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Agenda and minutes

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Note: 62(v7) 

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Transcript: Transcript for 29/03/2017 - Plenary

Items
Note No. Item

Record of Proceedings

(45 mins)

1.

Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

The Presiding Officer will call Party Spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the Cabinet Secretary after Question 2.

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Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The item started at 13.30

 

The first 7 questions were asked. Question 5 was answered by the Minister for Skills and Science. The Presiding Officer invited party spokespeople to ask questions to the Cabinet Secretary after Question 2.

(45 mins)

2.

Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport

The Presiding Officer will call Party Spokespeople to ask questions without notice to the Cabinet Secretary after Question 2.

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Minutes:

The item started at 14.22

 

The first 8 questions were asked. Questions 4 and 7 were answered by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health. The Presiding Officer invited party spokespeople to ask questions to the Cabinet Secretary after Question 2.

(45 mins)

3.

Statement by the First Minister: Article 50 Response

Minutes:

The item started at 15.10

Proposal for an Urgent Debate under Standing Order 12.69, Simon Thomas:

The item started at 16.06

 

That the Assembly considers the impact of triggering Article 50 on Wales.


The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

20

0

34

54

The motion was not agreed.

Urgent Question

The item started at 16.12

To the Minister for Social Services and Public Health:

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister make a statement on the future management of Sport Wales following the decision to terminate the positions of the Chair and Vice Chair of the organisation? EAQ(5)0154(HWS)

(5 mins)

4.

90 Second Statements

Minutes:

The item started at 16.24

 

Jenny Rathbone made a statement regarding Fashion Revolution Week April 24th-30th

 

Mark Isherwood made a statement regarding “World Autism Awareness Week”.

 

Suzy Davies made a statement regarding the new dementia friendly service that Tesco launched last week in Swansea.

(60 mins)

5.

Debate on the Children Young People and Education Committee Report of the inquiry into statutory advocacy provision

NDM6275 Lynne Neagle (Torfaen)
 
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Children, Young People and Education Committee Report on the Inquiry into Statutory Advocacy Provision which was laid in the Table Office on 2 February 2017.

Note: The Welsh Government's response to the report was laid in the Table Office on 22 March 2017.

Minutes:

The item started at 16.29

NDM6275 Lynne Neagle (Torfaen)
 
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Children, Young People and Education Committee Report on the Inquiry into Statutory Advocacy Provision which was laid in the Table Office on 2 February 2017.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

(60 mins)

6.

Debate on the Petitions Committee Report on a Petition on Ovarian Cancer

NDM6276 Mike Hedges (Swansea East)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes Petitions Committee report on the petition, 'Support Yearly Screening for Ovarian Cancer', which was laid in the Table Office on 9 February 2017.

Note: The Welsh Government's response to the report was laid in the Table Office on 22 March 2017.

Minutes:

The item started at 17.02

NDM6276 Mike Hedges (Swansea East)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes Petitions Committee report on the petition, 'Support Yearly Screening for Ovarian Cancer', which was laid in the Table Office on 9 February 2017.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

(60 mins)

7.

United Kingdom Independence Party debate

NDM6274
 
David Rowlands (South Wales East)
Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Commends the Welsh Government's aim of achieving one million Welsh-speakers by 2050 and recognises the key role of schools in achieving it.

2. Believes that flying in the face of local public opinion will limit the chance of success and that changes to educational institutions covering Key Stages 1 to 5 should be made in a manner supported by the majority of parents, guardians or local residents, who are best placed to make educational decisions on behalf of their children.

3. Believes that proposals to convert English-medium, dual-stream or transitional schools into Welsh-medium schools or to close them must involve genuine local consultation whereby:

a) all respondents supply their names, addresses and postcodes;

b) each individual named in any submitted petition is recorded as a discrete observation unit; and

c) the opinions of unrelated third parties should not be given priority over the wishes of parents or local residents.

4. Believes that the consultation exercise carried out by Carmarthenshire County Council prior to deciding to close the Llangennech dual stream federated infants and junior schools and convert them to a single Welsh-medium school was flawed.

5. Believes that the council should rescind its decision pending a further consultation based on the principles set out in paragraph 3 above.

The following amendments have been tabled:

1. Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Delete all after point 1 and replace with:

Welcomes the Welsh Government’s intention to publish a White Paper this year for consultation on provisions for a new Welsh Language Bill as part of plans to increase the use of the Welsh language.

Recognises the additional investment in 2017-18 to improve and increase Welsh in the workplace provision and to promote the Welsh language.

Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to review the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan process.

Recognises local authorities and other proposers must comply with the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 and the School Organisation Code and must consider a range of factors when proposing significant changes to schools in their jurisdiction.

'School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013'

'School Organisation Code'

[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendments 2 and 3 will be de-selected]

2. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
 
Delete all after point 1.

[If amendment 2 is agreed, amendment 3 will be de-selected]

3. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
 
Delete all after point 1.

4. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
 
Add as a new point at end of motion:

Regrets that there has been a fall in the number of Welsh speaking teachers entering the profession.
 
5. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
 
Add as a new point at end of motion:

Regrets that school closures have disproportionately affected Welsh medium schools.

6. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
 
Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the many cognitive, educational, economic and social benefits of bilingualism.

7. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that the percentage of seven-year-old learners being taught through the medium of Welsh has stagnated in recent years.

8. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that Carmarthenshire County Council's Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017, which included the decision to establish a Welsh-medium school at Llangennech, was approved unanimously by the Labour-led Cabinet in July 2014, and that all subsequent decisions were approved by the appropriate authorities.

'Carmarthenshire County Council Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017'

Minutes:

The item started at 17.48


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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM6274
 
David Rowlands (South Wales East)
Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Commends the Welsh Government's aim of achieving one million Welsh-speakers by 2050 and recognises the key role of schools in achieving it.

2. Believes that flying in the face of local public opinion will limit the chance of success and that changes to educational institutions covering Key Stages 1 to 5 should be made in a manner supported by the majority of parents, guardians or local residents, who are best placed to make educational decisions on behalf of their children.

3. Believes that proposals to convert English-medium, dual-stream or transitional schools into Welsh-medium schools or to close them must involve genuine local consultation whereby:

a) all respondents supply their names, addresses and postcodes;

b) each individual named in any submitted petition is recorded as a discrete observation unit; and

c) the opinions of unrelated third parties should not be given priority over the wishes of parents or local residents.

4. Believes that the consultation exercise carried out by Carmarthenshire County Council prior to deciding to close the Llangennech dual stream federated infants and junior schools and convert them to a single Welsh-medium school was flawed.

5. Believes that the council should rescind its decision pending a further consultation based on the principles set out in paragraph 3 above.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

7

0

45

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

1. Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Delete all after point 1 and replace with:

Welcomes the Welsh Government's intention to publish a White Paper this year for consultation on provisions for a new Welsh Language Bill as part of plans to increase the use of the Welsh language.

Recognises the additional investment in 2017-18 to improve and increase Welsh in the workplace provision and to promote the Welsh language.

Notes the Welsh Government's commitment to review the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan process.

Recognises local authorities and other proposers must comply with the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 and the School Organisation Code and must consider a range of factors when proposing significant changes to schools in their jurisdiction.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

17

52

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

As amendment 1 was agreed, amendment 3 was de-selected.

 

Amendment 2 was not moved.

4. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
 
Add as a new point at end of motion:

Regrets that there has been a fall in the number of Welsh speaking teachers entering the profession.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Presiding Officer exercised her casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amended was not agreed.

5. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
 
Add as a new point at end of motion:

Regrets that school closures have disproportionately affected Welsh medium schools.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

9

26

52

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

6. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
 
Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the many cognitive, educational, economic and social benefits of bilingualism.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 6 was agreed.

7. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that the percentage of seven-year-old learners being taught through the medium of Welsh has stagnated in recent years.

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Presiding Officer exercised her casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amended was not agreed.

8. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that Carmarthenshire County Council's Welsh in Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017, which included the decision to establish a Welsh-medium school at Llangennech, was approved unanimously by the Labour-led Cabinet in July 2014, and that all subsequent decisions were approved by the appropriate authorities.

A votewas taken on Amendment 8:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

11

31

52

Amendment 8 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM6274
 
David Rowlands (South Wales East)
Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Commends the Welsh Government's aim of achieving one million Welsh-speakers by 2050 and recognises the key role of schools in achieving it.

2. Welcomes the Welsh Government's intention to publish a White Paper this year for consultation on provisions for a new Welsh Language Bill as part of plans to increase the use of the Welsh language.

3. Recognises the additional investment in 2017-18 to improve and increase Welsh in the workplace provision and to promote the Welsh language.

4. Notes the Welsh Government's commitment to review the Welsh in Education Strategic Plan process.

5. Recognises local authorities and other proposers must comply with the School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 and the School Organisation Code and must consider a range of factors when proposing significant changes to schools in their jurisdiction.

6. Notes the many cognitive, educational, economic and social benefits of bilingualism.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

51

0

1

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

8.

Voting Time

Minutes:

The item started at 18.40

(30 mins)

9.

Short Debate (Re-scheduled from 22 March)

NDM6266 Dawn Bowden (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
 
Credit Unions: A key contribution to tackling financial exclusion

Minutes:

The item started at 18.46

 

NDM6266 Dawn Bowden (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
 
Credit Unions: A key contribution to tackling financial exclusion.

(30 mins)

10.

Short Debate

NDM6273 Steffan Lewis (South Wales East)

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy and sport – can Wales lead the way?

Minutes:

The item started at 19.01

NDM6273 Steffan Lewis (South Wales East)

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy and sport – can Wales lead the way?

Votes Summary

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