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Summary

  1. Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure
  3. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport
  4. 90 Second Statements
  5. The future of agricultural and rural policies
  6. Debate by Individual Members: State of Nature Wales 2016 Report
  7. Welsh Conservatives debate: the armed forces community
  8. Plaid Cymru debate on the Welsh language
  9. Short Debate: The loss of heart research at Cardiff Medical School

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

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That's it for today. 

Senedd Live will be back next Tuesday 15 November.

Senedd
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Vote on the State of Nature Wales 2016 Report

The National Assembly for Wales:

1. Welcomes the State of Nature Wales 2016 Report

2. Commends the work of the conservation and research organisations who have produced the report

3. Is concerned by the findings which state that:

a) 56% of species studied have declined across the UK over the last 50 years

b) In Wales, one in 14 species is heading for extinction

c) 57% of wild plants, 60% of butterflies and 40% of birds are in decline

d) More than one third of (known) marine vertebrate and plant life has diminished, with three quarters of marine invertebrates declining across the UK.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government and public bodies to ensure that reversing the decline in our biodiversity is at the heart of sustainable management policies.

Vote on the State of Nature Wales 2016 Report
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Not seeking a 'cosy consensus'

The Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies says it is important to seek consensus based on a vision, but not a "cosy consensus". 

Alun Davies
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'One of the reasons I'm relishing being in this place'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton expresses surprise that the government is seeking to delete what he calls "Plaid Cymru's statement of fact" proposing that the assembly "regrets that the percentage of seven-year-old learners being taught through the medium of Welsh has stagnated in recent years."

He says that the opportunity to improve his Welsh is "one of the reasons I'm relishing being in this place."

Neil Hamilton
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Round of applause

Labour's Mike Hedges gets a round of applause after finishing his speech in Welsh, despite saying he is not confident when speaking Welsh in public.  

Mike Hedges
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Welsh in the workplace

Conservative Suzy Davies calls on the Welsh Government to work with businesses to improve the use and learning of Welsh in the workplace.

Suzy Davies
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'Enormity of the task'

Llyr Gruffydd says that one of the reasons for holding this debate is to underline "the enormity of the task" of almost doubling the number of Welsh speakers by 2050.  

He calls on the Welsh Government to strengthen Welsh-medium provision across all education sectors.   

Plaid Cymru used a Senedd debate last month to stress the role of education in promoting the language.

In its assembly election manifesto, Plaid Cymru said the aim should ultimately be Welsh-medium education for all.

Llyr Gruffydd
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Plaid Cymru debate

The final debate today is on the Welsh language. 

A drive to almost double the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050 was been unveiled by the first minister at this year's National Eisteddfod.

The 2011 census reported a drop in the number of Welsh speakers from 582,000 in 2001 to 562,000, about one in five of the population.

Traditional Welsh-speaking communities have been said to be under threat from young people moving away to find work and new housing developments attracting incomers who do not speak the language.

The Welsh Language
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Steps taken with the armed forces community

The Welsh Government's amendment lists steps taken in partnership with the armed forces community, including:

a) the invaluable work of the Armed Forces Expert Group;

b) the development of the Welcome to Wales booklet for serving armed forces personnel and their families on being deployed to Wales;

c) the improved support for armed forces and their families, including the development of a Housing Pathway for ex-service personnel and their families;

d) the Armed Forces Employability Pathway which enables young people to build skills and confidence, gain qualifications and secure employment;

e) the continued work to progress health and welfare provision for ex-service personnel including the annual funding of £585,000 given to Veterans NHS Wales, free swimming and the total disregard of the war disablement pension from April 2017.

'No good paying lip service once a year'

Of those who have served in the armed forces, UKIP's Caroline Jones says "we owe them so much, more than we can ever repay."

"It is no good paying lip service once a year on Remembrance Day," she adds.

Mental health issues

Mohammad Asghar says that around 5% of veterans suffer from mental health issues.

Mohammad Asghar
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'Championed and promoted'

Plaid Cymru's Bethan Jenkins calls on the Welsh Government to "examine ways in which the needs of veterans, and the communities they live in, can be championed and promoted, looking at best practice elsewhere."

She also draws attention to the work of organisations such as '65 degrees north' that help the rehabilitation of veterans, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Ministry of Defence to ensure people about to leave the Armed forces are aware of such organisations.

Bethan Jenkins
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'Fairness and respect'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces and their families should be treated with fairness and respect.

