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Summary

  1. Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education
  3. Questions to the Counsel General
  4. Debate seeking the Assembly's agreement to introduce a Member Proposed Bill - The Autism (Wales) Bill
  5. Debate by Individual Members: Hepatitis C
  6. Debate on broadcasting in Wales
  7. Short Debate: Wales in the World – developing Wales' international links

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it from the Siambr today.

    Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 20 June.

    Senedd
  2. Developing Wales' international links

    Jeremy Miles calls for a "global network of Welsh soft power".

    As an example, he refers to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales' visit to Patagonia to mark 150 years since Welsh settlers arrived.

    Jeremy Miles
  3. Wales in the World

    Finally in the Siambr today is a Short Debate by Jeremy Miles (Neath).

    His chosen topic: Wales in the World – developing Wales' international links.

    Welsh flag
  4. Assembly's agreement to introduce The Autism (Wales) Bill

    Paul Davies' bid to introduce an Autism Bill enjoys the support of a majority of AMs.

    There were 40 members for, nine abstained, nobody against.

    Welsh Government members abstained.

    He will now have 13 months to draft a formal bill which could then become law.

    Autism
  5. Reflecting Welsh life

    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd agrees with the report that says BBC Wales should do more to reflect Welsh life in its programmes.

    He questions, for example, why the signs in hospital drama Casualty, filmed at BBC Wales' Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay, are not bilingual "unlike every other hospital in Wales".

    Dai Lloyd
  6. 11 recommendations

    The committee's chair Bethan Jenkins (South Wales West) presents the report which has 11 recommendations.

    She reminds AMs that the committee called in February for £30m extra to be spent on BBC English-language drama and broadcasting in Wales.

    She compares the BBC's announcement of a new TV channel and funding for Scotland, which will receive £19m new cash and have a nightly 21:00 news show, which came after the BBC said it was investing an extra £8.5m a year in Welsh TV programmes - short of the £30m demanded by the committee.

    Bethan Jenkins
  7. Proposal by the five members is passed

    The National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Congratulates the staff in the NHS in Wales for treating and curing an unprecedented number of patients with Hepatitis C.

    2. Calls on the Welsh Government to confirm their commitment to the World Health Organisation eradication date of 2030.

    3. Calls on the Welsh Government to consider new operational guidelines to support the NHS to work towards the eradication of Hepatitis C in Wales.

  8. Target of eliminating Hepatitis B and C

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says that "together with the NHS, the Welsh Government has made major advancements in the treatment and management of viral hepatitis".

    He points out that the Welsh Government is committed to the World Health Organisation target of eliminating Hepatitis B and C by 2030.

    Vaughan Gething
  9. Background

    Hepatitis C is a virus that can infect the liver. If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years.

    However, with modern treatments it's often possible to cure the infection, and most people with it will have a normal life expectancy.

    'To eliminate Hepatitis C, we need to get angry'

    Hepatitis C origins traced back to WWII hospitals

    It's estimated around 215,000 people in the UK have hepatitis C.

    You can become infected with it if you come into contact with the blood of an infected person.

    Hepatitis C often doesn't have any noticeable symptoms until the liver has been significantly damaged. This means many people have the infection without realising it.

    When symptoms do occur, they can be mistaken for another condition. Symptoms can include:

    The only way to know for certain if these symptoms are caused by hepatitis C is to get tested.

    Julie Morgan AM presents the motion
    Image caption: Julie Morgan AM presents the motion
  10. Debate by Individual Members

    We move on to a Debate by Individual Members.

    Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)

    Hefin David (Caerphilly)

    Dai Lloyd (South West Wales)

    Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)

    Mark Isherwood (North Wales)

    propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Congratulates the staff in the NHS in Wales for treating and curing an unprecedented number of patients with Hepatitis C.

    2. Calls on the Welsh Government to confirm their commitment to the World Health Organisation eradication date of 2030.

    3. Calls on the Welsh Government to consider new operational guidelines to support the NHS to work towards the eradication of Hepatitis C in Wales.

    Hepatitis C
  11. 'Related conditions should be covered too'

    Llanelli AM Lee Waters says he wants to see better support for autism and he'll vote in favour today, but he stresses he wants related conditions to be covered too.

    He cites a tweet which he received this morning from a person whose son is Dyspraxic with a touch of Aspergers, stating that support has been "negligible".

    Lee Waters
  12. Abstaining 'a great pity'

    UKIP's Michelle Brown says it is "a great pity" that Welsh Government members will abstain.

  13. Welsh Government will abstain in the vote

    Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans says £13m is being spent on a National Integrated Autism Service over the next four years.

    She insists there are already legislative and policy levers to support people with autism in Wales.

    She confirms that Welsh Government ministers will abstain in the vote today.

    Rebecca Evans
  14. 'Clear pathways to diagnosis for adults and children'

    Legislation is needed to ensure services are put on a statutory footing says the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM, to ensure there are "clear pathways" to diagnosis for adults and children and that staff dealing with people with autism get the right training.

    The proposed Bill "would work alongside" the Welsh Government's work in this area, not against it, he says.

    Paul Davies
  15. A Member Proposed Bill – The Autism (Wales) Bill

    Next in the Siambr is the first of this afternoon's debates.

    People with autism could get stronger rights for support if plans for a new law in Wales are backed on Wednesday.

    Tory AM Paul Davies says a law is needed as children and adults had not received the help that they should.

    The law would require a strategy to be introduced ensuring councils and health boards take the action needed to support people with the condition.

    In October, a Conservative motion calling on Welsh ministers to introduce an Autism Bill was defeated in the assembly.

    Paul Davies won a ballot in March to present a bill in the assembly.

    autism
  16. 90 Second Statements

    We now have the 90 Second Statements, where AMs have the opportunity to raise issues of topical interest.

  17. No topical questions were tabled

    Topical Questions must relate to a matter of national, regional or local significance where an expedited Ministerial response is desirable.

    Questions