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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.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- 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.
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 »
Statement on the National Listing of Chardon LL
Members will be aware of the recent media coverage around the commercialisation of GM crops and in particular the addition of Chardon LL to the national list. The addition of Chardon LL to the national list needs the agreement of all four UK administrations and I stress that no decision has yet been made.
The Assembly has made clear its position with regard to GM crops on many occasions. We have consistently endorsed taking the most restrictive approach possible within current UK and European legislation. Those Members who sat in the first Assembly in 2001 will recall that I implemented measures to constrain the planting of a herbicide tolerant GM maize variety known as Chardon LL. During the farm-scale evaluations, the Assembly was the only administration in the UK to have in place legally enforceable separation distances between GM and non-GM crops. I took this bold—and, some might argue, groundbreaking—step, because I knew I had a cross-party mandate and the support of the majority of the people of Wales.
Assembly Members will be aware that the action taken to introduce statutory separation distances triggered significant debate within the EU. This culminated in changes to the deliberate release directive and the publication by the commission of guidelines on co-existence between GM and non-GM crops.
These changes allow the Assembly to take appropriate measures to avoid the unintended presence of genetically modified organisms in other products. As such, they provide a new and robust basis to protect conventional and organic crops, as well as consumer choice should commercialisation of GM crops take place.
The Assembly Government is concerned that sufficient controls should be in place to protect organic and conventional crops from possible GM crop contamination, thereby maintaining consumer choice. For this reason, I am in discussions with my colleagues at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other devolved administrations to explore the possible introduction of GB-wide co-existence measures which could be put in place to protect organic and conventional crops. I am keen to see co-existence measures in place in Wales and will consult widely on options in the near future. I will, of course, keep the Assembly fully informed of developments.