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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
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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 »
Written - Climate Change Bill
I would like to welcome the publication of the Climate Change Bill today.
The Bill is a very positive step in the fight to tackle climate change and will make the UK the first country in the world to have a legally binding long term framework to cut CO2 emissions and adapt to climate change.
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, published a Command Paper ‘Taking Forward the UK Climate Change Bill’ which contained the UK Government response to the pre-legislative scrutiny and public consultation on the Bill on 29 October.
Key changes from the draft Bill which was subject to pre-legislative scrutiny and public consultation include:
- Strengthening the role and responsibilities of the Committee on Climate Change, including by requiring the Government to seek the Committee’s advice before amending the 2020 or 2050 targets in the Bill;
- Strengthening the Committee’s independence from Government, by confirming that it will appoint its own chief executive and staff, and increasing its analytical resources;
- Increased transparency, by requiring the Committee to publish its analysis and advice to Government on setting five-yearly carbon budgets, which are designed to provide clarity on the UK’s route towards its reduction targets;
- Strengthening Parliament’s ability to hold Government to account, by requiring the Government to explain its reasons to Parliament if it does not accept the Committee’s advice on the level of the carbon budget, or if it does not meet a budget or target;
- Providing better information and streamlining reporting, including requiring the Government to report annually to Parliament on emissions from international aviation and shipping, in line with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; and
- Strengthening the country’s preparedness for climate change by requiring the Government regularly to assess the risks of climate change to the UK, and to report to Parliament on its proposals and policies for sustainable adaptation to climate change.
The Committee on Climate Change will also be asked to report on whether the Government’s target to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 60 percent by 2050 should be strengthened further and to look at the implications of including other greenhouse gases and emissions from international aviation and shipping in the UK’s targets as part of this review.
The Assembly Government has worked closely with the UK Government and other devolved administrations on the development of the Climate Change Bill and the Bill strengthens the Assembly Government’s ability to act on climate change.
Welsh Ministers will be required to lay before the Assembly a report on their objectives, actions and priorities in relation to greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of climate change in Wales and to report on progress.
The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 will be amended to ensure that, in future, the Welsh Ministers, rather than the Secretary of State, will be responsible for publishing guidance for local authorities in Wales on climate change.
The Assembly Government, alongside the UK Government and other devolved administrations will appoint and sponsor the Committee on Climate Change. The Assembly Government will be able to seek the Committee’s expert advice in developing, and delivering on, its own emission reduction targets.
The Welsh Ministers are also given powers to make trading schemes in relation to activities which are capable of causing environmental pollution and an express power to allow the purchase offset credits.
The Assembly Government and the other devolved administrations have a key role to play when the Secretary of State sets the carbon budget and in reviewing targets. The Bill ensures that the devolved administrations will have three months to feed in their comments and that the Secretary of State must publish a statement that sets out whether, and how, s/he has taken account of the devolved administrations’ views.
This is a strong legislative proposal to help tackle climate change and it will help Wales play its part in addressing this key challenge.