effect before we can decide whether there is need to introduce another piece of legislation." 

  6. Hamilton's challenge to the Labour government

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says, "If you've got a better way, put it forward. If you haven't got one, let us vote for this bill."

  7. 'Nothing has changed' since 1999

    Dr Dai Lloyd supports the call for legislation, saying there was a lack of services for people with autism when the assembly was established in 1999, and "nothing has changed".  

    Dai Lloyd
  8. 'No consistency across Wales'

    Suzy Davies says there have been "some improvements" in provision, but there is no consistency across Wales.  

    Suzy Davies
  9. Autism act would provide 'greater clarity'

    Mark Isherwood says an autism act would provide "greater clarity" on the care and support people with autism could expect to receive, and would put Wales "on an equal footing" with England and Northern Ireland.  

    Mark Isherwood
  10. Debate on autism

    Members turn to a Welsh Conservatives debate on autism, proposing that the National Assembly for Wales:

    Recognises that there is a need for specific legislation for autism, and calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward an autism (Wales) bill during the fifth Assembly term.  

    Individuals with autism have less activity in the amygdala (shown in red), which plays a key role in processing emotions
    Image caption: Individuals with autism have less activity in the amygdala (shown in red), which plays a key role in processing emotions
  11. Support for the principles in the motion

    Health secretary Vaughan Gething says he supports the principles in the motion today.

    Vaughan Gething
  12. Waiting times 'far too long'

    Llyr Gruffydd says the waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are "far too long". 

    Llyr Gruffydd
  13. 'Saddened to see this nationalist thrust'

    Referring to Plaid Cymru's call "to seek powers over employment law", Conservative Angela Burns says she is "saddened to see this nationalist thrust on the agenda". 

    Angela Burns
  14. Plaid Cymru debate on mental health

    Now a Plaid Cymru debate on mental health, proposing that the National Assembly for Wales: 

    1. Regrets that prejudice towards those who have, or have had, mental health problems continues, and the impact this can have on employment, income and well-being for those with mental health problems. 

    2. Believes that education about mental health should start at a young age and schools should be equipped to promote well-being amongst all pupils. 

    3. Calls on the Welsh Government to: a) continue to tackle prejudice and to seek powers over employment law so that protections for people with mental health problems at work can be strengthened; and b) ensure that all public services examine ways in which their own practices can be improved to contribute towards better mental health. 

    Mental health
  15. 'Working closely with BA'

    Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James says "the Welsh Government is working closely with BA. 

    "Job Centre Plus and Careers Wales will be asked to work with all staff affected."

    She added, "We have no reason to think there is any fundamental structural problem. There is no reason for alarm for the rest of the staff".

    Julie James
  16. British Airways confirms it's consulting on plans

    British Airways has confirmed that it's consulting on plans to cut 66 jobs at its maintenance base at Cardiff Airport. 

     A spokeswoman for the airline said it's begun talks with staff and unions about "restructuring proposals to ensure we continue to deliver a sustainable and competitive service". 

    The spokeswoman added that BA was hoping that any jobs losses would be voluntary but declined to comment further. 

    The huge BAMC hangar at the western end of Cardiff Airport provides heavy maintenance work on a wide range of BA's Boeing fleet, including the 777 and 747 Jumbo jets. 

    It employs over 700 staff. 

    BA's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be maintained in Cardiff
    Image caption: BA's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be maintained in Cardiff
  17. Urgent Question

    Now an urgent question by Adam Price:

    What is the Welsh Government’s response to reports that British Airways is looking to cut 66 jobs at its maintenance facility based at Cardiff Airport?

    Cardiff Airport
  18. 'Widespread consensus across all parties'

    Labour's Jenny Rathbone says, "as there seems to be widespread consensus across all parties here, I want to introduce a little urgency and, perhaps, challenge to this debate."

    All schools should have an active travel plan, she says.  

    Jenny Rathbone
  19. Background: Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

    The Welsh Government says that the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 is landmark Welsh law to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales.

    They say, "The Act requires Welsh ministers to publish annual reports on the amount of active travel journeys are made in Wales. The annual report also updates on progress of the Act’s implementation since it began on 25 September 2014.The Act - which is considered to be a world first - makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel, and to build and improve their infrastructure for walking and cycling every year.

    "It creates new duties for highways authorities to consider the needs of walkers and cyclists and make better provision for them. It also requires both the Welsh Government and local authorities to promote walking and cycling as a mode of transport.

    "By connecting key sites such as workplaces, hospitals, schools and shopping areas with active travel routes, the Act will encourage people to rely less on their cars when making short journeys."

    Cycling