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Plaid Cymru Debate - Fourth Assembly

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Meeting: 02/03/2016 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5984 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

1. Regrets that Wales has one of the lowest survival rates for cancer in the UK and EU;

2. Notes waiting times for diagnostic tests are unacceptably high and considerably higher than England and Scotland;

3. Regrets the inequality of access to cancer drugs and treatments for patients across Wales; and

4. Calls on the next Welsh Government to:

a) substantially improve performance on diagnostic waiting times, so that 95 per cent of people suspected of having cancer by a GP can receive a diagnosis or the all clear within 28 days of referral for testing;

b) introduce a new treatments fund to ensure a national approach to access to treatments to ensure access to treatments based on clinical need not where a patient lives or whether they meet exceptionality criteria; and

c) ensure all cancer patients have access to a key worker, with the regular collection and publication of data to demonstrate performance against this target.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert at end of point 3:

'and between Wales and other parts of the UK.'

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

In point 4b), replace 'introduce a new treatments fund' with 'extend the health technologies fund to new medicines'.

Amendment 3 – Aled Roberts (North Wales):

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'develop an all-Wales individual patient funding requests panel to avoid the existing postcode lotteries for cancer treatments in Wales.'

Amendment 4 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'establish a national mobile cancer treatment service to prevent long round trip journeys for patients accessing clinics and chemotherapy treatment'.

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'establish an annual public education campaign to raise awareness of the causes and symptoms of cancer'.

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'provide a follow-up appointment guarantee so that all patients are seen within a maximum of six months of the conclusion of their initial cancer treatment episode, and further calls for data to be collected and published regularly to monitor performance against the guarantee.'

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'appoint a cancer patient's champion to hold the Welsh Government and local health boards to account for the delivery of national and local cancer delivery plans.'

Decision:

The item started at 17.35

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5984 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

1. Regrets that Wales has one of the lowest survival rates for cancer in the UK and EU;

2. Notes waiting times for diagnostic tests are unacceptably high and considerably higher than England and Scotland;

3. Regrets the inequality of access to cancer drugs and treatments for patients across Wales; and

4. Calls on the next Welsh Government to:

a) substantially improve performance on diagnostic waiting times, so that 95 per cent of people suspected of having cancer by a GP can receive a diagnosis or the all clear within 28 days of referral for testing;

b) introduce a new treatments fund to ensure a national approach to access to treatments to ensure access to treatments based on clinical need not where a patient lives or whether they meet exceptionality criteria; and

c) ensure all cancer patients have access to a key worker, with the regular collection and publication of data to demonstrate performance against this target.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

8

0

38

46

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert at end of point 3:

'and between Wales and other parts of the UK.'

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

24

47

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the Amendment. Therefore, the Amendment was not agreed.

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

In point 4b), replace 'introduce a new treatments fund' with 'extend the health technologies fund to new medicines'.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

4

0

42

46

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

Amendment 3 – Aled Roberts (North Wales):

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'develop an all-Wales individual patient funding requests panel to avoid the existing postcode lotteries for cancer treatments in Wales.'

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

34

46

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

Amendment 4 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'establish a national mobile cancer treatment service to prevent long round trip journeys for patients accessing clinics and chemotherapy treatment'.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 4 was agreed.

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'establish an annual public education campaign to raise awareness of the causes and symptoms of cancer'.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 5 was agreed.

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'provide a follow-up appointment guarantee so that all patients are seen within a maximum of six months of the conclusion of their initial cancer treatment episode, and further calls for data to be collected and published regularly to monitor performance against the guarantee.'

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

8

23

46

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

'appoint a cancer patient's champion to hold the Welsh Government and local health boards to account for the delivery of national and local cancer delivery plans.'

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

31

46

Amendment 7 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5984 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

1. Regrets that Wales has one of the lowest survival rates for cancer in the UK and EU;

2. Notes waiting times for diagnostic tests are unacceptably high and considerably higher than England and Scotland;

3. Regrets the inequality of access to cancer drugs and treatments for patients across Wales; and

4. Calls on the next Welsh Government to:

a) substantially improve performance on diagnostic waiting times, so that 95 per cent of people suspected of having cancer by a GP can receive a diagnosis or the all clear within 28 days of referral for testing;

b) introduce a new treatments fund to ensure a national approach to access to treatments to ensure access to treatments based on clinical need not where a patient lives or whether they meet exceptionality criteria; and

c) ensure all cancer patients have access to a key worker, with the regular collection and publication of data to demonstrate performance against this target.

d) establish a national mobile cancer treatment service to prevent long round trip journeys for patients accessing clinics and chemotherapy treatment.

e) establish an annual public education campaign to raise awareness of the causes and symptoms of cancer.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

24

47

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the motion as amended. Therefore, the motion as amended was not agreed.


Meeting: 10/02/2016 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5952 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Welcomes the UK Government's intention to devolve the specification and procurement of the next Wales and Borders rail franchise.

2. Notes with alarm the UK Government's intention to remove some services from that franchise prior to its devolution.

3. Notes that such a restriction does not and has not applied to rail franchising with respect to Scotland.

4. Believes that radically re-drawing the service map of the Wales and Borders franchise would undermine the devolution of transport functions and harm the interests of rail passengers in Wales and the Borders.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

Notes the importance of cross-border rail connections to Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham to the economies of north and mid Wales.

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Delete points 2, 3 and 4.

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

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert at end of point 2:

', in particular the removal of cross-border routes which may undermine the commercial attractiveness of the franchise'

Decision:

The item started at 16.52

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5952 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Welcomes the UK Government's intention to devolve the specification and procurement of the next Wales and Borders rail franchise.

2. Notes with alarm the UK Government's intention to remove some services from that franchise prior to its devolution.

3. Notes that such a restriction does not and has not applied to rail franchising with respect to Scotland.

4. Believes that radically re-drawing the service map of the Wales and Borders franchise would undermine the devolution of transport functions and harm the interests of rail passengers in Wales and the Borders.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

16

51

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 10/02/2016 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5954 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the value to the Welsh economy of hosting major events in Wales.

2. Calls for the development of a Commonwealth Games bid with Wales as the host nation in 2026 or 2030.

3. Calls for the development of a bid to bring a cycling Grand Tour to Wales, for both men and women.

4. Calls for an official send off in this Assembly for the Wales football team ahead of this year's UEFA Euro 2016;

5. Calls for the establishment of 'fan zones' across Wales so those that don't attend the UEFA Euro 2016 can support their team at home.

The following amendment has been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

Believes that every major event needs effective management and transport planning to ensure a high-quality experience for visitors and to minimise disruption for local residents and businesses.

Decision:

The item started at 17.19

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5954 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the value to the Welsh economy of hosting major events in Wales.

2. Calls for the development of a Commonwealth Games bid with Wales as the host nation in 2026 or 2030.

3. Calls for the development of a bid to bring a cycling Grand Tour to Wales, for both men and women.

4. Calls for an official send off in this Assembly for the Wales football team ahead of this year's UEFA Euro 2016;

5. Calls for the establishment of 'fan zones' across Wales so those that don't attend the UEFA Euro 2016 can support their team at home.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

51

0

0

51

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 27/01/2016 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5939 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that closing the prosperity gap with the rest of the UK should be a priority for the Welsh Government;

2. Notes Plaid Cymru's long-term economic plan as a means to drive sustainable economic growth to include establishing a new trade body, a national bank of Wales, and a national infrastructure commission; and

3. Supports a successful and sustainable future for foundation industries, in particular, the steel industry.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new point 1 and re-number accordingly:

Regrets that, since 1999, successive Welsh Government administrations have failed to address closing the prosperity gap effectively.

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Delete point 2 and replace with:

Believes in the importance of delivering a balanced, integrated, export-led economic strategy that addresses Wales's underdevelopment and the need for a Welsh development bank to support a long-term commitment to investing in Wales's people, business and infrastructure.

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

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

In point 2, delete all after 'notes' and insert:

'the UK Government's long-term economic plan as a means to drive sustainable economic growth'.

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert a new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Acknowledges that the policies detailed in 'Destination Cymru', 'Invest Wales' and 'A Vision for the Welsh High Street' will deliver sustainable economic and social development throughout Wales.

Destination Cymru

Invest Wales

A Vision for the Welsh High Street

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert a new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Acknowledges that a successful and sustainable future for the steel industry requires:

a) action from the European Union to deal with Chinese dumping of steel;

b) continued action from the UK Government to deal with Labour's legacy of high energy prices;

c) business rate relief to be brought forward by the Welsh Government;

d) minimum steel standards for public sector procurement;

e) a package of support for staff set to lose their jobs.

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert at end of point 3:

'and calls for the scrapping of business rates on plant and machinery and the establishment of an urban regeneration company for Port Talbot.'

Decision:

The item started at 16.12

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5939 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that closing the prosperity gap with the rest of the UK should be a priority for the Welsh Government;

2. Notes Plaid Cymru's long-term economic plan as a means to drive sustainable economic growth to include establishing a new trade body, a national bank of Wales, and a national infrastructure commission; and

3. Supports a successful and sustainable future for foundation industries, in particular, the steel industry.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

39

48

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert as new point 1 and re-number accordingly:

Regrets that, since 1999, successive Welsh Government administrations have failed to address closing the prosperity gap effectively.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

0

32

48

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Delete point 2 and replace with:

Believes in the importance of delivering a balanced, integrated, export-led economic strategy that addresses Wales's underdevelopment and the need for a Welsh development bank to support a long-term commitment to investing in Wales's people, business and infrastructure.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

0

20

48

Amendment 2 was agreed.

As Amendment 2 was agreed, amendment 3 was de-selected

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert a new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Acknowledges that the policies detailed in 'Destination Cymru', 'Invest Wales' and 'A Vision for the Welsh High Street' will deliver sustainable economic and social development throughout Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

11

0

37

48

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Insert a new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

Acknowledges that a successful and sustainable future for the steel industry requires:

a) action from the European Union to deal with Chinese dumping of steel;

b) continued action from the UK Government to deal with Labour's legacy of high energy prices;

c) business rate relief to be brought forward by the Welsh Government;

d) minimum steel standards for public sector procurement;

e) a package of support for staff set to lose their jobs.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

33

48

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert at end of point 3:

'and calls for the scrapping of business rates on plant and machinery and the establishment of an urban regeneration company for Port Talbot.'

