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Government Debate - Fourth Assembly

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09/03/2016 - Dadl ar Setliad yr Heddlu 2016-17

The item started at 15.09

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

NDM5989 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Under Section 84H of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, approves the Local Government Finance Report (No. 2) 2016-17 (Final Settlement - Police and Crime Commissioners), which was laid in the Table Office on 2 March 2016.

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

9

5

54

The motion was agreed.


09/03/2016 - Debate on The Local Government Settlement 2016-17

The item started at 14.31

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

NDM5988 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Under Section 84H of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, approves the Local Government Finance Report (No. 1) 2016-17 (Final Settlement - Councils), which was laid in the Table Office on 2 March 2016.

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

5

21

54

The motion was agreed.


19/01/2016 - Debate on the Annual Report on Equality 2014 - 2015

The item started at 17.59

NDM5919 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Annual Report on Equality 2014-2015.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure cuts to the Communities and Tackling Poverty budget do not adversely affect progress in creating more cohesive and inclusive communities in Wales.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

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

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes with concern the proposed cut of 68 per cent in core funding to Disability Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

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 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that just over three quarters of hate crimes reported to Welsh police forces in 2012-2013 were racially motivated.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

Amendment 3 was agreed.

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that only 13 per cent of Gypsy/Roma children and 17 per cent of looked-after children achieved GCSEs at grades A*-C, in maths and either English or Welsh as a first language in 2014.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

50

0

0

50

Amendment 4 was agreed.

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Minister to update the Assembly on her progress in improving gender dysphoria services in Wales, and calls for an independent feasibility study into establishing a gender identity clinic in Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

50

0

0

50

Amendment 5 was agreed.

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to move to 'name blank' recruitment wherever possible in the public sector so that people are judged on their true abilities to do a job.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

50

0

0

50

Amendment 6 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5919 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the Annual Report on Equality 2014-2015.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure cuts to the Communities and Tackling Poverty budget do not adversely affect progress in creating more cohesive and inclusive communities in Wales.

3. Notes that just over three quarters of hate crimes reported to Welsh police forces in 2012-2013 were racially motivated.

4. Regrets that only 13 per cent of Gypsy/Roma children and 17 per cent of looked-after children achieved GCSEs at grades A*-C, in maths and either English or Welsh as a first language in 2014.

5. Calls on the Minister to update the Assembly on her progress in improving gender dysphoria services in Wales, and calls for an independent feasibility study into establishing a gender identity clinic in Wales.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to move to 'name blank' recruitment wherever possible in the public sector so that people are judged on their true abilities to do a job.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

50

0

0

50

The motion as amended was agreed.


12/01/2016 - Debate on The Older People's Commissioner for Wales' Impact and Reach Annual Report 2014-15

The item started at 16.32

NDM5909 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Impact and Reach Annual Report of the Commissioner for Older People in Wales for 2014-15, laid in Table Office on 9 December 2015.

The following amendment was tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes references to the rights of older people in the impact and reach report and calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Older People's Commissioner to bring forward legislation to protect and promote the rights of older people.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5909 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the Impact and Reach Annual Report of the Commissioner for Older People in Wales for 2014-15, laid in Table Office on 9 December 2015.

2. Notes references to the rights of older people in the impact and reach report and calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Older People's Commissioner to bring forward legislation to protect and promote the rights of older people.

The motion as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


24/11/2015 - Debate on Affordable Housing Targets

The item started at 16.23

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

NDM5884 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the latest progress towards the Welsh Government's increased target of 10,000 additional affordable homes during this Assembly, and that 91 per cent of that target has been achieved.

The latest statistics on affordable housing provision in Wales for 2014-15

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the need to end Wales's housing crisis and regrets that the Welsh Government's affordable housing target has no connection to the number in housing need.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

33

48

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the research of Professor Holmans which states that "if future need and demand for housing in Wales is to be met, there needs to be a return to rates of house building not seen for almost 20 years, and an increase in the rate of growth of affordable housing."

'Public Policy Institute for Wales Report - Future Need and Demand for Housing in Wales'

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

Amendment 2 was agreed.

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Believes that the target for building affordable homes should be doubled in the next Assembly term.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

0

33

49

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5884 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the latest progress towards the Welsh Government's increased target of 10,000 additional affordable homes during this Assembly, and that 91 per cent of that target has been achieved.

2. Notes the research of Professor Holmans which states that "if future need and demand for housing in Wales is to be met, there needs to be a return to rates of house building not seen for almost 20 years, and an increase in the rate of growth of affordable housing."

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

0

49

The motion as amended was agreed.


17/11/2015 - Debate on the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Report 14-15

The item started at 15.02

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

NDM5873 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

Notes the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Report 2014-15.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at the end of the Motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to accept the recommendation in the Independent Review of the Children's Commissioner for Wales by Dr Mike Shooter that the responsibility for the appointment and the funding of the Children's Commissioner should be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

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, amendment 1 was not agreed.

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes that the Commissioner's Office 'remains concerned at the continued lack of progress within key areas of CAMHS including the availability of early intervention services; access to community specialist CAMHS, including psychological therapies; assessment protocols and the availability of Autistic Spectrum Disorder treatment and support, provision within youth justice settings; and the level of resources allocated to CAMHS'.

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 deliver their improvement programme on CAMHS as a matter of urgency.

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:

NDM5873 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

Notes the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Report 2014-15.

Notes that the Commissioner's Office 'remains concerned at the continued lack of progress within key areas of CAMHS including the availability of early intervention services; access to community specialist CAMHS, including psychological therapies; assessment protocols and the availability of Autistic Spectrum Disorder treatment and support, provision within youth justice settings; and the level of resources allocated to CAMHS'.

Calls on the Welsh Government to deliver their improvement programme on CAMHS as a matter of urgency.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

The motion as amended was agreed.


03/11/2015 - Debate on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 2014 - 2015

The item started at 17.00

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

NDM5856 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 'Shaping the future of equality and human rights'.

The following amendment was tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales to send a strong message to the UK Government that we oppose any attempt to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

12

52

Amendment 1 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5856 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

1. Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 'Shaping the future of equality and human rights'.

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales to send a strong message to the UK Government that we oppose any attempt to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

12

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


12/05/2015 - Debate on The Liver Disease Delivery Plan

The item started at 15.44

 

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

 

NDM5753 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Liver Disease Delivery Plan, a framework for NHS Wales to improve liver disease services until 2020.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that the financial challenges faced by local health boards as a result of the Welsh Government's record-breaking budget cuts may hamper the delivery of the liver disease delivery plan.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

9

9

29

47

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to implement a minimum unit pricing for alcohol as soon as possible.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

44

2

1

47

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5753 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Liver Disease Delivery Plan, a framework for NHS Wales to improve liver disease services until 2020.

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to implement a minimum unit pricing for alcohol as soon as possible.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

47

0

0

47

The motion as amended was agreed.


28/04/2015 - Debate on the Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014

The item started at 15.26

 

NDM5743 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

 

Notes the Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as a new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the need to address cultural barriers that may be stopping ethnic minority women from reporting domestic violence.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as a new point at end of motion:

 

Notes with concern that anti semitic incidents reached a record level in the UK last year.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as a new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes figures showing that women now account for 23.5 per cent of FTSE 100 board members.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

34

0

6

40

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as a new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to provide a progress report on how measures to ensure equal access to healthcare are delivering for people with hearing and sight loss.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls for an independent feasibility study into establishing a gender identity clinic in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to move to 'name blank' recruitment wherever possible in the public sector so that people are judged on their true abilities to do a job.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

28

40

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to take steps to embed gender awareness training in all PGCE, Master of Education and Careers Service professional training to address gender stereotypes and help to create gender aware learning environments across Welsh schools.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 7 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5743 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

 

1. Notes the Annual Report on Equality 2013-2014.

 

2. Recognises the need to address cultural barriers that may be stopping ethnic minority women from reporting domestic violence.

