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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Statement by the First Minister on EU Transition
  3. Business Statement and Announcement
  4. Statement on the Parliamentary Review into Health and Care Services
  5. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport: Specialist and Critical Care Centre
  6. Statement on the 20,000 affordable homes target
  7. Debate on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 2015-2016

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

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And that's it for today. 

Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll broadcasting the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

Senedd
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Vaughan's Verdict

'Abuse of men is tolerated in Wales'

Plaid Cymru's Neil McEvoy says "I tend to feel that the abuse of males is tolerated in Wales, indeed it is institutionalized. The emotional abuse of males is permitted.

"If you take South Wales Police for example, it is impossible to get them to accept a complaint from a man who is being emotionally abused."

Neil McEvoy
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'Require substantial efforts'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says that the seven key challenges identified by the Commission "will require the substantial efforts of public, private and third-sector organisations and of individuals to reduce these challenges."

He also welcomes "recognition by the Commission of the need to empower and engage with the voluntary and community sector."  

Mark Isherwood
BBC

The rights of young expectant and new mothers

Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins calls upon the Welsh Government to work with Trade Unions and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to better promote the rights of young expectant and new mothers at work.

She also notes the "establishment of a gender identity clinic for Wales achieved by Plaid Cymru in negotiations on the 2017-18 budget."

'Towards a Fairer Wales'

Finally a debate on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 2015-2016, 'Towards a Fairer Wales'.

The Commission says their analysis has identified seven key challenges that need to be addressed in Wales over the next five years:

  1. Close attainment gaps in education. 
  2. Encourage fair recruitment, development and reward in employment. 
  3. Improve living conditions in cohesive communities. 
  4. Increase access to justice and encourage democratic participation. 
  5. Improve access to mental health services and support to people experiencing poor mental health. 
  6. Prevent abuse, neglect and ill-treatment in care and detention.
  7. Eliminate violence, abuse and harassment in the community.  

Costly publicity stunt?

UKIP's David Rowlands expresses the hope that the taskforce will not be a "costly publicity stunt".

David Rowlands
BBC

'Need tangible outcomes'

"We are not opposing what you are doing outright, but we need tangible outcomes," says Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins.

Bethan Jenkins
BBC

'New forms of project delivery'

Alun Davies says he's considering "new forms of project delivery" for economic regeneration of the valleys but not new structures for the sake of it.  

He adds that he will look to strengthen the membership of the taskforce.

Update on the Ministerial Taskforce for the Valleys

We now have a statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies on the Ministerial Taskforce for the Valleys. 

In July the taskforce to tackle "economic challenges" in the south Wales valleys was set up by the Welsh government. Mr Davies told AMs the focus of the group would be employment and economic issues. He said valleys communities were "dispirited and under-engaged" and it was time to listen and act on people's "real world circumstances". 

Alun Davies
BBC

Rejecting new estimates of housing need?

Conservative David Melding describes the statement as "thin gruel".

He accuses the government of rejecting the new estimates of housing need in the "excellent report" by Professor Holman, 'Future need and demand for housing in Wales'. 

David Melding
BBC

£1.3bn allocated over the term of this government

Mr Sargeant says that £1.3bn has been allocated over the term of this government to support the delivery of 20,000 affordable homes and complete the task of meeting the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

He says it was important to retain existing social housing stock and that legislation to abolish the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire was already underway.

Carl Sargeant
BBC

20,000 affordable homes target

The next item in the Siambr is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant on the 20,000 affordable homes target. 

The Office for National Statistics announced in September that Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Wales are to be reclassified as public sector bodies in the national accounts.

According to the National Assembly for Wales Research Service, this decision “could negatively impact on the ability of RSLs (what most of us call housing associations) to access private finance, and consequently their ability to develop affordable housing.” 

Homes
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'Key part of plans to re-design NHS services'

Owain Clarke

BBC Wales health correspondent

The confirmation that this hospital will be built has been a long time coming. It has been on the drawing board for so long, some feared it would never see the light of day. But the hospital is a key part of plans to re-design how NHS services are delivered across south Wales. So some more specialised services will be centralised in the new hospital, which will mean shifting them from two existing district general hospitals - the Royal Gwent and Nevill Hall. The argument is that if specialist services such as A&E or children's care are spread too thinly, they are less safe. It is also arguably easier to recruit doctors and fill rotas when these services are centralised on one site. Similar arguments are being made in other parts of Wales but it is harder to convince people it is a good idea when there is no prospect of a brand new hospital being built."

