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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
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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 Statement - Welsh Language Commissioner
I wish to update Members on progress in relation to the appointment of the Welsh Language Commissioner (“Commissioner”).
On 1 June, I laid before the Assembly the Welsh Language Commissioner (Appointment) Regulations 2011 which set out the detail of the process for appointing the Commissioner. Bilingual copies of the regulations and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum are attached to this statement.
The regulations make provision about the membership of the selection panel which will be responsible for interviewing candidates and making recommendations to the First Minister in relation to the appointment.
During Assembly scrutiny of the Welsh Language Measure (Wales) Measure 2011 (“the Measure”), Assembly Members expressed a wish to be involved in the appointment process. Accordingly, the regulations provide that the selection panel will include: an Assembly Member nominated by a committee of the Assembly; a member of staff of the Welsh Government; an independent assessor; and a person with experience of promoting the use of Welsh and/or another language.
The selection process will be based on long-established principles of openness and impartiality, with appointment based on merit. The regulations impose a duty upon the First Minister, in appointing the Commissioner, to follow the principles of Ministerial responsibility; merit; independent scrutiny; equal opportunities; probity; openness and transparency; and proportionality, taking into account the description of those principles set out in the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.
Given the context within which the Commissioner will be working and the cause which he or she will be championing, it is important that the Commissioner has the necessary language skills to effectively carry out his or her duties. Before making an appointment, the First Minister is required under these regulations to be satisfied that the person has sufficient knowledge of, and proficiency in, the Welsh language to exercise the functions of the Commissioner. To this end, the regulations require the selection panel to assess each candidate’s knowledge of and proficiency in the Welsh language and include the assessment in its recommendations to the First Minister. This assessment will help provide the First Minister with the assurance he will require to be satisfied that the successful candidate is able to exercise his or her functions effectively.
I can announce that we aim to advertise the post of Commissioner in July, with a view to making an announcement regarding the successful candidate in the autumn. I wish to appoint the Commissioner as soon as possible, so that he or she can have an early input into the important work that lies ahead – including the need to ensure a speedy transition from the current system of language schemes under the Welsh Language Act 1993 to the new system of language standards provided for under the Measure. An early appointment will also enable the Commissioner to have an input into the process of establishing his or her office, for which preparations are already being made through discussions between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Language Board.
There will be an opportunity to debate these regulations in Plenary, scheduled for 28 June. In the meantime, I look forward to working with Assembly Members to appoint, as soon as possible, a Welsh Language Commissioner, and to support the Commissioner as he or she undertakes this vital role with regard to ensuring that the Welsh language continues to thrive, which is itself a key objective for the Welsh Government.