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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Y Siambr - Y Senedd

Note: 130(v7) 

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Transcript: Transcript for 18/04/2018 - Plenary

Items
Note No. Item

(45 mins)

1.

Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance

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. The Presiding Officer invited party spokespeople to ask questions to the Cabinet Secretary after question 2.

(45 mins)

2.

Questions to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip (in respect of her policy responsibilities)

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 14.26

The first 6 questions were asked. The Presiding Officer invited party spokespeople to ask questions to the Cabinet Secretary after question 2.

(45 mins)

3.

Statement by the Counsel General: Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill

Minutes:

The item started at 15.20

Proposal for an Urgent Debate under Standing Order 12.69

The item started at 15.45

Leanne Wood (Rhondda): UK air strikes in Syria

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

27

15

9

51

The motion was agreed.

(20 mins)

4.

Questions to the Assembly Commission

Minutes:

The item started at 15.50

The 4 questions were asked.

(20 mins)

5.

Topical Questions

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport:

Neil McEvoy (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the Welsh Government's role in the proposed renaming of the second Severn crossing to the Prince of Wales bridge?

Minutes:

The item started at 16.05

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport:

Neil McEvoy (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the Welsh Government's role in the proposed renaming of the second Severn crossing to the Prince of Wales bridge?

(5 mins)

6.

90 Second Statements

Minutes:

The item started at 16.16

Mick Antoniw made a statement on Team Wales ParaCheer who will go to the USA to defend their world title on 21 April.

(60 mins)

7.

Debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report: How is the Welsh Government preparing for Brexit?

NDM6704 David Rees (Aberavon)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee on 'How is the Welsh Government preparing for Brexit?', which was laid in the Table Office on 5 February 2018.

Note: The response by the Welsh Government was laid on 12 April 2018.

Minutes:

The item started at 16.18

NDM6704 David Rees (Aberavon)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee on 'How is the Welsh Government preparing for Brexit?', which was laid in the Table Office on 5 February 2018.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

(30 mins)

8.

Welsh Conservatives debate – The Permanent Secretary's investigation report

NDM6702 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the letter from the Permanent Secretary, dated 16 March, in relation to motion NDM6668, which was agreed by the National Assembly for Wales on 28 February 2018.

2. Regrets the failure of the Permanent Secretary to comply with the wishes of Assembly Members.

3. Acting in accordance with Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006, requires the Welsh Government’s Permanent Secretary to produce for the purposes of the Assembly, with appropriate redactions to ensure anonymity of witnesses, the report into the investigation on “whether there is any evidence of a prior unauthorised sharing of information – i.e. a “leak” – by the Welsh Government of information relating to the recent Ministerial reshuffle".

ITV Wales – Leak inquiry clears First Minister – 25 January 2018

Wales Online – Outside the headlines: Politics updates from Cardiff Bay, Westminster and our town halls – 25 January 2018

Letter from the Permanent Secretary to all Assembly Members – 16 March 2018

The following amendment has been tabled:

Amendment 1. Julie James (Swansea West)

Delete all after point 1.

Minutes:

The item started at 17.07

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM6702 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the letter from the Permanent Secretary, dated 16 March, in relation to motion NDM6668, which was agreed by the National Assembly for Wales on 28 February 2018.

2. Regrets the failure of the Permanent Secretary to comply with the wishes of Assembly Members.

3. Acting in accordance with Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006, requires the Welsh Government’s Permanent Secretary to produce for the purposes of the Assembly, with appropriate redactions to ensure anonymity of witnesses, the report into the investigation on “whether there is any evidence of a prior unauthorised sharing of information – i.e. a “leak” – by the Welsh Government of information relating to the recent Ministerial reshuffle".

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

1

29

56

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1. Julie James (Swansea West)

Delete all after point 1.

A vote was taken on amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

29

1

26

56

Amendment 1 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM6702 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the letter from the Permanent Secretary, dated 16 March, in relation to motion NDM6668, which was agreed by the National Assembly for Wales on 28 February 2018.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

29

1

26

56

The motion as amended was agreed.

(30 mins)

9.

Welsh Conservatives debate – A national school workforce plan

NDM6703 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the growing teacher recruitment crisis in maintained schools in Wales. 

2. Regrets that there has been insufficient Welsh Government action to address the causes of this to date. 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Education Workforce Council to develop a national school workforce plan for Wales, in order to:

a) remove unnecessary barriers to the recruitment of overseas trained teachers;

b) recognise the skills of experienced and successful teachers working in further education colleges, and in independent schools and colleges by providing them with qualified teacher status; and

c) establish routes into teaching for experienced teaching support assistants in Wales.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1. Julie James (Swansea West)

Delete all and replace with:

1. Notes the ongoing work of Welsh Government to develop a high-quality education profession and attract the best and brightest to teach in Wales, including:

a) reformed and strengthened Initial Teacher Education;

b) targeted incentives for high quality graduates in priority subjects and Welsh-medium education;

c) an ongoing highly targeted digital recruitment campaign;

d) establishing the National Academy for Educational Leadership; and

e) establishing the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board.

