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Member Debates: Selection of Motion for Debate

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Meeting: 14/06/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motions for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee considered the motions tabled and agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 22 June:

 

NNDM8018

Mabon ap Gwynfor

Luke Fletcher

Buffy Williams

 

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes that Wales is home to thousands of local community groups, with hundreds running significant assets that make their communities better places to live.

2. Recognises the huge contribution community groups have made in supporting local people through the challenges of the pandemic.

3. Notes that the previous Welsh Government agreed with the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's recommendation that it should “develop a programme of empowering communities across Wales with the voluntary sector, acting as an enabling state for community action”.

4. Notes the important role that local authorities often play in ensuring community ownership of assets, and working in partnership with community groups and other organisations to ensure successful community venture.

5. Notes the recent IWA report, Our Land: Communities and Land Use, which finds that Welsh communities are the least empowered in Britain and calls for a major shake-up of community policy in Wales.

6. Further notes the Wales Cooperative Centre’s recently published report, Community ownership of land and assets: Enabling the delivery of community-led housing in Wales.

7. Notes that Wales, unlike Scotland and England, has no legislation giving communities the right to buy local assets of community value.

8. Believes that enabling community groups to retain local buildings and land as community facilities and supporting them to develop active and engaged communities is key to building a more prosperous, equal and greener Wales.

9. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) coproduce a communities strategy to develop an enabling state for community action;

b) explore the legal options for establishing a community right to buy in Wales.

Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee: Impact of COVID-19 on the voluntary sector 

Our Land: Communities and Land Use

Community ownership of land and assets: Enabling the delivery of community-led housing in Wales

 

And the subsequent motion on 13 July:

 

NNDM8028

Jane Dodds

Carolyn Thomas

Jack Sargeant

Luke Fletcher

 

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes:

a) that a significant number of Welsh workers are employed in industries that will undergo significant change as part of Wales's transition to a zero carbon economy;

b) the importance of ensuring a just transition to a zero carbon economy;

c) the Welsh Government’s ongoing basic income (BI) pilot for care leavers.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to consider how the BI pilot could be extended to workers in these industries to inform Wales’s transition to a zero carbon economy.

 

 


Meeting: 03/05/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motions for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee considered the motions tabled and agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 11 May:

 

NNDM7994

Alun Davies

Co-submitters

Rhun Ap Iorwerth

Samuel Kurtz

Jane Dodds

 

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes that this year is the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor: the famine which killed an estimated 4-6 million people in Ukraine over 1932/33.

2. Further notes that this famine was the consequence of the deliberate actions and policies of the Soviet Union.

3. Expresses its sympathy and extends its solidarity to the people of Ukraine on behalf of the people of Wales.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to initiate a commemoration programme to remember the victims of the Holodomor and to raise awareness of the suffering of the people of Ukraine.

 

Business Committee also agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 25 May:

 

NNDM7964

Jack Sargeant

 

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes:

a) that the Welsh Government was the first in the world to declare a climate emergency, recognising the serious threat climate change poses;

b) that public sector pension schemes continue to invest in fossil fuels and, for many years, campaigners have urged schemes to disinvest;

c) that the Welsh pension partnership moved quickly to withdraw investment from Russian holdings and has previously divested from coal, thus demonstrating that it is possible for pension funds to make these decisions;

d) that Members of the Senedd took the initiative to divest their own pension funds from fossil fuels;

e) that if public sector pension schemes in Wales disinvest, Wales would be the first nation in the world to achieve this, demonstrating to fund providers the need to create fossil fuel free investment products;

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the public sector to agree a strategy to decarbonise pensions by 2030, thus bringing them into line with current public sector net-zero targets.

 

 

 


Meeting: 15/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motions for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 23 March 2022:

 

NNDM7953 Mike Hedges

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes the continuing closure of religious buildings, including churches and chapels, throughout Wales.

2. Calls upon the Welsh Government to work with the different denominations in Wales to discuss the future of these buildings.

Co-submitters

Rhys ab Owen

Jane Dodds

Darren Millar

Supported by

Alun Davies

Sam Rowlands


Meeting: 01/03/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motions for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 9 March 2022:

 

NNDM7925 Mike Hedges

To propose that the Senedd:

Supports the devolution of policing.

Co-Submitters

Alun Davies

Jane Dodds

Delyth Jewell

Rhys ab Owen

Supporters

Sarah Murphy

 


Meeting: 18/01/2022 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motion for Debate

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 26 January:

 

NNDM7880 James Evans

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes that 101 million bus journeys were undertaken in Wales in 2018/19, compared to 129 million in 2004/05.

