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  1. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  2. Business Statement and Announcement
  3. Statement: End of Life Care
  4. Statement: Educational Leadership
  5. Statement: The Dementia Action Plan
  6. Debate: Stage 4 of the Public Health (Wales) Bill
  7. Short Debate: Electrical fires - an increasing threat in today's technological age

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK


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

Senedd Live will be back tomorrow morning when we'll be broadcasting the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

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Spotted at the Senedd

Personal experience

Dawn Bowden says her own mother has recently had to leave her house due to a fire "almost certainly caused by faulty wiring or electrical equipment".

Dawn Bowden

'Electrical fires - an increasing threat'

The final item today is the Short Debate.

The topic chosen by Dawn Bowden (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)is "Electrical fires - an increasing threat in today's technological age".

Electrical fire

Backing for the Welsh Government bill

Plaid Cymru, Conservative and UKIP AMs join Labour in backing the Welsh Government bill.   

Guide to Public Bills and Acts

There is generally a four-stage process for the consideration of a Public Bill involving:

  • Stage 1 – consideration of the general principles of the Bill by a committee, and the agreement of those general principles by the Assembly;
  • Stage 2 – detailed consideration by a committee of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
  • Stage 3 – detailed consideration, by the Assembly, of the Bill and any amendments tabled to that Bill;
  • Stage 4 – a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the Bill.

First version of the bill failed to pass

The older version of the bill, which failed to pass in the last assembly term because of a lack of opposition support, included a ban on the use of e-cigarette devices in some public places.

This attracted criticism from the Tories and Liberal Democrats.

Some Plaid Cymru AMs planned to support the bill, but comments by former Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews that a previous deal with the party was a "cheap date" led them to reject it as a group in dramatic scenes.

The bill was reintroduced to the Senedd with the e-cigarette element dropped after the assembly election.

Stage 4 of public health law

We now have a debate on Stage 4 of the Public Health (Wales) Bill. 

Last week AMs voted to include a Plaid Cymru proposal in the bill - supported by Labour, the Conservatives and UKIP - to place a duty on ministers to produce a national strategy on preventing and reducing obesity.

The bill's original proposed ban on banning smoking in school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds has also been extended to the outdoor areas of registered childcare settings.

Proposals on the prohibiting the "intimate piercing" of the tongue and genitalia of under-16 year olds have also been toughened up to cover all of those under the age of 18.

Other measures in the law include creating a mandatory licensing scheme for acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing.


Lost for Words

Rhun ap Iorwerth pays tribute to Radio Cymru presenter Beti George who has called for a "revolution" in dementia care in Wales.

Ms George allowed cameras into her Cardiff home to film BBC documentary Beti and David: Lost for Words, showing her day-to-day life caring for her partner, veteran broadcaster David Parry-Jones who has since died.

She also visited the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley where she met experts and leaned about Scotland's approach to dementia care.

The country has a charter of rights for people with dementia and, following diagnosis, people are given a dementia link worker to provide support to individuals and their families.

David Parry-Jones and Beti George

'More scope for non-medical support'

Suzy Davies says "most of the key actions seem to be for health boards, but with better diagnosis there is more scope for non-medical support". 

Suzy Davies

'Ambitious, but achievable'

Vaughan Gething says "it is my hope that at the three year point of review, I, or my counterpart, can stand up as I am here today, broadcasting the progress and changes that have been made towards making Wales a dementia friendly nation.

" I look forward to publishing a final plan in the autumn, that is ambitious, but achievable, and that we continue to work in partnership in the future". 

Draft national dementia strategy

Now we have a second statement by Vaughan Gething, on the Dementia Action Plan


Will the board of the academy be held to account?

UKIP's Michelle Brown expresses fears that the board of the academy will not be held to account, "like in failing health boards", but adds "I genuinely hope the academy will succeed". 

Michelle Brown

National Professional Qualification for Headship

Plaid Cymru's Llyr Gruffydd calls for an evaluation of the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), as he has received feedback from people who have completed the qualification and who feel that it doesn't provide value for their career development. 

More generally on the timescales in the plans for developing a national approach to career-long professional learning, he questions whether they are ambitious enough. 

Llyr Gruffydd

Academy up and running by 2018

The Education Secretary wants the academy up and running by spring 2018, but Conservative Darren Millar criticizes the "pace of delivery" as it was first announced in November last year.

Darren Millar

Preparing all leaders in the Welsh education system

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says that helping teachers develop into the next generation of leaders to raise standards across schools will be the focus of a new leadership academy.

She says the new National Academy for Educational Leadership will be arms length from the Welsh Government with the ambition of preparing all leaders in the Welsh education system with the right skills and knowledge to benefit pupils.

Kirsty Williams

Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education

Members are now listening to a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams on educational leadership. 

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'Need to break taboos'

'Deliver more for the resources available'

Conservative Mark Isherwood says "I've been asking successive health ministers and secretaries about to ensure NHS Wales starts asking our wonderful community hospice movement how it can help them deliver more for the resources available."  