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

Amendment 2. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new point after point 1:

Notes the National Education Union Cymru figures that show that over 50,000 working days a year are lost by teachers due to stress-related illness and that 33.6 per cent of school teachers that responded to the Education Workforce Council national education workforce survey intend to leave their profession in the next three years. 

National Education Union Cymru press release, 'New Education Minister Must Tackle Stress' - 25 July 2016

The Education Workforce Council National Education Workforce Survey

Minutes:

The item started at 17.38

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM6703 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the growing teacher recruitment crisis in maintained schools in Wales. 

2. Regrets that there has been insufficient Welsh Government action to address the causes of this to date. 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Education Workforce Council to develop a national school workforce plan for Wales, in order to:

a) remove unnecessary barriers to the recruitment of overseas trained teachers;

b) recognise the skills of experienced and successful teachers working in further education colleges, and in independent schools and colleges by providing them with qualified teacher status; and

c) establish routes into teaching for experienced teaching support assistants in Wales.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

30

56

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1. Julie James (Swansea West)

Delete all and replace with:

1. Notes the ongoing work of Welsh Government to develop a high-quality education profession and attract the best and brightest to teach in Wales, including:

a) reformed and strengthened Initial Teacher Education;

b) targeted incentives for high quality graduates in priority subjects and Welsh-medium education;

c) an ongoing highly targeted digital recruitment campaign;

d) establishing the National Academy for Educational Leadership; and

e) establishing the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board.

A vote was taken on amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

30

0

26

56

Amendment 1 was agreed.

As amendment 1 was agreed, amendment 2 was de-selected.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM6703 Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the ongoing work of Welsh Government to develop a high-quality education profession and attract the best and brightest to teach in Wales, including:

a) reformed and strengthened Initial Teacher Education;

b) targeted incentives for high quality graduates in priority subjects and Welsh-medium education;

c) an ongoing highly targeted digital recruitment campaign;

d) establishing the National Academy for Educational Leadership; and

e) establishing the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

30

0

26

56

The motion as amended was agreed.

(60 mins)

10.

United Kingdom Independence Party debate – The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign

NDM6697 Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes and welcomes the campaign of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension laws.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to provide the following to all women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension laws:

a) a bridging pension that supplies an income until state pension age, which is not means-tested;

b) compensation for the absence of a bridging pension to those who have already reached their state pension age;

c) compensation to all those who have not started to receive a bridging pension by an appropriate date, which would be sufficient to recover lost monetary interest; and

d) compensation to the beneficiaries of the estates of those who are deceased and failed to receive a bridging pension.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1. Julie James (Swansea West)

Add as new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

Regrets UK Government inaction to end the injustice suffered by women affected by the changes to state pension laws.

Amendment 2 Julie James (Swansea West)

In point 2, delete “work with” and replace with “urge”.

Minutes:

The item started at 18.11

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM6697 Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes and welcomes the campaign of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension laws.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to provide the following to all women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension laws:

a) a bridging pension that supplies an income until state pension age, which is not means-tested;

b) compensation for the absence of a bridging pension to those who have already reached their state pension age;

c) compensation to all those who have not started to receive a bridging pension by an appropriate date, which would be sufficient to recover lost monetary interest; and

d) compensation to the beneficiaries of the estates of those who are deceased and failed to receive a bridging pension.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

12

30

56

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1. Julie James (Swansea West)

Add as new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

Regrets UK Government inaction to end the injustice suffered by women affected by the changes to state pension laws.

A vote was taken on amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

17

56

Amendment 1 was agreed.

Amendment 2 Julie James (Swansea West)

In point 2, delete “work with” and replace with “urge”.

A vote was taken on amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

32

0

24

56

Amendment 2 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM6697 Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Regrets UK Government inaction to end the injustice suffered by women affected by the changes to state pension laws.

2. Notes and welcomes the campaign of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) group to achieve fair transitional state pension arrangements for all women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension laws.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to urge the UK Government to provide the following to all women born in the 1950s affected by changes to state pension laws:

a) a bridging pension that supplies an income until state pension age, which is not means-tested;

b) compensation for the absence of a bridging pension to those who have already reached their state pension age;

c) compensation to all those who have not started to receive a bridging pension by an appropriate date, which would be sufficient to recover lost monetary interest; and

d) compensation to the beneficiaries of the estates of those who are deceased and failed to receive a bridging pension.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

44

0

12

56

The motion as amended was agreed.

(60 mins)

11.

Urgent Debate – Leanne Wood (Rhondda): UK air strikes in Syria

Leanne Wood: UK air strikes in Syria

 

Minutes:

The item started at 19.02

12.

Voting Time

Minutes:

The item started at 19.48

Votes Summary

Supporting documents:

(30 mins)

13.

Short Debate

NDM6701 Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)

Sepsis – The Chameleon

What is sepsis, how do we recognise it, how do we treat it, and what can we do to save more lives?

Minutes:

The item started at 19.53

NDM6701 Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)

Sepsis – The Chameleon

What is sepsis, how do we recognise it, how do we treat it, and what can we do to save more lives?

 

 

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