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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
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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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.
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
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
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 »
Environmental Liability Directive (2004/35/EC)
The Directive reinforces the “polluter pays” principle - making operators financially liable for threats of or actual damage.
The Directive seeks to prevent and correct environmental damage to:
- habitats and species protected by European Community (EC) law;
- species or habitat on a site of special scientific interest;
- water resources; and
- land contamination which presents a threat to human health.
The Directive does not cover all types of damage to the environment. It only covers ‘environmental damage’ which is one or more of:
- damage to protected species and natural habitats or in a site of special scientific interest;
- damage to water; and
- land damage.
The Directive introduces two types of liability:
- fault-based liability for environmental damage to protected species and natural habitats from all other occupational activities; and
- strict liability for environmental damage, caused by a range of 'occupational activities' (described in Annex III of the Directive).
Reporting environmental damage
Operators have to take immediate steps to prevent damage or further damage and to notify the enforcing authority.
Role of enforcing authority
The authority must establish if it is ‘environmental damage’ and identify a responsible operator.
Existing liability regimes in the UK
A number of legal systems already exist in the United Kingdom which provide for the remediation of environmental damage. Remediation is the term used to cover the measures, or package of measures needed to restore the environment under these regimes. Action is taken by public authorities such as local authorities or the Environment Agency. They can require damage is put right by those responsible or put the damage right themselves and then recover the costs from those responsible.
The Regulations will add to existing environmental protection legislation. Current legislation includes:
- the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
- the Water Resources Act 1991;
- the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; and
- the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999.
The above legislation still applies and where they impose additional obligations to these Regulations they will still need to be complied with.