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

33

48

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5939 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that closing the prosperity gap with the rest of the UK should be a priority for the Welsh Government;

2. Believes in the importance of delivering a balanced, integrated, export-led economic strategy that addresses Wales's underdevelopment and the need for a Welsh development bank to support a long-term commitment to investing in Wales's people, business and infrastructure; and

3. Supports a successful and sustainable future for foundation industries, in particular, the steel industry.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

36

0

11

47

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


Meeting: 09/12/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5904 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes in the importance of securing a sustainable future for S4C as an independent Welsh-language broadcaster;

2. Welcomes the continuing commitment by S4C to move its headquarters out of Cardiff to Carmarthen; and

3. Believes the proposal in the comprehensive spending review to further cut the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport's budget to S4C by 26 per cent is inimical to these aims and therefore unacceptable.

Comprehensive spending review

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert at end of point 3:

'and calls on the UK Government to protect the funding and editorial independence of S4C'

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the efforts by all parties represented in the Assembly towards securing a sustainable future for S4C.

Decision:

The item started at 15.53

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5904 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes in the importance of securing a sustainable future for S4C as an independent Welsh-language broadcaster;

2. Welcomes the continuing commitment by S4C to move its headquarters out of Cardiff to Carmarthen; and

3. Believes the proposal in the comprehensive spending review to further cut the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport's budget to S4C by 26 per cent is inimical to these aims and therefore unacceptable.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

48

0

0

48

The motion without amendment was agreed.

 


Meeting: 09/12/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5905 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward proposals to use new taxation powers under the Wales Act 2014 to allow the next Welsh Government to introduce a levy on sugary drinks.

Wales Act 2014

The following amendment has been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Delete 'use new taxation powers under the Wales Act 2014 to allow the next Welsh Government to introduce a levy on' and replace with 'reduce the adverse public health impacts of'.

Decision:

The item started at 16.20

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5905 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward proposals to use new taxation powers under the Wales Act 2014 to allow the next Welsh Government to introduce a levy on sugary drinks.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

10

48

The motion without amendment was agreed.

 


Meeting: 25/11/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5890 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales

1. Notes the need to strengthen the performance of the north Wales economy.

2. Recognises the need to develop north Wales as an economic powerhouse alongside, and co-operating with, the northern powerhouse in England in order to promote cross-border economic activity.

3. Recognises the importance of infrastructure investment to promote the economy, calls for a sustained programme of improvements to the A55 corridor, and calls on the Welsh Government to continue to support the electrification of the North Wales Coast Line.

4. Believes that the next devolved Welsh rail franchise must continue to include routes to the north west of England.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert at end of point 3:

'to enhance potential for passenger and rail freight transport.'

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add at end of point 4:

'and protect rail links to Birmingham.'

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the UK Government's acknowledgement that north Wales is a central part of the northern powerhouse project.

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets the lack of a clear Welsh Government strategy aimed at ensuring north Wales reaps all possible benefits offered by the northern powerhouse project.

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Believes that the appointment of a Welsh Government Minister with designated responsibility for north Wales would play a critical role in improving the economic performance of the region.

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes with concern the comments from the Chair of the North Wales Chamber of Commerce, who stated that the Welsh Government is too 'Cardiff-centric'.

'North Wales: Chamber boss Richard Thomas calls for devolution debate'

Decision:

The item started at 15.56

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5890 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales

1. Notes the need to strengthen the performance of the north Wales economy.

2. Recognises the need to develop north Wales as an economic powerhouse alongside, and co-operating with, the northern powerhouse in England in order to promote cross-border economic activity.

3. Recognises the importance of infrastructure investment to promote the economy, calls for a sustained programme of improvements to the A55 corridor, and calls on the Welsh Government to continue to support the electrification of the North Wales Coast Line.

4. Believes that the next devolved Welsh rail franchise must continue to include routes to the north west of England.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 18/11/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5877 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Opposes the renewal or replacement of the current Trident system by the UK Government; and

2. Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Delete all and replace with:

Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament, but recognises that this is a matter for the UK Government.

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

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Delete all and replace with:

Believes the replacement of Trident is vital to ensure national security.

Expresses gratitude to the men and women who work every day to safeguard and provide the United Kingdom's independent nuclear deterrent, which has helped maintain peace for many years.

Further notes that the siting of nuclear deterrents is a reserved matter and therefore not within the Welsh Government's remit.

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

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

Welcomes the decision taken by the UK Government not to renew Trident during the last parliamentary term at the insistence of the Liberal Democrats.

Decision:

The item started at 15.09

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5877 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Opposes the renewal or replacement of the current Trident system by the UK Government; and

2. Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

0

35

49

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Delete all and replace with:

Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament, but recognises that this is a matter for the UK Government.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

24

49

Amendment 1 was agreed.

As Amendment 1 was agreed, amendments 2 and 3 were de-selected

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5877 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament, but recognises that this is a matter for the UK Government.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

10

1

49

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


Meeting: 11/11/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 7.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5870 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that childcare costs in Wales are amongst the most expensive in the developed world;

2. Notes that families in Wales receive less free childcare than their counterparts in England and Scotland;

3. Recognises the importance of early education to raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils;

4. Calls upon the Welsh Government to provide a consistent amount of free childcare and early education throughout Wales.

The following amendment has been tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the funding secured in the 2014 budget deal between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government for £0.4 million over two years to implement a feasibility study and pilot childcare scheme for students in further education.

Decision:

The item started at 17.57

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5870 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that childcare costs in Wales are amongst the most expensive in the developed world;

2. Notes that families in Wales receive less free childcare than their counterparts in England and Scotland;

3. Recognises the importance of early education to raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils;

4. Calls upon the Welsh Government to provide a consistent amount of free childcare and early education throughout Wales.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

19

0

28

47

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendment was tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the funding secured in the 2014 budget deal between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government for £0.4 million over two years to implement a feasibility study and pilot childcare scheme for students in further education.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

10

9

47

Amendment 1 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5870 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes that childcare costs in Wales are amongst the most expensive in the developed world;

2. Notes that families in Wales receive less free childcare than their counterparts in England and Scotland;

3. Recognises the importance of early education to raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils;

4. Calls upon the Welsh Government to provide a consistent amount of free childcare and early education throughout Wales.

5. Welcomes the funding secured in the 2014 budget deal between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government for £0.4 million over two years to implement a feasibility study and pilot childcare scheme for students in further education.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

4

19

24

47

The motion as amended was not agreed.


Meeting: 04/11/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5864 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Calls on the Welsh Government to improve performance in relation to tackling fuel poverty.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Believes that fuel poverty should be central to the Welsh Government's tackling poverty action plan.

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to extend Resource Efficient Wales to offer a comprehensive scheme, similar to that of Resource Efficient Scotland, to improve resource efficiency, address fuel poverty and tackle climate change.

Decision:

The item started at 16.06

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5864 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Calls on the Welsh Government to improve performance in relation to tackling fuel poverty.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

5

42

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 21/10/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5852 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Calls for an immediate moratorium on any expenditure and planning of the M4 'Black Route' until a mandate has been given by the people of Wales when they elect the next Welsh Government in the May 2016 Assembly election.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Delete all and replace with:

Welcome that the budget deal agreed between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats ensured "that no construction of an M4 relief road would start before the next Assembly elections" in May 2016 and that a detailed Environmental Impact Study on the Welsh Government's preferred 'Black Route' would be commissioned.

The Welsh Government and Welsh Liberal Democrats: Joint Statement

In support:

Edwina Hart (Gower)

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

Amendment 2 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Delete all and replace with:

Acknowledges that any delay in the development of a suitable M4 relief road - subject to comprehensive exploration of all viable options - impedes future growth of the Welsh economy, tourism and social integration.

Decision:

The item started at 16.12

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5852 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Calls for an immediate moratorium on any expenditure and planning of the M4 'Black Route' until a mandate has been given by the people of Wales when they elect the next Welsh Government in the May 2016 Assembly election.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

40

49

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Delete all and replace with:

Welcome that the budget deal agreed between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats ensured "that no construction of an M4 relief road would start before the next Assembly elections" in May 2016 and that a detailed Environmental Impact Study on the Welsh Government's preferred 'Black Route' would be commissioned.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

29

0

20

49

Amendment 1 was agreed.

Amendment 1 was agreed, therefore amendment 2 was de-selected.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5852 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Welcome that the budget deal agreed between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats ensured "that no construction of an M4 relief road would start before the next Assembly elections" in May 2016 and that a detailed Environmental Impact Study on the Welsh Government's preferred 'Black Route' would be commissioned.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

30

0

19

49

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 07/10/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5839 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the UK Government's stated intention to deliver a reserved powers model for devolution through a new Wales Bill;

 

2. Reiterates its support for Welsh devolution to function on the basis of a reserved powers model;

 

3.  Rejects any form of reserved powers model that removes any powers currently exercisable by the Assembly under the present arrangements;

 

4. Calls for the creation of a Welsh legal jurisdiction as the most desirable and effective legal framework to accompany the implementation of a reserved powers model for devolution; and

 

5. Calls for the devolution of criminal justice and policing to accompany the creation of a Welsh legal jurisdiction.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 5 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes the recent Wales Governance Centre and The Constitution Unit Report, 'Delivering a Reserved Powers Model of Devolution for Wales', which states that a 'Welsh legal jurisdiction might be distinct, but need not be separate from that of England';

 

'Delivering a Reserved Powers Model of Devolution for Wales'

 

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

In point 5, delete 'creation' and replace with 'development'.

 

Amendment 3 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of the motion:

 

Calls on the UK Government to devolve income tax varying powers for Wales at the earliest opportunity.