 

3. Notes with concern that anti semitic incidents reached a record level in the UK last year.

 

4. Welcomes figures showing that women now account for 23.5 per cent of FTSE 100 board members.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to provide a progress report on how measures to ensure equal access to healthcare are delivering for people with hearing and sight loss.

 

6. Calls for an independent feasibility study into establishing a gender identity clinic in Wales.

 

7. Calls on the Welsh Government to take steps to embed gender awareness training in all PGCE, Master of Education and Careers Service professional training to address gender stereotypes and help to create gender aware learning environments across Welsh schools.

 

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


21/04/2015 - Debate on The Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service of Wales

The item started at 16.48

 

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

 

NDM3739 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes:

 

a) the introduction of a new clinical Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service for Wales, and

b) that the service will provide patients in remote and rural areas with rapid access to a consultant in emergency or intensive care medicine.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In sub-point b), delete 'rapid' and replace with 'improved'.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

0

36

46

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that access to emergency services in Wales has deteriorated in recent years due to hospital downgrades, poor ambulance service performance and record-breaking cuts to the NHS budget.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

17

0

29

46

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets the continued failure of the ambulance service to hit its response times and the impact this has had on emergency services in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

45

0

0

45

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to expand the intermediate care fund to prevent unnecessary demands on the emergency care system.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the announcement in the 2015 UK Government Budget that the Wales Air Ambulance Trust is to receive £1.5 million in funding from LIBOR fines to help fund new equipment and training.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

8

0

46

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls for the establishment of an Urgent Care Centre in Montgomeryshire to bring care closer to our communities and relieve pressure on A&E departments in Wrexham and Shrewsbury, due to the increasing number of patients travelling long distances to access care as a result of a lack of joined up planning between health boards.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

13

8

25

46

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls for greater investment in cottage hospitals and community care, to help ensure high-quality care in the community to reduce pressure on emergency services.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 7 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM3739 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes:

 

a) the introduction of a new clinical Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service for Wales, and

b) that the service will provide patients in remote and rural areas with rapid access to a consultant in emergency or intensive care medicine.

c) regrets the continued failure of the ambulance service to hit its response times and the impact this has had on emergency services in Wales.
d) calls on the Welsh Government to expand the intermediate care fund to prevent unnecessary demands on the emergency care system.
e) welcomes the announcement in the 2015 UK Government Budget that the Wales Air Ambulance Trust is to receive £1.5 million in funding from LIBOR fines to help fund new equipment and training.
f) calls for greater investment in cottage hospitals and community care, to help ensure high-quality care in the community to reduce pressure on emergency services.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


17/03/2015 - Debate on Equal Pay

The item started at 16.26

NDM5721 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Recognises the value of promoting Equal Pay as a key priority for achieving gender equality and notes the Welsh Government's progress to date in addressing the causes of gender pay inequality.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes figures from the Office of National Statistics in November 2014 showing that the gender pay gap in the UK is at its lowest ever level.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes that the latest figures from the ONS show that the full-time pay gap between men and women is at its narrowest since comparative records began in 1997.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the UK Government Equalities Minister's work to ensure that firms with more than 250 employees will be required to publish the average pay for male and female workers, or face a fine of up to £5,000.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5721 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the value of promoting Equal Pay as a key priority for achieving gender equality and notes the Welsh Government's progress to date in addressing the causes of gender pay inequality.

 

2. Welcomes figures from the Office of National Statistics in November 2014 showing that the gender pay gap in the UK is at its lowest ever level.

 

3. Welcomes that the latest figures from the ONS show that the full-time pay gap between men and women is at its narrowest since comparative records began in 1997.

 

4. Welcomes the UK Government Equalities Minister's work to ensure that firms with more than 250 employees will be required to publish the average pay for male and female workers, or face a fine of up to £5,000.

 

The motion, as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


17/03/2015 - Debate on The Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) Annual Report 2013 - 2014

The item started at 15.46

 

NDM5720 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) annual report for 2013-14.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the recruitment challenges facing the care sector and calls upon the Welsh Government to work with the sector and take action to address these challenges.

 

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:

Expresses concern regarding the variability of the performance of local authority social service departments across Wales.

 

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 the importance of service user feedback in helping to improve standards of social care services.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that CSSIW examines how care homes work with local health boards to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital.

 

Amendment 4 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5720 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) annual report for 2013-14.

 

2. Notes the recruitment challenges facing the care sector and calls upon the Welsh Government to work with the sector and take action to address these challenges.

 

3. Expresses concern regarding the variability of the performance of local authority social service departments across Wales.

 

4. Notes the importance of service user feedback in helping to improve standards of social care services.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that CSSIW examines how care homes work with local health boards to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital.

 

The motion, as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


24/02/2015 - Debate on The Police Settlement 2015-16

The item started at 16.00

NDM5699 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Under Section 84H of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, approves the Local Government Finance Report (No. 2) 2015-16 (Final Settlement - Police and Crime Commissioners).

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


03/02/2015 - Debate: The Review of Independent Living Adaptations

The item started at 17.24

 

NDM5682 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Acknowledges the importance of adaptations services and how they help people to continue living independently in their own home for as long as possible.

 

2. Notes the findings of the Review of Independent Living Adaptations, which was published on 23rd January 2015.

 

3. Supports action by the Welsh Government to enhance the help available to people in need of adapted housing.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete Point 3 and replace with:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) ensure that local authorities work with social landlords to produce a customer charter setting out commitments in relation to adaptation services;

 

b) work with local authorities and social housing providers to set out delivery time standards and ensure that they are met by all local authorities;

 

c) audit adaptation services to identify best practice and its implementation; and

 

d) put in place mechanisms to monitor customer satisfaction and longer-term outcomes.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes means testing for adaptations is inequitable and outdated.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

11

11

32

54

Amendment 2 was not agreed.   

 

Amendment  3 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add new point at the end of the motion:

 

Notes the key recommendations of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home Truths campaign and No Place Like Home Report.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to require local authorities to exempt minor adaptations from means testing, as recommended in the review.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5682 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Acknowledges the importance of adaptations services and how they help people to continue living independently in their own home for as long as possible.

 

2. Notes the findings of the Review of Independent Living Adaptations, which was published on 23rd January 2015.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) ensure that local authorities work with social landlords to produce a customer charter setting out commitments in relation to adaptation services;

 

b) work with local authorities and social housing providers to set out delivery time standards and ensure that they are met by all local authorities;

 

c) audit adaptation services to identify best practice and its implementation; and

 

d) put in place mechanisms to monitor customer satisfaction and longer-term outcomes.

 

4. Notes the key recommendations of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home Truths campaign and No Place Like Home Report.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to require local authorities to exempt minor adaptations from means testing, as recommended in the review.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

The motion as amended was agreed.


