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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 20 January 2016 for answer on 27 January 2016

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W - Signifies that the question was tabled in Welsh.

(Self-identifying Question no. shown in brackets)

Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.

To ask the Minister for Natural Resources

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister provide the actual costs to Natural Resources Wales for the implementation of the total of abstract applications issued in Wales, for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15? (WAQ69699)

Answer received on 2 February 2016

The Minister for Natural Resources (Carl Sargeant): The total costs of water resources abstraction applications in Wales for the three years were £1,143,190, £1,176,189 and £1,205,417 respectively. The figures for 2012-13 relate to the costs to the Environment Agency as NRW was not formed until 1 April 2013

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): How is the Minister working with local authorities to ensure the safety of staff and pupils, with regards to asbestos exposure, within school and college buildings at all times? (WAQ69698)

Answer received on 2 February 2016

The Minister for Education and Skills (Huw Lewis):  Legislation is in place to regulate the management of asbestos with the Health and Safety Executive overseeing the enforcement of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

It is accepted that asbestos in school buildings is safe if left undisturbed. It is safer to leave undamaged asbestos in situ and subject to regular assessment, rather than creating additional fibre or dust disturbance through its removal. 

In May 2014, I published guidance on Asbestos Management in Schools to ensure that local authorities in Wales, as duty holders, have the appropriate support available so that they can safely manage, monitor and, if required remove, asbestos in our school buildings.  An Asbestos Management in Schools working group has also been formally established to ensure that guidance remains current and appropriate.

We provide capital investment for the educational estate through our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.  Band A of the Programme runs until 2019 and will see the rebuild and refurbishment of over 150 schools and colleges across Wales.  In addition, Local Authorities can use funds in the Revenue Support Grant to keep their schools buildings maintained and in a good state of repair.

To ask the Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): In addition to the Local Transport Fund, will the Minister make a statement on the funding opportunities which are available for local communities in Montgomeryshire to pursue regeneration projects associated with transport and travel? (WAQ69694)

Answer to follow


Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister outline whether the Welsh Government has received any compensation following the cancellation of Welsh Government-funded train services on the Cambrian Line as a result of recent industrial action? (WAQ69695)

Answer received on 25 January 2016

The Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport (Edwina Hart): There are specific contractual requirements relating to industrial action outlined in the Wales and Borders franchise which apply to Arriva Trains Wales services operating on the Cambrian Line. I will ensure that my officials apply these contractual requirements fully and appropriately.


Russell George (Montgomeryshire): What level of funding will the Welsh Government be providing to Powys County Council with regards to the de-trunking of the A489 and A483 following the construction of the Newtown bypass? (WAQ69696) 

Answer received on 25 January 2016

Edwina Hart: The A483 and A489 Newtown Bypass scheme will include some de-trunking works on the A483 along Pool Road and New Road in Newtown, the extent of which are subject to discussions with Powys County Council.  Funding for these works will form part of the overall scheme costs.


To ask the Minister for Health and Social Services

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): How much did the Welsh Government pay out in compensation for asbestos-related illnesses in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15? (WAQ69697)

Answer received on 2 February 2016

The Minister for Health and Social Services (Mark Drakeford):  This is not a matter devolved to Wales. The Welsh Government does not make compensation payments for asbestos-related illnesses.

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