Decision:

The item started at 15.45

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5839 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the UK Government's stated intention to deliver a reserved powers model for devolution through a new Wales Bill;

 

2. Reiterates its support for Welsh devolution to function on the basis of a reserved powers model;

 

3.  Rejects any form of reserved powers model that removes any powers currently exercisable by the Assembly under the present arrangements;

 

4. Calls for the creation of a Welsh legal jurisdiction as the most desirable and effective legal framework to accompany the implementation of a reserved powers model for devolution; and

 

5. Calls for the devolution of criminal justice and policing to accompany the creation of a Welsh legal jurisdiction.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

14

51

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 23/09/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5827 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Supports a strong media as an integral element of a free and fully-functioning democracy in Wales;

 

2. Recognises the significant impact of the media and creative industries on the Welsh economy;

 

3. Is concerned about the UK Government's current proposals for the BBC ahead of its charter renewal in 2016 with particular regard to broadcasting in both English and Welsh and a strong BBC Wales and S4C;

 

4. Calls upon its committees to inquire into and act upon fundamental changes to the media industry in order to support its democratic functions in Wales; and

 

5. Re-establishes a broadcasting sub-committee in order to formulate a view and position on the BBC Charter Renewal as soon as possible.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to ensure the financial stability and editorial independence of S4C.

 

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete point 5 and replace with:

 

Welcomes the agreement of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee to undertake an inquiry into the BBC charter review.

Decision:

The item started at 15.26

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5827 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Supports a strong media as an integral element of a free and fully-functioning democracy in Wales;

 

2. Recognises the significant impact of the media and creative industries on the Welsh economy;

 

3. Is concerned about the UK Government's current proposals for the BBC ahead of its charter renewal in 2016 with particular regard to broadcasting in both English and Welsh and a strong BBC Wales and S4C;

 

4. Calls upon its committees to inquire into and act upon fundamental changes to the media industry in order to support its democratic functions in Wales; and

 

5. Re-establishes a broadcasting sub-committee in order to formulate a view and position on the BBC Charter Renewal as soon as possible.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

0

41

51

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to ensure the financial stability and editorial independence of S4C.


A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

51

0

0

51

Amendment 1 was agreed.

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete point 5 and replace with:

 

Welcomes the agreement of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee to undertake an inquiry into the BBC charter review.


A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

10

51

Amendment 2 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5827 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Supports a strong media as an integral element of a free and fully-functioning democracy in Wales;

 

2. Recognises the significant impact of the media and creative industries on the Welsh economy;

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to ensure the financial stability and editorial independence of S4C.

 

4. Is concerned about the UK Government's current proposals for the BBC ahead of its charter renewal in 2016 with particular regard to broadcasting in both English and Welsh and a strong BBC Wales and S4C;

 

5. Calls upon its committees to inquire into and act upon fundamental changes to the media industry in order to support its democratic functions in Wales; and

 

6. Welcomes the agreement of the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee to undertake an inquiry into the BBC charter review.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

11

51

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 16/09/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5822 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that any increases in the block grant which result from an increase in UK Government health expenditure, are invested in Welsh health and social care services.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the importance of investment in safe nurse staffing levels which have a significant impact on patient care and the recruitment and retention of staff.

 

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that parity for mental healthcare is a priority for future investment in the Welsh health service.

 

Amendment 3 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure improving access to GPs is a priority for future investment in the Welsh health service.

Decision:

The item started at 16.58

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5822 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that any increases in the block grant which result from an increase in UK Government health expenditure, are invested in Welsh health and social care services.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

11

31

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Recognises the importance of investment in safe nurse staffing levels which have a significant impact on patient care and the recruitment and retention of staff

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 1 was agreed.

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:


Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that parity for mental healthcare is a priority for future investment in the Welsh health service.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 2 was agreed.

Amendment 3 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure improving access to GPs is a priority for future investment in the Welsh health service.


A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 3 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5822 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that any increases in the block grant which result from an increase in UK Government health expenditure, are invested in Welsh health and social care services.

2. Recognises the importance of investment in safe nurse staffing levels which have a significant impact on patient care and the recruitment and retention of staff

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that parity for mental healthcare is a priority for future investment in the Welsh health service

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure improving access to GPs is a priority for future investment in the Welsh health service.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

11

26

52

The motion as amended was not agreed.


Meeting: 15/07/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5817 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the serious difficulties facing the red meat and dairy sectors in Wales;

 

2. Regrets the decline in the farm-gate price of milk and lamb;

 

3. Regrets the failure of the UK Government to reform the red meat levy;

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) utilise the Rural Development Programme to provide immediate support for those sectors and businesses most affected;

 

b) protect Welsh farmers from the volatility of global markets by strengthening domestic supply chains;

 

c) make urgent representation to the UK Government with a view to introducing a fairer red meat levy distribution system; and

 

d) work towards holding a Welsh national year of food and drink as a focal point for the promotion of Welsh produce on a domestic and international level.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 3 and replace with:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to reform the meat promotional levy.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete point 3 and replace with:

 

Recognises the urgent need to reform the red meat levy and welcomes the work by the Red Meat Industry Forum to develop proposals for the redistribution of this levy.

 

Amendment 3 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert at the start of sub-point 4(c):

 

'provide an update on the work of the Red Meat Industry Forum and'

 

Amendment 4 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new sub-point at end of point 4:

 

'establish new Welsh food and drink awards to give producers a recognised benchmark of excellence in quality and help raise the profile of Welsh food and drink in the UK and abroad.'

 

Amendment 5 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to secure a north Wales-based beef and lamb abattoir to ensure the long-term sustainability of red meat production in North Wales.

 

Amendment 6 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls for a voluntary code of practice for supermarkets and shops to dedicate a section of floor space to the support and promotion of Welsh PGI status and British Red Tractor meat.

 

Amendment 7 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to significantly increase the percentage of publically procured produce that is from Wales.

 

Amendment 8 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to implement the recommendations of the Richardson review of the dairy sector without delay.

 

The Richardson Review is available here

 

Amendment 9 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling to be extended to the dairy sector.

Decision:

The item started at 16.14

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5817 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the serious difficulties facing the red meat and dairy sectors in Wales;

 

2. Regrets the decline in the farm-gate price of milk and lamb;

 

3. Regrets the failure of the UK Government to reform the red meat levy;

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) utilise the Rural Development Programme to provide immediate support for those sectors and businesses most affected;

 

b) protect Welsh farmers from the volatility of global markets by strengthening domestic supply chains;

 

c) make urgent representation to the UK Government with a view to introducing a fairer red meat levy distribution system; and

 

d) work towards holding a Welsh national year of food and drink as a focal point for the promotion of Welsh produce on a domestic and international level.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

16

50

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 01/07/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5802 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that the education system should enable the education workforce to take the lead on professional development and on improving education standards;

 

2. Calls for the raising of the professional standards of the education workforce by making teaching a Master's level profession and improving continual professional development for the whole workforce; and

 

3. Calls for the devolution of teachers' pay and conditions to Wales.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Believes that a professional registration body can help with the continuous improvement of education staff and students and calls on the Welsh Government to ensure elected representation of peers from the teaching profession to the Education Workforce Council to ensure it is properly accountable.

 

Amendment 2 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In point 2, delete all after 'and' and replace with: 'calls for better access to continual professional development for the whole workforce, regardless of employer; and'

 

Amendment 3 – Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete point 3 and replace with:

 

Recognises the advantage of the devolution of teachers' pay and conditions to Wales providing there is an appropriate transfer of resources."

 

[If amendment 3 is agreed, amendment 4 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 4 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 3.

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.23

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5802 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that the education system should enable the education workforce to take the lead on professional development and on improving education standards;

 

2. Calls for the raising of the professional standards of the education workforce by making teaching a Master's level profession and improving continual professional development for the whole workforce; and

 

3. Calls for the devolution of teachers' pay and conditions to Wales.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

44

53

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Believes that a professional registration body can help with the continuous improvement of education staff and students and calls on the Welsh Government to ensure elected representation of peers from the teaching profession to the Education Workforce Council to ensure it is properly accountable.


A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

Amendment 2 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In point 2, delete all after 'and' and replace with: 'calls for better access to continual professional development for the whole workforce, regardless of employer; and'


A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

Amendment 2 was agreed.

Amendment 3 – Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete point 3 and replace with:

 

Recognises the advantage of the devolution of teachers' pay and conditions to Wales providing there is an appropriate transfer of resources."


A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

31

0

21

52

Amendment 3 was agreed.

Amendment 3 was agreed, therefore amendment 4 was de-selected.


A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5802 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that the education system should enable the education workforce to take the lead on professional development and on improving education standards;

 

2. Calls for the raising of the professional standards of the education workforce by making teaching a Master's level profession and calls for better access to continual professional development for the whole workforce, regardless of employer; and

 

3. Recognises the advantage of the devolution of teachers' pay and conditions to Wales providing there is an appropriate transfer of resources.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

12

53

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 17/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 8.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5788 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the Welsh Government's intention to reform local government in Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that public services in Wales are delivered efficiently and effectively and meets the needs of the citizens of Wales.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert at end of point 2:

 

“and believes that this should include the introduction of the Single Transferable Vote for local government elections.”

 

Amendment 2 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that its local government reform agenda leads to greater transparency and democratic accountability in local government.

Decision:

The item started at 17.55

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5788 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the Welsh Government's intention to reform local government in Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that public services in Wales are delivered efficiently and effectively and meets the needs of the citizens of Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

14

48

The motion without amendment was agreed

 


Meeting: 10/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5781 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to take effective action to promote women's full economic participation.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the introduction of shared parental leave that came into force in April 2015, which will support men taking a more active role in parenthood, and support women's return to full economic participation following childbirth.

 

Amendment 2 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the need to close the gender pay gap to ensure that women have access to quality, well-paid and flexible employment.

 

Amendment 3 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the benefit of affordable, high-quality childcare in supporting women back to the workplace.

 

Amendment 4 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Adds as new point at end of motion:

 

Supports calls for Wales to become a living wage nation to tackle the gender pay gap.

Decision:

The item started at 15.59

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5781 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to take effective action to promote women's full economic participation.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

15

48

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 13/05/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5759 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises that the Barnett funding formula is not in the best interest of Wales;

 

2. Notes that if Wales was funded on the same basis as Scotland per head of the population, it would receive an additional £1.2 billion every year; and

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to make the case for Wales to be funded on the same basis as Scotland.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Recognises the findings of the Holtham Commission that the Barnett formula underfunds Wales by some £300 million per year.

