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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Y Siambr - Y_Senedd. View directions

Note: 204(v3) 

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Transcript: Transcript for 01/05/2019 - Plenary

Items
Note No. Item

(45 mins)

1.

Questions to the Minister for Education

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

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Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The item started at 13.30

The first 8 questions were asked. The Presiding Officer invited party spokespeople to ask questions to the Minister after question 2.

 

(45 mins)

2.

Questions to the Minister for Health and Social Services

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Minutes:

The item started at 14.16

The first 8 questions were asked. The Presiding Officer invited party spokespeople to ask questions to the Minister after question 2.

 

(0 mins)

3.

Topical Questions

No Topical Questions were accepted.

Minutes:

No topical questions were accepted

 

(5 mins)

4.

90 Second Statements

Minutes:

The item started at 15.08

Mick Antoniw made a statement on International Workers Memorial Day (28 April)

 

Leanne Wood made a statement congratulating Cory Brass Band on winning a prestigious European Competition

 

(60 mins)

5.

Debate on the Public Accounts Committee report: The Welsh Government's relationship with Pinewood

NDM7039 Nick Ramsay (Monmouth)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Report of the Public Accounts Committee - The Welsh Government's relationship with Pinewood -  which was laid in the Table Office on 14 February 2019.

Note: The Welsh Government's response to the report was laid in the Table Office on 24 April 2019.

 

Minutes:

The item started at 15.13

NDM7039 Nick Ramsay (Monmouth)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Report of the Public Accounts Committee's  - The Welsh Government's relationship with Pinewood -  which was laid in the Table Office on 14 February 2019.

Note: The Welsh Government's response to the report was laid in the Table Office on 24 April 2019.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

(60 mins)

6.

Debate on the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee report: Wales' future relationship with Europe and the World

NDM7038 David Rees (Aberavon)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee on its Inquiry into Wales’ future relationship with Europe and the World, which was laid in the Table Office on 21 February 2019.

Note: The response by the Welsh Government was laid on 24 April 2019.

 

Minutes:

The item started at 15.58

NDM7038 David Rees (Aberavon)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the report of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee on its Inquiry into Wales’ future relationship with Europe and the World, which was laid in the Table Office on 21 February 2019.

Note: The response by the Welsh Government was laid on 24 April 2019.

The motion was agreed in accordance with Standing Order 12.36.

 

(30 mins)

7.

Plaid Cymru debate - Worker's Rights

NDM7034 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the importance of International Workers’ Day and the role of trade unions in securing the rights of workers in Wales.

2. Notes that Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK when it comes to fair wage levels, with many people in Wales on wages 30 per cent lower than the rest of the UK population.

3. Believes that legislation should be updated to:

a) deliver ‘Fair Work’ using policy and funding levers and raising collective bargaining coverage;

b) protect workers’ rights through more effective enforcement; and

c) embed social partnership and collective bargaining into the fabric of Welsh work life.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ban the use of zero hours contracts in all devolved Welsh public services and associated supply chains.

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to include a commitment to introducing a social partnership act and associated timetable to the current government’s legislative programme.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all after Point 1 and replace with:

Commends the record of successive Welsh Governments since 1999 in developing effective social partnership structures with trades unions and business in Wales.

Notes this approach has helped deliver tangible rights for workers in Wales through the Trade Union (Wales) Act and the Agricultural Wages Order which have overturned UK Government legislation.

Welcomes the actions developed through social partnership by the Welsh Government to eliminate exploitative zero hours contracts in Wales and the work it has done through the Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.

Recognises the Welsh Government’s commitment to make Wales a Fair Work nation.

Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to develop a Social Partnership Act and to introduce it in this Assembly term.

Calls on the UK Government to ensure that as we leave the EU it commits to dynamic and legally binding standards on the protection and enforcement of fair work across the UK.

Trade Union (Wales) Act

Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order

Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains

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

Amendment 2 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

 

Delete point 4.

 

Amendment 3 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Delete point 5 and replace with:

Calls on the Welsh Government to consult on the development of a social partnerships act.

