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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement on the Draft Budget 2017-18
  4. Statement on the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales
  5. Statement on the Bovine TB Eradication Programme
  6. Statement on the future of bus services
  7. Debate on the Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report 2015-16

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Siwan Richards

All times stated are UK

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That brings today's proceedings to a close.

Senedd Live returns tomorrow.

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'Much to be done'

"There is much to be done - that is the lesson we draw from the report", says Neil Hamilton.   

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Support for the three Plaid Cymru amendments

Sian Gwenllian welcomes Alun Davies' support for the three Plaid Cymru amendments:

  • Notes the importance of workforce planning to provide services through the medium of Welsh as a central aspect to the efforts of government to reach the target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050. 
  • Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Welsh Language Commissioner to present a national Welsh language strategy in the workplace in order to increase the use of Welsh in the workplace and promote and raise awareness of the right to receive services through the medium of Welsh.  
  • Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Welsh Language Commissioner to implement recommendation 4 in the report of the Working Group on the Welsh Language and Local Government:Language, work and bilingual services, to place a statutory duty on local authorities, including in their role as local education authorities, to undertake workforce planning in terms of linguistic skills, and to provide suitable training to meet those needs.  
Sian Gwenllian
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'Mixed feedback'

"The feedback on the Standards has been mixed," says Alun Davies.

In the first instance the standards apply to 26 organisations, and according to the report "over the coming months, duties to use Welsh will be placed on 54 further organisations, including Natural Resources Wales, the BBC, Welsh police forces, the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Wales Millennium Centre."

Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report

Finally today, a debate on the Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report 2015-16.  

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Bus summit early next year

Mr Skates says he was "surprised and saddened" by the demise of the three companies, which brought into focus the "fragility of the bus network."

He announces he will be holding a "bus summit early next year to bring together local authorities, bus operators, groups representing passengers and disabled people, the Community Transport Association and others to consider how best financially viable and sustainable bus services can be delivered."

Future of bus services

Ken Skates is now making a statement on the future of bus services.  

This comes after three bus companies closed in Wales over the summer, namely Silcox Coaches, GHA Coaches and Lewis Coaches.

Silcox Coaches employed around 100 people
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Silcox Coaches employed around 100 people

'Better for the badger population'

"Taking out infected badgers is better for the badger population in the long term." says Neil Hamilton.

Under the new plans, different areas will be established across Wales based on bovine TB incidence levels
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Under the new plans, different areas will be established across Wales based on bovine TB incidence levels

'Measures do not go far enough'

Conservative Paul Davies says the "measures do not go far enough to eradicate this awful disease." 

He calls for a "much more holistic approach".

Consultation details

According to Ms Griffiths, the consultation is also seeking views on:

- introducing a mandatory Informed Purchasing Scheme to help farmers make informed decisions about the health of the cattle they wish to purchase;

- imposing compensation penalties for cattle moved within a multi-site restricted holding;

- reducing the TB compensation cap to £5,000, which would not affect the majority of farmers but would result in around £300,000 a year savings.

Cage-trapping and killing of infected badgers?

The Welsh Government is to consult on whether to allow cage-trapping and killing of infected badgers in areas badly affected by bovine TB. 

But Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths has ruled out an England-style cull with farmers free shooting infected and healthy badgers themselves. 

As part of a "refreshed approach" to combating the disease individual action plans will be developed for farms with long-term TB breakdowns. 

Other measures will include strengthening of cattle controls with deeper and more sensitive testing of herds. 

 Under the new plans, Low, Intermediate and High TB Areas will be established across Wales based on bovine TB incidence levels. 

'Refreshed' bovine TB approach

The next item is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths on the Bovine TB Eradication Programme.

Here's a timeline of the long-running saga:  

2002 - Mounting concern about TB in cattle, with 127 cases confirmed by May, compared to 150 during the whole of 2000.

2005 - Legal responsibility for animal health and welfare is devolved from Westminster to the Welsh Government. The first chief veterinary officer for Wales - Prof Christianne Glossop - is appointed.

2006 - The principal legislation for TB in Wales comes into force. Mandatory pre-movement cattle testing is introduced.

2008 - The TB eradication programme is launched with the aim of eradicating bovine TB in Wales. A target badger cull is announced by the then coalition government between Plaid Cymru and Labour.

2009 - Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones reveals the cull will take place in a TB hotspot in west Wales - the intensive action area (ITA). She tells the Assembly bovine TB is "out of control" in Wales.

2010 - The cull is quashed in the Court of Appeal because the terms of the cull order apply to the whole of Wales when the evidence of a consultation only supported a cull in the intensive area.

2011 - The newly-elected Labour government puts the idea of a cull on hold and commissions a review of the science.

2012 - The Welsh Government drops plans for a cull - announcing a five-year badger vaccination project in the ITA in south West Wales. Farming unions attack "a cowardly betrayal" while the RSPCA said it was "delighted and relieved".

2015 - The vaccination trial in Pembrokeshire is suspended due to a global shortage of the TB jab.

2016 - Prof Glossop tells BBC Wales bovine TB is "single biggest problem" facing animal health and welfare in a generation. Farming unions renew calls for badger cull.

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Open to alternative models

"I have no monopoly on wisdom," says Ken Skates, adding that he's open to alternative models for the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales. 

'Not much resemblance' to original proposal

Conservative Russell George says the consultation "doesn't seem to bear much resemblance" to the original proposal by Plaid Cymru.