27/01/2015 - Debate: The Welsh Ministers' Report on Equality 2014

The item started at 17.07

 

NDM5674 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly of Wales:

 

Notes the Welsh Ministers' Report on Equality 2014.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to consider wider transgender issues within the public sector equality duty.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

       

Amendment 2- Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to introduce further measures to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end motion:

 

Recognises the need for better partnership working to address the rise in tension between communities and improve cohesion following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end motion:

 

Welcomes figures published by the Office for National Statistics in November 2014 showing that the gender pay gap is at its lowest ever level, but acknowledges that there is more to do.       

 

Amendment 4 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that victims of hate crime have access to comprehensive and easily accessible support services.

 

Amendment 5 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.   

 

Amendment 6 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that little progress has been made in increasing the diversity of decision-making bodies in Wales.

 

Amendment 6 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 7 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that equality objectives must also confirm the right to receive public services in the official languages of Wales.

 

Amendment 7 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

       

Amendment 8 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that equality cannot be achieved in Wales unless wealth is re-balanced across the UK.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 8:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

13

51

Amendment 8 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5674 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly of Wales:

 

1. Calls on the Welsh Government to consider wider transgender issues within the public sector equality duty.

 

2. Notes the Welsh Ministers' Report on Equality 2014.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to introduce further measures to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

 

4. Recognises the need for better partnership working to address the rise in tension between communities and improve cohesion following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

 

5. Welcomes figures published by the Office for National Statistics in November 2014 showing that the gender pay gap is at its lowest ever level, but acknowledges that there is more to do.       

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that victims of hate crime have access to comprehensive and easily accessible support services.

 

7. Regrets that little progress has been made in increasing the diversity of decision-making bodies in Wales.

 

8. Believes that equality objectives must also confirm the right to receive public services in the official languages of Wales.

 

9. Believes that equality cannot be achieved in Wales unless wealth is re-balanced across the UK.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

13

50

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


27/01/2015 - Debate: The Older People's Commissioner for Wales' Annual Report 2013-14

The item started at 16.32

 

NDM5672 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly of Wales:

Notes the annual report of the Commissioner for Older People for 2013/14, which was laid in Table Office on 6 January 2015.

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the increase in the proportion of the Older People's Commissioner's casework relating to health care.

 

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:

 

Regrets that the Impact and Reach Report notes that three local authorities are breaching their statutory time scales for delivering disabled facilities grants.

 

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:

 

Welcomes the work of the Older People's Commissioner in developing the Declaration of the Rights of Older People in Wales.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed, in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.           

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5672 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly of Wales:

1. Notes the annual report of the Commissioner for Older People for 2013/14, which was laid in Table Office on 6 January 2015.

 

2. Notes the increase in the proportion of the Older People's Commissioner's casework relating to health care.

 

3. Regrets that the Impact and Reach Report notes that three local authorities are breaching their statutory time scales for delivering disabled facilities grants.

 

4. Welcomes the work of the Older People's Commissioner in developing the Declaration of the Rights of Older People in Wales.

 

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


13/01/2015 - Debate: Together for Mental Health Annual Report 2013-14

The item started at 16.25

 

NDM5660 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Together for Mental Health Annual Report (2013-14), sent to Assembly Members on 6 January 2015.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the evidence received by the Children, Young People and Education Committee, during its inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), concerning the increased pressure on the service and its capacity to meet demand.

 

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:

 

a) take urgent action to improve access to CAMHS services; and

 

b) undertake an assessment of funding for CAMHS in Wales to ensure the service is sufficiently resourced to meets the needs of young people across the country.

 

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:

 

Further calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that patients in receipt of mental health services are provided with thorough information about the choice and availability of treatments and are able to access services in a timely manner.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to set out the steps it is taking to ensure parity between mental and physical health and to end stigma.

 

Amendment 4 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the impact of welfare reforms on those with mental health problems.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

17

54

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with employers to tackle discrimination against those with mental health problems to promote employment.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

Amendment 6 was agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Supports the 'Time to change' campaign to tackle prejudice and discrimination against those with mental health problems.                 

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

Amendment 7 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5660 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the Together for Mental Health Annual Report (2013-14), sent to Assembly Members on 6 January 2015.

 

2. Notes the evidence received by the Children, Young People and Education Committee, during its inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), concerning the increased pressure on the service and its capacity to meet demand.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) take urgent action to improve access to CAMHS services; and

 

b) undertake an assessment of funding for CAMHS in Wales to ensure the service is sufficiently resourced to meets the needs of young people across the country.

 

4. Further calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that patients in receipt of mental health services are provided with thorough information about the choice and availability of treatments and are able to access services in a timely manner.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to set out the steps it is taking to ensure parity between mental and physical health and to end stigma.

6. Regrets the impact of welfare reforms on those with mental health problems.

 

7. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with employers to tackle discrimination against those with mental health problems to promote employment.

 

8. Supports the 'Time to change' campaign to tackle prejudice and discrimination against those with mental health problems.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

42

0

12

54

The motion as amended was agreed.


13/01/2015 - Debate: The Local Government Settlement 2015-16

The item started at 15.40

 

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

 

NDM5658 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, in accordance with Section 84H of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, approves the Local Government Finance Report (No. 1) 2015-2016 (Final Settlement - Councils), which was laid in the Table Office on 6 January 2015.

 

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

27

5

22

54

The Motion was agreed.


02/12/2014 - Debate: Substance Misuse Strategy Annual Report 2014

The item started at 16.57

 

NDM5641 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the progress that has been made in delivering the substance misuse strategy 'Working Together to reduce Harm' as detailed in the 2014 annual report.

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that public service employers support employees with substance misuse problems through early intervention and support to maintain employment.

 

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:

 

Congratulates the pioneers of addiction therapy and recovery-based approaches in Wales.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets Welsh Government delays in delivering Tier 4 Residential Rehabilitation and Inpatient Detoxification Services on a long term sustainable basis in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the publication of the Home Office's report 'Drugs: International Comparators' and believes that drug users would be best helped by treating substance misuse primarily as a health matter rather than criminal matter.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

43

10

0

53

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5641 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.   Notes the progress that has been made in delivering the substance misuse strategy 'Working Together to reduce Harm' as detailed in the 2014 annual report.

 

2.   Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that public service employers support employees with substance misuse problems through early intervention and support to maintain employment.

 

3.   Congratulates the pioneers of addiction therapy and recovery-based approaches in Wales.

4.   Welcomes the publication of the Home Office's report 'Drugs: International Comparators' and believes that drug users would be best helped by treating substance misuse primarily as a health matter rather than criminal matter.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

11

0

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


02/12/2014 - Debate: The Impact of Procurement Policy in Wales

The item started at 16.19

 

NDM5640 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the impact that has been made on public procurement since the launch of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement in December 2012;

 

b) that the Wales Procurement Policy Statement will be reviewed to take advantage of the imminent changes in EU and UK procurement legislation.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises:

 

a) the positive impact that increasing the proportion of public sector tenders being awarded to Welsh companies can have on the economy and the labour market;

 

b) Value Wales's calculation that every 1% increase in the proportion of public sector tenders being awarded to Welsh companies will create 2,000 new jobs.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 2 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to take advantage of the changes in EU procurement rules and aim to award at least 75% of public sector tenders to Welsh companies.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to legislate to make it mandatory for public sector organisations to follow Welsh Government procurement policy.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

49

0

4

53

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that the Welsh Government needs to provide regular updates on the adoption of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement by local authorities; and the contracts awarded by them.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the low proportion of contracts going to firms who have headquarters in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

27

52

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls for the Welsh Government to require public bodies to assess the make-up of the local economy before deciding how public procurement contracts should be bundled.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

Amendment 6 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5640 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the impact that has been made on public procurement since the launch of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement in December 2012;

 

b) that the Wales Procurement Policy Statement will be reviewed to take advantage of the imminent changes in EU and UK procurement legislation.

