Decision details

Dadl Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru

Decision Maker: Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Purpose:

Debates are one of the most frequent items of business on the Plenary agenda. Many types of debate are brought forward in Plenary, including:

  • Opposition party debates on a topic of their choice;

Other than in the case of Government debates, the time allocated for all other types of debates and their frequency are determined by the Business Committee

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:

 

NDM5676 Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes that access to financial capital for Welsh businesses is essential to encourage growth in the private sector.

 

2. Notes that up skilling the Welsh population is crucial to increasing productivity and putting the Welsh economy at a competitive advantage.

 

3. Notes that our rurality and geography mean that innovative and radical proposals are needed to grow our economy and improve connectivity.

 

4. Believes that there are many strengths that will help build the Welsh economy such as our proximity to UK and EU markets, existing pockets of innovation and excellence, and training capacity.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to deliver a balanced, integrated, export-led economic strategy and address Wales's underdevelopment with a long-term commitment to investing in Wales's people, business and infrastructure, including by:

 

a) creating a Welsh development bank;

 

b) developing networks of advisors to provide professional business support;

 

c) embedding wider skills such as entrepreneurship, leadership and management into the curriculum;

 

d) decentralising more powers over economic development from Cardiff Bay, directly to communities;

 

e) improving our transport infrastructure by supporting electrification of the North Wales Coast Main Line, developing passenger transport authorities to regulate public transport and ensure suitable provision; and funding a feasibility study into reinstating the rail links between Aberyswyth and Carmarthen to link up with the existing network; and

 

f) launching a radical and systematic review of the way that business rates are run in Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

5

0

47

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Insert as a new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

 

Acknowledges that a successful private sector, including social enterprises, is vital for sustainable economic growth throughout Wales and the enhancement of public service provision.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

In subpoint 5(e), insert after 'North Wales Coast Main Line':

 

'and the Wales Marches Line'.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

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 3 - Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

In point 5e) delete 'developing passenger transport authorities to regulate public transport and ensure suitable provision' and replace with 'developing a not-for-dividend model as a key part of delivering an integrated transport system'.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

35

0

17

52

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

 

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new sub-point at end of point 5:

 

extending the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme to give all businesses with a Rateable Value of £10,000 or less 100% relief and tapered relief for those with a Rateable Value between £10,001 and £15,000.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

21

0

31

52

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new sub-point at end of point 5:

 

establishing a new body to work alongside UKTI to build trading relationships between Welsh businesses and the international community.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

0

43

52

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5676 Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Acknowledges that a successful private sector, including social enterprises, is vital for sustainable economic growth throughout Wales and the enhancement of public service provision.

 

2. Notes that access to financial capital for Welsh businesses is essential to encourage growth in the private sector.

 

3. Notes that up skilling the Welsh population is crucial to increasing productivity and putting the Welsh economy at a competitive advantage.

 

4. Notes that our rurality and geography mean that innovative and radical proposals are needed to grow our economy and improve connectivity.

 

5. Believes that there are many strengths that will help build the Welsh economy such as our proximity to UK and EU markets, existing pockets of innovation and excellence, and training capacity.

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to deliver a balanced, integrated, export-led economic strategy and address Wales's underdevelopment with a long-term commitment to investing in Wales's people, business and infrastructure, including by:

 

a) creating a Welsh development bank;

 

b) developing networks of advisors to provide professional business support;

 

c) embedding wider skills such as entrepreneurship, leadership and management into the curriculum;

 

d) decentralising more powers over economic development from Cardiff Bay, directly to communities;

 

e) improving our transport infrastructure by supporting electrification of the North Wales Coast Main Line, developing a not-for-dividend model as a key part of delivering an integrated transport system; and funding a feasibility study into reinstating the rail links between Aberyswyth and Carmarthen to link up with the existing network; and

 

f) launching a radical and systematic review of the way that business rates are run in Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

12

52

                       

The motion as amended was agreed.

 

Publication date: 28/01/2015

Date of decision: 28/01/2015

Decided at meeting: 28/01/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly

 

 

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