 

2. Believes that Wales should be funded fairly.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to:

 

a) commission an update of the Holtham Commission's analysis;

 

b) immediately entrench a Barnett floor; and

 

c) increase the block grant to an equitable level to ensure fair funding for Wales.

 

[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendments 2, 3, and 5 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 2 – Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete points 2 and 3 and replace with:

 

2. Notes that repeated studies have found that Wales is underfunded relative to need.

 

3. Calls on the UK Government to ensure that Wales is funded fairly by implementing a funding floor which has cross-party support.

 

[If amendment 2 is agreed, amendments 3 and 5 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 2 and replace with:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government and the UK Government to undertake a joint review to assess the funding needs of Wales.

 

Amendment 4 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Welcomes the St David’s Day agreement and the plans for a funding floor for Wales.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In point 3, delete ‘same basis as Scotland’ and replace with ‘basis of need, not population’.

Decision:

The item started at 17.20

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5759 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises that the Barnett funding formula is not in the best interest of Wales;

 

2. Notes that if Wales was funded on the same basis as Scotland per head of the population, it would receive an additional £1.2 billion every year; and

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to make the case for Wales to be funded on the same basis as Scotland.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

38

47

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Recognises the findings of the Holtham Commission that the Barnett formula underfunds Wales by some £300 million per year.

 

2. Believes that Wales should be funded fairly.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to:

 

a) commission an update of the Holtham Commission's analysis;

 

b) immediately entrench a Barnett floor; and

 

c) increase the block grant to an equitable level to ensure fair funding for Wales.


A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

3

0

44

47

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 – Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete points 2 and 3 and replace with:

 

2. Notes that repeated studies have found that Wales is underfunded relative to need.

 

3. Calls on the UK Government to ensure that Wales is funded fairly by implementing a funding floor which has cross-party support.


A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

0

19

47

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

As amendment 2 was agreed, amendments 3 was de-selected

 

Amendment 4 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Welcomes the St David’s Day agreement and the plans for a funding floor for Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

13

0

34

47

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

 

As amendment 2 was agreed, amendment 5 was de-selected

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5759 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises that the Barnett funding formula is not in the best interest of Wales;

 

2. Notes that repeated studies have found that Wales is underfunded relative to need.

 

3. Calls on the UK Government to ensure that Wales is funded fairly by implementing a funding floor which has cross-party support.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

47

0

0

47

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


Meeting: 06/05/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5751 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that policing should reflect the needs of the people of Wales.

 

2. Believes that the police forces of Wales have been politicised by establishing elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

 

3. Calls for Police and Crime Commissioners to be scrapped at the earliest opportunity.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 1 and renumber:

 

Welcomes that crime has fallen by more than 20 per cent to a record low under the UK Government and that child detention, as it existed under Labour, has ended.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert at end of point 1:

 

'and that this is best met by local, accountable police forces not by the creation of a single, over-centralised Welsh police force.'

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete points 2 and 3 and replace with:

 

Welcomes directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners which put local communities at the heart of policing and hold local Chief Constables to account.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 3 and renumber:

 

Believes that devolving policing to the National Assembly for Wales will enable policies to be more responsive to the needs of Wales and therefore calls for the devolution of policing and youth justice, and a review into devolving prisons, probation and justice.

Decision:

The item started at 16.49

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM5751 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that policing should reflect the needs of the people of Wales.

2. Believes that the police forces of Wales have been politicised by establishing elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

3. Calls for Police and Crime Commissioners to be scrapped at the earliest opportunity.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

8

33

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 22/04/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5741 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the importance of further education institutions to the provision of post-16 education;

 

2. Notes the importance of providing adult learning opportunities for adults wanting to acquire new skills;

 

3. Regrets the impact of cuts to post-16 education on the further education sector; and

 

4. Welcomes the Welsh Government's commitment to annually monitor the pay of senior management in higher education and urges that be extended to further education.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

At end of point 3 insert:

 

'and notes the 47% decrease in people enrolling in part-time courses between 2003 and 2013.'

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point 4 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes the importance of the Sector Priorities Fund to further education institutions for developing learners' skills.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point 4 and renumber accordingly:

 

Regrets that fewer apprenticeship opportunities are available to the Welsh Government's priority areas of 16 to 24-year-old learners and higher apprenticeships.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point 4 and renumber accordingly:

 

Regrets the Welsh Government's lack of urgency in informing further education institutions whether they will receive their allocation of the Sector Priorities Fund.

 

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 4 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes that the number of people aged 50 and over who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) is estimated to be three times as many as those under 25 and calls on the Welsh Government to design and implement a specific programme to improve the skills and employability prospects of people over 50 who are NEET.

 

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the budget deal between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government that ensured additional funding for 5,000 new apprenticeships and a new scheme providing childcare for parents in further education.

Decision:

The item started at 16.13

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5741 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the importance of further education institutions to the provision of post-16 education;

 

2. Notes the importance of providing adult learning opportunities for adults wanting to acquire new skills;

 

3. Regrets the impact of cuts to post-16 education on the further education sector; and

 

4. Welcomes the Welsh Government's commitment to annually monitor the pay of senior management in higher education and urges that be extended to further education.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

9

46

The motion without amendment was agreed.

 


Meeting: 25/03/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5733 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Opposes any relocation of the UK's nuclear weapons system to Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to make such representations to the UK Government.

 

3. Opposes the renewal or replacement of the current Trident system by the UK Government.

 

4. Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

Notes that the Welsh Government has no powers to determine the siting of nuclear weapons and recognises that this is a matter for the UK Government.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Welcomes the decision taken by the UK Government not to renew Trident during this parliamentary term at the insistence of the Liberal Democrats.

Decision:

The item started at 16.48

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5733 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Opposes any relocation of the UK's nuclear weapons system to Wales.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to make such representations to the UK Government.

3. Opposes the renewal or replacement of the current Trident system by the UK Government.

4. Supports international efforts for world-wide nuclear disarmament.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

38

47

The motion without amendment not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete all and replace with:

Notes that the Welsh Government has no powers to determine the siting of nuclear weapons and recognises that this is a matter for the UK Government.

 

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

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

13

47

Amendment 1 was agreed

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5733 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes that the Welsh Government has no powers to determine the siting of nuclear weapons and recognises that this is a matter for the UK Government.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

9

47

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


Meeting: 11/03/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5718 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report which states that:

 

a) "Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history,"

 

b) "The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen" and

 

c) "Substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades can reduce climate risks in the 21st century and beyond, increase prospects for effective adaptation, reduce the costs and challenges of mitigation in the longer term, and contribute to climate-resilient pathways for sustainable development."

 

2. Calls upon the Welsh Government to introduce statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Wales.

 

The IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report is available at: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_SPMcorr2.pdf

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete point 2 and replace with:

 

Looks forward to the Environment Bill through which the Welsh Government will legislate for statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

In point 2, after 'targets' insert 'in the upcoming environment Bill'.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

At the end of point 2 insert:

 

'and make regular statements to Plenary on these targets'

Decision:

The item started at 16.41

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

NDM5718 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report which states that:

a) "Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history,"

b) "The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen" and

c) "Substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades can reduce climate risks in the 21st century and beyond, increase prospects for effective adaptation, reduce the costs and challenges of mitigation in the longer term, and contribute to climate-resilient pathways for sustainable development."

2. Calls upon the Welsh Government to introduce statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Wales.

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

40

49

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Delete point 2 and replace with:

Looks forward to the Environment Bill through which the Welsh Government will legislate for statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

15

49

Amendment 1 was agreed.

As amendment 1 was agreed, amendments 2 and 3 were de-selected

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5718 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the IPCC Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report which states that:

a) "Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history,"

b) "The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen" and

c) "Substantial emissions reductions over the next few decades can reduce climate risks in the 21st century and beyond, increase prospects for effective adaptation, reduce the costs and challenges of mitigation in the longer term, and contribute to climate-resilient pathways for sustainable development."

2. Looks forward to the Environment Bill through which the Welsh Government will legislate for statutory targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 04/03/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 8.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5710 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that Wales's level of self-government should not be secondary to any other part of the UK;

 

2. Regrets that the UK Government has failed to deliver equality of powers and esteem for Wales during its tenure;

 

3. Calls for full parity of powers and funding for Wales with Scotland;

 

4. Calls for the transfer of responsibility for Wales's constitution to the National Assembly for Wales through a new home rule Bill;

 

5. Asserts that the home rule Bill should include the full devolution of responsibility of Wales's natural resources;

 

6. Further calls for the creation of a Welsh legal jurisdiction and the devolution of policing, prisons, courts and criminal justice; and

 

7. Believes that the National Assembly for Wales should be empowered to support those requiring social protection through increased powers on welfare benefits as recommended by the Smith Commission for Scotland.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Welcomes the substantial steps forward in the devolution settlement for Wales taken since 2010 including:

 

a) a referendum on law-making powers for the National Assembly for Wales;

 

b) the establishment of the Silk Commission;

 

c) the delivery of the Wales Act 2014 which has devolved stamp duty, business rates and landfill tax to the National Assembly for Wales and provided for a referendum on whether an element of income tax should be devolved.

 

2. Welcomes the St. David's Day announcement which proposes:

 

a) devolving the responsibility for all energy planning development consents for projects up to 350 MW onshore and in Welsh territorial waters;

 

b) devolving speed limits, bus and taxi regulations, and the functions of the Traffic Commissioner;

 

c) introducing a Reserved Powers model;

 

d) devolving port development;

 

e) devolving powers relating to Assembly and local government elections;

 

f) devolving competence over equality duties for devolved public sector; and

 

g) devolving the licensing of onshore oil and gas extraction in Wales.

