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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 19 February 2016 for answer on 26 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

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What assessment has the Minister made of the potential for a scallop fishing industry in Cardigan Bay based on diving techniques? (WAQ69844)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

The Minister for Natural Resources (Carl Sargeant): 

No proposal for such a fishery has been received and so no such assessment has been made.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What initiatives is the Welsh Government undertaking to restore habitats in the Cardigan Bay Special Areas of Conservation? (WAQ69845)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant: The Welsh Government has worked with Natural Resources Wales and others to produce a draft Prioritised Improvement Plan (PIP) for Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation. The PIP will prioritise the actions needed to maintain and where necessary restore the features of the site to favourable conservation status.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): Will the Minister's proposals for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay include regulations on the type of dredging that may be undertaken? (WAQ69846)

Answer received on 1 March 2016 

Carl Sargeant: 

As set out in the consultation document, the types of permit condition being considered for the regulation of any such fishery would include technical measures, such as the type of permissible dredge.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): Will the Minister's proposals for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay include a limit on the size of boat that may be used? (WAQ69847)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant: 

As set out in the consultation document, the types of permit condition being considered for the regulation of any such fishery would include technical measures, such as the size of vessel permissible.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What assessment has the Minister made of the implications of his proposals for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay on his obligations under target one of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 to 'achieve a significant and measurable improvement'? (WAQ69848)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant:  I am committed to Wales playing its part in delivering Target 1 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, to fully implement the Birds and Habitats Directives. The consultation on proposed management measures for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay is in line with Welsh Ministers' obligations under the nature Directives.       

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What assessment has the Minister made of the implications of his proposals for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay on his obligation to conserve biodiversity under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006? (WAQ69849)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant:  In line with the duty on Welsh Ministers under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, the proposed new management regime for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay has regard to the conservation of biodiversity.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): Will the Minister meet with representatives of Save our Seas, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre to discuss his proposals for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay? (WAQ69850)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant: 

I have no current plans for such a meeting.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): When did the Minister or his officials last meet with representatives of Save our Seas; Whale and Dolphin Conservation or Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre? (WAQ69851)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Carl Sargeant: 

I have not met with representatives of those organisations.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): What assessment of his obligations under the Habitats Directive has the Minister incorporated into his recent proposals for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay? (WAQ69852)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant: 

The consultation for a proposed new management regime is in conformity with Welsh Ministers' relevant obligations derived from the Habitats Directive.

 

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): In what way do the proposed management measures for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay meet the Habitats Directive's obligations to restore the environment? (WAQ69853)

Answer received on 1 March 2016

Carl Sargeant:  The proposed management measures for the scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay are in line with Welsh Ministers' obligations under the Habitats Directive.

 

To ask the Minister for Health and Social Services

Simon Thomas (Mid and West Wales): Is information regarding the high risk pregnant women face of having DVT, which can last for the duration of the pregnancy and 6 weeks after birth, included as part of Public Health Wales's strategy? (WAQ69854)W

Answer received on 3 March 2016

The Minister for Health and Social Services (Mark Drakeford): The prevention and management of DVT in pregnancy and the postnatal period was a major focus of work for Public Health Wales 1000 Lives Maternity Services Mini-Collaborative in 2011-12. Implementation of a three part care bundle containing an antenatal risk assessment, admission to hospital with suspected DVT and a postnatal DVT risk assessment was implemented across all health boards in Wales in 2013.

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