Agenda and decisions

Plenary ((48)v3)
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13.30

Venue: Y Siambr - Y Senedd

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Items
Note No. Item

(60 mins)

1.

Questions to the First Minister

The Presiding Officer will call the Party Leaders to ask questions without notice to the First Minister after Question 2. 

View Questions

Decision:

The item started at 13:30.

 

All 15 questions were asked.  The Presiding Officer invited party leaders to ask questions to the First Minister after Question 2.

Urgent Question

The item started at 14.31.

 

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Minister provide an update on the spread of the Schmallenberg virus and its implications for the Welsh agricultural industry.

(30 mins)

2.

Business Statement and Announcement

Decision:

The item started at 14.41.

 

 

(45 mins)

3.

Statement by the Minister for Education and Skills: Welfare Reform

Decision:

The item started at 14.49.

 

 

(30 mins)

4.

Statement by the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science: The Wales Economic Growth Fund

Decision:

The item started at 15:26.

 

 

(60 mins)

5.

Debate on The Draft International Health Framework

NDM4922 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Considers the draft International Health Framework, which was emailed to Members on 20 February 2012; and

2. Notes the Framework’s approach to:

a) strengthening Wales' health links within the international health community; and

b) heightening the visibility of the wider Welsh health community beyond our borders.

Supporting Document

The Draft International Health Framework

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to recognise the importance of attracting the best international health minds to Wales through world class higher education research activities.

Amendment 2 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that the Welsh Government has decided to implement 8.4% real terms cuts on the Welsh NHS which may inhibit its ability to increase and improve international links.

Amendment 3 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that Wales’ health ‘lags behind the regions and countries of the world that achieve the very best health outcomes’.

Amendment 4 - Peter Black (South Wales West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh government to use its links within the international health community to investigate options for a programme to reduce hospital admissions as has been successfully trialled in Camden, New Jersey.

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.00.

NDM4922 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Considers the draft International Health Framework, which was emailed to Members on 20 February 2012; and

2. Notes the Framework’s approach to:

a) strengthening Wales' health links within the international health community; and

b) heightening the visibility of the wider Welsh health community beyond our borders.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh Government to recognise the importance of attracting the best international health minds to Wales through world class higher education research activities.

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 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that the Welsh Government has decided to implement 8.4% real terms cuts on the Welsh NHS which may inhibit its ability to increase and improve international links.

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

12

0

41

53

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

Amendment 3 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Regrets that Wales’ health ‘lags behind the regions and countries of the world that achieve the very best health outcomes’.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

16

9

28

53

Amendment 3 was not agreed.

Amendment 4 - Peter Black (South Wales West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Calls on the Welsh government to use its links within the international health community to investigate options for a programme to reduce hospital admissions as has been successfully trialled in Camden, New Jersey.

A vote was taken on Amendment 4:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

51

0

0

51

Amendment 4 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM4922 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Considers the draft International Health Framework, which was emailed to Members on 20 February 2012;

2. Notes the Framework’s approach to:

a) strengthening Wales' health links within the international health community; and

b) heightening the visibility of the wider Welsh health community beyond our borders.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to recognise the importance of attracting the best international health minds to Wales through world class higher education research activities; and

4. Calls on the Welsh government to use its links within the international health community to investigate options for a programme to reduce hospital admissions as has been successfully trialled in Camden, New Jersey.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

The motion as amended was agreed.

(60 mins)

6.

Debate on The Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales' Annual Report

NDM4921 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales’ Annual Report ‘Meet the Challenge, lead the change’.

A copy of the report can be located on the following link:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/wales/publications/meet-the-challenge-lead-the-change/

The following amendments have been tabled:
Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Expresses concern at a recent report from the Public Health Wales Observatory showing that the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in Wales has widened, and urges the Welsh Government to take action, in conjunction with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to reduce health inequalities in Wales.

The report from the Public Health Wales Observatory can be accessed on the following link:

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/922/page/58379

Amendment 2 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Expresses concern at findings in the annual report, noting how disabled people are four times more likely to be victims of crime that non-disabled people, and urges the Welsh Government to take appropriate action to tackle issues such as disability-related harassment and disability hate crime.

Amendment 3 - Peter Black (South Wales West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the concern raised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in ‘An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales’, that pupils on free school meals are 2.5 times less likely to get A*-C grades in core subjects than their peers, and welcomes the Pupil Deprivation Grant which aims to improve this situation.

An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales can be accessed on the following hyperlink:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/wales/publications/anatomy-of-economic-inequality-in-wales/

 

 

Decision:

The item started at 16.44.

NDM4921 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales’ Annual Report ‘Meet the Challenge, lead the change’.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 - William Graham (South Wales East)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Expresses concern at a recent report from the Public Health Wales Observatory showing that the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in Wales has widened, and urges the Welsh Government to take action, in conjunction with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to reduce health inequalities in 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:

Expresses concern at findings in the annual report, noting how disabled people are four times more likely to be victims of crime that non-disabled people, and urges the Welsh Government to take appropriate action to tackle issues such as disability-related harassment and disability hate crime.

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

 

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

Amendment 3 - Peter Black (South Wales West)

Add as new point at end of motion:

Notes the concern raised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in ‘An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales’, that pupils on free school meals are 2.5 times less likely to get A*-C grades in core subjects than their peers, and welcomes the Pupil Deprivation Grant which aims to improve this situation.

A vote was taken on Amendment 3:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

41

12

0

53

Amendment 3 was agreed.

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

NDM4921 Jane Hutt (Vale of Glamorgan)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales’ Annual Report ‘Meet the Challenge, lead the change’.

2. Expresses concern at a recent report from the Public Health Wales Observatory showing that the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in Wales has widened, and urges the Welsh Government to take action, in conjunction with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to reduce health inequalities in Wales.

3. Expresses concern at findings in the annual report, noting how disabled people are four times more likely to be victims of crime that non-disabled people, and urges the Welsh Government to take appropriate action to tackle issues such as disability-related harassment and disability hate crime.

4. Notes the concern raised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in ‘An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales’, that pupils on free school meals are 2.5 times less likely to get A*-C grades in core subjects than their peers, and welcomes the Pupil Deprivation Grant which aims to improve this situation.

For

Abstain

Against

Total

53

0

0

53

The motion as amended was agreed.

 

Voting Time

Voting Time started at 17.30.

 

 

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