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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Y Siambr - Y Senedd

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Items
Note No. Item

(45 mins)

1.

Questions to the Minister for Health and Social Services

Supporting documents:

Decision:

The item started at 13.30

The first 9 questions were asked. Questions 1 and 2 were answered by the Deputy Minister for Social Services.

(15 mins)

2.

Questions to the Counsel General

Decision:

The item started at 14.21

Both questions were asked.

(45 mins)

3.

Questions to the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Decision:

The item started at 14.25

The first 12 questions were asked.  Questions 2, 6, 7, 10 and 12 were answered by the Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty.

Presiding Officer Statement

The Presiding Officer announced that Bethan Jenkins had won the Members’ ballot to submit a proposal for legislation. In accordance with Standing Order 26.91, Bethan Jenkins may now seek the Assembly’s agreement to introduce a Member proposed Financial Literacy Bill.

(60 mins)

4.

Debate on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee's Report on the Inquiry into Law Making and the Church in Wales

 

NDM5295 David Melding (South Wales Central)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the report of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee on its inquiry into Law-making and the Church in Wales, which was laid in the Table Office on 13 June 2013.

 

Supporting documents:

Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee’s report

Decision:

The item started at 15.19

NDM5295 David Melding (South Wales Central)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee on its inquiry into Law-making and the Church in Wales, which was laid in the Table Office on 13 June 2013.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

(60 mins)

5.

Motion to approve the Assembly Commission’s Official Languages Scheme

 

NDM5297 Rhodri Glyn Thomas (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, in accordance with paragraph 8(11)(d) of Schedule 2 of the Government of Wales Act 2006:

 

Approves the Assembly Commission's Official Languages Scheme, laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 10 July 2013.

 

Supporting documents:

Assembly Commission's Official Languages Scheme

Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s Stage 1 Committee report

Decision:

The item started at 15.55

NDM5297 Rhodri Glyn Thomas (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, in accordance with paragraph 8(11)(d) of Schedule 2 of the Government of Wales Act 2006:

Approves the Assembly Commission's Official Languages Scheme, laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 10 July 2013.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

(60 mins)

6.

Plaid Cymru Debate

 

NDM5298 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes with concern that 48.9% of Wales’ pupils leave school without 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English/Welsh and mathematics.

 

2. Notes with concern that the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged and more advantaged backgrounds grows through the key stages, reaching 33% in key stage 4.

 

3. Believes policies to address surplus places should be re-evaluated to support high standards as a priority.

 

4. Recognises the importance of ensuring that pupils leave school with relevant qualifications and calls upon the Welsh Government to prioritise the establishment of Qualifications Wales as an independent organisation to regulate qualifications in the first instance.

 

5. Recognises the importance of closing the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and pupils from more advantaged backgrounds and calls upon the Welsh Government to ensure that the pupil deprivation grant is allocated towards policies that address this.

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward its comprehensive proposals to enact the recommendations in the Hill report.

 

7. Welcomes The Party of Wales’ agreement with the Welsh Government to create 5,650 additional apprenticeship opportunities, providing young people with valuable opportunities to develop their skills and obtain employment. 

 

The Hill Report can be accessed on the following link:

 

http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/consultation/130621-delivery-of-education-report-en.pdf

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert at end of point one:

 

‘and calls on the Welsh Government to work with Estyn to ensure that every school adopts an individual pupil monitoring programme, to measure pupils’ progress and support schools to target efforts at those pupils who are not meeting their full potential’

 

Amendment 2 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes with concern the lack of consistency between Schools and Local Education Authorities on improving and managing positive transitions between primary and secondary school.

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert at end of point 4:

 

‘, and to publish a communications strategy to promote distinctly Welsh qualifications to prospective employers and educational institutions’

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 6 and renumber accordingly:

 

Welcomes the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ agreement with the Welsh Government to establish the Pupil Deprivation Grant, which has seen £32.4million of funding for schools in 2012-13 and £36.3m in 2013-14, to help break the link between poverty and low attainment, and calls on the Welsh Government to ensure certainty of funding for the future.

 

Amendment 5 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Delete point 7 and replace with:

 

Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to create 5,650 additional apprenticeship opportunities, and calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) monitor the creation of these additional apprenticeships; and

 

b) ensure that the skills gained on these apprenticeships match the needs of the employment market.

Decision:

The item started at 16.30

Voting on the motion and amendments under this item was deferred until Voting Time.

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5298 Jocelyn Davies (South Wales East)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes with concern that 48.9% of Wales’ pupils leave school without 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English/Welsh and mathematics.

2. Notes with concern that the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged and more advantaged backgrounds grows through the key stages, reaching 33% in key stage 4.

3. Believes policies to address surplus places should be re-evaluated to support high standards as a priority.

4. Recognises the importance of ensuring that pupils leave school with relevant qualifications and calls upon the Welsh Government to prioritise the establishment of Qualifications Wales as an independent organisation to regulate qualifications in the first instance.

5. Recognises the importance of closing the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and pupils from more advantaged backgrounds and calls upon the Welsh Government to ensure that the pupil deprivation grant is allocated towards policies that address this.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward its comprehensive proposals to enact the recommendations in the Hill report.

7. Welcomes The Party of Wales’ agreement with the Welsh Government to create 5,650 additional apprenticeship opportunities, providing young people with valuable opportunities to develop their skills and obtain employment. 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

17

51

The motion without amendment was agreed.

(60 mins)

7.