 

2. Recognises:

 

a) the positive impact that increasing the proportion of public sector tenders being awarded to Welsh companies can have on the economy and the labour market;

 

b) Value Wales's calculation that every 1% increase in the proportion of public sector tenders being awarded to Welsh companies will create 2,000 new jobs.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to legislate to make it mandatory for public sector organisations to follow Welsh Government procurement policy.

 

4. Believes that the Welsh Government needs to provide regular updates on the adoption of the Wales Procurement Policy Statement by local authorities; and the contracts awarded by them.

 

5. Calls for the Welsh Government to require public bodies to assess the make-up of the local economy before deciding how public procurement contracts should be bundled.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


25/11/2014 - Debate: The Impact of the UK Government's Welfare Reforms in Wales

The item started at 17.22

 

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

 

NDM5631 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the impact of Welfare Reform in Wales and its implications; and

 

b) the latest published plans for the implementation of Universal Credit.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Delete point a) and replace with:

 

that welfare reforms implemented by the UK Government have been taken to address inequality in the benefits system and to ensure that no one can earn more on benefits than the average family does by going out to work; and

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

0

37

53

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add new point at end of motion:

 

Notes that the aim of universal credit is to reduce poverty, by making work pay, and to help claimants and their families to become more independent.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

0

37

53

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls for the repeal of the bedroom tax.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

42

0

11

53

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Resolves that job-creation measures are more effective than punitive welfare reforms as a means to create thriving communities.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

42

11

0

53

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that a freeze on child benefit would be detrimental to the goal of eradicating child poverty.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

11

27

53

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5631 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) the impact of Welfare Reform in Wales and its implications; and

 

b) the latest published plans for the implementation of Universal Credit.

 

2. Calls for the repeal of the bedroom tax.

 

3. Resolves that job-creation measures are more effective than punitive welfare reforms as a means to create thriving communities.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

42

0

11

53

The motion as amended was agreed.


18/11/2014 - Dadl: Adroddiad Blynyddol Comisiynydd Plant Cymru 2013-14

The item started at 16.13

 

NDM5618 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)
 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
 

Notes the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Annual report 2013-14.

 

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 


11/11/2014 - Debate: Support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales

The item started at 17.14

 

NDM5613 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) The Welsh Government's work to ensure public services in Wales support members of the Armed Forces community;

 

b) The work on-going through the Minister for Public Services' Expert Group on the needs of the Armed Forces Community in Wales;

 

c) The Welsh Government's Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as point at end of motion:

 

Notes the Royal British Legion's 2015 Manifesto and Community Covenants What's Next?

 

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:

 

Notes the need:

 

a) to protect real terms funding for ex Forces personnel mental health services;

 

b) for equitable ex Forces personnel social care provision; and

 

c) for sufficient and appropriate ex Forces personnel residential provision.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that there is seamless service for veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces with mental health issues caused by active service.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Armed Forces to ensure that support for service personnel is already in place for those who need it when they leave the service.

 

Amendment 4 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5613 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes:

 

a) The Welsh Government's work to ensure public services in Wales support members of the Armed Forces community;

 

b) The work on-going through the Minister for Public Services' Expert Group on the needs of the Armed Forces Community in Wales;

 

c) The Welsh Government's Package of Support for the Armed Forces Community in Wales.

 

2. Notes the Royal British Legion's 2015 Manifesto and Community Covenants What's Next?

 

3. Notes the need:

 

a) to protect real terms funding for ex Forces personnel mental health services;

 

b) for equitable ex Forces personnel social care provision; and

 

c) for sufficient and appropriate ex Forces personnel residential provision.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that there is seamless service for veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces with mental health issues caused by active service.

 

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with the Armed Forces to ensure that support for service personnel is already in place for those who need it when they leave the service.

 

The motion as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


04/11/2014 - Debate: The Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report 2013-14

The item started at 17.12

NDM5609 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report for 2013-14, laid before the Assembly on 26 September 2014, which highlights the work undertaken by the Commissioner to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language.

 

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


21/10/2014 - Debate: Future of Devolution for Wales

The item started at 16.15

 

NDM5605

 

Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment that Wales will be at the heart of the debate on the future of the United Kingdom.

 

2. Calls for bilateral talks that are informed by the Holtham and Silk 1 Commissions’ findings, including an updated assessment of the current level and likely future direction of Welsh relative funding.

 

3. Calls for those talks, which should begin immediately and be completed by January 2015, to have a particular focus on fair funding, with the goal of securing rapid implementation of a funding floor which both addresses underfunding in a way that is consistent with Welsh needs and halts future convergence.

 

4. Calls for the UK Government to:

 

a) ensure that the same powers are given to Wales regarding the devolution of Corporation Tax  if they are provided  to Northern Ireland and Scotland;

 

b) devolve Air Passenger Duty for direct long-haul flights;

 

c) review  the level of the borrowing powers afforded to Wales in the Wales Bill; and

 

d) work with the Welsh Government to enable it to issue its own bonds.

 

5. Seeks recognition that if a  decision is taken to hold a Referendum on tax varying powers, this should reflect the view of the people of Wales.

 

6. Seeks confirmation that the Reserved Powers model will be instituted for Wales.

 

7. Calls on the UK Government to give the National Assembly for Wales the power to determine its electoral arrangements.

 

8. Calls on the UK Government to make progress on Silk 2.

 

9. Affirms that these matters should be taken forward in legislative proposals, published before the end of the current Westminster parliamentary session.

 

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


14/10/2014 - Debate: The Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Report 2013-14

The item started at 17.16

 

NDM5595 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

 

Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 'Protecting and Promoting Equality and Human Rights'.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the Modern Slavery Bill introduced in the House of Commons on 10 June 2014 which proposes bringing in tougher penalties for human traffickers and which aims to enhance protection for victims.

 

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:

 

Welcomes the fact that forcing someone to marry against their will is now a criminal offence.

 

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:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure each school has a trained member of staff with the expertise to recognise children who show signs of having witnessed domestic abuse.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Requests the Welsh Government to take action to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

 

A Amendment 4 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that little progress has been made in getting women into positions of power and influence in Wales in the last ten years.

 

Amendment 5 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 6 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that continuing to be a signatory to the European Convention of Human Rights is in the interests of Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

Amendment 6 was agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the fundamental role that the Human Rights Act & the European Convention on Human Rights play in protecting and promoting equality and human rights in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

Amendment 7 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5595 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose the National Assembly of Wales:

 

1. Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales Annual Review 'Protecting and Promoting Equality and Human Rights'.

 

2. Welcomes the Modern Slavery Bill introduced in the House of Commons on 10 June 2014 which proposes bringing in tougher penalties for human traffickers and which aims to enhance protection for victims.

 

3. Welcomes the fact that forcing someone to marry against their will is now a criminal offence.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure each school has a trained member of staff with the expertise to recognise children who show signs of having witnessed domestic abuse.

 

5. Requests the Welsh Government to take action to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

 

6. Regrets that little progress has been made in getting women into positions of power and influence in Wales in the last ten years.