Map showing existing and proposed major hospitals in Gwent
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Map showing existing and proposed major hospitals in Gwent

New hospital at Llanfrechfa Grange

The Health Secretary now makes a statement on the Specialist and Critical Care Centre.

Plans for the new £350m hospital in south Wales have been given the go-ahead, 12 years after it was first proposed.

Mr Gething said the centre near Cwmbran should open in 2022.

First proposed in 2004, the plans were put on hold in 2009 before being put back on the agenda a year later.

The new hospital, to be built at Llanfrechfa Grange, is part of a plan to modernise health services run by the Aneurin Bevan health board.

Timeline of the south Wales super-hospital plan
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Timeline of the south Wales super-hospital plan

Dr Ruth Hussey to chair the review

Mr Gething announces that  Dr Ruth Hussey will chair the review, and that he expects the review to take around a year to prepare its report to allow time for recommendations to be implemented within this Assembly term.  

Dr Ruth Hussey retired earier this year as Wales' chief medical officer after nearly four years in the job.

During her time in the post, Dr Hussey oversaw the response to the Swansea measles epidemic and work to prepare Wales for possible future health threats, such as an Ebola outbreak.

Dr Ruth Hussey
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Dr Ruth Hussey

Health and care

Members are now listening to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething on the Parliamentary Review into Health and Care Services. 

Vaughan Gething
BBC

Cardiff Airport to acquire additional land?

Andrew RT Davies asks "what plans and what money have been made available to Cardiff Airport for expansion plans... It has been brought to my attention by constituents in the area that agents acting on behalf of the Welsh Government have been in discussions about acquiring additional land from people who own land in the immediate area of the airport." He says the airport already owns 400 acres.

Jane Hutt replies "I'm not aware of the issues you raise about expansion possibilities."

Cardiff Airport
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Business Statement

Now the Business Statement and Announcement where the Leader of the House Jane Hutt outlines the future business of the Assembly.  

Jane Hutt
BBC

Urgent question on Orgreave

The AM for Llanelli Lee Waters asks the Secretary for Communities what representations has the Welsh Government made to the UK Government regarding the Home Office's decision not to launch an inquiry into the events at Orgreave.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs yesterday a review into clashes between police and pickets during the 1984 miners' strike was not in the public interest.  

Carl Sargeant says the decision was "deeply disappointing."

UKIP's Gareth Bennett says Labour are "still trying to flog this dead horse and Plaid Cymru are now abetting them." He adds that "Orgreave was 32 years ago and nobody died".

Police held back striking miners who were attempting to stop lorries leaving Orgreave coking plant for steel works in 1984
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Police held back striking miners who were attempting to stop lorries leaving Orgreave coking plant for steel works in 1984

Urgent question on the third runway at Heathrow

Plaid Cymru's Simon Thomas asks for a statement on the Welsh Government's support for a third runway at Heathrow. 

Mr Skates welcomes the announcement about the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow, which he says could bring £6 billion to the Welsh economy.

Mr Thomas criticises the Welsh Government because Scottish ministers had agreed a "memorandum of understanding" with Heathrow.

The agreement committed the airport to the creation of 16,000 jobs in Scotland, a reduction in the cost of landing charges and £200m in construction spending during planning and construction.

Heathrow
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'The very best clinical advice'

Mr Davies calls on the government to commit to "reviewing paediatric services at Withybush with a view of establishing a 24 hour services."

The health secretary accuses Mr Davies of "refusing to acknowledge the factual evidence available and the very best clinical advice."  

Withybush
BBC

Urgent question on Withybush Hospital

Conservative Paul Davies asks the Secretary for Health to make a statement on the future of paediatric services at Withybush Hospital.

Children's overnight care and a consultant-led maternity unit were moved from Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest, to Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, in 2014.

At the time, Hywel Dda health board said it would improve care.

About 200 people protested outside the Senedd earier this year, urging ministers to restore specialist baby care and paediatric services to Withybush
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About 200 people protested outside the Senedd earier this year, urging ministers to restore specialist baby care and paediatric services to Withybush

Urgent Question on Main Port Engineering

Angela Burns asks the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure to explain why Main Port Engineering in Pembrokeshire went into administration despite having received a £650,000 grant from the Welsh Government.

"This came as a shock to many" says Ken Skates. "All is not yet lost." 

Pembroke Dock-based Main Port Engineering was served with a winding up petition last month.

The company provides services to the petrochemical industry but struggled to find customers after Milford Haven's Murco Oil Refinery closed.

