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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
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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
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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 - Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2010
Over the past three years, we have developed a comprehensive programme to eradicate TB across Wales. Although the external focus is on the pilot area, the programme includes addressing the disease in cattle across Wales by identifying and getting rid of the disease at an earlier stage, through increased testing and Pre - Movement Testing, improving on farm practices and reviewing our policies and legislation so that they support our aim of eradicating bovine TB.
Today I am laying the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2010 which further strengthens bovine TB policy in Wales. This includes changes to Pre-Movement Testing and linking the value of the animal slaughtered as a result of bovine TB to good practice and compliance with the testing system.
Amending policy on Pre-Movement Testing through the current system is a lengthy process. This Order allows for the majority of Pre-Movement Testing exemptions to be managed through an administrative rather than legislative process. This will allow us to respond more quickly to a changing disease picture. I have already agreed that the exemption for cattle moving off premises within 1 month of arrival; and animals moving to housed shows or ones that last more than 24 hours will be revoked with the Order coming into force.
The Order also links value to best practice. We are legally obliged to pay compensation for cattle slaughtered due to bovine TB with cattle keepers receiving the market value of their animals. We do not compensate for consequential losses such as loss of income or increased costs due to bovine TB restrictions.
The method of valuing the animal slaughtered paid from 25 May will be revised so that it reflects any poor practice and non-compliance on the part of the cattle keeper. This includes overdue tests, engagement in illegal activities and ignoring a Veterinary Improvement Notice issued by Animal Health. We do not expect Veterinary Improvement Notices to be issued often, but if needed they could be used where continuing bad practice or lack of action by a cattle keeper could be having an impact on the level or duration of the infection on a holding. These measures are not about saving money but ensuring that keepers recognise their responsibilities and that compensation payments reflect this. An appeal process will be introduced to ensure that reductions are appropriate. Officials will now work with the farming industry and veterinary profession to introduce these measures in a clear and effective manner.
The Order also clarifies terminology and allows the Welsh Assembly Government to slaughter cattle if the cattle keeper is unable to, for reasons of practicality, present them for testing.
The Order is intended to come into force on the 25 May 2010.
I would also like to update members of other recent developments in relation to the programme such as the introduction of additional cattle controls within the Intensive Action Pilot Area from 1 May. This means that herds within the pilot area will be tested every 6 months, there will be greater control over movement of cattle into and out of the pilot area and all herds will require two clear tests before restrictions are lifted.
To make sure that we protect the taxpayer’s money, we have also been working with valuers in Wales to ensure that value of the slaughtered animals is fair. While the numbers of slaughtered cattle in Wales did not fall significantly last year, we expect to see a substantial reduction in the level of compensation paid because of our work in this area. I will be able to update members on the final cost of compensation for 2009/10 and other progress later this year as part of my annual report to the Rural Development Sub- Committee.