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Summary

  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Debate: The Implications for Wales of leaving the European Union
  4. Statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health: The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act - one year on
  5. Statement: The Future of Heritage Services in Wales - a new strategic partnership and the future of Cadw
  6. Statement: The Future of Youth Work Delivery in Wales
  7. Debate: Stage 4 of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close. 

    Senedd Live will be back tomorrow for the final plenary before the Easter recess. 

    Senedd
  2. Call for a continuation (Wales) bill

    The Plaid Cymru amendment to the motion on the implications for Wales of leaving the European Union,  "calling on the Welsh Government to bring forward a continuation (Wales) bill in order to uphold Wales's constitution and convert into Welsh law all European legislation related to devolved policy areas", is passed with 9 for, 39 abstentions, 6 against.  

  3. Bill passes Stage 4

    The second of three assembly bills paving the way for Wales to raise its own taxes for the first time in nearly 800 years has been passed by AMs.

    Welsh ministers will now set the rates for the land transaction tax, raising around £250m a year, in the autumn of 2017.

    The Welsh Government also intends the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes Bill to send a signal that avoiding devolved taxes, to be collected by a new  Welsh Revenue Authority , will not be acceptable.

    Officials said the 220 page document is the longest piece of legislation Welsh ministers have produced.

    Legislation to allow the collection and management of the taxes was passed by the assembly in  March last year .

    Cash
  4. Last of four-stage process for consideration of bill

    The final item today is Stage 4 - a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text - of the Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Bill.

    Stamp duty will be  replaced in Wales by the land transaction tax  in April 2018.  

    LTT will be payable when you buy or lease a building or land over a certain price. It may affect house buyers and sellers and businesses including builders, property developers and agents involved in the transaction process (such as solicitors and conveyancers).

    According to the Welsh Government, the "legislation will broadly be consistent with SDLT, preserving the underlying structure and mirroring key elements such as partnerships, trusts and reliefs, to provide stability and reassurance to businesses and the property market".

    
          Control of stamp duty on property sales passes to Wales in 2018
    Image caption: Control of stamp duty on property sales passes to Wales in 2018
  5. Town and Country Planning Regulations

    Members approve that the draft The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications and Site Visits) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid .

  6. Planning (Hazardous Substances)

    Members approve that the draft The Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Determination of Procedure) (Wales) Order 2017 is made in accordance with the draft  laid .

  7. Establishing National Youth Support Service Board

    Alun Davies also announces he is establishing an independently chaired, National Youth Support Service Board, "to provide constructive challenge and scrutiny of the Welsh Government’s policies and proposals for Youth Support Services".

    He expects the Chair to be in place by the autumn.

  8. Review of Extending Entitlement

    Alun Davies announces a review of Extending Entitlement, the government's statutory direction and guidance for Youth Support Services.      

    Margaret Jervis will lead this review.

    He says a new Extending Entitlement, "fit for today, will be put out to formal consultation in the autumn".  

  9. Statement by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Language

    Members are now listening to a statement by Alun Davies on the Future of Youth Work Delivery in Wales.

    Alun Davies
  10. 'A different approach'

    UKIP's David Rowlands says "perhaps now is the time for a different approach, which establishes a body that encompasses all the aspects of Wales' heritage". 

    David Rowlands
  11. 'Sword of Damocles'

    Conservative Suzy Davies says, "i would prefer to have the option of formal merger to be taken off the table now, but if you are going to employ this sword of Damocles, you need to be crystal clear about what success looks like". 

    Suzy Davies
  12. 'Uncertainty for staff in the sector'

    "Why the talk of formal mergers, which generates uncertainty for staff in the sector?" asks Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd. 

    He adds, "our heritage institutions play an important role in our national life, and we must protect their independence". 

    Dai Lloyd
  13. 'Test all options thoroughly'

    Ken Skates says, "It is imperative that we test all options thoroughly against the status quo of retaining Cadw within Government.

    "There will need to be clear and demonstrable benefits for proposing any change. I hope to be in a position to indicate the government’s preferred option by 30th September 2017".

    He adds, "Cadw’s statutory duties are fundamental to the conservation of our national heritage and the importance of these functions, along with the provision of advice and guidance to owners of historic assets, should not be diluted by any change to the status of the organisation". 

    Ken Skates
  14. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

    Now a statement by Ken Skates: The Future of Heritage Services in Wales - a new strategic partnership and the future of Cadw.

    Heritage bodies in Wales should work more closely to survive financially and bring economic benefits to the nation, a Welsh Government report has said.

    National Museum Wales voiced fears for its independence, amid talk of a part merger with monuments body Cadw.

    The report  recommended a strategic partnership of four bodies, sharing back-office functions and marketing.

    Economy Secretary Ken Skates, who had denied any wholesale merger plan, has urged a "sharper commercial focus".

    The steering group led by National Trust Wales director Justin Albert was set up to look at a Labour manifesto commitment to create Historic Wales by combining the commercial functions of Cadw and the museum.

    
          National Museum Wales - whose bases include St Fagans - had feared the loss of its independence
    Image caption: National Museum Wales - whose bases include St Fagans - had feared the loss of its independence
  15. 'Vast improvement' in National Survey data?

    UKIP's Caroline Jones hopes to see a "vast improvement" in National Survey data this autumn. 

    The government will be setting a baseline through its first annual report which will be published following the release of the data, and the report will then be produced annually every autumn from 2017-18 onwards. 

    Caroline Jones
  16. Fall in the number of nights of respite care

    Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth says there has been a 24% fall in the number of nights of respite care.

    He calls on the government to reverse this number.  

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  17. 'At the end of the beginning of the transformation'

    Rebecca Evans says  " we are only at the end of the beginning of the transformation of social services in Wales, but it is already clear to see that the sector is rising to the challenge to support people who need it by doing what really matters to them". 

    She highlight the "successes of the National Adoption Service for Wales established under the legislation. Since its inception, we have seen the waiting time for looked after children to be placed for adoption nearly halved to 13.5 months from 26 months".    

  18. Statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health

    The next item in the Siambr is a statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans: The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act - one year on. 

    Rebecca Evans