Main Port Engineering
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'Conference speech quoted'

Plaid Cymru AM tweets

'Don't fear the future, it's ours for the taking'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton tells the first minister to "embrace the future, embrace the opportunity that we have, don't fear the future, it's ours for the taking."

'Sad to see playing of man and not the ball from FM'

Philip Dixon responds to first minister's comment about him being disgruntled.

Call for a 'more urgent and clear position'

Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis says there should be "a more urgent and clear position on behalf of the Welsh Government."

He also presses the first minister further on what was secured in the joint ministerial committee.

The first minister tells Mr Lewis he is yet to call the Brexit hotline.  

Steffan Lewis
BBC

First minister's 'downbeat tone'

Andrew RT Davies expresses disappointment over the "downbeat tone" of the first minister.

He quotes Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster who talked about the "UK's biggest economic opportunity for decades." 

'Disappointing and damaging to confidence'

It is "disappointing and damaging to confidence that the UK government has been unable to set out its vision" for Brexit says the first minister. 

EU Transition

Next on the agenda is a statement by the First Minister Carwyn Jones on EU Transition. 

Prime Minister Theresa May has offered the Welsh Government a formal seat in talks to shape the UK's EU exit strategy.

But First Minister Carwyn Jones has said there was "certainly a great deal of uncertainty" about the UK's position.

The joint ministerial council, which includes Mr Jones and the prime minister, met for the first time since 2014 last month.

The prime minister offered the leaders a "direct line" to Brexit Secretary David Davis during the discussions.
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The prime minister offered the leaders a "direct line" to Brexit Secretary David Davis during the discussions.

Increase of 200% in business rates

AMs discuss business rate revaluation.

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price mentions the case of a pub facing an increase of 200%.  

Adam Price
BBC

'Positive views on what Welsh Gov can offer'

NUT Cymru tweet

'No formal meetings with lobbyists'

Mr McEvoy lists alleged events with ministers and lobbyists.

The first minister says ministers do not have formal meetings with lobbyists.

The first minister says the government will consider retrospectively publishing details of ministerial meetings.   

Lobbying rules

UKIP's Gareth Bennett (AM for South Wales Central) asks what assessment has the First Minister made of lobbying rules which apply in other UK governments.

This follows a call by a Plaid Cymru AM last month that lobbyists who operate in Wales should be regulated and required to register.

Neil McEvoy said regulation would ensure a transparent culture in the Welsh Assembly.

AMs are due to hold an inquiry into lobbying after Scotland and Westminster introduced new rules for the industry.

In 2013 the assembly's standards committee called for the lobbying industry to face tighter scrutiny but not a full register.  

Mr McEvoy said a register for lobbyists would mean it would be known who was lobbying for who, and for what.
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Mr McEvoy said a register for lobbyists would mean it would be known who was lobbying for who, and for what.

'Moaning Minnie'

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton asks the first minister if he's feeling chipper given good economic news on Nissan, GDP figures etc. 

The first minister says Brexit hasn't happened yet, and suggests Nissan would not have been persuaded to invest on a vague promise.

Mr Hamilton describes the first minister as a "Moaning Minnie."  

Neil Hamilton
BBC

Chance to provide the right package for teachers

Devolving pay and conditions provides the chance to provide the right package for teachers in Wales, says the first minister. 

Asked by Mr Davies what he will do with the new power, Mr Jones says it is clear what exists now isn't working.  There is no question of teachers in Wales being paid less than teachers in England, says the first minister.

Teaching
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Teachers leaving the profession after five years

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies says there's been an increase of 50% in teachers leaving the profession after five years.

His questions come after the UK government announced that it would devolve pay and conditions for teachers as part of the Wales Bill.  

The first minister dismisses criticism of the Welsh Government's education department by Philip Dixon saying he has a book to sell and is disgruntled.  

Andrew RT Davies
BBC

Autism

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks if Mr Jones agrees that there needs to be a specific legislation for services for people with autism.

Mr Jones replies they want to see services improve but they need to examine whether a law would do that.

Individuals with autism have less activity in the amygdala (shown in red), which plays a key role in processing emotions
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Individuals with autism have less activity in the amygdala (shown in red), which plays a key role in processing emotions

Welshpool airshow

The first minister says the Welsh Government has supported the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, the Hay Festival and Wales Rally GB.

Mr George asks the first minister what support can be provided for the Welshpool airshow.

Mr Jones says officials will be in touch with the organizers of the airshow.  

Carwyn Jones
BBC