 

7. Believes that continuing to be a signatory to the European Convention of Human Rights is in the interests of Wales.

 

8. Welcomes the fundamental role that the Human Rights Act & the European Convention on Human Rights play in protecting and promoting equality and human rights in Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

The motion as amended was agreed.


30/09/2014 - Debate: Public Service Broadcasting

The item started at 16.08

 

NDM5581 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Recognises the importance of the Public Service Broadcasters in Wales.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that the funding and editorial independence of Welsh language broadcasters should be protected.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that:

 

a) a devolved governance body within the BBC UK Trust should be created;

b) the representative of Wales to the BBC Trust should be appointed by formal agreement between the Welsh and UK Governments; and

c) the Ofcom board should include a member with specific responsibility for representing Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

7

0

40

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

Amendment  3 -  Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that community radio licensing should be devolved to the National Assembly.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

7

0

40

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes Ofcom's third Public Service Broadcast Review which is due to be published next summer.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the role public service broadcasters play in increasing participation in the political process and the influence they have on cultural and economic life in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

Amendment 6 -Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes consideration of mechanisms to secure the future of all public service broadcasters in Wales.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 6 was agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes consideration of mechanisms to secure accountability of public service broadcasters to this Assembly as well as to the UK Parliament.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 7 was agreed.

 

Amendment 8 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets the decline in local programming on commercial radio.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 8:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

40

0

0

40

Amendment 8 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5581 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises the importance of the Public Service Broadcasters in Wales.

 

2. Believes that the funding and editorial independence of Welsh language broadcasters should be protected.

 

3. Believes that:
 

a) a devolved governance body within the BBC UK Trust should be created;

b) the representative of Wales to the BBC Trust should be appointed by formal agreement between the Welsh and UK Governments; and

c) the Ofcom board should include a member with specific responsibility for representing Wales.

 

4. Believes that community radio licensing should be devolved to the National Assembly.

 

5. Notes Ofcom's third Public Service Broadcast Review which is due to be published next summer.

 

6. Recognises the role public service broadcasters play in increasing participation in the political process and the influence they have on cultural and economic life in Wales.

 

7. Welcomes consideration of mechanisms to secure the future of all public service broadcasters in Wales.

 

8. Welcomes consideration of mechanisms to secure accountability of public service broadcasters to this Assembly as well as to the UK Parliament.

 

9. Regrets the decline in local programming on commercial radio.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

33

7

0

40

The motion as amended was agreed.


23/09/2014 - Debate on the Sustainable Development Annual Report 2013-14

The item started at 16.57

 

NDM5568 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the progress made on promoting sustainable development in 2013-14, as set out in the Welsh Government's Annual Report of the Sustainable Development Scheme, which was laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 23 June 2014.

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

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that the Future Generations Commissioner proposed in the Well-being of Future Generations Bill should be fully independent of Welsh Government, appointed by the National Assembly and in control of sustainable development indicators.

 

The result was as follows:

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 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the Sustainable Futures Commissioner's comment on "frustrations in the efforts to increase community scale renewable energy production" and calls on the Welsh Government to include targets for community scale renewable energy in reporting for the Well-being of Future Generations Bill.

 

The result was as follows:

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 -  Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the Sustainable Futures Commissioner's comment that there is no reference to "addressing fuel poverty to improve health and educational achievement" and calls on the Welsh Government to reinstate the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group with an appropriate remit and the ability to make policy recommendations to the Government in order to ensure a more integrated approach to tackling fuel poverty.

 

The result was as follows:

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.

 

NDM5568 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the progress made on promoting sustainable development in 2013-14, as set out in the Welsh Government's Annual Report of the Sustainable Development Scheme, which was laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 23 June 2014.

 

A vote was taken on the motion:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

The motion was agreed.


10/06/2014 - Debate: Improving Mental Health

The item started at 16.21

 

NDM5521 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes Welsh Government action to improve mental health and well-being in Wales.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes that the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Follow-up Review of Safety Issues 2013, found that “children and young people continue to be put at risk due to inappropriate admissions to adult mental health wards” and calls on the Welsh Government to establish a firmer procedure for health boards to report on inappropriate placements on adult mental health wards.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to introduce a national framework to ensure continuity of treatment in the transition between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services, including a streamlined information sharing system between providers.

 

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:

 

Recognises the need to improve transitional arrangements for those moving from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health services.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to ring-fencing spending on mental health services in Wales and calls for improved monitoring arrangements by local health boards to ensure that this commitment is met.

 

Amendment 4 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the links between poor mental health and well-being and adverse economic, social, environmental and other factors, and calls for improved collaboration between the NHS and local authorities to tackle these.

 

Amendment 5 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 6 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes that the Royal College of Psychiatrists have identified serious problems as a result of bed shortages in acute care, and notes that these shortages could result in inappropriate use of police cells.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 7 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the importance of community based mental health services, and regrets the continuing problems in accessing these services.

A vote was taken on Amendment 7:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

0

27

52

Amendment 7 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 8 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services have deteriorated significantly over the past year.

A vote was taken on Amendment 8:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

26

0

27

53

Amendment 8 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 9 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to carry out a review of the Eating Disorder Framework.

A vote was taken on Amendment 9:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

Amendment 9 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5521 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.   Notes Welsh Government action to improve mental health and well-being in Wales.

 

2.   Notes that the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Follow-up Review of Safety Issues 2013, found that “children and young people continue to be put at risk due to inappropriate admissions to adult mental health wards” and calls on the Welsh Government to establish a firmer procedure for health boards to report on inappropriate placements on adult mental health wards.

 

3.   Calls on the Welsh Government to introduce a national framework to ensure continuity of treatment in the transition between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services, including a streamlined information sharing system between providers.

 

4.   Recognises the need to improve transitional arrangements for those moving from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health services.

 

5.   Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to ring-fencing spending on mental health services in Wales and calls for improved monitoring arrangements by local health boards to ensure that this commitment is met.

 

6.   Notes the links between poor mental health and well-being and adverse economic, social, environmental and other factors, and calls for improved collaboration between the NHS and local authorities to tackle these.

 

7.   Calls on the Welsh Government to carry out a review of the Eating Disorder Framework.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

The motion as amended was agreed.


03/06/2014 - Debate: Governance of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales

The item started at 17.03

NDM5516 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises the current and potential value of Wales’designated landscapes to the environment, economy, health, well-being and quality of life of the people of Wales.

 

2. Notes the forthcoming review of governance arrangements for designated landscapes in Wales.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 1 and renumber accordingly:

 

Celebrates the contribution of Wales’ three National Parks to our heritage and supports the role they continue to play in fostering Wales’ unique identity.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

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

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Believes that increased democratic accountability would lead to the betterment of National Park governance and enhance the relationship between park authorities and the towns and communities which fall within their boundaries.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

25

48

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the recommendations relating to National Parks in the report published by the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery and believes that a comprehensive package of reform needs to be implemented as soon as possible.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

14

0

34

48

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5516 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.Celebrates the contribution of Wales’ three National Parks to our heritage and supports the role they continue to play in fostering Wales’ unique identity.

 

2. Recognises the current and potential value of Wales’designated landscapes to the environment, economy, health, well-being and quality of life of the people of Wales.

 

3. Notes the forthcoming review of governance arrangements for designated landscapes in Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

48

0

0

48

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


03/06/2014 - Debate: Improving Primary and Community Care

The item started at 16.15

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

NDM5515 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the actions taken by the Welsh Government to improve and further integrate primary, community and social care in Wales.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the additional funding agreed by the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government for the Intermediate Care Fund in the 2014/15 budget.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

37

0

11

48

Amendment 1 was agreed.

