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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 »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
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- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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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 »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector 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
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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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 »
The Education Bill
Members will recall that the Education Bill was introduced to Parliament in November 2001. It has now completed most of its stages in both Houses, the most recent being Commons’ consideration of Lords’ amendments on 15 July. Subject to completion of its remaining Parliamentary stages before Westminster rises for its summer recess, the Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent by the end of this month.
The Education Bill implements policy commitments and proposals made in the White Paper for England ‘Schools – Achieving Success’ and in ‘The Learning Country’, our paving document for comprehensive education and lifelong learning in Wales to 2010. As was made clear in ‘The Learning Country’, the majority of the Bill’s provisions are enabling in character with, subject to enactment, the Assembly having discretion as to the pace and extent of their implementation in Wales.
Since the Education Bill was introduced last autumn, the detail of the Bill has been scrutinised closely by both Houses of Parliament. Taken overall, the content of the Bill has not changed substantively since its introduction, although there have been drafting changes to some individual clauses for legal or for clarification reasons, plus Government and Opposition changes proposed in the course of debates and amendments agreed to give those effect. There has been nothing contentious with the provisions proposed for Wales and Parliament continues to understand and recognise the Assembly’s capacity to shape and implement its own policy. We are therefore making steady progress towards enacting the legislation needed to continue realising our training and education agenda for Wales.
‘The Learning Country’ set out our proposals for legislation. In so far as they relate to this Education Bill, and subject to enactment of the current provisions, they will have reached the statute book in under a year. In parallel, we are also moving ahead with our other distinctive policies for Wales which received such widespread welcome in ‘The Learning Country’. Amongst many other things, the Bill will enable us to:
- complete the development of the national curriculum for Wales, including introduction of a statutory foundation stage from age 3 - 7;
- establish an SEN Tribunal for Wales and enable us to better meet the needs of children with more complex special educational needs through regional provision;
- ensure better transition between primary and secondary schools to help lift standards for, and the results achieved by, 11 to 14 year olds; and,
- strengthen partnership arrangements between schools and LEAs to help raise educational standards in all our schools.
Following Royal Assent to the Bill, all Members will receive a copy of the Education Act 2002 and its accompanying Explanatory Notes. I undertook to have a debate on the Learning Country in context of the new legislation once it had completed its Parliamentary procedures. I have asked the Business Minister to schedule the debate for early autumn.