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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 »
Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
Farmers and Welsh Government will come together today to plan for a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry.
- Statement from First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, on the Woolwich attack
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
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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
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- 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
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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 - Influenza A H1N1 Swine Flu
This statement updates Members on latest developments in respect of the Influenza A (H1N1) swine flu pandemic.
The clinical consultation rate for influenza – not necessarily swine flu – in Wales during the week ending 3 January increased slightly to 9.86 cases of flu-like illness diagnosed by GPs out of every 100,000 people in Wales. It was 7.47 per 100,000 in the previous week. Current levels of flu in Wales are below the usual level for this time of year. Activity over the next few weeks will be monitored to indicate whether the low rates are maintained as people go back to work and school after the Christmas break. The exceptional cold weather may also be a factor in influenza like illness rates.
There have been 308 deaths in the UK associated with swine flu; 28 of those deaths have been in Wales. On the 5th January, fifteen people were in hospitals in Wales with swine flu, two of which were in critical care.
Members will be aware of the detection, at the University Hospital of Wales, of 9 cases of swine flu resistant to Tamilflu, some probably contracted through person-to-person spread. This has not spread beyond the specific group of patients with weakened immune systems. The emergence of influenza A viruses that are resistant to Tamiflu was not unexpected and all affected patients have been treated with an alternative antiviral. We have stringent processes in place for monitoring for antiviral resistance in the UK so that we can spot resistance early and the causes can be investigated and the cases managed. Recent data shows that there have been more than 160 reports of Tamiflu-resistant strains worldwide.
The swine flu vaccination programme is well underway. Phase 1 of the programme, offering vaccination to priority groups, has been progressing well. GP practices have been very supportive of the need to call their priority patients in for vaccination quickly and over 250,000 doses have been given so far. We are still encouraging people in the priority groups to take up the offer of the vaccine if they have not yet been vaccinated.
Phase 2 of the vaccination programme, which offers healthy children aged 6 months to under 5 years the vaccination is currently being implemented. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) supports our decision to offer the vaccine to all healthy children in this age group as evidence shows that young children are currently suffering the greatest overall impact from the disease.
It is important to note that not only will swine flu vaccination provide protection this year, but it is likely that in children and healthy adults good levels of protection against this strain of flu will last for several years.,
Swine flu continues to be active in many areas of the world, with a high intensity of respiratory disease in central and eastern Asia. In Western Europe, influenza transmission remains active and widespread, but overall disease activity has peaked. In many other areas of the world, influenza transmission remains widespread but the peak period of transmission seems to have passed.
I will continue to report regularly to the Assembly on these matters, and will keep Members informed if there are significant changes to the current situation.