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Summary

  1. Equality, Local Government and Communities 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. Topical Questions
  5. Debate on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee Report on their inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales
  6. Plaid Cymru debate: the national parliament of Wales
  7. United Kingdom Independence Party debate: immigration
  8. Short Debate: The multifaceted challenges posed by poverty in Wales

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's it for today.

    Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 27 June.

    Senedd
  2. 'Multifaceted challenges posed by poverty'

    Finally in the Siambr today is a Short Debate by Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley).

    Her chosen subject is "the multifaceted challenges posed by poverty in Wales."

    Poverty
  3. AMs delete all the UKIP proposal

    AMs delete all the UKIP proposal on immigration and replace with the Welsh Government amendment, that the assembly:

    1. Reaffirms support for the joint Welsh Government/Plaid Cymru White Paper Securing Wales' Future which balances jobs and the economy with the need to address concerns about the impact of migration on vulnerable communities.

    2. Supports the approach set out in Securing Wales' Future:

    a) to link the right of EU/EEA nationals to move to the UK after Brexit, to employment; and

    b) to increase efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers, particularly those on low pay.

    the vote
  4. Plaid Cymru proposal passed

    The Plaid Cymru proposal that the assembly

    1. Asserts itself as the national parliament of Wales.

    2. Demands that all powers and resources currently exercised at the EU level within areas of devolved competence are to be exercised by the National Assembly for Wales after the UK leaves the European Union.

    3. Further demands that the UK Government seeks the endorsement of the National Assembly for Wales for all future trade deals with the EU and other countries around the world in order to protect the interests of the Welsh economy.

    is passed with 34 for and 16 against.

    the vote
  5. 'Increase efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers'

    Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan) unsurprisingly wishes to delete all the UKIP proposal and replace with a proposal that the assembly:

    "1. Reaffirms support for the joint Welsh Government/Plaid Cymru White Paper Securing Wales' Future which balances jobs and the economy with the need to address concerns about the impact of migration on vulnerable communities.

    2. Supports the approach set out in Securing Wales' Future:

    a) to link the right of EU/EEA nationals to move to the UK after Brexit, to employment; and

    b) to increase efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers, particularly those on low pay".

    Jane Hutt
  6. 'The NHS prefers younger foreign nurses'

    UKIP's David Rowlands says "there are thousands of 40+ nurses who have left to have families and who now want to come back to nursing but cannot do so because they find the NHS prefers younger foreign nurses... the truth is we want nurses on the cheap so we continue to plunder third world countries to meet our own needs".

    He claims the Conservatives are "in turmoil" over immigration.

    David Rowlands
  7. Welsh work permit system

    Steffan Lewis draws attention to analysis conducted by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance "which concluded that there is very little evidence to suggest that neither immigration as a whole nor EU immigration has had significantly large negative effects on employment, wages and wage inequality for the UK-born population".

    Plaid Cymru propose that the assembly:

    • "Believes that the rights and privileges afforded to UK and EU citizens currently living and working in other EU member states should be protected.
    • Believes that a creation of a Welsh Migration Advisory Service that could issue Welsh specific visas is necessary to plug skills gaps in the Welsh economy.
    • Calls upon the UK Government to guarantee the rights of all EU citizens currently living and working in the UK following Brexit.
    • Calls upon the Welsh Government to publish a consultation on how a Welsh work permit system could benefit the Welsh economy".
  8. 'Accountability and control'

    Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies moves his party's amendment, wishing to delete the entire UKIP proposal and replace with a proposal that the assembly:

    "1. Believes that Britain and Wales has an open economy and a welcoming society, with immigration playing a significant part in sustaining and developing a modern economy in the 21st century.

    2. Recognises the UK Government's commitment to ensure that our public services, businesses and world-class universities can continue to recruit the brightest and best from around the world.

    3. Welcomes the UK Government's intention to develop accountability and control within the country's immigration system".

    Andrew RT Davies
  9. United Kingdom Independence Party debate

    We now have a UKIP debate on immigration.