Amendment 4 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the UK Government's commitment to protect workers' rights post-Brexit.

 

Minutes:

The item started at 16.52

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM7034 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the importance of International Workers’ Day and the role of trade unions in securing the rights of workers in Wales.

2. Notes that Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK when it comes to fair wage levels, with many people in Wales on wages 30 per cent lower than the rest of the UK population.

3. Believes that legislation should be updated to:

a) deliver ‘Fair Work’ using policy and funding levers and raising collective bargaining coverage;

b) protect workers’ rights through more effective enforcement; and

c) embed social partnership and collective bargaining into the fabric of Welsh work life.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ban the use of zero hours contracts in all devolved Welsh public services and associated supply chains.

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to include a commitment to introducing a social partnership act and associated timetable to the current government’s legislative programme.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

2

40

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all after Point 1 and replace with:

Commends the record of successive Welsh Governments since 1999 in developing effective social partnership structures with trades unions and business in Wales.

Notes this approach has helped deliver tangible rights for workers in Wales through the Trade Union (Wales) Act and the Agricultural Wages Order which have overturned UK Government legislation.

Welcomes the actions developed through social partnership by the Welsh Government to eliminate exploitative zero hours contracts in Wales and the work it has done through the Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.

Recognises the Welsh Government’s commitment to make Wales a Fair Work nation.

Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to develop a Social Partnership Act and to introduce it in this Assembly term.

Calls on the UK Government to ensure that as we leave the EU it commits to dynamic and legally binding standards on the protection and enforcement of fair work across the UK.

Trade Union (Wales) Act

Agricultural Wages (Wales) Order

Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains

A vote was taken on amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

0

24

52

Amendment 1 was agreed.

As amendment 1 was agreed, amendments 2 and 3 were de-selected 

Amendment 4 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Welcomes the UK Government's commitment to protect workers' rights post-Brexit.

A vote was taken on amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

0

14

52

Amendment 4 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM7034 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the importance of International Workers’ Day and the role of trade unions in securing the rights of workers in Wales.

2. Commends the record of successive Welsh Governments since 1999 in developing effective social partnership structures with trades unions and business in Wales.

3. Notes this approach has helped deliver tangible rights for workers in Wales through the Trade Union (Wales) Act and the Agricultural Wages Order which have overturned UK Government legislation.

4. Welcomes the actions developed through social partnership by the Welsh Government to eliminate exploitative zero hours contracts in Wales and the work it has done through the Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.

5. Recognises the Welsh Government’s commitment to make Wales a Fair Work nation.

6. Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to develop a Social Partnership Act and to introduce it in this Assembly term.

7. Calls on the UK Government to ensure that as we leave the EU it commits to dynamic and legally binding standards on the protection and enforcement of fair work across the UK.

8. Welcomes the UK Government's commitment to protect workers' rights post-Brexit.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

29

0

23

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

(30 mins)

8.

Plaid Cymru debate - Climate Change

NDM7036 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the stark warning from the world’s scientific community that there are just 12 years left to prevent 1.5 degrees warming.

2.Further notes that warming beyond 1.5 degrees represents a threat to the future of humanity, and that even warming limited to that level will wreak havoc upon the livelihoods of countless people across the world.

3. Acknowledges that that an urgent and rapid global response is now necessary.

4. Welcomes the fact that solutions to the climate crisis are widely available including renewable technology, sustainable transport options and zero-carbon buildings.

5. Supports the decisions of community, town and county councils across Wales to pass motions declaring a climate emergency and setting net zero carbon emissions targets for their local areas.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to declare a climate emergency.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Delete points 5 and 6 and replace with:

Welcomes the leading role the UK has played working towards a global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Paris Agreement and notes that since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds, the best performance on a per person basis than any other G7 nation.

Regrets that emissions in Wales only fell by 19 per cent during the period between 1990 to 2015 and calls on the Welsh Government to work with local authorities and the UK Government to ensure that new legally-binding carbon emissions targets are met moving forward in Wales.

