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Live Reporting

Alun Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    The twentieth FMQs of 2022 comes to a close.

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    The Senedd will once again be lit tonight in the blue and yellow colours of Ukraine’s flag as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine and its people.

    Senedd Cymru
  2. 'Rural Fuel Duty Relief should apply in Wales'

    The first minister agrees with Plaid Cymru's Cefin Campbell that the Rural Fuel Duty Relief should apply in parts of Wales.

    The UK government scheme gives support to motorists in parts of Scotland and England by compensating fuel retailers in some rural areas with high road fuel prices. Other fuel users of full duty petrol and diesel can also claim this relief.

    The UK government says the rural areas were chosen because, before the scheme was introduced:

    • pump prices in those areas were much higher than the UK average
    • the remoteness of those areas leads to high fuel transport costs from refinery to filling station
    • relatively low sales means that these fuel retailers cannot benefit from bulk discounts on their fuel purchases
  3. Access to NHS dentists

    Conservative Sam Rowlands says he is "inundated" by constituents having difficulty accessing NHS dentists in north Wales.

    The first minister says "additional investment, contract reform, progressive lifting of Covid restrictions and the opening of the north Wales dental academy are amongst the actions being taken to improve access to NHS dentistry in the Member’s region".

  4. Cancer services: greater 'sense of urgency' needed

    Rhun ap Iorwerth calls for a greater "sense of urgency" from the Welsh Government on its cancer services action plan.

    The first minister says "work to produce the action plan is being carried out by the Wales Cancer Network. That work will continue through the summer. The Minister expects to receive a draft of the plan in September."

  5. UK government has showed 'contempt' for devolution

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price says the UK government has showed its "contempt" for devolution after it said it would repeal a Senedd law that bans agency workers filling in for strike action in the NHS and other services.

    Mr Drakeford accuses the UK government of being "deeply, deeply disrespectful" by not informing Welsh ministers or the Senedd of their plans.

    Unions, the Welsh Labour government and Plaid Cymru have strongly criticised the plans to scrap the law which was agreed by the Senedd in 2017, shortly before Welsh devolution was changed to prevent new laws that cover industrial relations.

    The UK government said at the time of the Trade Union Wales Act's passing that industrial relations were not devolved.

    Adam Price challenges Mark Drakeford to "request the power for a referendum on the future of our democracy" from UK ministers. He made the call shortly before Nicola Sturgeon explained her plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence.

    Mr Price says Wales could hold its vote based on the recommendations of a constitutional commission already established by Welsh ministers and currently considering how the current system of powers resting in Cardiff and London could change.

    The referendum could be "based on whichever model or models emergencies emerges from the constitutional commission that you've set up", Mr Price suggests.

    "If it's framed as Wales versus Westminster, it's surely a referendum that we can win?"

    But Mr Drakeford tells Plaid Cymru's leader that the case he was making was "fatally weakened" by the fact that no political party promising such a referendum had won the majority of votes in Wales in an election.

    Adam Price
    Image caption: Adam Price
    The UK government wants measures to allow agency staff to cover for striking workers to apply to the whole of Britain.
    Image caption: The UK government wants measures to allow agency staff to cover for striking workers to apply to the whole of Britain.
  6. Ukraine: Wales refugee super sponsor scheme

    First Minister Mark Drakeford says the super sponsor scheme for Ukrainian refugees will not resume until people can leave welcome centres for homes. It comes after his social justice minister Jane Hutt said on Tuesday that Wales' five welcome centres are full.

    The first minister says moving refugees out of welcome centres "is not happening as quickly as we need it to happen".

    "Offers of help have to be checked. Police checks have to be carried out. Social services departments have to visit."

    "As soon as we have a balance between people being able to leave the welcome centres and into families, and the number of people want to wishing to come to Wales, then we'll be in a position to reopen the super sponsorship route."

    Welsh Conservative Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies raises concerns about the resources the Welsh government had put in place.

    "You rightly took the plaudits that you identified yourself as a super sponsor government for refugees coming from their horrors that we are seeing in the Ukraine., and we all want to play our part, but you have to identify the resources to marry up to the demand."

    Mr Drakeford says they are also working with local authorities to find homes that would otherwise be unoccupied. He says the Welsh Government was supporting refugees with its own resources, and said not a "penny piece" had come from UK government. "People coming from Ukraine have been short-changed by the UK government," he claims.

    He also recalls speaking to a seven-year-old child from Ukraine, "he was struggling in the few words that he had to explain to me what it was like to have arrived in Wales, and he pointed upwards and he said, 'No rockets in sky.' "

    Andrew RT Davies
    Image caption: Andrew RT Davies
    Over 200 refugees - about half of them young children - are currently staying in one Urdd camp
    Image caption: Over 200 refugees - about half of them young children - are currently staying in one Urdd camp
  7. Support for victims of domestic abuse

    The Llywydd (presiding officer) Elin Jones conducts a ballot to determine the names of members who may table questions to the first minister and Welsh ministers. Each member may enter their name into a ballot.

    Joyce Watson, Labour MS for Mid and West Wales, asks what is the Welsh Government doing to support victims of domestic abuse?

    First Minister Mark Drakeford refers to the updated Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence National Strategy.

    Joyce Watson says she "commissioned Welsh Women's Aid to audit provisions across Wales, and what we found is a postcode lottery." She says there's an "urgent need for tailored support" for children and young people who experience violence and abuse at home "because without early support, it can lead to a lifetime of adverse impacts."

    The Live Fear Free helpline provides help and advice to:

    • anyone experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence
    • people who know someone who needs help
    • practitioners seeking professional advice.
    Joyce Watson
    Image caption: Joyce Watson
  8. No rail staff were moved

    First Minister Mark Drakeford begins by updating the Senedd over claims staff were moved from Wales to England to keep services running during strike action.

    The Welsh Government had initially stood by the comments last week despite Network Rail denying it happened.

    The first minister now says he had received information that no staff were moved.

    Mark Drakeford
    Image caption: Mark Drakeford
  9. Croeso

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the twentieth session of First Minister's Questions in 2022.

    The meeting is held in a hybrid format, with some members in the Siambr (Senedd chamber) and others joining by video-conference.