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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 5 February 2016 for answer on 12 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

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Minister make a statement on whether he will commit to raising the sea defences along the Wentloog levels and rivers Ebbw and Usk in the near future? (WAQ69766)

Answer received on 10 February 2016

The Minister for Natural Resources (Carl Sargeant):

There have been very recent improvements to the sea defences along the Wentloog and Gwent levels, investment amounting to over £3.5 million.  A major scheme is also planned for 2016 at Crindau, on the River Usk.

It is the responsibility of the relevant risk management authority to bring forward applications for further improvements, as and when they are required.

 

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): In light of the recent decision to turn down plans for a new Welsh secondary school in Newport, as a result of the flood risk, will the Minister invest in improving sea defences in Marshfield? (WAQ69767)

Answer received on 10 February 2016

Carl Sargeant:

Improvements have recently been made to the coastal defences along the Wentloog Levels, investment amounting to over £3.5 million

To ask the Minister for Public Services

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister provide an update on the application of the chief executive pay guidelines? (WAQ69768)

Answer received on 17 February 2016

The Minister for Public Services (Leighton Andrews):

The Guidance issued to the Independent Remuneration Panel in relation to the exercise of its powers on chief officers pay was published on the Welsh Government website in April 2014.

The Panel publish its recommendations to Local Authorities on its website and in its Annual Report.  The draft Annual Report for 2016/17 contains the Panel's recommendations in relation to the three cases it has considered to date: that of Pembrokeshire, the Vale of Glamorgan and the Isle of Anglesey.

http://gov.wales/irpwsub/home/?lang=en

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister provide a monetary breakdown of council tax revenue received in the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-13 and 2014-15? (WAQ69769)

Answer received on 17 February 2016

Leighton Andrews:

I will write to you and a copy of the letter will be put on the internet.

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister provide costings for the proposed Community Area Committees under the Local Government (Wales) Act 2015? (WAQ69770)

Answer received on 17 February 2016

Leighton Andrews: Costings for the proposed Community Area Committees under the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill are set out in Part 2 of the Draft Regulatory Impact Assessment (pages 21 – 23), which was published alongside the Draft Bill. 

 

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Following the news that the flood risk has scuppered plans for a new secondary school in Newport, why were Natural Resources Wales not consulted by the Welsh Government on the site of the school? (WAQ69765)

Answer received on 17 February 2016

The Minister for Education and Skills (Huw Lewis): 21st Century Schools is a strategic capital investment programme with local authorities and others acting as our delivery agents.  This means that the responsibility of project delivery lies, in this case, with the local authority.  This responsibility would include undertaking consultations, land surveys and planning necessary to deliver a project.  I understand that Newport Local Authority did consult with Natural Resources Wales in respect of their plans for a new Welsh medium secondary school.

 

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