Agenda - Plenary


Meeting Venue:

Y Siambr - Y_Senedd

Meeting date:
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Meeting time: 10.00
 


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This meeting will be held in a hybrid format, with some Members in the Senedd Chamber and others joining by video-conference.

Having consulted with the Business Committee, the Llywydd has determined that in accordance with Standing Order 34.14A-D, Members will be able to vote from any location by electronic means.

The Llywydd also gives notice, in accordance with Standing Order 34.15, that the public have been excluded from attending this Plenary meeting, as is required to protect public health. The meeting will continue to be broadcast live and the record of proceedings will be published as usual.

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1       Questions to the First Minister

(45 mins)                                                                                                         

The Presiding Officer will call Party Leaders to ask questions without notice to the First Minister after Question 2.

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2       Business Statement and Announcement

(15 mins)                                                                                                         

View Business Statement and Announcement

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3       Questions to the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales

(45 mins)                                                                                                         

The Presiding Officer will call party spokespeople to ask questions without notice after Question 2.

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4       Questions to the Counsel General and Minister for European Transition (in respect of his European Transition Minister responsibilities)

(45 mins)                                                                                                         

The Presiding Officer will call party spokespeople to ask questions without notice after Question 2.

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5       Statement by the First Minister: The Legislative Programme

(60 mins)                                                                                                         

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6       Topical Questions

(20 mins)                                                                                                         

 

To ask the Minister for Health and Social Services

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister make a statement on weekly Covid-19 testing for care home staff?

 

To ask the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language; to be answered by the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

 

Alun Davies (Blaenau Gwent):  Will the Minister make a statement on the Welsh Government's approach to media policy and support for the media industry following the recent series of redundancies?

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Proposal under Standing Order 12.24 to debate the following together but with separate votes - WITHDRAWN

 

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7       The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2020 - WITHDRAWN

                                                                                                                          

NDM7349 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 27.5:

1. Approves The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2020 laid in the Table Office on 22 June 2020.

Supporting Documents
Explanatory Memorandum
Report of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

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8       The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No.7) Regulations 2020 - WITHDRAWN

                                                                                                                          

NDM7350 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 27.5:

1. Approves The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2020 laid in the Table Office on 3 July 2020.

Supporting Documents
Explanatory Memorandum
Report of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

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Proposal to debate the following items together but with separate votes: (15 mins)

 

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9       The Curriculum Requirements (Amendment of paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020) (Wales) Regulations 2020

                                                                                                                          

NDM7347 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 27.5:

1. Approves The Curriculum Requirements (Amendment of paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020) (Wales) Regulations 2020 laid in the Table Office on 22 June 2020.

Supporting Documents
Explanatory Memorandum
Report of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

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10    The Maintained Schools (Amendment of Paragraph 7 of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020) (Wales) Regulations 2020

                                                                                                                          

NDM7348 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 27.5:

1. Approves The Maintained Schools (Amendment of paragraph 7 of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020) (Wales) Regulations 2020 laid in the Table Office on 25 June 2020.

Supporting Documents
Explanatory Memorandum
Report of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

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11    The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications and Site Visits) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

(15 mins)                                                                                                         

NDM7346 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 27.5:

1. Approves that the draft The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications and Site Visits) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 is made in accordance with the draft laid in the Table Office on 24 June 2020.

Supporting Documents
Explanatory Memorandum
Report of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

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12    Debate: Stage 4 on the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill

(15 mins)                                                                                                         

NDM7357 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the Senedd in accordance with Standing Order 26.47:

Approves the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill.

Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill, unamended at Stage 3

 

Supporting Document
Presiding Officer’s Statement in accordance with Standing Order 26.50A




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13    Debate: Introducing 20mph Speed Limits in Wales

(60 mins)                                                                                                         

NDM7355 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Welcomes the report of the Taskforce chaired by Phil Jones setting out recommendations on how to change the default speed limit for restricted roads in Wales to 20mph.

2. Notes the international research which demonstrates the road safety benefits, including a reduction in child deaths, of reducing default speed limits to 20mph.

3. Recognises the Welsh Government roll out of 20mph pilot projects, as precursor to a default 20 mph speed limit across Wales, and the future community benefits this will bring.

4. Supports the Welsh Government’s intention to commence consultation on the proposed making of an order by statutory instrument (which will require approval by a resolution of the Senedd) reducing the general speed limit for restricted roads to 20 mph.

The Taskforce’s Report was emailed to Members on 8 July 2020.

The following amendment has been tabled:
Amendment 1 -
Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to set out its proposals as part of the consultation to ensure that enforcement agencies have the appropriate resources to respond to the proposed order.

 

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14    Motion to amend Standing Order 18.10: Committee Functions Relating to the Oversight of the Wales Audit Office

(5 mins)                                                                                                           

NDM7353 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 33.2:

1. Considers the report of the Business Committee ‘Chair of the Wales Audit Office (WAO) Board’ laid in the Table Office on 8 July 2020.