 

3. Believes that we must go further in securing Home Rule for Wales and calls for:

 

a) full devolution of the remaining Silk Part 1 proposals on financial powers for Wales;

 

b) full devolution of the remaining Silk Part 2 proposals on legislative powers for Wales;

 

c) the devolution of funding of Network Rail in relation to the Wales network;

 

d) the devolution of drink drive limits;

 

e) devolution of the responsibility for funding public expenditure to S4C to the Assembly;

 

f) the devolution of youth justice, policing and in the longer term other justice powers;

 

g) the transferral of powers to manage the Crown Estate's economic assets;

 

h) the transferral of control over a range of benefits for older people, carers and disabled people;

 

i) the devolution of powers to lower the voting age to 16 in Welsh national and local elections;

 

j) the Welsh Government to be allowed to set its own bank holidays; and

 

k) the Children's Commissioner for Wales to be given the power to examine issues that affect children in Wales but are not within the control of the Welsh Government.

 

4. Calls for the establishment of a UK-wide constitutional convention to draft a plan for a new union. 

 

The Wales Act 2014 is available at:

 

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/29/contents/enacted

 

The Silk Part 1 and Part 2 reports are available at:

 

Supporting Document

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Notes the Assembly's resolution, supported by all parties and approved on 22 October 2014, setting out its aspirations for the future of devolution in Wales;

 

2. Notes the publication by the UK Government of a Command Paper setting out proposals for the next stages of devolution;

 

3. Recognises that progress has been made against some of the Assembly's agreed aspirations for devolution, including  a reserved powers model for Wales, and new powers for the

 

Assembly on transport, natural resources and elections;

 

4. Welcomes the recognition by the UK Government that Wales should have a fairer funding settlement, but expresses disappointment that this falls short of the Assembly's unanimous request for the UK Government to commit to a specific mechanism to stop further convergence.

 

5. Expresses disappointment about the lack of progress on devolving other powers recommended by the UK Government's Commission on Devolution in Wales; and

 

6. Calls on the next UK Government to address these outstanding matters following the UK General Election.

 

The Command Paper is available at:

 

Supporting Document

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

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

Welcomes the major constitutional changes which have taken place to the Welsh devolution settlement since 2010 and calls upon the next UK Government to honour the cross-party St David's Day agreement recently announced by the UK Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

Decision:

The item started at 16.45

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5710 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that Wales's level of self-government should not be secondary to any other part of the UK;

 

2. Regrets that the UK Government has failed to deliver equality of powers and esteem for Wales during its tenure;

 

3. Calls for full parity of powers and funding for Wales with Scotland;

 

4. Calls for the transfer of responsibility for Wales's constitution to the National Assembly for Wales through a new home rule Bill;

 

5. Asserts that the home rule Bill should include the full devolution of responsibility of Wales's natural resources;

 

6. Further calls for the creation of a Welsh legal jurisdiction and the devolution of policing, prisons, courts and criminal justice; and

 

7. Believes that the National Assembly for Wales should be empowered to support those requiring social protection through increased powers on welfare benefits as recommended by the Smith Commission for Scotland.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

35

44

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Welcomes the substantial steps forward in the devolution settlement for Wales taken since 2010 including:

 

a) a referendum on law-making powers for the National Assembly for Wales;

 

b) the establishment of the Silk Commission;

 

c) the delivery of the Wales Act 2014 which has devolved stamp duty, business rates and landfill tax to the National Assembly for Wales and provided for a referendum on whether an element of income tax should be devolved.

 

2. Welcomes the St. David's Day announcement which proposes:

 

a) devolving the responsibility for all energy planning development consents for projects up to 350 MW onshore and in Welsh territorial waters;

 

b) devolving speed limits, bus and taxi regulations, and the functions of the Traffic Commissioner;

 

c) introducing a Reserved Powers model;

 

d) devolving port development;

 

e) devolving powers relating to Assembly and local government elections;

 

f) devolving competence over equality duties for devolved public sector; and

 

g) devolving the licensing of onshore oil and gas extraction in Wales.

 

3. Believes that we must go further in securing Home Rule for Wales and calls for:

 

a) full devolution of the remaining Silk Part 1 proposals on financial powers for Wales;

 

b) full devolution of the remaining Silk Part 2 proposals on legislative powers for Wales;

 

c) the devolution of funding of Network Rail in relation to the Wales network;

 

d) the devolution of drink drive limits;

 

e) devolution of the responsibility for funding public expenditure to S4C to the Assembly;

 

f) the devolution of youth justice, policing and in the longer term other justice powers;

 

g) the transferral of powers to manage the Crown Estate's economic assets;

 

h) the transferral of control over a range of benefits for older people, carers and disabled people;

 

i) the devolution of powers to lower the voting age to 16 in Welsh national and local elections;

 

j) the Welsh Government to be allowed to set its own bank holidays; and

 

k) the Children's Commissioner for Wales to be given the power to examine issues that affect children in Wales but are not within the control of the Welsh Government.

 

4. Calls for the establishment of a UK-wide constitutional convention to draft a plan for a new union.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

3

0

41

44

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Notes the Assembly's resolution, supported by all parties and approved on 22 October 2014, setting out its aspirations for the future of devolution in Wales;

 

2. Notes the publication by the UK Government of a Command Paper setting out proposals for the next stages of devolution;

 

3. Recognises that progress has been made against some of the Assembly's agreed aspirations for devolution, including  a reserved powers model for Wales, and new powers for the Assembly on transport, natural resources and elections;

 

4. Welcomes the recognition by the UK Government that Wales should have a fairer funding settlement, but expresses disappointment that this falls short of the Assembly's unanimous request for the UK Government to commit to a specific mechanism to stop further convergence;

 

5. Expresses disappointment about the lack of progress on devolving other powers recommended by the UK Government's Commission on Devolution in Wales; and

 

6. Calls on the next UK Government to address these outstanding matters following the UK General Election.

 

 A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

18

44

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

As amendment 2 was agreed, amendment 3 was de-selected

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5710 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

1. Notes the Assembly's resolution, supported by all parties and approved on 22 October 2014, setting out its aspirations for the future of devolution in Wales;

 

2. Notes the publication by the UK Government of a Command Paper setting out proposals for the next stages of devolution;

 

3. Recognises that progress has been made against some of the Assembly's agreed aspirations for devolution, including  a reserved powers model for Wales, and new powers for the Assembly on transport, natural resources and elections;

 

4. Welcomes the recognition by the UK Government that Wales should have a fairer funding settlement, but expresses disappointment that this falls short of the Assembly's unanimous request for the UK Government to commit to a specific mechanism to stop further convergence.

 

5. Expresses disappointment about the lack of progress on devolving other powers recommended by the UK Government's Commission on Devolution in Wales; and

 

6. Calls on the next UK Government to address these outstanding matters following the UK General Election.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

9

44

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 11/02/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5695 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on Welsh Government to prepare a new 10 year national workforce plan for the NHS, which includes actions to train and recruit 1,000 additional doctors, to ensure the NHS is able to deliver health services in all parts of Wales.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all after 'a new 10 year national workforce plan for the NHS,' and replace with 'which ensures action is taken to train and recruit sufficient doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to ensure that health and social care across Wales is ready for the future'.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete '1,000'.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Adds as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that successive Welsh Governments have failed to plan effectively for the workforce needs of the Welsh NHS.

Decision:

The item started at 16.50

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5695 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on Welsh Government to prepare a new 10 year national workforce plan for the NHS, which includes actions to train and recruit 1,000 additional doctors, to ensure the NHS is able to deliver health services in all parts of Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

0

38

48

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all after 'a new 10 year national workforce plan for the NHS,' and replace with 'which ensures action is taken to train and recruit sufficient doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to ensure that health and social care across Wales is ready for the future'.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

0

20

48

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

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

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Adds as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that successive Welsh Governments have failed to plan effectively for the workforce needs of the Welsh NHS.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

25

48

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5695 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Calls on Welsh Government to prepare a new 10 year national workforce plan for the NHS, which ensures action is taken to train and recruit sufficient doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to ensure that health and social care across Wales is ready for the future.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

48

0

0

48

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 04/02/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5686 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes that Wales has historically made a substantial contribution to the UK's energy portfolio.

 

2. Regrets the provisions within the UK Government's Infrastructure Bill that will allow fracking companies to drill beneath Welsh homes without permission from property owners.

 

3. Believes that energy should be fully devolved to the National Assembly for Wales and that the Welsh Government should have the power to block fracking.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to do everything within its power to prevent fracking from taking place in Wales until it is proven to be safe in both an environmental and public health context.

 

The UK Government's Infrastructure Bill is available at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/infrastructure.html

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 -  Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete points 2, 3 and 4 and replace with:

 

2. Regrets that a cross-party amendment to the UK Government’s Infrastructure Bill to implement a moratorium on fracking for two and a half years while risks are assessed was rejected.

 

3. Calls for the UK Government to implement the Silk Commission's recommendations for energy devolution and for licensing of onshore oil and gas extraction to be devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, as recommended for Scotland by the Smith Commission.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to prevent fracking from taking place in Wales by issuing a new Technical Advice Note setting out the environmental and health standards expected of fracking operations and to direct planning authorities to reject applications for fracking operations unless it is proven to be safe for the environment and public health.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 -  Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 2 and replace with:

 

Welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to ensure that communities will benefit from a substantial community fund, if shale gas extraction does take place.

 

Amendment 3 -  Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 3 and replace with:

 

Calls for devolution of competency for energy projects up to 100mw, and for Welsh Government to build additional capacity for future projects.

 

Amendment 4 -  Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that local communities have a say in deciding whether or not they want to support shale gas exploration in their area.

 

Amendment 5 -  Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that there is up to date planning guidance relating to the extraction of shale gas

 

Amendment 6 -   Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on Welsh Government to ensure that Natural Resources Wales has sufficient funding and expertise to be able to respond to drilling licenses for shale gas and to ensure appropriate monitoring of groundwater supply and waste water, so that it is safe and causes no significant risk to human health or to the environment.

 

Amendment 7 -  Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to undertake research relating to the safe distance criteria required before fracking can be undertaken near or underneath residential housing.

Decision:

The item started at 16.59

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5686 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes that Wales has historically made a substantial contribution to the UK's energy portfolio.

 

2. Regrets the provisions within the UK Government's Infrastructure Bill that will allow fracking companies to drill beneath Welsh homes without permission from property owners.

