In this section
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
In this section
- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
In this section
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
25 days left
In this section
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 »
Written - Avian Flu
Jane Davidson, Minister For Sustainability And Rural Development
- I would like to provide an update on the events surrounding the recent case of low pathogenic avian influenza (AI) near Corwen in North Wales. On 17 May, a private veterinary surgeon contacted the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), Shrewsbury, Animal Health (AH), Caernarfon and Defra, following the deaths of 10 chickens over a number of days on a farm near Corwen. Late that day he sent three chickens to Shrewsbury for testing and samples were then sent to VLA Weybridge for further tests. This work was routine investigation as there was no suspicion of an avian notifiable disease.
- On the morning of 23 May, VLA notified Defra that preliminary results indicated the presence of the H7 strain of avian influenza. Defra notified Welsh Assembly Government officials. The farm in Corwen was placed under restrictions, samples were taken and a clinical inspection of the remaining birds carried out. AH began tracing the birds back to Chelford market and investigating premises that had also received birds from that day’s market. Amongst other birds sold were 11 ducklings taken to premises in St Helens, Lancashire, some of which died.
- By this stage, a person who had also attended Chelford market was admitted to hospital with an influenza-like illness and on 16 May one of the keepers of the ducklings was also admitted with similar symptoms. The ducklings appeared healthy and tested negative for AI.
- On the afternoon of 23 May, the Chief Veterinary Officers for Wales and UK decided that the remaining birds on the premises should be slaughtered on suspicion of AI. From first notification of H7 avian influenza in the birds in Corwen, and with no other information on the strain or its pathogenicity, it was agreed that a strict public health protocol be applied.
- NPHS Wales led the public health response in liaison with the Chief Medical Officer and collaboration with the Health Protection Agency. Pre-exposure prophylactic antiviral Oseltamivir was offered to those who would potentially be exposed during the outbreak investigation and control operations, and immediate treatment provided to anyone who had been exposed to infected birds since the onset of symptoms of disease in the flock. By 24 May, seven people were under investigation having reported flu-like illness and contact with two premises with sick birds. Four of these tested positive for influenza A and two of these were also positive for H7 infection. All four were considered confirmed cases of infection associated with this outbreak and three had been hospitalised and were recovering. As it was unclear whether all cases were the result of contact with sick birds the possibility of person to person spread could not be ruled out. Overall during the outbreak over 360 people were identified as possible contacts or cases associated with this outbreak, though only four cases of infection were confirmed.
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm was briefed, and an alert for WHO and for dissemination through the EU Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) was produced.
- Early on 24 May the VLA confirmed the results as low pathogenic H7N2 AI and the CVO Wales confirmed disease. The Welsh Assembly Government immediately imposed a 1km restricted zone around the infected premises.
- AH alerted poultry keepers on the Great Britain poultry register. A Local Disease Control Centre, Caernarfon, and National Disease Control Centre were established to co-ordinate the response by all parties including the Welsh Assembly Government, Defra, the Department of Health, the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHSW) and other agencies. Wales established their Co-ordination Centre to co-ordinate the human and animal health issues.
- On 24 May the remaining birds on the premises were culled. The Welsh Assembly Government, Scotland and England also banned gatherings chickens and ducks.
- An official-level meeting of the Civil Contingencies Committee (COBR) was convened to ensure cross-Government co-ordination.
- AH has investigated a very large number of tracings and taken samples. The majority of samples tested have been negative. Infection has been confirmed in samples from a small flock in the Preston area, which has been placed under restrictions. A 1km restriction zone has been put in place. Neither HPA nor NPHS-W has found any further human cases of disease and we are now past the normal 21 day incubation period since 7 May. Bird gatherings of chickens and ducks were permitted again on 1 June.
- Unless there are any more cases, the Welsh Assembly Government intends to lift the restricted zone around in Corwen on 15 June, which is the required period of 21 days.
- The epidemiology of the outbreak is under investigation and a report will issue when this is complete.