Russell George
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National Infrastructure Commission for Wales

Next is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates on the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.  

The National Infrastructure Commission was a Plaid Cymru pledge backed by Labour in a post-election deal.

Launching a consultation, Economy Secretary Ken Skates said Wales needed the "systems and services in place to enable it to work effectively".

The body would also liaise with the UK's National Infrastructure Commission, launched in 2015 by the then Chancellor George Osborne.  

Flood defence work would be part of the commission's remit
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Flood defence work would be part of the commission's remit

Schools Challenge Cymru scrapped

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'Aspects we would welcome'

UKIP's Mark Reckless says there "certainly are aspects of the budget we would welcome", including increases in health spending.

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A coincidence?

'Excellent deal'

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says his party's budget agreement with the Welsh Government is an "excellent deal for the people of Wales".  

Adam Price
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'Fallen over themselves'

"Once again Plaid Cymru have fallen over themselves to do a deal with the Welsh government and prop them up regardless," says Conservative Paul Davies. 

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Total budget of around £14.95bn

This total budget is around £14.95bn, a slight decrease on the 2015-16 allocation. 

But Mr Drakeford said there would be "further cuts to come" in coming years as a result of spending cuts at a UK level. 

The budget also includes £10m for a pilot scheme on the Welsh government's flagship policy to provide 30 hours of free childcare for three and four year olds. 

There are cuts to some areas of local government, community projects and education, including the end of the £20m School Challenge Cymru scheme. 

'Ambitious' budget in 'uncertain times'

Mr Drakeford says his aim is to lay a budget "that provides stability for core public services".

He says it is an "ambitious" budget in "uncertain times".

The budget will invest an additional £240m in the Welsh NHS and theere will be £111m for apprenticeships and traineeships.  

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Draft budget documents

The draft budget documents and action tables are available here.    

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Draft Budget 2017-18

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford now makes a statement on the Draft Budget 2017-18.

Budget talks took place under the post-election deal by which Plaid Cymru agreed to support Carwyn Jones's return as first minister.  

Extra money for health, colleges, councils and the Welsh language has been promised after Plaid Cymru agreed a £119m deal to back Labour's budget.

With no majority, the Welsh Government needed some opposition support to get its £15bn spending plans passed.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says the deal will "kick start" some key policy commitments
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Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford says the deal will "kick start" some key policy commitments

Cross-border routes

Mr Skates tells AMs that the map for the Welsh train franchise will include cross-border routes into Bristol and Liverpool.  

He adds that the government's "critical objective" on the Metro is four services per hour to each of the Valleys.  

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Transport for Wales HQ

The headquarters of Transport for Wales will be "located in the valleys", says economy secretary Ken Skates.   

The minister was making a statement on the role of Transport for Wales in the procurement process to operate rail services in Wales, in light of the announcement that four bidders are competing for the next Wales and Borders franchise.  

Bids have been submitted by Abellio, Arriva, KeolisAmey and MTR for the next Wales and Borders franchise.  

The successful bidder will also be responsible for delivering a major upgrade to the rail network in and around Cardiff as part of the Metro scheme.

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A 'level of comfort'

The first minister suggests that the budget will provide local councils with a "level of comfort", in response to a question about art centre cuts.  

The independents

Newly independent AM Dafydd Elis-Thomas' new Senedd seat - next to fellow independent AM Nathan Gill.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Nathan Gill
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Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Nathan Gill

£84m came from commissioned work

The first minister says he doesn't accept the figures were correct and says the original £84m price-tag came from commissioned work.  

Childcare pledge 'could cost £200m'

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks if the first minister recognises the figures in a BBC report that Welsh Labour's promise to increase free childcare could cost considerably more than it has predicted.

Economist Gillian Paull told BBC Wales the "upper limit" could reach £200m if "nearly all" parents took up the offer.

Gillian Paull warns that if more parents take up the offer of free childcare, the more it will cost
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Gillian Paull warns that if more parents take up the offer of free childcare, the more it will cost

'Committed via the Metro system'

The first minister says he's "committed via the Metro system" to deliver better service on the Valley Lines.  

"The quality of trains on the Valley Lines is poor," says first minister. 

Capacity on the Valley Lines

 Ms Wood says there's a significant issue with capacity on the Valley Lines and says the new franchise gives an opportunity to deal with it.   

'Leader of Plaid Cymru' rather than 'leader of the opposition'

Leanne Wood was introduced by the Llywydd as "leader of Plaid Cymru" rather than "leader of the opposition". 

This comes after Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas left the party on Friday to sit as an independent.

Ms Wood says there's a significant issue with capacity on the Valley Lines and says the new franchise gives an opportunity to deal with it.  

Crisis on recruitment and retention" of GPs

UKIP's Neil Hamilton asks what the government is doing about the "growing crisis on recruitment and retention" of GPs.

The first minister says he does not accept there is a crisis in GP recruitment. 

"There are challenges," he tells AMs, adding there are more GPs than a decade ago.

Autism

Despite the vote in the Siambr last week, the first minister states he will "keep the door open" in regards to specific legislation for autism.  

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Prynhawn da

Welcome to Senedd Live, which begins as usual with Questions to the First Minister at 1.30pm.

The first of the tabled questions is by Jenny Rathbone: Will the First Minister provide an update on the funding needed for the South Wales Metro?   

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