 

3. Believes that energy should be fully devolved to the National Assembly for Wales and that the Welsh Government should have the power to block fracking.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to do everything within its power to prevent fracking from taking place in Wales until it is proven to be safe in both an environmental and public health context.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

16

53

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 28/01/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5678 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Regrets the impact the policy of austerity has had on communities throughout Wales, which has resulted in:

 

a) the loss of over £1 billion to the Welsh economy in cuts to social protection;

 

b) an increase in the dependency of people on food banks;

 

c) cuts to local government spending which has resulted in closure of community assets and the withdrawal of services;

 

d) an increase in the wealth gap between the richest and poorest; and

 

e) the continuation of economic imbalance with a continued over-dependency on financial services and a concentration of wealth in one corner of the British state.

 

2. Calls for:

 

a) an end to austerity economics;

 

b) a rebalancing of power and wealth within the British state;

 

c) the adoption of economic policies that will result in new jobs in sustainable sectors;

 

d) an increase of the minimum wage to that of the living wage;

 

e) an end to the dismantling of the welfare state;

 

f) financial parity for Wales with Scotland; and

 

g) the devolution of fiscal levers to the National Assembly for Wales.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

Recognises the need for prudent economic management by Governments at all levels and the need to deliver economic security for the people of Wales and the UK.

 

[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendments 2, 3 and 4 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Notes that the UK Coalition Government inherited the largest peacetime deficit in history.

 

2. Welcomes that thanks to the Liberal Democrats in the UK Government:

 

a) the budget deficit has been halved;

 

b) public sector net investment is higher as a proportion of GDP than it was between 1997 and 2010;

 

c) 1.8 million jobs have been created;

 

d) income tax has been cut by £800 for 1.2 million low and middle income Welsh workers by raising the income tax threshold to £10,500, taking 153,000 people out of paying income tax altogether;

 

e) the world's first Green Investment Bank has been established;

 

f) employers receive £2,000 cash back on the tax they pay on their employees; and

 

g) plans to pay Welsh public sector workers less for simply living outside London and south-east England have been scrapped;

 

h) The rate of employment is at a record high of 30.8 million, according to Office of National Statistics figures;

 

i) Regular pay is up 1.8 per cent and private sector pay is up 2.2 per cent, representing above inflation wage increases for workers' pay, according to Office of National Statistics figures.

 

3. Believes that:

 

a) a progressive agenda cannot be delivered by a bankrupt Government;

 

b) that demanding additional funding from the Westminster Government would not be possible in the context of an independent Wales; and

 

c) we should balance the budget by 2018, cut taxes for low and middle earners and ensure decent public services, creating opportunity for everyone.

 

4. Calls for:

 

a) fair deficit reduction through ensuring high earners and the wealthiest pay their share, including through the introduction of a banded mansion tax;

 

b) new fiscal rules to balance the budget while allowing for productive investment;

 

c) a further cut of £400 on income tax for low and middle earners;

 

d) full implementation of the Silk Part 1 proposals on financial powers for Wales; and

 

e) fair funding for Wales, by increasing the Welsh block grant to an equitable level over a Parliament and address the imbalance by immediately entrenching a Barnett floor set at a level which reflects the need for Wales to be funded fairly.

 

[If amendment 2 is agreed, amendments 3 and 4 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 3 – Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

In point 1c) delete 'cuts to local government spending' and replace with 'the unprecedented £1.5bn cut by the UK Government to the Welsh Government Block Grant';

 

Amendment 4 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete point 2f) and replace with:

 

a fair funding settlement urgently for Wales with the implementation of a funding floor, leading to greater financial parity with Scotland and the rest of the UK;

Decision:

The item started at 15.50

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5678 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Regrets the impact the policy of austerity has had on communities throughout Wales, which has resulted in:

 

a) the loss of over £1 billion to the Welsh economy in cuts to social protection;

 

b) an increase in the dependency of people on food banks;

 

c) cuts to local government spending which has resulted in closure of community assets and the withdrawal of services;

 

d) an increase in the wealth gap between the richest and poorest; and

 

e) the continuation of economic imbalance with a continued over-dependency on financial services and a concentration of wealth in one corner of the British state.

 

2. Calls for:

 

a) an end to austerity economics;

 

b) a rebalancing of power and wealth within the British state;

 

c) the adoption of economic policies that will result in new jobs in sustainable sectors;

 

d) an increase of the minimum wage to that of the living wage;

 

e) an end to the dismantling of the welfare state;

 

f) financial parity for Wales with Scotland; and

 

g) the devolution of fiscal levers to the National Assembly for Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

43

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

Recognises the need for prudent economic management by Governments at all levels and the need to deliver economic security for the people of Wales and the UK.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

9

31

52

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 – Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Notes that the UK Coalition Government inherited the largest peacetime deficit in history.

 

2. Welcomes that thanks to the Liberal Democrats in the UK Government:

 

a) the budget deficit has been halved;

 

b) public sector net investment is higher as a proportion of GDP than it was between 1997 and 2010;

 

c) 1.8 million jobs have been created;

 

d) income tax has been cut by £800 for 1.2 million low and middle income Welsh workers by raising the income tax threshold to £10,500, taking 153,000 people out of paying income tax altogether;

 

e) the world's first Green Investment Bank has been established;

 

f) employers receive £2,000 cash back on the tax they pay on their employees; and

 

g) plans to pay Welsh public sector workers less for simply living outside London and south-east England have been scrapped;

 

h) The rate of employment is at a record high of 30.8 million, according to Office of National Statistics figures;

 

i) Regular pay is up 1.8 per cent and private sector pay is up 2.2 per cent, representing above inflation wage increases for workers' pay, according to Office of National Statistics figures.

 

3. Believes that:

 

a) a progressive agenda cannot be delivered by a bankrupt Government;

 

b) that demanding additional funding from the Westminster Government would not be possible in the context of an independent Wales; and

 

c) we should balance the budget by 2018, cut taxes for low and middle earners and ensure decent public services, creating opportunity for everyone.

 

4. Calls for:

 

a) fair deficit reduction through ensuring high earners and the wealthiest pay their share, including through the introduction of a banded mansion tax;

 

b) new fiscal rules to balance the budget while allowing for productive investment;

 

c) a further cut of £400 on income tax for low and middle earners;

 

d) full implementation of the Silk Part 1 proposals on financial powers for Wales; and

 

e) fair funding for Wales, by increasing the Welsh block grant to an equitable level over a Parliament and address the imbalance by immediately entrenching a Barnett floor set at a level which reflects the need for Wales to be funded fairly.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

5

12

35

52

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 – Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

In point 1c) delete 'cuts to local government spending' and replace with 'the unprecedented £1.5bn cut by the UK Government to the Welsh Government Block Grant';

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

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

 

Amendment 4 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete point 2f) and replace with:

 

a fair funding settlement urgently for Wales with the implementation of a funding floor, leading to greater financial parity with Scotland and the rest of the UK;

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

12

11

51

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5678 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Regrets the impact the policy of austerity has had on communities throughout Wales, which has resulted in:

 

a) the loss of over £1 billion to the Welsh economy in cuts to social protection;

 

b) an increase in the dependency of people on food banks;

 

c) cuts to local government spending which has resulted in closure of community assets and the withdrawal of services;

 

d) an increase in the wealth gap between the richest and poorest; and

 

e) the continuation of economic imbalance with a continued over-dependency on financial services and a concentration of wealth in one corner of the British state.

 

2. Calls for:

 

a) an end to austerity economics;

 

b) a rebalancing of power and wealth within the British state;

 

c) the adoption of economic policies that will result in new jobs in sustainable sectors;

 

d) an increase of the minimum wage to that of the living wage;

 

e) an end to the dismantling of the welfare state;

 

f) a fair funding settlement urgently for Wales with the implementation of a funding floor, leading to greater financial parity with Scotland and the rest of the UK; and

 

g) the devolution of fiscal levers to the National Assembly for Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

43

52

The motion as amended was not agreed.

 


Meeting: 21/01/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5671 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the importance of the farming industry to the economy, environment and communities of Wales;

 

b) the crisis in the dairy industry that has stemmed from a reduction in the milk prices that are paid to farmers and instability in the dairy chain;

 

c) the uncertainty regarding the basic payments that has resulted from repealing the Common Agricultural Policy Basic Payment Scheme (Provisional Payment Region Classification) (Wales) Regulations 2014 following a judicial challenge;

 

d) the vote in the European Parliament to give member states the power to authorise GM crops to member states, and the fact that the Welsh Government will be responsible for taking the decision in Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) work with the dairy chain and the UK Government to take specific action to ensure the viable sustainability of milk producers;

 

b) ensure that there are sufficient resources and an achievable timescale to ensure that the basic payment is paid on 1 December 2015; and

 

c) calls on the Welsh Government to restate its intention to keep Wales GM-free.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new sub-point at end of point 1:

 

the central role of food production in Welsh farming given the urgent need to safeguard food security.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new sub-point at end of point 2:

 

implement proactive measures to facilitate succession planning in the farming sector, given the age profile of farmers in Wales and the need to provide access to the land.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new sub-points at end of point 2:

 

engage and consult sufficiently with stakeholders on the new payment system following the repealing of the Common Agricultural Policy Basic Payment Scheme (Provisional Payment Region Classification) (Wales) Regulations 2014; and

 

engage and work with stakeholders to ensure the long-term viability of food production and producers in Wales.