    The party believes that:

    "a) a controlled and fair immigration system, placing emphasis on skilled migration, would have significant benefits for the UK economy;

    b) public institutions, such as the National Health Service currently depend upon skilled migration from both outside and inside the European Union;

    c) uncontrolled, and largely unskilled, immigration from the European Union member states at the current levels is unsustainable;

    d) current UK immigration policy gives migrants discrimination in favour of EU nationals to the disadvantage of those from other parts of the world."

    Immigration
  10. 'Shared Welsh interests'

    Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford says Labour will vote for the Plaid Cymru motion because "it articulates some shared Welsh interests".

    He says the Conservative amendments are drafted "as if the general election hadn't happened".

    Mark Drakeford
  11. 'Totally unrealistic'

    UKIP leader Neil Hamilton says his party has "no difficulty" in supporting the first two points of the Plaid Cymru motion, but he says the third is "totally unrealistic".

    Neil Hamilton
  12. 'Ensure that more decisions are devolved'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood draws attention to the UK Government's Policy Paper 'The United Kingdom's exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union' which states that "we have already committed that no decisions currently taken by the devolved administrations will be removed from them and we will use the opportunity of bringing decision making back to the UK to ensure that more decisions are devolved".

    He says "the Prime Minister has been very clear that she wants a bespoke deal that works for the whole of the UK, embracing the most tariff and barrier-free trade possible with our European neighbours through a new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement."

    Mark Isherwood
  13. Plaid Cymru debate

    The next debate is the Plaid Cymru debate, in which they propose that the assembly:

    1. Asserts itself as the national parliament of Wales.

    2. Demands that all powers and resources currently exercised at the EU level within areas of devolved competence are to be exercised by the National Assembly for Wales after the UK leaves the European Union.

    3. Further demands that the UK Government seeks the endorsement of the National Assembly for Wales for all future trade deals with the EU and other countries around the world in order to protect the interests of the Welsh economy.

    Steffan Lewis
  14. One recommendation is rejected

    The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant sets out the response of the Welsh Government to the report, which can be seen in detail here.

    One recommendation is rejected, that "the Committee recommends that the Welsh Government should consider extending concessionary transport schemes to refugees and asylum seekers, including children, to enable them to have greater access to education, employment, and volunteering opportunities."

    Mr Sargeant explains it was reject because "refugees can already access benefits support, including for travel, on the same basis as other Welsh residents. The Welsh Government would not be able to mandate concessionary travel for asylum seekers without legislative change. The Home Office provides asylum seekers with financial support of £36.95 per week, which includes a very small amount for transport costs. Any concessionary transport funding should be provided by the UK Government."

    Carl Sargeant
  15. Becoming a Nation of Sanctuary 'may encourage many more asylum seekers'

    It becomes clear that UKIP's Gareth Bennett was the committee member who did not agree the report.

    He says "there are pitfalls in making such a report, one of which is the danger of providing services to refugees which go beyond services provided to ordinary members of the public".

    He says that becoming a Nation of Sanctuary "may encourage many more asylum seekers to try to come here."

  16. 19 recommendations

    Committee chair John Griffiths (Newport East) presents the report, which has 19 recommendations, including "that we become the world’s first Nation of Sanctuary".

    He puts on record that one member was not able to agree the report.

    John Griffiths
  17. Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's Report

    Now the first of this afternoon's debates.

    It's on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's Report on their inquiry into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.

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  18. Scrutiny of the annual draft budget and other related budgetary matters

    Members approve the protocol on the administrative arrangements for the scrutiny of the annual draft budget and other related budgetary matters agreed by the Finance Committee and the Welsh Government.

  19. 90 Second Statements

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

  20. NHS Wales to provide 'life-prolonging' breast cancer drug

    The second topical question is by Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the commercial access deal struck between NHS Wales and Roche, which will mean that breast cancer patients in Wales can access the Kadcyla drug?

    Kadcyla, a combination of two drugs, is used on people with HER2-positive tumours that have spread and cannot be surgically removed.

    Manufacturer Roche reached a deal to provide the drug - that gives an average six months extra life - in England earlier this month.

    The same commercial access deal has now been agreed with NHS Wales.

    Kadcyla