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First Minister sets out second year legislative priorities

A new bill to tackle dangerous dogs will be among the Welsh Government's legislative priorities for its second year, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones announced today.
Tuesday 17 July 2012

The First Minister made the announcement as he updated Assembly Members on the progress of the Welsh Government’s five year legislative programme.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones said:

“Last year I set out the Welsh Government’s five year legislative programme of over 20 bills to help improve public services and create opportunities for everyone.  

“When I announced our legislative programme I said we would consult and engage with the public and stakeholders through Green and White Papers and strike the right balance between what is on the face of an Assembly Bill and what detail is left to subordinate legislation. We have done exactly that."

The First Minister said the new Control of Dogs Bill will be introduced next spring to protect the public by promoting responsible dog ownership. Responsible ownership will be fundamental to the changes and through the introduction of Dog Control Notices there will be a strong education and training requirement for both the dogs and their owners or keepers.

Carwyn Jones said:

“The Environment Minister, John Griffiths made a commitment to take early action on this important issue. I’m therefore pleased to confirm we will be consulting on the Control of Dogs Bill in the autumn which will propose key changes to current Dangerous Dogs legislation.  For example, action could be taken where dogs attack people or other animals on any property and controls would focus on dog behaviour rather than breed."  

During this second year, the Welsh Government will be introducing a further seven bills. The bills to be introduced are:

  • The Local Democracy Bill will bring greater transparency around the local elections process and the activities of local representatives.  
  • The Human Transplantation Bill represents a major step forward in implementing a soft opt-out system of consent to donation in Wales. The Bill will be introduced by the end of this year with the view to a new soft opt-out system being implemented in 2015.  
  • A Social Services (Wales) Bill will provide, for the first time, a coherent legal framework for social services in Wales. The Bill will be introduced at the beginning of 2013. The Bill will also combine measures which were to be part of a Children and Young Persons Bill to strengthen our approach to supporting looked after children, to establish a single adoption services for Wales, to review our position on safeguarding and set national standards and to consider the role and function of Local Safeguarding Children Boards.  A separate Regulation and Inspection Bill will be introduced to cover the regulation and inspection of social care workforce, training and social care services in Wales. A white paper on the proposed content will be published in 2013.
  • An Active Travel Bill will be introduced early next year which will help the people of Wales become healthier, more active and more environmentally aware we will be introducing;
  • A Public Service Workforce Bill will be introduced next spring to put the workforce at the centre of public service improvement in Wales.

The First Minister also announced two Education Bills will be introduced which will help build a just, inclusive and fair society.

  • a Further and Higher Education Bill will implement many of the recommendations of the Humphreys Report on the governance of Further Education Institutions in Wales. It will also make changes to the structure of the body responsible for Higher Education strategic planning and funding and other connected purposes.
  • the Education (Wales) Bill, This Bill will provide for improved performance management in teaching, reform of the existing system of statements for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
 

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