2. Further notes that 23 per cent of people in Wales do not have access to a car or van.

3. Recognises that public transport is essential in rural Wales to prevent isolation and loneliness.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) provide sustainable long-term funding for local authorities to enhance rural bus services;

b) ensure rural councils receive a fair share of future investment for public transport and active travel schemes;

c) guarantee the National Bus Strategy for Wales considers the unique challenges of public transport in rural Wales.

d) prioritise investing in zero-emissions public transport vehicles in rural areas.

 

Supporters:

Rhys ab Owen

Mabon ap Gwynfor

Natasha Asghar

Samuel Kurtz

Jack Sargeant

Carolyn Thomas

 

Business Committee also agreed the schedule the following motion for debate on 16 February:

 

NNDM7881

Rhys ab Owen

Jane Dodds

Llyr Gruffydd

 

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes:

a) the Local Government and Elections Wales Act 2021 extends the voting franchise to 16 and 17 year olds and foreign citizens legally resident in Wales, ensures a duty to encourage local people to participate in local government, and enables councils to scrap the first past the post system to elect councillors;

b) a more proportional system is used in local elections in Scotland, reducing the number of uncontested seats, and ensuring that all votes count.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work closely with new councils elected in May 2022 to ensure that a more representative method and a uniform national system is used to elect councillors across Wales by 2027.

 

Supporters

Rhun Ap Iorwerth 

Heledd Fychan 

Peredur Owen Griffiths

Mabon ap Gwynfor

Sioned Williams

 


Meeting: 23/11/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motion for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 1 December:

 

NNDM7842 Mabon ap Gwynfor

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Welcomes the Welsh Government’s single cancer pathway approach.

2. Recognises:

a) that cancer is the leading cause of death in Wales and that 19,600 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in Wales (2016-2018).

b) that the challenges facing cancer services in Wales have been compounded by COVID-19, with around 1,700 fewer people beginning cancer treatment between April 2020 and March 2021.

c) that NHS Wales cancer waiting times for July 2021 show that the percentage of patients receiving their first treatment within 62 days of first being suspected of having cancer was at 61.8 per cent, which is well below the suspected cancer pathway performance target of 75 per cent.

d) that even before the pandemic, Wales was experiencing significant gaps in the workforce that diagnose and treat cancer, such as in imaging, endoscopy, pathology, non-surgical oncology and specialist nurses.

e) that without multi-year investment in training and employing more staff to fill current vacancies, Wales won’t have the frontline staff and specialists needed to address the cancer backlog, cope with future demand, or make progress towards ambitions to diagnose and treat more cancers at an early stage.

f) that the Wales Cancer Alliance criticised the quality statement for cancer, published in March 2021, for not setting a clear vision to support cancer services to recover from the impact of the pandemic and further improve survival. 

g) that Wales will soon be the only UK nation without a cancer strategy, which the World Health Organization recommends all countries have.

3. Welcomes the successful rapid diagnostic clinic pilots in Swansea Bay University Health Board and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, and that the Wales Cancer Network has provided funding to all other health boards to develop rapid diagnostic clinics.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) provide an update on the next steps for the quality statement for cancer, including ambitious targets and mechanisms for tracking progress investment for staff, equipment and infrastructure;

b) address the long-standing staff shortages within cancer and diagnostic services;

c) consider how the recommendations in Professor Sir Mike Richards review of diagnostic services in England could be applied in Wales.

 

Supported by:

 

Sioned Williams

Rhun Ap Iorwerth

Paul Davies

Jane Dodds

Sian Gwenllian

Altaf Hussain

Sam Rowlands

 

Business Committee also agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 15 December 2021:

 

NNDM7843 Rhys Ab Owen

Alun Davies

Jane Dodds

Heledd Fychan

 

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes the increase in the number of legislative consent motions being presented to the Senedd.

2. Recognises that this is both a consequence of Welsh Ministers seeking to use UK Parliament legislation to enact Welsh Government legislation and the UK Government seeking to override our democracy, erode the devolution settlement and diminish the powers of the Senedd.

3. Believes that all substantial and significant primary legislation should be enacted by the Senedd rather than through the LCM process.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) work with the Senedd's Business Committee to review the LCM process to ensure it is fit for purpose;

b) clarify the principles of when LCMs are used;

c) work with the Llywydd to seek an urgent review of the impact on the devolution settlement and the powers of the Senedd as a consequence of UK legislation.

