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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 13.30 by noting the 50th Anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster
  2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government
  3. Forward Work Programme of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee
  4. Debate on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee's report on its inquiry on the UK Government's Wales Bill
  5. Plaid Cymru debate on local government
  6. Welsh Conservatives debate: a youth parliament for Wales
  7. Short Debate: Bringing lobbying in Wales out into the open

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That brings today's proceedings to a close.

    Senedd Live returns after the autumn recess.

    Senedd
  2. 'Committed to transparency and accountability'

    The Leader of the House and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt says "ministers do not meet commercial lobbyists".

    She adds that the Welsh Government is "committed to making transparency and accountability to the public a fundamental principle of how we operate."

  3. 'Cash for access does exist in Cardiff Bay'

    "I'm alleging that cash for access does exist in Cardiff Bay" says Mr McEvoy, claiming that commercial lobbying firms are paid to organise meetings with government ministers and officials.

    He calls for legislation to include a mandatory register of lobbyists.

    Neil McEvoy
  4. Short Debate

    The topic chosen by Plaid Cymru's Neil McEvoy for the Short Debate is "bringing lobbying in Wales out into the open".

  5. 'Acting like an over-fussy mother hen'

    First Minister Carwyn Jones says "there are areas not properly dealt with that makes it is absolutely inevitable there will be another bill that will have to be dealt with in the future.

    "It is a shame, because instead of acting like an over-fussy mother hen, the UK government could show the vision of bringing forward a settlement that would be more lasting and more durable."

  6. A fifth Government of Wales Bill?

    Former Deputy Presiding Officer David Melding, Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas and independent AM Nathan Gill all say this bill will probably create a need for a fifth Government of Wales Bill. 

  7. 'Constitutional uncertainty'

    Huw Irranca-Davies, committee chairman, says it is "regrettable that this bill is likely to perpetuate rather than resolve constitutional uncertainty."

  8. UK Government's Wales Bill

    The penultimate item is on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee's report on its inquiry on the UK Government's Wales Bill.

    Plans to give more power to the assembly could still result in a "roll-back" of devolution, the committee has claimed.

    The Wales Bill, currently passing through Parliament, was revised earlier this year amid concern it could dilute the power of AMs to make laws.

    But the cross-party report said the bill remains over-complicated.

    New powers offered to Wales
  9. All-party support

    Calls for the assembly to re-establish a youth parliament for Wales have received all-party support.  

  10. 'Laying the foundations'

    "Young people are not young people forever, they are the older people of tomorrow," says Nick Ramsay.

     "Let's get on with the job of laying the foundations here today to ensure a far healthier, more vibrant democracy in Wales."  

    Young people from Wales have joined UK Youth Parliament debates in the Commons
    Image caption: Young people from Wales have joined UK Youth Parliament debates in the Commons
  11. Future involvement in Welsh politics

    Tory education spokesman Darren Millar says replacing the Funky Dragon project, which closed in 2014, would help ensure young people's future involvement in Welsh politics.

    It would also encourage higher voter turnout in elections, he says.

  12. Voice for youth?

    Members move on to a Welsh Conservatives debate, proposing that the assembly resolves to establish a youth parliament for Wales.

    During the assembly election campaign, the Tories pledged to cut ministers' pay to fund a youth parliament.  

    Members of the former Funky Dragon youth assembly visiting the Houses of Parliament
    Image caption: Members of the former Funky Dragon youth assembly visiting the Houses of Parliament
  13. Gareth Bennett withdraws comment

    UKIP's Gareth Bennett withdraws his comment about "the pay scandal in Labour's rotten borough of Caerphilly" after Hefin David calls on him to do so.

    Gareth Bennett
  14. Fair funding?

    Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders calls on the Welsh Government to "ensure that rural authorities receive fair funding equivalent to all communities across Wales", and increase transparency in local authority senior staff budgeting to ensure that executive officer pay is sustainable and cost effective.

  15. Plaid Cymru debate

    Sian Gwenllian calls on the Welsh Government to:

    (a) increase accountability of local government through electoral reform and lowering the voting age to 16;

    (b) examine the way in which local government finance can be reformed to ensure a fairer and more sustainable system;

    (c) introduce a nationally decided set of pay scales, terms and conditions to control senior and chief officer pay through a national framework; and

    (d) establish regional combined authorities as part of the Welsh Government's local government reform for improved regional cooperation between existing local authorities.

    Council services: Refuse collection, library, classroom and gritting
    Image caption: Council services: Refuse collection, library, classroom and gritting
  16. 'Grave concerns'

    Committee chair John Griffiths expresses "grave concerns" over Monmouth MP David Davies' call for mandatory teeth checks for child migrants arriving in the UK from Calais. 

    The BBC understands 39 children with links to Britain have arrived this week, after French authorities ratified a list drawn up by the charity Citizens UK, which is working with the government to bring unaccompanied minors over from Calais.

    However, photographs of some of the children have been printed on the front pages of some national newspapers, along with headlines questioning their ages.

  17. 'Incredibly awful'

    In the debate on the the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's Forward Work Programme including refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied children, Julie Morgan says she was dismayed this morning to hear calls for child migrants arriving in the UK from Calais to have their teeth tested to verify their age.

    She describes the call as "Incredibly awful."

    Several unaccompanied children have arrived to join relatives in the UK - amid suggestions they could be adults.  

    Photographs of some of the children have been printed on the front pages of some national newspapers
    Image caption: Photographs of some of the children have been printed on the front pages of some national newspapers