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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 - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
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- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
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 »
Oral - Electric Shock Collars
In my response to oral questions on 21 May on animal welfare, I said that I would make a statement on electric-shock collars before the summer recess. We have consulted on the principle of banning electric-shock dog collars in Wales. We received 173 responses to that consultation and have now reviewed the content of the consultation.
This has not been an easy subject to examine, as there is much emotion involved. There is a large degree of concern about these devices being improperly used, which is in contrast to responses from people who have used them and found that they have worked in stopping an animal from misbehaving. The industry that manufactures these devices obviously supports their continued use, while the veterinary profession has mixed views. In addition to all of this, there are scientific publications that provide evidence against and for the acceptability of electric-shock collars.
It is recognised that there will be situations where the professionally supervised use of such devices may be justified—an example given to me was that of a deaf dog needing some non-auditory form of stimulus. Legislation may therefore need to include a provision for their use in exceptional circumstances. Similarly, electric boundary fences are commonly used in farming, mainly for the purpose of regulating animal grazing on a temporary basis. They are fully visible and have warnings. If electric fencing is to be used for the training and control of pets, similar rules should apply. Fencing associated with electric-shock collars should be used in conjunction with physical barriers and on a temporary basis only, to train an animal to its boundaries.
I am aware of the research that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is undertaking on the short and long-term behavioural, physiological and psychological effects of using training devices on the domestic dog, but that research will not finish until 2010, with decisions on what will happen to be taken after that. We will keep that research in view.
After giving due consideration to the arguments, I propose to draft detailed regulations to introduce a ban on the use of electric-shock dog collars in Wales. Consideration will be given to whether their sale and possession should be included in the legislation. Appropriate provisions will be made to ensure that consideration is given to situations where the exceptional use of these devices could occur. We will also give appropriate consideration to banning fence systems that work in conjunction with electric-shock collars.
Wales is leading the way on introducing this legislation in the UK and my policy officials will work closely with legal colleagues and the Office of the Counsel General to draft the necessary legislation, which will be the subject of a further consultation exercise.