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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.
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- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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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.
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 future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- 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 »
Oral - Severn Tidal Power
Addressing climate change is one of the Welsh Assembly Government’s highest priorities, and I am determined that we will do everything we can to secure reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. One of the important ways of doing this is to increase the amount of our electricity generated from renewable sources, and, in particular, harnessing the enormous tidal power in the Severn estuary, which, in theory, could provide us with a long-term source of carbon-free electricity.
As I have previously informed the Assembly, I am very much aware of the Severn estuary’s environmental importance and the environmental protection legislation that, quite rightly, will need to be taken fully into account. I am absolutely committed to continuing our open and constructive dialogue with the many organisations and individuals who have an interest in the Severn estuary.
Tomorrow, we expect to see the publication of a wide range of proposals from the European Commission on greenhouse gas emission reductions; the next phase of emissions trading; carbon capture and storage for Europe’s fossil fuel power stations; and meeting the target of 20 per cent of Europe’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2020. The potential for capturing the energy of the Severn barrage, if it can be done within a sustainable development framework, will enable Wales to play a strong role in meeting these vital European-level objectives.
The Severn tidal power feasibility study will be led by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with strong support from the Welsh Assembly Government. I assure Assembly Members that this study will look at a wide range of options for capturing the energy of the Severn, including various lagoon and barrage configurations. There is no preferred option, and the associated sustainable environment assessment will be as inclusive as is practicable. The first stage of the study will last until September 2008 and will focus on high-level issues. If feasibility work continues, phase two will take about a year and will look at issues addressed in phase one in greater detail. Following this, if there is Welsh Assembly Government and UK Government support for the tidal power project, a formal consultation will be held and a decision will be made as to whether the project will go ahead by spring 2010.
Following the Sustainable Development Commission’s report on the potential for tidal power around the UK, published last October, it has been decided that the high-level issues to be addressed will include cost and financing, ownership of any barrage or lagoon, preferred location and technology, compliance environmental protection legislation, and the impact on energy markets. Today, we are embarking on what could be a long endeavour. There is a great deal at stake and our assessments must be rigorous and based on sound science. I will ensure that the interests of Wales, in the widest sense, are fully represented in that process. As well as extensive public consultation throughout the study, there will be regular meetings of a forum of MEPs, MPs and AMs. I have issued an invitation to all Assembly Members today.