 

 


Meeting: 05/10/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motion for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 13 October:

 

NDM7794 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes the importance of renewable energy in efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

2. Agrees that there is a need to ensure that energy developments bring benefits to the communities in which they are located.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government, either through regulations or new legislation to insist that developers of energy projects must prove the community benefits of their proposed developments by having to conduct community impact assessments and present a community-benefit plan as part of the planning process.

 

Supporters:

 

Janet Finch-Saunders

Altaf Hussain

Tom Giffard

Heledd Fychan

Sioned Williams

Luke Fletcher

 


Meeting: 21/09/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member debates - Selection of motion for debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 29 September:

NNDM7773 Luke Fletcher

Rhun Ap Iorwerth

Paul Davies

Janet Finch-Saunders

Jenny Rathbone

Jack Sargeant

Delyth Jewell

Altaf Hussain

Jane Dodds

Rhys Ab Owen

Peredur Owen Griffiths

Mabon ap Gwynfor

Sioned A Williams

Gareth L Davies

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes:

a) the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with and affected by dementia in Wales;

b) the importance of unpaid carers in ensuring that the social care system in Wales was able to operate during the pandemic.

2. Further notes the necessity of an accurate dementia diagnosis to allow for unpaid carers, the health and social care systems and other bodies and service providers to accurately plan person-centred services, as stated in the national dementia action plan.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) fund research into developing accurate diagnostic tools to ensure that people who receive a diagnosis of dementia can access the correct support immediately post diagnosis;

b) fund post diagnostic support for all types of dementia across Wales;

c) establish a national dementia data observatory to ensure accuracy in dementia data and to collect, analyse and disseminate data on dementia to all service providers wishing to access data to help plan and deliver dementia services across Wales.

Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-22

 


Meeting: 29/06/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motion for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 7 July:

 

NNDM7744

Hefin David

John Griffiths

Delyth Jewell

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes the significant role played by small businesses in sustaining local economies throughout the coronavirus pandemic by adapting to unprecedented circumstances.

2. Notes the importance of local small businesses, particularly those in the tourism and associated sectors, as we recover from the pandemic and start to re-build our communities and local economies.

3. Further notes the strong encouragement from the Welsh Government for people to holiday in Wales this year and enjoy its many attractions and sites of outstanding natural beauty.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with representatives of the small business and tourism community to promote Wales as a sustainable tourism destination year-round.

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the same stakeholders in order to integrate both sectors into its economic strategy and COVID-19 recovery plans in the sixth Senedd term to ensure that both are adequately supported and have the necessary resilience to sustain any future shocks.

 


Meeting: 15/06/2021 - Business Committee (Item 3)

Member Debates: Selection of Motion for Debate

Supporting documents:

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Minutes:

Business Committee agreed to schedule the following motion for debate on 23 June:

NNDM7704 Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore)

To propose that the Senedd:

1. Notes the Bus Service Agreement of March 2021 commits £37.2 million of funding to continue to support the bus industry in the coming financial year.

2. Notes that the agreement commits to a fundamental reshaping of local bus services, better meeting the needs of passengers.

3. Notes that the agreement also seeks to rebuild patronage post-covid, encouraging increasing numbers to use public transport over time for a wide range of journeys, as conditions permit.

4. Further notes the publication of Llwybr Newydd: The Wales Transport Strategy 2021, which contains a range of commitments including:

a) extending the reach of bus services;
b) progressing new bus legislation to give the public sector more control over local bus services;
c) delivering innovative, more flexible bus services, in partnership with local authorities, the commercial and third sectors; and
d) ensuring that bus services and facilities are accessible, attractive and safe for everyone.

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to set out detailed plans and timescales for delivering the commitments on bus services in Llwybr Newydd.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government and partners to engage meaningfully with local communities across Wales on the strategy and in reshaping bus services to meet the transport needs identified by those communities.

Bus Service Agreement - March 2021

Llwybr Newydd: the Wales Transport Strategy 2021

Supporters:

 

Jayne Bryant (Newport West)

Hefin David (Caerphilly)

Jane Dodds (Mid and West Wales)

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy)

Luke Fletcher (South Wales West)

Heledd Fychan (South Wales Central)

John Griffiths (Newport East)

Vikki Howells (Cynon Valley)

Altaf Hussain (South Wales West)

Jenny Rathbone (Cardiff Central)

Llyr Gruffydd (North Wales)

Natasha Asghar (South Wales East)