He also says that Wales should be at the forefront of implementing the Armed Forces Covenant, which is intended to "redress the disadvantages that the armed forces community may face in comparison to other citizens, and to recognise sacrifices made".

Mark Isherwood
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Welsh Conservatives debate

Next a debate on the armed forces community.

The motion notes that according to the Royal British Legion's 2014 Household Survey, there are 385,000 members of the current, and former, service community in Wales.  

There are about 250,000 veterans from different conflicts living in Wales, according to a Welsh Affairs Committee report.

Armed forces
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Seeking two commitments from the UK government

Report's key findings

  • over the long term, 57% of vascular plant species declined and 43% increased. This pattern was unchanged over the short term
  • 60% of butterfly species declined and 40% increased over the long term, while over the short term, 37% of species declined and 63% increased
  • over the long term, 40% of bird species declined and 60% increased. Over the short term 58% of species declined and 42% increased
  • over 5,000 of the species known to occur in Wales have been assessed using modern red-list criteria. Of these, 354 (7%) of these are at risk of extinction from Great Britain.
There is some good news e.g. red kite numbers in Wales are rising
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There is some good news e.g. red kite numbers in Wales are rising

Water voles not Trump

One in 14 species at risk

Simon Thomas says the report is "easy to read but difficult to accept".

One in 14 species in Wales is at risk of disappearing altogether according to figures collected as part of the report.

Fifty conservation bodies have produced the findings to highlight the plight of nature across the country.

However, the situation is better in Wales compared with the rest of the UK, where more than one in 10 species are threatened with extinction.  

Invasive species such as rhododendron in Snowdonia are a threat
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Invasive species such as rhododendron in Snowdonia are a threat

Debate by Individual Members

Now the first of this afternoon's debates.

It's by:

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales)Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore)Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley)Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)David Melding (South Wales Central)

on the State of Nature Wales 2016 Report

This is the second publication of its kind, following the first in 2013.

The pearl-bordered fritillary - 60% of butterflies have declined
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The pearl-bordered fritillary - 60% of butterflies have declined

Background: Before and after EU referendum

Before the EU referendum, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said that a leave vote "would leave less money and support for our agriculture, as well as ending free access to our most important markets."

Since the vote, she has said that Brexit gives the chance for a "made-in-Wales" approach to farming.  

agriculture
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The principles that should underpin new Welsh polices

The committee's Inquiry into the Future of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Wales runs until 25 November. 

Mark Reckless says that "agriculture is the backbone of the rural economy but we don't want to define 'agriculture' too narrowly."

The committee wants to identify the principles that should underpin the new Welsh polices that will be needed to replace those currently set by the European Union.

Agricultural and rural policies

The next item is a statement by the Chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, UKIP's Mark Reckless, on the Committee's inquiry into the future of agricultural and rural policies in Wales. 

Mark Reckless
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The three 90 second topics

David Rees recalls that it is 15 years since explosion at number five blast furnace at Port Talbot steelworks which killed three men and injured many others.

Huw Irranca-Davies' topic is the Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK, which raises funds and awareness of prostate cancer by encouraging men to grow a moustache in November.

Simon Thomas pays tribute to six year old Elly, raising funds for Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital for Hywel Dda Health Charities.

90 Second Statements

Members are now listening to the second set of 90 Second Statements, where three AMs have the opportunity to raise issues of topical interest. 

'Fully accepts the failings'

The health secretary says that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board "fully accepts the failings identified in the report"  and he expects "swift action."

He adds that the board's chief executive Gary Doherty would apologise to the patient directly.

Despite Welsh Government guidelines stating patients newly diagnosed with cancer should start treatment within 31 days, Mr D had to wait 132 days.  

Nick Bennett has been critical of events at Glan Clwyd hospital in three reports over two months
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Nick Bennett has been critical of events at Glan Clwyd hospital in three reports over two months

Urgent Question: Cancer patient's care at Glan Clwyd

The second urgent question is to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-Being and Sport.

Llyr Gruffydd asks for a statement concerning the Ombudsman’s report which found 'systemic failure' in a cancer patient's care at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire.

Public Services Ombudsman Nick Bennett said there was a "systemic failure" by consultants at Glan Clwyd to recognise and respond to the patient's condition.

It is the third Ombudsman report on the hospital in the past two months.

The health board has apologised.

Glan Clwyd Hospital
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'Great solidarity'

Mr Sargeant says he is "sympathetic to the circumstances of this case but immigration is not a devolved matter."