Hospice care

Byw Nawr conference

Mr Gething says that last week he attended the Byw Nawr conference and officially launched the new website for advance care planning.

He says the Welsh Government have also provided £150k to train staff in advanced communication skills and end of life care. 

Three year delivery plan

Next in the Siambr is a statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething: End of Life Care. 

The Welsh Government has a three year plan outlining how it intends to improve services for patients and their families and how it will support them.  

Vaughan Gething

'Life changing injury'

Jenny Rathbone welcomes Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, back to the Siambr after the "life changing injury that she suffered as a result of an accident".

Business Statement and Announcement

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

Jane Hutt

Manufacturing output

Shrinking manufacturing output worries Plaid Cymru's Steffan Lewis, who accuses the Welsh Government of dithering over a plan.

The first minister denies dithering over the economy. He cites Aston Martin and says officials are working with 88 other firms. 

Armed forces veterans with mental health problems

Armed forces veterans with mental health problems are having to wait for NHS treatment or travel to England, says Conservative Mark Isherwood. 

Mark Isherwood

Welsh medium education

On plans to close the Welsh-medium stream at Brecon High School, Neil Hamilton says sending pupils on long bus rides for Welsh medium education won't encourage take up.

Local authorities have to show their Welsh medium education plans are workable or we may reject them, says the first minister.

Transport is vital to support out-of-school activities in rural areas if Welsh medium education is to survive, says Simon Thomas.

'Better to work with Theresa May'

The Cardiff city deal and scrapping of the Severn tolls shows it's better to work with Theresa May than Jeremy Corbyn says Nick Ramsay.

The first minister praises Mr Ramsay for his cheek but says gains are only because the Welsh Government has been pushing the UK government hard.  

The Conservatives will scrap the Severn Bridge tolls if they win the general election, Theresa May has said, predicting a £100m economic boost.

The pledge goes further than the existing plan to halve the tolls - currently £6.70 for cars - by 2018

Severn tolls
Congestion at the toll booths has been an issue as well as the cost of the crossing

Economy exchanges

The first minister calls for more UK government action on energy and transport, but Plaid Cymru's Adam Price asks about Labour ideas.  

Carwyn Jones says the Welsh Government is delivering on the economy, naming the Metro and Aston Martin among the evidence.  

Deal done: Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer shakes hands with First Minister Carwyn Jones
Deal done: Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer shakes hands with First Minister Carwyn Jones

Residential care

On residential care, Labour's Huw Irranca-Davies welcomes the doubling of the cash people can keep from the sale of their homes.

Is a £50,000 savings cap the best we can do, asks Conservative Suzy Davies, who adds that the Tory proposal of £100,000 more closely reflects house values. 

Huw Irranca-Davies

'Only suicidal cases are now being referred'

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, fresh from the manifesto launch - expresses concern about help for young people with mental health problems, stating that only suicidal cases are now being referred.

The first minister says extra cash has cut waiting times. 

Leanne Wood

'Immigration pushes down pay'

UKIP leader Neil Hamilton accuses Labour of Brexit scaremongering over a threat to the NHS recruitment campaign. 

He also says immigration pushes down pay.

The first minister says there should be higher minimum wages and less exploitation. 

Neil Hamilton

Will Jeremy Corbyn be prime minister?

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies asks if the first minister believes that Jeremy Corbyn will be prime minister on June 9.

Mr Jones takes a swipe at Theresa May for not engaging with the public, but he still does not mention Jeremy Corbyn by name. 

Pushed again on the Corbyn question, the first minister claims the prime minister is less than fulsome in support of Mr Davies.

The new Tory pledge to scrap the Severn bridge tolls is hailed by Mr Davies. The first minister welcomes their conversion after refusing calls for this for years.  

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Professional clubs 'should be rooted in the community'

The first minister agrees with UKIP's Gareth Bennett that professional clubs like Cardiff City and Newport County should be rooted in the community.  

Sports clubs help tackle obesity

Rhun ap Iorwerth hopes sports clubs will help take action on obesity as part of the strategy outlined in the Public Health Bill.  


Allegations of child abuse in grassroots sport

 Janet Finch-Saunders turns attention to allegations of child abuse in grassroots sport, and calls for a safe environment for youngsters.  

Swansea City's top-flight survival

Mike Hedges hails the success of Swansea City in avoiding relegation.

The first minister agrees that professional sport boosts the economy.  

Swansea won three of their final four games to secure Premier League safety
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Swansea won three of their final four games to secure Premier League safety

Air pollution kills more people than road traffic accidents

Jenny Rathbone points out that air pollution kills more people than road traffic accidents. 

She expresses support for clean air zones which drivers of polluting vehicles have to pay to enter. 

Mr Jones says the Welsh Government will consult on a clean air strategy within 12 months.  

Carwyn Jones

Tackling air pollution in Wales

The first question tabled for today is by Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central): What is the Welsh Government's strategy for tackling air pollution in Wales? 

Jenny Rathbone

Welcome to Senedd Live

Plenary begins as usual with Questions to the First Minister.