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that the Welsh Government voted against amendments to the Social Services and Well-being Bill that would have ended the regular practice of 15 minute care slots and calls on the Welsh Government to take action to end this practice.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

13

0

35

48

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the concerns of the Royal College of GPs regarding the need for additional investment in primary care services as highlighted by their Put Patients First: Back General Practice campaign.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

48

0

0

48

Amendment 3 was agreed.

Amendment 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls upon the Welsh Government to improve primary care workforce planning arrangements and take urgent action to address GP recruitment challenges across Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

48

0

0

48

Amendment 4 was agreed.

Amendment 5 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that the Welsh Government's real terms NHS budget cuts will make it more difficult to achieve improvements and further integration of primary and community and social care in Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

9

29

48

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

Amendment 6 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the increasing numbers of GPs nearing retirement age, particularly in our most deprived communities, and regrets that no clear plan to replace them has been adopted by the Welsh Government.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

23

0

25

48

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5515 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.Notes the actions taken by the Welsh Government to improve and further integrate primary, community and social care in Wales.

2.Welcomes the additional funding agreed by the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government for the Intermediate Care Fund in the 2014/15 budget.

3.Notes the concerns of the Royal College of GPs regarding the need for additional investment in primary care services as highlighted by their Put Patients First: Back General Practice campaign.

4.Calls upon the Welsh Government to improve primary care workforce planning arrangements and take urgent action to address GP recruitment challenges across Wales.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

10

48

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


20/05/2014 - Debate: Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents - A Framework for Action

The item started at 16.10

 

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

 

NDM5507 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes‘Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action’ and the supporting Delivery Plan, launched on 12 May 2014.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the concern expressed by the Race Equality Council at the Wales Race Forum Meeting on 13 March 2014 that “race issues are low on the agenda” for the Welsh Government.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

22

0

24

46

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes that the UK Government has instituted the proper recording and publishing of hate crimes for the first time.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

8

46

Amendment 2 was agreed.

 

Amendment 3 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Add new point at the end of the motion:

 

Welcomes the Welsh Government’s recognition that school councils and school governors have a role, as well as teachers, families and wider society, in preventing bullying.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5507 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.   Notes‘Tackling Hate Crimes and Incidents: A Framework for Action’ and the supporting Delivery Plan, launched on 12 May 2014.

 

2.   Welcomes that the UK Government has instituted the proper recording and publishing of hate crimes for the first time.

 

3.   Welcomes the Welsh Government’s recognition that school councils and school governors have a role, as well as teachers, families and wider society, in preventing bullying.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

46

0

0

46

The motion as amended was agreed.


25/03/2014 - Debate: Delivery of Fire and Rescue Services in Wales

The item started at 14.58

NDM5474 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Welsh Government’s work with Fire and Rescue Services in Wales to deliver safer communities for citizens.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes with concern the rise in attacks on fire and rescue crews and the impact this has on delivering safer communities.

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 for a robust joint evaluation of fire safety interventions by the Welsh Government, Fire and Rescue Services and the third sector.

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the essential work undertaken by fire fighters – on whom Welsh communities rely for much more than fire fighting.

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

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

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes there should be a national approach to fire and rescue service in which strategic operational decisions are made on the basis of service need.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

11

0

52

Amendment 4 was agreed.

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward proposals to examine the structure of Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

Amendment 5 was agreed.

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work closely with Fire and Rescue Authorities to ensure proper provision, particularly in rural areas.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 6 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5474 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the Welsh Government’s work with Fire and Rescue Services in Wales to deliver safer communities for citizens.

 

2. Notes with concern the rise in attacks on fire and rescue crews and the impact this has on delivering safer communities.

 

3. Calls for a robust joint evaluation of fire safety interventions by the Welsh Government, Fire and Rescue Services and the third sector.

 

4. Recognises the essential work undertaken by fire fighters – on whom Welsh communities rely for much more than fire fighting.

 

5. Believes there should be a national approach to fire and rescue service in which strategic operational decisions are made on the basis of service need.

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to bring forward proposals to examine the structure of Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

 

7. Calls on the Welsh Government to work closely with Fire and Rescue Authorities to ensure proper provision, particularly in rural areas.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

11

0

52

The motion as amended was agreed.


25/03/2014 - Debate: Tackling Housing Related Anti-Social Behaviour

The item started at 15.45

NDM5475 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the negative impact that housing related anti-social behaviour can have on people and on their health and well-being;


2. Notes the findings of the Welsh Government’s research “Wales Anti-Social behaviour: Policy and Practice Review” as a foundation for further action; and


3. Calls on relevant public and third sector organisations to work together more effectively to address housing related anti-social behaviour.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

 

Believes that anti-social behaviour policies and procedures are most effective when focused on early intervention, prevention, and cooperation between agencies.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

In point 2, after ‘findings’ insert ‘and key recommendations’.

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Delete point 3 and replace with:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that relevant public and third sector organisations work together more effectively to address housing related anti-social behaviour.

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

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

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Recognises the extensive overlap between areas such as housing, anti-social behaviour, community safety and policing, and believes that housing related anti-social behaviour could be more effectively tackled if all these areas were to be devolved.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

Amendment 4 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5475 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the negative impact that housing related anti-social behaviour can have on people and on their health and well-being;

 

2. Believes that anti-social behaviour policies and procedures are most effective when focused on early intervention, prevention, and cooperation between agencies;


3. Notes the findings and key recommendations of the Welsh Government’s research “Wales Anti-Social behaviour: Policy and Practice Review” as a foundation for further action;


4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure that relevant public and third sector organisations work together more effectively to address housing related anti-social behaviour; and


5. Recognises the extensive overlap between areas such as housing, anti-social behaviour, community safety and policing, and believes that housing related anti-social behaviour could be more effectively tackled if all these areas were to be devolved.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

0

11

52

The motion as amended was agreed.


18/03/2014 - Dadl: Y Rhaglen Ddeddfwriaethol

The item started at 15.33

 

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

 

NDM5463 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Welsh Government’s Legislative Programme.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes concerns raised about the number of framework bills being brought to the Assembly.

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

0

29

57

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes concerns raised about the number of occasions that the Assembly’s standard legislative process has been curtailed.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

29

0

30

59

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 at end of motion:

 

Notes with concern the recent trend of framework bills, and fast-tracked and emergency legislation, which undermines the capacity for effective legislative scrutiny and strong democratic accountability.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

29

0

30

59

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 4 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Government to bring forward a bill on special educational needs within the next year.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

58

0

0

58

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises that the success of the Legislative Programme relies on a comprehensive and coherent Programme for Government.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

58

0

0

58

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes that the Legislative Programme is restricted by referrals of government legislation to the Supreme Court.

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

45

0

13

58

Amendment 6 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5463 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.Notes the Welsh Government’s Legislative Programme.

 

2.Calls on the Government to bring forward a bill on special educational needs within the next year.

 

3.Recognises that the success of the Legislative Programme relies on a comprehensive and coherent Programme for Government.

 

4.Notes that the Legislative Programme is restricted by referrals of government legislation to the Supreme Court.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

45

13

0

58

The motion as amended was agreed.


