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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
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 »
Apis Mellifera (the European Honey Bee) is the major managed pollinator available for field and outdoor fruit crops. Bombus (the bumble bee) are commercially reared for the managed pollination of a number of protected crops, including tomatoes.
There are approximately 4,000 beekeepers in Wales, with approximately 20,000 hives (fig. Based on 2001). Throughout the UK the number of beekeepers is thought to be 44,000 who maintain 274,000 colonies of honey bees. A number of these are commercial beekeepers.
The National Bee Unit (NBU) manages a web-based database of beekeepers in Wales and England called Beebase. This website also provides information on:
the activities of the NBU,
pest and disease (including their recognition and control),
information on research,
advisory leaflets, and;
Beekeepers registered on Beebase can request can request a free apiary inspection from their local Bee Inspector. They can also and receive information and advice on disease recognition and control.
National Bee Unit
The Bee Health programme is run under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Bee Unit, part of The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). The Welsh Government makes an annual contribution towards the cost of the National Bee Unit. This funds eight Seasonal Bee Inspectors during the summer and one Regional Bee Inspector full time, to control bee disease in Wales. It is also used to improve beekeeping education and husbandry practices. The work carried out by the Bee Inspectors includes:
Advice/Training for beekeepers
Varroa diagnosis and reports
Foul brood diagnosis and reports
Lectures, demonstrations and liaison meetings
Bee Disease and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006
In Wales, the Bee Disease and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 requires beekeepers (and others) to notify us, (in practice the National Bee Unit, which acts on our behalf) of the suspicion of the presence of:
notifiable diseases – American Foul Brood and European Foul Brood, and;
notifiable pests – small hive beetle and tropilaelaps mites.
In response to a notification of suspected notifiable disease or pest, restrictions will be imposed. These will restrict the movement of anything that might spread the disease or pest until an authorised bee inspector has visited the affected premises. Once the identification has been confirmed, a decision will be made on how to eradicate or control the outbreak. We may declare an infected area and implement control measures within it, if small hive beetle or troiaelaps have been found in the area.