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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
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- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
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Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Theodore Huckle QC
Mr Huckle was appointed Counsel General by Her Majesty the Queen on Friday 10th June 2011. He is the first person who is not an Assembly Member to hold the office of Counsel General to the Welsh Government.
Mr Huckle was born and brought up in Blaenavon. He attended:
- Jones West Monmouth Grammar School, Pontypool
- Jesus College, Cambridge - B.A., LL.M. (International), M.A. (all Cantab.)
- Titular Exhibitioner of Jesus, Cambridge
Mr Huckle was called to the Bar in 1985, and has always lived and practised as a barrister in Wales. In 2008 he was instrumental in establishing Civitas Law chambers as the first specialist civil law chambers in Wales, and in early 2011 he was the first member of Civitas Law chambers (formed 2008) to take Silk and is the only barrister in a Welsh chambers appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011.
As a member of Civitas Law Chambers, Mr Huckle’s practice profile included personal injury, especially occupational illness/disease litigation, spinal, head injury and clinical disputes; human rights and commercial matters including employment, fraud and professional negligence. Mr Huckle is also an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Group-accredited mediator.
Mr. Huckle will attend Cabinet at the invitation of the First Minister.
The Counsel General is responsible for:
- The Counsel General’s statutory responsibilities under Government of Wales Act 2006. The main ones are:
- Like the Welsh Ministers and the First Minister, the Counsel General may make appropriate representations about any matter affecting Wales. (s 62);
- If the Counsel General considers it appropriate to promote or protect the public interest, he may bring, defend or appear in legal proceedings, in the name of the Counsel General. However, the proceedings must relate to matters in respect of which Welsh Ministers or the Counsel General have functions (s 67);
- The Counsel General may refer to the Supreme Court a question of whether a provision of an Assembly Bill is within the Assembly’s legislative competence (s 112);
- The Counsel General may bring legal proceedings to have a “devolution issue” decided, or may defend any such proceedings brought by other Law Officers in the UK. “Devolution issue” is defined in paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 9 to GOWA 2006. It includes (among other things) questions of whether an Assembly Act is within competence or whether the Welsh Ministers have particular functions. The Counsel General can also require devolution issues to be referred to the Supreme Court for a decision;
- Providing legal advice to, representing and overseeing the representation of the Welsh Government in legal proceedings;
- Holding meetings and discussions with other Law Officers;
- Holding meetings and discussions with the judiciary, members of the legal profession and others involved in the administration of justice;
- Improving the accessibility of devolved legislation in Wales for the legal profession and other members of the public, including considering the future consolidation of existing legislation;
- Responding to Law Commission and other (for example, UK Government) proposals or consultations where appropriate;
- Facilitating public debate on whether there should be a separate Welsh legal Jurisdiction.
It should be noted that the Counsel General also has functions under other legislation.
Legal advice and representation to the Welsh Government, and
Discussions with Law Officers
There are constraints on the Counsel General’s ability to answer questions about these matters.
Consultations about proposed changes to the law
In many cases these will be considered and responded to by the Minister with portfolio responsibility for the subject area to which the law relates.