Bashir Naderi, who has lived in the UK for nine years, had his deportation stopped by a judge in October.

Labour AM Jenny Rathbone says "great solidarity" was shown earlier today when Labour, Plaid Cymru, Conservative and UKIP AMs came together on the steps of the Senedd in support of the "Stand Up for Bash" campaign.

petition supporting Mr Naderi has gathered more than 11,000 signatures.

AMs from all four assembly party groups gathered in Cardiff Bay
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Urgent Question: Bashir Naderi

Neil McEvoy, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales Central, asks the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children: In light of the imminent possible removal of Bashir Naderi from the UK next Tuesday, will the Minister consider making representations to stop this from happening?

Many AMs are wearing a blue ribbon in the Siambr to back a campaign to save the 19-year old from Cardiff being deported to his Afghanistan home-land.  

Bashir Naderi has been with his girlfriend Nicole Cooper for two years
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Bashir Naderi has been with his girlfriend Nicole Cooper for two years

Bronllys Hospital: 'particularly disappointed and frustrated'

Hospital cleanliness is the issue raised by UKIP's Caroline Jones. She points out that Bronllys Hospital in Brecon scored a Food Standards Agency rating of two.  

"Every hospital should have a rating of five," she says.

Mr Gething says he was "particularly disappointed and frustrated" at the rating at Bronllys.

Caroline Jones
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'The very best clinical advice'

Conservative Paul Davies again calls for a 24 hour paediatric service at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

Mr Gething says decisions are taken based on "the very best clinical advice".

Hywel Dda University Health Board announced reductions in paediatric and maternity services at Withybush in 2014.  

Protesters march over changes to services at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest
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Protesters march over changes to services at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest

Audiology waiting times 'not where they should be'

Asked by Adam Price about audiology waiting times in Hywel Dda University Health Board, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething acknowledges they "are not where they should be."

Vaughan Gething
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Welsh Government loses £494,000

Only £5,000 of a £500,000 Welsh Government grant to a Denbighshire hotel which went into administration will be recovered, Ken Skates says.

Ruthin Castle Ltd was given the cash at the start of 2012 to fund improvements.

The hotel was sold and continues to operate under a different company.

In June 2015, the Welsh Government received £5,469 from administrators
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In June 2015, the Welsh Government received £5,469 from administrators

'Need to do more to connect people'

UKIP's Neil Hamilton says it takes six hours to go from Aberystwyth to Cardiff, via Shrewsbury, on the train. "We need to do more to connect people," he adds.

Mr Skates replies that "being connected is one of the fundamental needs of every human." 

Maybe not so lucky after all

Headquarters of the development bank

Asked by Conservative Russell George about the retention of Finance Wales staff once its successor body, the development bank for Wales, establishes its headquarters in the north east, Mr Skates says it makes sense that national institutions are decentralized where possible.

He adds the bank will retain a base in Cardiff.

Bid to host World Expo?

Plaid Cymru's Adam Price says that Greater Manchester is bidding to be the host city region for the trade convention World Expo 2025, and calls on the Welsh government to bid for the next slot.

Mr Skates says the economy strategy to be launched next year will include "big, bold ideas."

The World Expo takes place every five years and Dubai was chosen to host the event in 2020.  

 Representatives of 145 countries attended World Expo 2015 in Milan, which boasted 54 national pavilions at a sprawling site.  

China's exhibit at Expo 2015 in Milan highlighted the country's success in conquering food shortages
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China's exhibit at Expo 2015 in Milan highlighted the country's success in conquering food shortages

Hefin David's lucky day

Hefin David (Caerphilly) gets to ask the second tabled question also.

The Presiding Officer conducts a ballot to determine the names of Members who may table questions to the First Minister and Welsh Ministers, so the odds of that happening are slim.

He asks for a statement on the green economy in Wales.

Current franchise to end in October 2018

Mr Skates says the current franchise will end in October 2018.

Four companies are bidding to run the network.  

Ken Skates
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Croeso nôl

Plenary begins with questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates. 

The first of the tabled questions is by Hefin David: Will the Minister make a statement on the future of the Wales and Borders rail franchise?  

The Wales and Borders franchise is currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales
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The Wales and Borders franchise is currently operated by Arriva Trains Wales

Back at 1.30pm

The committee is now meeting in private. 

Senedd Live will be back at 1.30pm for plenary.