Decision:

The item started at 17.06

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5671 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the importance of the farming industry to the economy, environment and communities of Wales;

 

b) the crisis in the dairy industry that has stemmed from a reduction in the milk prices that are paid to farmers and instability in the dairy chain;

 

c) the uncertainty regarding the basic payments that has resulted from repealing the Common Agricultural Policy Basic Payment Scheme (Provisional Payment Region Classification) (Wales) Regulations 2014 following a judicial challenge;

 

d) the vote in the European Parliament to give member states the power to authorise GM crops to member states, and the fact that the Welsh Government will be responsible for taking the decision in Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) work with the dairy chain and the UK Government to take specific action to ensure the viable sustainability of milk producers;

 

b) ensure that there are sufficient resources and an achievable timescale to ensure that the basic payment is paid on 1 December 2015; and

 

c) calls on the Welsh Government to restate its intention to keep Wales GM-free.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

17

50

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 03/12/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 7.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5643 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises the importance of increasing trade between Wales and the United States of America;

 

2. Believes that public services, including the National Health Service, should be exempt from the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP);

 

3. Believes that the TTIP must not be allowed to prevent democratic governments from organising any other services on a publicly owned basis;

 

4. Opposes the inclusion of the investor-state dispute settlement in the agreement;

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to make representations to the UK Government to:

 

a) exempt public services, including the National Health Service, from the TTIP; and

 

b) reject TTIP if the final agreement, when presented for ratification, undermines the decision-making powers of democratic governments.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Recognises the importance of international trade and commerce agreements, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), in creating a better economic future for the people of Wales;

 

2. Believes that governments should be conscious of the importance of national institutions, such as the NHS, when agreeing the TTIP; and

 

3. Notes the precedent of existing trade partnerships which have included safeguards excluding key public services from such agreements.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete points 2 to 5 and replace with:

 

2. Welcomes trade and investment negotiations between the EU and the USA which could be worth up to £10 billion extra to the UK economy each year;

 

3. Welcomes the European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht's comments to the International Business Times, who stated: "There will be an exemption for public services [in the TTIP], we've made that very clear in our discussions with the US. That would cover the NHS…";

 

4. Welcomes that the investor-state dispute settlement will not apply to public security, safety or health legislation of member states; and

 

5. Welcomes that the European Commission suspended the investor-state dispute settlement aspect of the treaty negotiations for further consultation.

 

The International Business Times article can be accessed through the following link:

 

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/eu-trade-commissioner-karel-de-gucht-confirms-nhs-exemption-ttip-1456538

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.28

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5643 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises the importance of increasing trade between Wales and the United States of America;

 

2. Believes that public services, including the National Health Service, should be exempt from the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP);

 

3. Believes that the TTIP must not be allowed to prevent democratic governments from organising any other services on a publicly owned basis;

 

4. Opposes the inclusion of the investor-state dispute settlement in the agreement;

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to make representations to the UK Government to:

 

a) exempt public services, including the National Health Service, from the TTIP; and

 

b) reject TTIP if the final agreement, when presented for ratification, undermines the decision-making powers of democratic governments.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

14

0

The motion without amendment was agreed.


Meeting: 19/11/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5622 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that utility costs are unacceptably high and notes the particular difficulties this creates for rural communities, businesses, and those on low incomes.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to publish an action plan to alleviate high utility costs.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes the Cheaper Energy Together fund launched by the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to support collective switching, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with DECC to promote collective switching across Wales to reduce consumer bills.

 

Details of the Cheaper Energy Together fund is available at:

 

https://www.gov.uk/collective-switching-and-purchasing

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Calls on the UK Government to implement an energy price freeze.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to look at grid connection costs and their impact on utility bills, particularly in rural areas.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to make representations to the National Grid to ensure it looks at Wales as a whole when calculating how electricity is exported when pricing calculations are made to ensure value for money for consumers.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to consider the vulnerability of "off-grid" customers to price rises, where switching options are limited or where markets are unregulated.

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.14

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5622 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that utility costs are unacceptably high and notes the particular difficulties this creates for rural communities, businesses, and those on low incomes.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to publish an action plan to alleviate high utility costs.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

38

47

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes the Cheaper Energy Together fund launched by the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to support collective switching, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with DECC to promote collective switching across Wales to reduce consumer bills.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

47

0

0

47

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Calls on the UK Government to implement an energy price freeze.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

14

47

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to look at grid connection costs and their impact on utility bills, particularly in rural areas.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

47

0

0

47

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to make representations to the National Grid to ensure it looks at Wales as a whole when calculating how electricity is exported when pricing calculations are made to ensure value for money for consumers.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

47

0

0

47

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to consider the vulnerability of "off-grid" customers to price rises, where switching options are limited or where markets are unregulated.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

47

0

0

47

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5622 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that utility costs are unacceptably high and notes the particular difficulties this creates for rural communities, businesses, and those on low incomes.

 

2. Calls on the UK Government to implement an energy price freeze.

 

3. Notes the Cheaper Energy Together fund launched by the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to support collective switching, and calls on the Welsh Government to work with DECC to promote collective switching across Wales to reduce consumer bills.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to publish an action plan to alleviate high utility costs.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to look at grid connection costs and their impact on utility bills, particularly in rural areas.

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to make representations to the National Grid to ensure it looks at Wales as a whole when calculating how electricity is exported when pricing calculations are made to ensure value for money for consumers.

 

7. Calls on the Welsh Government to consider the vulnerability of "off-grid" customers to price rises, where switching options are limited or where markets are unregulated.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

14

47

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 05/11/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 7.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5611 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Regrets that the inequality gap between the poorest and richest people and regions has grown under successive UK Governments.

 

2. Notes that GVA per capita in West Wales and the Valleys is 62.7% of the UK average while GVA per capita in Inner London is 308.8%.

 

3. Recognises the need for a rebalancing of the UK economy away from a concentration of wealth in the South East of England.

 

4. Notes the focus of the UK Government's economic strategy on the financial services sector and further notes that whilst this can be a growth sector in Wales, the core of Wales's economy is built around manufacturing, production and exports.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) focus on realising and building on Wales's economic potential;

 

b) prioritise infrastructure investments in areas that need it most;

 

c) establish a publicly-owned business bank to offer finance to small businesses at competitive rates; and

 

d) extend the small business rate relief scheme to cover all businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In point 1, after UK insert "and Welsh"

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Insert at end of point 3:

 

and also recognises the need for a rebalancing of the Welsh economy away from a concentration of wealth along the south Wales (M4) corridor.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 4 and replace with:

 

Acknowledges the economic stability arising from the UK Government's policies which are stimulating UK-wide economic growth.

 

Amendment 4 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete sub-point 5(d).

 

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new subpoint at the end of point 5:

 

Produce a clear export strategy for Wales to match private sector ingenuity with public sector support.

 

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add new point at end of motion

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to adopt the Welsh Conservative proposals which include replacing Finance Wales with Invest Wales.

 

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the decline in Wales's GVA under fifteen years of Labour Government in Wales.

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.24

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5611 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Regrets that the inequality gap between the poorest and richest people and regions has grown under successive UK Governments.

 

2. Notes that GVA per capita in West Wales and the Valleys is 62.7% of the UK average while GVA per capita in Inner London is 308.8%.

 

3. Recognises the need for a rebalancing of the UK economy away from a concentration of wealth in the South East of England.

 

4. Notes the focus of the UK Government's economic strategy on the financial services sector and further notes that whilst this can be a growth sector in Wales, the core of Wales's economy is built around manufacturing, production and exports.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) focus on realising and building on Wales's economic potential;

 

b) prioritise infrastructure investments in areas that need it most;

 

c) establish a publicly-owned business bank to offer finance to small businesses at competitive rates; and

 

d) extend the small business rate relief scheme to cover all businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

0

40

50

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In point 1, after UK insert "and Welsh"

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

35

50

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Insert at end of point 3:

 

and also recognises the need for a rebalancing of the Welsh economy away from a concentration of wealth along the south Wales (M4) corridor.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

35

50

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point 4 and replace with:

 

Acknowledges the economic stability arising from the UK Government's policies which are stimulating UK-wide economic growth.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

35

50

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete sub-point 5(d).

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

5

20

50

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new subpoint at the end of point 5:

 

Produce a clear export strategy for Wales to match private sector ingenuity with public sector support.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

26

51

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

 

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add new point at end of motion

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to adopt the Welsh Conservative proposals which include replacing Finance Wales with Invest Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

0

40

50

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the decline in Wales's GVA under fifteen years of Labour Government in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

35

50

Amendment 7 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5611 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Regrets that the inequality gap between the poorest and richest people and regions has grown under successive UK Governments.

 

2. Notes that GVA per capita in West Wales and the Valleys is 62.7% of the UK average while GVA per capita in Inner London is 308.8%.

 

3. Recognises the need for a rebalancing of the UK economy away from a concentration of wealth in the

South East of England.

 

4. Notes the focus of the UK Government's economic strategy on the financial services sector and further notes that whilst this can be a growth sector in Wales, the core of Wales's economy is built around manufacturing, production and exports.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) focus on realising and building on Wales's economic potential;

 

b) prioritise infrastructure investments in areas that need it most;

 

c) establish a publicly-owned business bank to offer finance to small businesses at competitive rates.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

15

50

The motion as amended was agreed.


Meeting: 22/10/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5606 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the increasingly difficult economic conditions for farmers;

 

2. Regrets the Welsh Government's decision to transfer the maximum 15% from pillar 1 to pillar 2 of the Common Agriculture Policy.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) accelerate its efforts to reduce red tape within the industry;

 

b) take practical and swift action to support the red meat and dairy sectors in Wales; and

 

c) introduce a dedicated Area of Natural Constraint scheme to help those farming in the most challenging conditions.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes the high-age profile of Welsh farmers and calls on the Welsh Government to take steps to improve succession planning & shared farming.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Regrets the lack of a dedicated Area of Natural Constraint scheme as part of the Rural Development Plan, a decision which has its roots in choices made by the One Wales Government.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the Welsh Government's decision to cut the Agriculture and Food budget by 17.8% and the Animal Health budget by 20.7% in the Draft Budget 2015-16.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to reinstate a dedicated Cabinet level post for Agriculture and Food.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the National Assembly for Wales to support a voluntary code of practice for supermarkets to dedicate a prominent section of floor space for high quality Welsh PGI status and British Red Tractor meat.

 

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that a North Wales based beef and lamb abattoir would ensure the long term sustainability of red meat production in North Wales.

 

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to reform the meat promotional levy to ensure that the levy is payable to the country in which the animal is born.

 

Amendment 8 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to increase the percentage of public procurement of Welsh produce.

 

Amendment 9 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls for the terms of reference of the independent review of the dairy industry in Wales to include the development of a comprehensive strategic action plan to support the dairy industry.

