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NDM6617 Debate: Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan

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Meeting: 09/01/2018 - Plenary - Fifth Senedd (Item 6)

Debate: Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan

NDM6617 Julie James (Swansea West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the publication of the Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan.

Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes with regret that:

a) the value of goods and services produced per head of population (GVA) in the West Wales and the Valleys sub-region is still bottom across the UK, at just 64% of the UK average - with the Gwent Valleys second only to Anglesey as the lowest in the UK;

b) the Bevan Foundation “Tough Times Ahead? What 2018 might hold for Wales” report states that although UK unemployment is forecast to remain at around 4.3% over the year, “performance is unlikely to be enough to boost those parts of Wales where unemployment stands well above the UK figure such as Merthyr Tydfil (7.3%) and Blaenau Gwent (6.7%)”;

c) the delivery of the Welsh Government’s new Working Wales employability programme has been delayed until April 2019.

The Bevan Foundation - Tough Times Ahead? What 2018 might hold for Wales

Amendment 2. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to outline how it will talk, consult, design and deliver its ‘Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan’ with people who live and work in the south Wales valleys; the UK Government; and the business and third sectors, as the taskforce’s work progresses.

Amendment 3. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that true engagement with the “Be The Spark” movement, to create more profitable home-grown businesses that generate wealth and prosperity for the whole of Wales, will require Welsh Government collaboration with a culture that links innovation and entrepreneurship together.

Amendment 4. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new points at end of motion:

Recognises the need for strategic investment in all parts of the South Wales Valleys, including the western Valleys.

Believes the Delivery Plan will only be fully achieved with a sufficient level of funding.

Believes an overarching delivery body will be required to monitor, drive forward and implement the Delivery Plan.

Minutes:

The item started at 16.15

NDM6617 Julie James (Swansea West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the publication of the Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes with regret that:

a) the value of goods and services produced per head of population (GVA) in the West Wales and the Valleys sub-region is still bottom across the UK, at just 64% of the UK average - with the Gwent Valleys second only to Anglesey as the lowest in the UK;

b) the Bevan Foundation “Tough Times Ahead? What 2018 might hold for Wales” report states that although UK unemployment is forecast to remain at around 4.3% over the year, “performance is unlikely to be enough to boost those parts of Wales where unemployment stands well above the UK figure such as Merthyr Tydfil (7.3%) and Blaenau Gwent (6.7%)”;

c) the delivery of the Welsh Government’s new Working Wales employability programme has been delayed until April 2019.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 2. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to outline how it will talk, consult, design and deliver its ‘Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan’ with people who live and work in the south Wales valleys; the UK Government; and the business and third sectors, as the taskforce’s work progresses.

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 3. Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that true engagement with the “Be The Spark” movement, to create more profitable home-grown businesses that generate wealth and prosperity for the whole of Wales, will require Welsh Government collaboration with a culture that links innovation and entrepreneurship together.

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

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

Amendment 4. Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Add as new points at end of motion:

Recognises the need for strategic investment in all parts of the South Wales Valleys, including the western Valleys.

Believes the Delivery Plan will only be fully achieved with a sufficient level of funding.

Believes an overarching delivery body will be required to monitor, drive forward and implement the Delivery Plan.

A vote was taken on amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

21

3

26

50

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM6617 Julie James (Swansea West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the publication of the Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan.

2. Notes with regret that:

a)    the value of goods and services produced per head of population (GVA) in the West Wales and the Valleys sub-region is still bottom across the UK, at just 64% of the UK average - with the Gwent Valleys second only to Anglesey as the lowest in the UK;

 

b)   the Bevan Foundation “Tough Times Ahead? What 2018 might hold for Wales” report states that although UK unemployment is forecast to remain at around 4.3% over the year, “performance is unlikely to be enough to boost those parts of Wales where unemployment stands well above the UK figure such as Merthyr Tydfil (7.3%) and Blaenau Gwent (6.7%)”;

 

c)    the delivery of the Welsh Government’s new Working Wales employability programme has been delayed until April 2019.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to outline how it will talk, consult, design and deliver its ‘Our Valleys, Our Future: Delivery Plan’ with people who live and work in the south Wales valleys; the UK Government; and the business and third sectors, as the taskforce’s work progresses.

4. Notes that true engagement with the “Be The Spark” movement, to create more profitable home-grown businesses that generate wealth and prosperity for the whole of Wales, will require Welsh Government collaboration with a culture that links innovation and entrepreneurship together.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

51

0

0

51

The motion as amended was agreed.