18/03/2014 - Dadl: Adroddiad y Grŵp Arbenigwyr ar Amrywiaeth mewn Llywodraeth Leol

The item started at 14.44

 

NDM5462 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the report of the Expert Group on Diversity in Local Government.

 

The following amendment was tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with local authorities to encourage family-friendly working environments, and to take into account the report’s findings regarding childcare availability, timings of meetings and the atmosphere of council meetings.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5462 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.Notes the report of the Expert Group on Diversity in Local Government.

 

2.Calls on the Welsh Government to work with local authorities to encourage family-friendly working environments, and to take into account the report’s findings regarding childcare availability, timings of meetings and the atmosphere of council meetings.

The motion as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


11/03/2014 - Debate: The Second Supplementary Budget 2013-14

The item started at 16.05

 

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

NDM5433 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the Assembly, in accordance with Standing Order 20.30, approves the Second Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2013-14 laid in the Table Office and emailed to Assembly Members on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

32

21

0

53

The motion was agreed.

 


04/03/2014 - Debate: International Women's Day

The item started at 17.12

 

NDM5443 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Celebrates International Women’s Day 2014 in recognition of the role played by women in the economic, political, social and cultural life of Wales.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Recognises the achievements of Wales’ sportswomen and how they serve as positive role models for young women and men.

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 2 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the ‘A Woman’s Place’ report from Chwarae Teg which showed that a majority of employers think that further governmental action, in particular help with childcare, would help achieve equality between men and women in the workplace and calls on the Welsh Government to outline the steps it will take to expand the provision of affordable and quality childcare in Wales.

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5443 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Celebrates International Women’s Day 2014 in recognition of the role played by women in the economic, political, social and cultural life of Wales.

 

2. Recognises the achievements of Wales’ sportswomen and how they serve as positive role models for young women and men.

 

3. Notes the ‘A Woman’s Place’ report from Chwarae Teg which showed that a majority of employers think that further governmental action, in particular help with childcare, would help achieve equality between men and women in the workplace and calls on the Welsh Government to outline the steps it will take to expand the provision of affordable and quality childcare in Wales.

 

The motion as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


04/03/2014 - Debate: The Estyn Annual Report 2012-13

The item started at 16.26

 

NDM5442 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the annual report for 2012-13 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that standards of education in Wales have not improved in the main and that:

 

a) the proportion of secondary schools branded ‘unsatisfactory’ increased from 14% to 23%;

 

b) excellent schools remain in a small minority; and

 

c) two thirds of secondary schools and half of primary schools are in need of follow-up inspections.

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:

 

Believes that the Welsh Government must do more to boost the morale of teachers in Welsh schools.

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 3 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes Estyn’s recommendation that tackling the impacts of poverty should be central to whole-school planning and that all staff must understand the role they have to play, and calls on the Welsh Government to outline the steps it is taking to embed awareness of the Pupil Deprivation Grant amongst all staff in schools to ensure the most effective use of this funding to mitigate the impact of poverty in schools.

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets Estyn’s findings that ‘mainstream schools do not always provide Pupil Referral Units with good quality or timely information about pupils’ learning needs’ and calls on the Welsh Government to develop more individualised monitoring mechanisms in order to achieve a ‘clear picture of pupils’ abilities, needs and prior progress’.

Amendment 4 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets Estyn’s finding that ‘Fewer than half of secondary schools are good or better and the proportion that is unsatisfactory has increased from one in seven to one in four’.

Amendment 5 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 6 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes excellent leaders and teachers are the key to raising standards in schools.

Amendment 6 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 7 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that standards are raised more sustainably when schools collaborate rather than compete.

Amendment 7 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5442 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Notes the annual report for 2012-13 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales.

 

2. Regrets that standards of education in Wales have not improved in the main and that:

 

a) the proportion of secondary schools branded ‘unsatisfactory’ increased from 14% to 23%;

 

b) excellent schools remain in a small minority; and

 

c) two thirds of secondary schools and half of primary schools are in need of follow-up inspections.

 

3. Believes that the Welsh Government must do more to boost the morale of teachers in Welsh schools.

 

4. Welcomes Estyn’s recommendation that tackling the impacts of poverty should be central to whole-school planning and that all staff must understand the role they have to play, and calls on the Welsh Government to outline the steps it is taking to embed awareness of the Pupil Deprivation Grant amongst all staff in schools to ensure the most effective use of this funding to mitigate the impact of poverty in schools.

 

5. Regrets Estyn’s findings that ‘mainstream schools do not always provide Pupil Referral Units with good quality or timely information about pupils’ learning needs’ and calls on the Welsh Government to develop more individualised monitoring mechanisms in order to achieve a ‘clear picture of pupils’ abilities, needs and prior progress’.

 

6. Regrets Estyn’s finding that ‘Fewer than half of secondary schools are good or better and the proportion that is unsatisfactory has increased from one in seven to one in four’.

 

7. Believes excellent leaders and teachers are the key to raising standards in schools.

 

8. Believes that standards are raised more sustainably when schools collaborate rather than compete.

 

The motion as amended was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


18/02/2014 - Debate: The future of our past - new directions for the historic environment in Wales

The item started at 16.34

NDM5434 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Welsh Government’s progress to date on its Historic Environment Strategy and next steps following the consultation on "the future of our past”.

 

The following amendments were tabled.

 

Amendment 1 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Welcomes the Welsh Government’s decision not to proceed with the merger of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and CADW.

 

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 regularly publish evidence of the impact heritage policies have in reducing poverty in Wales.

 

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:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to provide an update on work undertaken to develop a Welsh Heritage Alliance or national heritage preservation trust.

 

Amendment 3 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to introduce a statutory requirement for local authorities to develop a local list of buildings which are considered historic assets for their areas via any future Heritage Bill, and to provide guidance and model local development plan policies to support this.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

26

50

Amendment 4 was not agreed.

Amendment 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to produce a category for listing buildings which illustrate important aspects of local social, economic, cultural or military history.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

26

50

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5434 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Notes the Welsh Government’s progress to date on its Historic Environment Strategy and next steps following the consultation on "the future of our past”.

 

Welcomes the Welsh Government’s decision not to proceed with the merger of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and CADW.

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to regularly publish evidence of the impact heritage policies have in reducing poverty in Wales.

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to provide an update on work undertaken to develop a Welsh Heritage Alliance or national heritage preservation trust.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

50

0

0

50

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


18/02/2014 - Debate: The Police Settlement 2014-15

The item started at 16.11

 

NDM5435 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, under Section 84H of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, approves the Local Government Finance Report (No. 2) 2014-15 (Final Settlement - Police and Crime Commissioners), which was laid in the Table Office on 5 February 2014.

 

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.


11/02/2014 - Debate: The Draft Wales Bill

The item started at 14.35

 

Business Committee agreed that any votes necessary on the motion would be taken immediately at the end of the item.

 

NDM5426 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

Welcomes the publication of a draft Wales Bill by the UK Government.

 

The following amendment was tabled:

 

Amendment 1 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Believes that a future Wales Act should equip the Welsh Government with the economic levers required for job creation and growth and that income-tax sharing powers should not be restricted by the 'lockstep' mechanism.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5426 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1.   Welcomes the publication of a draft Wales Bill by the UK Government.

 

2.   Believes that a future Wales Act should equip the Welsh Government with the economic levers required for job creation and growth and that income-tax sharing powers should not be restricted by the 'lockstep' mechanism.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

55

0

0

55

The motion as amended was agreed.