2. Approves the proposals to amend Standing Order 18, as set out in Annex A of the report of the Business Committee.

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15    Motion to amend Standing Orders: The Electoral Commission and the Llywydd's Committee

(5 mins)                                                                                                           

NDM7352 Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

To propose that the Senedd, in accordance with Standing Order 33.2:

1. Considers the report of the Business Committee ‘Standing Order 18B – Oversight of the Electoral Commission’ laid in the Table Office on 8 July 2020.

2. Approves the proposals to introduce a new Standing Order 18B, and amend Standing Order 17 as set out in Annex B of the report of the Business Committee.

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16    Finance Committee debate - The Welsh Government's Spending Priorities for the Draft Budget 2021-22, in light of Covid-19

(60 mins)                                                                                                         

NDM7351 Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales)

To propose that the Senedd:

Considers the spending priorities for the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget 2021-22.

Scrutiny of the Welsh Government Draft Budget 2021-22 Digital Engagement Summary Note, June 2020

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17    Children, Young People and Education Committee debate - The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on children and young people in Wales

(60 mins)                                                                                                         

NDM7354 Lynne Neagle (Torfaen)

To propose that the Senedd:

Notes the Children, Young People and Education Committee Interim Report - Impact of Covid-19 on children and young people, which was laid in the Table Office on 8 July 2020.

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18    Plaid Cymru debate - An Independent Wales

(60 mins)                                                                                                         

NDM7356 Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes that the people of Wales have welcomed the ability for Wales to act independently during the coronavirus crisis.

2. Recognises the success of independent countries of a similar size to Wales in dealing with the virus.

3. Believes that independence would give Wales greater agility and resilience in responding to future challenges.

4. Notes the increased support for an independent Scotland and a united Ireland.

5. Affirms the right of the people of Wales to decide whether Wales should become an independent country.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to seek the constitutional right to allow the Senedd to legislate during the next term to hold a binding referendum on independence.

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Supports Welsh devolution.

2. Recognises the benefits to Wales of being part of the United Kingdom. 

3. Welcomes the significant support made available by Her Majesty’s Government to assist in the response to the coronavirus pandemic in Wales, including:

a) £2.8 billion allocated to support interventions in devolved matters;

b) support for more than 316,500 jobs via a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme;

c) support for more than 102,000 people via the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme;

d) emergency finance for the steel industry;

e) a Job Retention Bonus to encourage employers to protect the jobs of furloughed workers;

f) a Kickstart Scheme for young job seekers;

g) a reduction in VAT for tourism and hospitality businesses;

h) an Eat Out to Help Out scheme to help cafes, restaurants and pubs; and 

i) funding to decarbonise UK Government public sector buildings in Wales.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to continue to cooperate with Her Majesty’s Government to protect lives and livelihoods in Wales during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Amendment 2 - Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the Senedd:

Believes that:

a) by any reasonable measure, devolution has failed; and

b) support for scrapping the Senedd exceeds support for Wales' political independence from the UK.

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

Amendment 3 - Gareth Bennett (South Wales Central)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes that the different lockdown policies introduced by different governments across the United Kingdom have led to confusion.

2. Recognises that the only real economic resilience Wales enjoys is as part of the United Kingdom.

3. Notes the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, which resulted in Scotland voting to remain as part of the United Kingdom.

4. Affirms the right of the people of Wales to decide whether Wales continues to have a devolved government.

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to seek the constitutional right to allow the Senedd to legislate during the next term to hold a binding referendum on whether we keep or abolish the devolved government and parliament of Wales.

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

Amendment 4 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Welcomes the Welsh Government’s strong and effective leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic;

2. Considers that co-ordinated decision-making and messaging by the four administrations within the United Kingdom will most effectively address the challenges the pandemic presents for our citizens and businesses; and

3. Believes that Wales’s interests are best served by its continuing membership of a reformed United Kingdom, allowing co-ordinated governmental action to be pursued.

Amendment 5 - Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

Add as a new point at end of motion:

Believes that the Senedd should be scrapped.

Amendment 6 - Neil Hamilton (Mid and West Wales)

Add as a new point at end of motion:

Calls on Welsh Government to seek the constitutional right to allow the Senedd to legislate during the next term to hold a binding referendum on its disestablishment.

Amendment 7 - Neil McEvoy (South Wales Central)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Believes that Wales should have its own constitution and bill of rights.

Amendment 8 - Neil McEvoy (South Wales Central)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Believes that Welsh sovereignty should be exercised at a community and national level, including use of binding referendums through a public right of initiative.

 

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19    Voting Time

                                                                                                                          

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The Senedd will sit again in Plenary at 11.00, Wednesday, 5 August 2020. This meeting is a recall of the Senedd under Standing Order 34.9

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