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.36

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5606 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the increasingly difficult economic conditions for farmers;

 

2. Regrets the Welsh Government's decision to transfer the maximum 15% from pillar 1 to pillar 2 of the Common Agriculture Policy.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) accelerate its efforts to reduce red tape within the industry;

 

b) take practical and swift action to support the red meat and dairy sectors in Wales; and

 

c) introduce a dedicated Area of Natural Constraint scheme to help those farming in the most challenging conditions.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

8

0

41

49

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

 

Notes the high-age profile of Welsh farmers and calls on the Welsh Government to take steps to improve succession planning & shared farming.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Regrets the lack of a dedicated Area of Natural Constraint scheme as part of the Rural Development Plan, a decision which has its roots in choices made by the One Wales Government.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

0

33

49

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the Welsh Government's decision to cut the Agriculture and Food budget by 17.8% and the Animal Health budget by 20.7% in the Draft Budget 2015-16.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

19

5

25

49

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to reinstate a dedicated Cabinet level post for Agriculture and Food.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the National Assembly for Wales to support a voluntary code of practice for supermarkets to dedicate a prominent section of floor space for high quality Welsh PGI status and British Red Tractor meat.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

25

48

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

 

 

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that a North Wales based beef and lamb abattoir would ensure the long term sustainability of red meat production in North Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to reform the meat promotional levy to ensure that the levy is payable to the country in which the animal is born.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

Amendment 7 was agreed.

 

Amendment 8 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to increase the percentage of public procurement of Welsh produce.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 8:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

Amendment 8 was agreed.

 

Amendment 9 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls for the terms of reference of the independent review of the dairy industry in Wales to include the development of a comprehensive strategic action plan to support the dairy industry.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 9:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

Amendment 9 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5606 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the high-age profile of Welsh farmers and calls on the Welsh Government to take steps to improve succession planning & shared farming.

 

2. Notes the increasingly difficult economic conditions for farmers;

 

3. Regrets the Welsh Government's decision to transfer the maximum 15% from pillar 1 to pillar 2 of the Common Agriculture Policy.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) accelerate its efforts to reduce red tape within the industry;

 

b) take practical and swift action to support the red meat and dairy sectors in Wales; and

 

c) introduce a dedicated Area of Natural Constraint scheme to help those farming in the most challenging conditions.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the UK Government to reform the meat promotional levy to ensure that the levy is payable to the country in which the animal is born.

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to increase the percentage of public procurement of Welsh produce.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

The motion as amended was not agreed.

 


Meeting: 01/10/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 6.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5587 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that congestion on the M4 in the Newport area is detrimental to the Welsh economy, and that a sustainable and affordable resolution is required.

 

2. Affirms that the case has not been made for proceeding with the 'black route'.

 

3. Believes that committing the entirety of new Welsh borrowing powers to one project will limit investment elsewhere.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to fully consider the 'blue route' on economic, traffic management, environmental and financial grounds.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Believes that congestion on the M4 in the Newport area is detrimental to the Welsh economy, and that a sustainable and affordable resolution is required.

 

2. Affirms that a transparent case is lacking for proceeding with the 'black route' and calls on the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport to publish clear evidence that environmental issues have been fully considered and an effective due diligence process has taken place.

 

3. Believes that committing a significant portion of new Welsh borrowing powers to one project will limit investment elsewhere and undoubtedly have an effect on other transport schemes across Wales.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to explain why the 'blue route' was ruled out prematurely and outline what economic, traffic management, environmental and financial grounds it failed to meet.

 

[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendment 2, 3 and 4 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete points 2, 3 and 4.

 

[If amendment 2 is agreed, amendment 3 and 4 will be de-selected]

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Believes investment in public transport and actions to encourage modal shift away from car use should be a priority as part of a sustainable, integrated transport plan.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert in point 4 after 'blue route':

 

as well as suitable public transport solutions

Decision:

The item started at 16.14

 

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

 

NDM5587 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that congestion on the M4 in the Newport area is detrimental to the Welsh economy, and that a sustainable and affordable resolution is required.

 

2. Affirms that the case has not been made for proceeding with the 'black route'.

 

3. Believes that committing the entirety of new Welsh borrowing powers to one project will limit investment elsewhere.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to fully consider the 'blue route' on economic, traffic management, environmental and financial grounds.

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

0

36

50

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete all and replace with:

1. Believes that congestion on the M4 in the Newport area is detrimental to the Welsh economy, and that a sustainable and affordable resolution is required.

 

2. Affirms that a transparent case is lacking for proceeding with the 'black route' and calls on the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport to publish clear evidence that environmental issues have been fully considered and an effective due diligence process has taken place.

3. Believes that committing a significant portion of new Welsh borrowing powers to one project will limit investment elsewhere and undoubtedly have an effect on other transport schemes across Wales.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to explain why the 'blue route' was ruled out prematurely and outline what economic, traffic management, environmental and financial grounds it failed to meet.

 

 A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

11

0

39

50

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

Delete points 2, 3 and 4.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

26

51

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

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point 3 and renumber accordingly:

 

Believes investment in public transport and actions to encourage modal shift away from car use should be a priority as part of a sustainable, integrated transport plan.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

39

0

10

49

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert in point 4 after 'blue route':

 

as well as suitable public transport solutions

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

0

36

50

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5587 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that congestion on the M4 in the Newport area is detrimental to the Welsh economy, and that a sustainable and affordable resolution is required.

 

2. Affirms that the case has not been made for proceeding with the 'black route'.

 

3. Believes investment in public transport and actions to encourage modal shift away from car use should be a priority as part of a sustainable, integrated transport plan.

 

4. Believes that committing the entirety of new Welsh borrowing powers to one project will limit investment elsewhere.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to fully consider the 'blue route' on economic, traffic management, environmental and financial grounds.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

0

36

50

The motion as amended was not agreed.


Meeting: 24/09/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 4.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5571 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

The National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that, following Scotland's independence referendum, relations between the nations of these islands must change;

 

2. Believes that the people of Wales are sovereign and it is they who should decide the nature and pace of constitutional development in this country; and

 

3. Calls on the First Minister to immediately begin discussions with the UK Government to facilitate a transfer of responsibility over functions to Wales, in order to rebalance powers between the nations.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire):

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

Warmly welcomes Scotland's unequivocal decision to vote against independence and looks forward to working with all parts of the United Kingdom in forging a stronger union for the future.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan), Aled Roberts (North Wales):

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Welcomes that the Scottish people have chosen to remain a member of the family of nations that is the United Kingdom;

 

2. Believes that we must promote a new union for all the people of the UK, including Wales; and

 

3. Calls for the swift implementation of Parts 1 and 2 of the Commission on Devolution in Wales and the establishment of a UK-wide constitutional convention to draft a plan for a new union.

 

The Part 1 report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales can be found on the following link:

 http://commissionondevolutioninwales.independent.gov.uk/files/2013/01/English-WEB-main-report1.pdf

 

The Part 2 report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales can be found on the following link:

 

http://commissionondevolutioninwales.independent.gov.uk/files/2014/03/Empowerment-Responsibility-Legislative-Powers-to-strengthen-Wales.pdf

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.14

 

NDM5571 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

The National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that, following Scotland's independence referendum, relations between the nations of these islands must change;

 

2. Believes that the people of Wales are sovereign and it is they who should decide the nature and pace of constitutional development in this country; and

 

3. Calls on the First Minister to immediately begin discussions with the UK Government to facilitate a transfer of responsibility over functions to Wales, in order to rebalance powers between the nations.

 

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

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

0

42

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire):
 

Delete all and replace with:
 

Warmly welcomes Scotland's unequivocal decision to vote against independence and looks forward to working with all parts of the United Kingdom in forging a stronger union for the future.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

11

0

41

52

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan), Aled Roberts (North Wales):

 

Delete all and replace with:

 

1. Welcomes that the Scottish people have chosen to remain a member of the family of nations that is the United Kingdom;

 

2. Believes that we must promote a new union for all the people of the UK, including Wales; and

 

3. Calls for the swift implementation of Parts 1 and 2 of the Commission on Devolution in Wales and the establishment of a UK-wide constitutional convention to draft a plan for a new union.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

31

11

10

52

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5571 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

The National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Welcomes that the Scottish people have chosen to remain a member of the family of nations that is the United Kingdom;

 

2. Believes that we must promote a new union for all the people of the UK, including Wales; and

 

3. Calls for the swift implementation of Parts 1 and 2 of the Commission on Devolution in Wales and the establishment of a UK-wide constitutional convention to draft a plan for a new union.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

31

11

10

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


Meeting: 17/09/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5562 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes that 266,000 workers in Wales are paid less than the living wage.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work towards creating a living wage in Wales through:

 

a) establishing the living wage throughout the Welsh public sector;

 

b) working with employers to explain the benefits of paying the living wage; and

 

c) making representations to the Low Pay Commission to ensure that the minimum wage rises to the level of the living wage by 2020.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Further notes that 98.4% of all businesses in Wales are classified as micro or small businesses, and that there is a need to ensure the workability of any living wage policy alongside the survival of our small businesses.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Delete 2 c) and replace with:

 

Establishing an independent review to consult on how to set a fair living wage, working with stakeholders such as the Living Wage Foundation, without damaging employment opportunities and in order to improve enforcement action.

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes that from April 2015 1.2 million people in Wales will have a tax cut of £800 thanks to the UK Government raising the income tax threshold to £10,500, and that this will assist those workers in Wales who are being paid less than the living wage.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that the income tax threshold should be raised to £12,500, to bring minimum wage workers out of paying income tax altogether.

Decision:

The item started at 16:53

 

NDM5562 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes that 266,000 workers in Wales are paid less than the living wage.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work towards creating a living wage in Wales through:

a) establishing the living wage throughout the Welsh public sector;

b) working with employers to explain the benefits of paying the living wage; and

c) making representations to the Low Pay Commission to ensure that the minimum wage rises to the level of the living wage by 2020.

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

0

13

46

The motion without amendment was agreed.

 


Meeting: 02/07/2014 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly (Item 5.)

Plaid Cymru Debate

NDM5545 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery.

 

2. Notes that the report does not deal comprehensively with public services, particularly the health service, due to the terms of reference set down by the Welsh Government.

 

3. Believes that there is a need to provide a democratic mandate for a strategic long-term package of public service delivery reform.

 

4. Further believes that the balance of competencies and delivery of public services between national, regio