 

At 15.37, proceedings were suspended for 10 minutes. The bell was rung 5 minutes before reconvening for Stage 3 proceedings on the Social Services and Well –being (Wales) Bill.


28/01/2014 - Debate: The Report of the Williams Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery

The item started at 16.22

 

NDM5412 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Insert at start of motion and renumber accordingly:

1. Calls upon the Welsh Government to indicate a timeframe to respond to the recommendations in the Report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery, and

 

2. If minded to implement the recommendations in the Report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery, calls on the Welsh Government to define:

 

a) the function and structure of any new local authority areas;

 

b) a transparent system of monitoring and evaluating service delivery in those areas;

 

c) the anticipated number of electors per councillor in those areas.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 2 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the evidence presented in the Commission report on the need to reduce complexity in public services and affirms that any changes to public service delivery should improve outcomes for our citizens.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the report’s recommendation to begin the process of integrating health and social care, and regrets that the merger of these services was not considered fully.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

25

1

26

52

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

Believes that if a reduction in the number of local authorities is agreed, then a reduction in the overall number of councillors should take place.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

11

0

52

Amendment 4 was agreed.

 

Amendment 5 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes that voting reform for council elections was not part of the Williams Commission’s remit but believes that the implementation of STV would be the most appropriate method of electing a reduced number of councillors.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

15

0

37

52

Amendment 5 was not agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Regrets that voting reform was not part of the Williams Commission’s remit and believes that any reorganisation of local government should increase accountability through the introduction of STV for council elections, as recommended by the Sunderland Commission, and as currently happens in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

0

36

52

Amendment 6 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5412 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Calls upon the Welsh Government to indicate a timeframe to respond to the recommendations in the Report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery, and

 

2. If minded to implement the recommendations in the Report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery, calls on the Welsh Government to define:

 

a) the function and structure of any new local authority areas;

 

b) a transparent system of monitoring and evaluating service delivery in those areas;

 

c) the anticipated number of electors per councillor in those areas.

 

3. Notes the Report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery.

 

4. Welcomes the evidence presented in the Commission report on the need to reduce complexity in public services and affirms that any changes to public service delivery should improve outcomes for our citizens.

 

5.Believes that if a reduction in the number of local authorities is agreed, then a reduction in the overall number of councillors should take place.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

52

0

0

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

 

 


21/01/2014 - Debate on Ensuring Wider Access to our Heritage and Culture

The item started at 16.51

NDM5401 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Recognises the importance of widening access to heritage and culture for all, encouraging people from all walks of life to take part and ensuring that the barriers to participation are removed.

2. Notes the work carried out by our heritage and culture sector to improve access and to ensure everyone in Wales can engage in cultural activity, or access our great heritage sites and have a rewarding experience.

3. Notes the Welsh Government will continue the work of strengthening this approach by developing effective partnership working across departments and with the wider heritage and cultural sector in Wales.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Notes the meaningful consultation “The Future of Our Past” and welcomes the influence of those responses on the Minister’s decision regarding the future of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments for Wales .


Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

Amendment 2 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure consistent monitoring and reporting processes for all measures to widen engagement and participation in heritage and culture, sufficient to provide robust evaluation.

 

Amendment 2 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

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

 

Amendment 3 - Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) ensure that expertise is maintained in our heritage institutions so that interpretation of our past is not lost as a consequence of staff redundancies.

 

b) introduce heritage apprenticeships as a means of ensuring that the understanding of our heritage is passed on to future generations.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

13

0

54

Amendment 3 was agreed.

 

Amendment 4 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Commends the work of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and calls on the Welsh Government to ensure long-term security for its staff.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

27

0

28

55

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 5 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to provide support for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales to investigate obtaining charitable status.

A vote was taken on Amendment 5:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

44

10

0

54

Amendment 5 was agreed.

 

Amendment 6 - Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to work with museums, galleries and other collections of art and heritage to ensure that items which are not on display in Wales can be loaned to other facilities.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 6:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

Amendment 6 was agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5401 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Recognises the importance of widening access to heritage and culture for all, encouraging people from all walks of life to take part and ensuring that the barriers to participation are removed.

 

2. Notes the work carried out by our heritage and culture sector to improve access and to ensure everyone in Wales can engage in cultural activity, or access our great heritage sites and have a rewarding experience.

 

3. Notes the Welsh Government will continue the work of strengthening this approach by developing effective partnership working across departments and with the wider heritage and cultural sector in Wales.

 

4. Notes the meaningful consultation “The Future of Our Past” and welcomes the influence of those responses on the Minister’s decision regarding the future of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments for Wales .

 

5.Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure consistent monitoring and reporting processes for all measures to widen engagement and participation in heritage and culture, sufficient to provide robust evaluation.

 

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

 

a) ensure that expertise is maintained in our heritage institutions so that interpretation of our past is not lost as a consequence of staff redundancies.

 

b) introduce heritage apprenticeships as a means of ensuring that the understanding of our heritage is passed on to future generations.

 

7. Calls on the Welsh Government to provide support for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales to investigate obtaining charitable status.

 

8. Calls on the Welsh Government to work with museums, galleries and other collections of art and heritage to ensure that items which are not on display in Wales can be loaned to other facilities.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

54

0

0

54

The motion as amended was agreed.


14/01/2014 - Debate: The Annual Report on Equality 2012-13

The item started at 17.46

NDM5394 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the progress made on promoting equality and inclusion in 2012-13, as set out in the Welsh Government’s Annual Report on Equality, which was laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 13 December 2013.

 

NDM5394 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the progress made on promoting equality and inclusion in 2012-13, as set out in the Welsh Government’s Annual Report on Equality, which was laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 13 December 2013.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to encourage the development of domestic abuse workplace policies for public sector employees.

 

Amendment 1 was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

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

Amendment 2 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Believes that victims of sex crimes should have the right to be informed when their attacker is released from custody, including the conditions of their release, and that this right should be included in the forthcoming Ending Violence Against Women and Domestic Abuse Bill.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

27

0

28

55

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

Amendment 3 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Recognises the need to ensure that support services for victims of sexual violence are of a consistent standard and are available throughout Wales.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

55

0

0

55

Amendment 3 was agreed.

Amendment 4 - William Graham (South Wales East)

 

Add as new point at the end of the motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to consider introducing an Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund such as that introduced by the UK Government.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

44

10

1

55

Amendment 4 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM5394 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1.Notes the progress made on promoting equality and inclusion in 2012-13, as set out in the Welsh Government’s Annual Report on Equality, which was laid before the National Assembly for Wales on 13 December 2013.

 

2.Calls on the Welsh Government to encourage the development of domestic abuse workplace policies for public sector employees.

 

3. Recognises the need to ensure that support services for victims of sexual violence are of a consistent standard and are available throughout Wales.

 

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to consider introducing an Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund such as that introduced by the UK Government.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

55

0

0

55

The motion as amended was agreed.

 


14/01/2014 - Debate: The 2014-15 Local Government Revenue & Capital Settlements

The item started at 17.02

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

NDM5393 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales, in accordance with Section 84H of the Local Government Finance Act 1988:

Approves the Local Government Finance Report (No. 1) 2014-2015 (Final Settlement - Councils), which was laid in the Table Office on 7 January 2014.

 

The result was as follows:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

15

12

55

The motion was agreed.


10/12/2013 - Debate on the Sustainable Development Annual Report

The item started at 16.56

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

NDM5381 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)