Stage 3 Standing Order 26.44 debate on the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill

 

In accordance with Standing Order 26.36, amendments will be disposed of in the order which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

 

The amendments have been grouped for the purposes of debate and the groupings will be debated as follows:

 

1. The Panel

34, 63, 16, 64, 17, 18, 65, 66, 67, 27, 28, 68, 29, 32, 33, 69

 

2. Agricultural Wages Order

4, 5, 19, 6, 50, 7, 20, 8, 9, 46, 10, 21, 22, 2, 1, 11A, 11, 12, 23, 13, 15

 

3. Enforcement and Offences

51, 52, 53, 54, 35, 57, 30

 

4. Holiday entitlement and enforcement

47, 48, 56, 49

 

5. Information and records

58, 59, 60, 36

 

6. Review and duration of Act

37, 38, 39, 40, 24, 41, 42, 43

 

7. Orders and Regulations

3, 25, 31, 26, 14

 

8. Definition of Agriculture and Agricultural Worker

44, 45, 61

 

9. Restrictions on the Panel and Welsh Ministers

62

 

Supporting documents:

Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill

Explanatory Memorandum

Marshalled List of Amendments

Grouping of Amendments

Decision:

The item started at 17.35

In accordance with Standing Order 26.36, amendments will be disposed of in the order which the sections and schedules to which they relate, arise in the Bill.

The Amendments have been grouped for the purposes of debate and the groupings will be debated as follows:

1. The Panel

34, 63, 16, 64, 17, 18, 65, 66, 67, 27, 28, 68, 29, 32, 33, 69

 

2. Agricultural Wages Order

4, 5, 19, 6, 50, 7, 20, 8, 9, 46, 10, 21, 22, 2, 1, 11A, 11, 12, 23, 13, 15

 

3. Enforcement and Offences

51, 52, 53, 54, 35, 57, 30

 

4. Holiday entitlement and enforcement

47, 48, 56, 49

 

5. Information and records

58, 59, 60, 36

 

6. Review and duration of Act

37, 38, 39, 40, 24, 41, 42, 43

 

7. Orders and Regulations

3, 25, 31, 26, 14

 

8. Definition of Agriculture and Agricultural Worker

44, 45, 61

 

9. Restrictions on the Panel and Welsh Ministers

62

Voting was taken in the order set out in the Marshalled List of Amendments.

A vote was taken on Amendment 34:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

8

26

50

Amendment 34 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 63:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

33

50

Amendment 63 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 4 was agreed.

As amendment 4 was agreed, amendments 16 and 64 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 17:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

8

26

51

Amendment 17 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 18:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

8

26

51

Amendment 18 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 65:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 65 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 66:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 66 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 67:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

39

51

Amendment 67 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 27:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

1

26

51

Amendment 27 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 28:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

8

26

51

Amendment 28 was not agreed.

As amendment 28 was not agreed, amendments 32 and 33 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 68:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 68 was not agreed.

As amendment 68 was not agreed, amendment 69 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

13

51

Amendment 5 was agreed.

As amendment 5 was agreed, amendment 19 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

1

11

51

Amendment 6 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 50:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 50 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 7 was agreed.

As amendment 7 was agreed, amendment 20 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 8:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 8 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 9:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 9 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 46:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

8

26

51

Amendment 46 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 10:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 10 was agreed.

As amendment 10 was agreed, amendments 21, 22 and 2 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

13

0

38

51

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 11A:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

39

51

Amendment 11A was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 11:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 11 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 51:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

33

50

Amendment 51 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 52:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 52 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 53:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 53 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 54:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 54 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 35:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

33

50

Amendment 35 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 47:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 47 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 48:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

25

49

Amendment 48 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 56:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 56 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 49:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 49 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 57:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 57 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 58:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

6

26

49

Amendment 58 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 59:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

6

26

49

Amendment 59 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 60:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

6

26

48

Amendment 60 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 36:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

26

49

Amendment 36 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 12:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

12

50

Amendment 12 was agreed.

Amendment 23 was not moved.

A vote was taken on Amendment 13:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

9

48

Amendment 13 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 29:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

7

26

50

Amendment 29 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 37:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

2

34

51

Amendment 37 was not agreed.

As amendment 37 was not agreed, amendment 39 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 38:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 38 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 40:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 40 was not agreed.

As amendment 40 was not agreed, amendment 43 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 24:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 24 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 41:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 41 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 42:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

39

51

Amendment 42 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 30:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

26

51

Amendment 30 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

26

51

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 25:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 25 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 31:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 31 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 26:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

34

51

Amendment 26 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 14:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 14 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 15:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

12

51

Amendment 15 was agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 44:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

8

26

50

Amendment 44 was not agreed.

As amendment 44 was not agreed, amendment 45 fell.

A vote was taken on Amendment 32:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

8

26

50

Amendment 32 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 61:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

18

8

26

50

Amendment 61 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 62:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

8

26

51

Amendment 62 was not agreed.

All sections and schedules of the Bill were deemed agreed, concluding Stage 3 proceedings.

(5 mins)

8.

Stage 4 Standing Order 26.47 motion to approve the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill

 

At the conclusion of Stage 3 the Minister may propose that the Bill be passed in accordance with Standing Order 26.47. If the proposition is agreed:

 

Stage 4 Standing Order 26.47 motion to approve the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill

Decision:

The item started at 19.27

At the conclusion of Stage 3 the Minister may propose that the Bill be passed in accordance with Standing Order 26.47. If the proposition is agreed:

Stage 4 Standing Order 26.47 motion to approve the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill.

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

17

51

The motion was agreed.

Voting Time

The item started at 19.41

 

Votes Summary

Supporting documents:

 

 

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