Paris Agreement

Amendment 2 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Commends the Welsh Government for:

a) bringing forward the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Environment (Wales) Act to drive urgent action on climate change;

b) committing the public sector in Wales to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and for all public sector buildings to be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 or as soon as contractually able; and

c) exploring all options for decarbonising the Welsh economy by working with all sectors and communities, drawing on the best available scientific evidence.

Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

Environment (Wales) Act

 

Minutes:

The item started at 17.23

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

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

NDM7036 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the stark warning from the world’s scientific community that there are just 12 years left to prevent 1.5 degrees warming.

2.Further notes that warming beyond 1.5 degrees represents a threat to the future of humanity, and that even warming limited to that level will wreak havoc upon the livelihoods of countless people across the world.

3. Acknowledges that that an urgent and rapid global response is now necessary.

4. Welcomes the fact that solutions to the climate crisis are widely available including renewable technology, sustainable transport options and zero-carbon buildings.

5. Supports the decisions of community, town and county councils across Wales to pass motions declaring a climate emergency and setting net zero carbon emissions targets for their local areas.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to declare a climate emergency.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

13

29

52

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Delete points 5 and 6 and replace with:

Welcomes the leading role the UK has played working towards a global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Paris Agreement and notes that since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds, the best performance on a per person basis than any other G7 nation.

Regrets that emissions in Wales only fell by 19 per cent during the period between 1990 to 2015 and calls on the Welsh Government to work with local authorities and the UK Government to ensure that new legally-binding carbon emissions targets are met moving forward in Wales.

Paris Agreement

A vote was taken on amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

1

39

52

Amendment 1 was not agreed.

Amendment 2 Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Commends the Welsh Government for:

a) bringing forward the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Environment (Wales) Act to drive urgent action on climate change;

b) committing the public sector in Wales to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and for all public sector buildings to be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 or as soon as contractually able; and

c) exploring all options for decarbonising the Welsh economy by working with all sectors and communities, drawing on the best available scientific evidence.

Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

Environment (Wales) Act

A vote was taken on amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

28

1

23

52

Amendment 2 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM7036 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the stark warning from the world’s scientific community that there are just 12 years left to prevent 1.5 degrees warming.

2.Further notes that warming beyond 1.5 degrees represents a threat to the future of humanity, and that even warming limited to that level will wreak havoc upon the livelihoods of countless people across the world.

3. Acknowledges that that an urgent and rapid global response is now necessary.

4. Welcomes the fact that solutions to the climate crisis are widely available including renewable technology, sustainable transport options and zero-carbon buildings.

5. Supports the decisions of community, town and county councils across Wales to pass motions declaring a climate emergency and setting net zero carbon emissions targets for their local areas.

6. Calls on the Welsh Government to declare a climate emergency.

7. Commends the Welsh Government for:

a) bringing forward the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Environment (Wales) Act to drive urgent action on climate change;

b) committing the public sector in Wales to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and for all public sector buildings to be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020 or as soon as contractually able; and

c) exploring all options for decarbonising the Welsh economy by working with all sectors and communities, drawing on the best available scientific evidence.

Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

Environment (Wales) Act

For

Abstain

Against

Total

38

12

2

52

The motion as amended was agreed.

Point of Order

Jenny Rathbone raised a point of order about some campaigners having being refused access to the public gallery to watch the climate change debate.

 

The Deputy Presiding Officer stated she would discuss with the Llywydd and advise the Member accordingly.

9.

Voting Time

Minutes:

The item started at 17.58

 

Votes Summary

Supporting documents:

(30 mins)

10.

Short Debate

NDM7035 Bethan Sayed (South Wales West)

An Oath to the People - Changing the swearing in oath for Assembly Members to pledge allegiance to the people.

 

Minutes:

The item started at 18.02

NDM7035 Bethan Sayed (South Wales West):  An Oath to the People - Changing the swearing in oath for Assembly Members to pledge allegiance to the people.

 

 

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