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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 »
Living Longer: Ageing Well
The third phase of the Welsh Government’s pioneering Strategy for Older People in Wales has been launched.
- ‘Enterprise Troopers’ set to storm Wales’ primary schools
- “Wales is leading the way on Sustainable Procurement” – Jane Hutt
- Living Longer: Ageing Well
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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 »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
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.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
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 »
Meeting with the Joint Committee on Human Rights
I recently met (on 13 June) members of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, who were in Wales for a series of meetings as part of their inquiry into the case for a Human Rights Commission in the UK. We had an interesting a wide-ranging discussion about the potential for such a Commission and how it might affect the situation in Wales.
The Welsh Assembly Government had already submitted written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights last summer, when the Joint Committee first canvassed opinions. That acknowledged that there had been little debate within Wales about whether we need a Commission or not, and about the role it might play here. I hope that my meeting with the Joint Committee, and the other meetings they had during the day – with the Children’s Commissioner, members of the Equal Opportunities Committee, academics and others – will have helped to stimulate debate about these issues in Wales. I was pleased to have had this opportunity to contribute to the wider discussion about the development of a human rights culture within the UK.
I continue to keep a genuinely open mind on whether the UK needs a Human Rights Commission. The evidence so far suggests that public authorities in Wales are aware of their responsibilities under the Human Rights Act, and continue to take steps to ensure that they comply with the Act’s requirements. It is a measure of success that no successful cases have been taken against public authorities in Wales since full implementation of the Human Rights Act on 2 October 2000. The National Assembly for Wales has, from its inception, had a duty to ensure that it complies with the Convention Rights in everything that it does, and it continues to provide human rights awareness training for existing and new staff to ensure that this requirement is met. The Welsh Assembly Government has also organised events for public bodies, the voluntary sector and others, to promote a wider understanding of the Act and of the values it enshrines. These have included a well-attended roadshow in Cardiff in April this year. A similar event is planned for North Wales in the autumn.
If a Human Rights Commission were to be set up, my preference would be for one body covering the whole of Great Britain, but with a distinctive and strong Welsh presence. This would emphasise the shared nature of human rights values across Great Britain, and help to ensure a coherent approach to human rights issues. There will, however, be some human rights issues distinctive to Wales. These include issues relating to the Welsh language and to Welsh culture. The development of distinctly Welsh approaches in major devolved areas such as health and education might also give rise to human rights issues specific to Wales. A Human Rights Commission would need a Welsh arm to provide advice on these issues, and to develop strong links with other Welsh bodies such as the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, the Welsh Language Board, and the National Assembly. A distinctive Welsh presence would also be important to secure the Commission’s profile in Welsh society, and to give people in Wales a proper sense of ownership.