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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 2 February 2016 for answer on 9 February 2016

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(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

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister confirm that the letter, which has been sent to all farmers who are yet to receive their single farm payment, gave specific details of the reasons why the farmer has not yet been paid? (WAQ69743)

Answer received on 10 February 2016

The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food (Rebecca Evans): The letter which has been sent to farmers explains the reasons why the Basic Payment Scheme payment has not been made. We could not write a tailored letter because it would take too long to analyse those remaining claims, taking staff away from the priority, which is making payments.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister confirm that the Welsh Government has written to all farmers who hadn't received their single farm payment by the end of January 2016? (WAQ69744)

Answer received on 10 February 2016

Rebecca Evans: I can confirm Rural Payments Wales has written to all farmers who have not received their Basic Payment Scheme payment.

 

Russell George (Montgomeryshire): Will the Minister outline when those farmers who are yet to receive their single farm payment will be paid? (WAQ69745)

Answer received on 10 February 2016

Rebecca Evans: The remaining Basic Payment Scheme payments will be made to all but the most problematic cases over the next few weeks.

 

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills

Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire): How many schools have been built in Wales under the 21st century schools and education programme? (WAQ69742)

Answer received on 10 February 2016

The Minister for Education and Skills (Huw Lewis): Band A of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme runs over the five year period ending 2019.  During this period, over 150 schools and colleges across Wales will be rebuilt or refurbished.

To date, 96 projects have been approved to proceed.  Of these, 46 are under construction and 25 completed.

To ask the Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister make a statement on how the views of cycle-user groups are utilised under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, and how she is monitoring the actions of local authorities in fulfilling their obligations in this area? (WAQ69746)

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister outline how she is monitoring progress of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 by individual local authorities? (WAQ69747)

Answer received on 5 February 2016

The Minsiter for the Economy, Science and Transport (Edwina Hart):  At the national level, Active Travel user views are represented on my Active Travel Board.  Local authorities have now submitted their Existing Routes as required by the Active Travel Act for my consideration.  They will be submitting their first annual reports on the costs incurred in making year-on-year improvements in the summer.

 

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