Review of the legislation managing the Welsh crustacean fisheries »The crustacean fisheries are the mainstay of the Welsh fishing industry, with £3.8 million worth of crustaceans landed into Wales in 2012.Learn more »
First Minister news conference
First Minister Carwyn Jones has held a press conference following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum result.
- Extra Safe Routes in Communities funding for Bridgend schools
- Ground-breaking North Wales clothing export centre opened
- First Minister news conference
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- Inappropriate admissions guidance
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- Smoke-free private vehicles carrying children
- Reservoir Safety in Wales: Consultation on the Commencement of Schedule 4 to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
- Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper – Reforming Local Government
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Section highlightHousing (Wales) Act 2014The Act introduces significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightWales for Africa grant
The Wales for Africa grant supports projects that build mutually beneficial links between Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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Codes of practice
Section 14 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 provides power for the National Assembly for Wales to issue Codes of Practice to promote animal welfare.
The Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Cats, Dogs, Equines and Rabbits are now in force.
Wales was the first country within Great Britain to produce Codes of Practice for companion animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Scottish equivalent. Codes from England and Scotland followed shortly.
As with people, animals' needs vary greatly, therefore the Codes of Practice were not written as "one-size-fits-all" guidance. The Welsh Government has worked in conjunction with animal welfare specialists across Great Britain to create Codes of Practice that give practical advice to help owners and keepers to understand the welfare needs of their animals , which they are legally obliged to fulfil. The Codes of Practice apply to all cats, dogs, rabbits and equines, not just those kept as pets; they have equal validity for working or stock animals.