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​Written Assembly Questions tabled on 22 February 2016 for answer on 29 February 2016

R - Signifies the Member has declared an interest.
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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 First Minister

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Since 2011, how many equal pay claims have been brought against the Welsh Government and Welsh Government-operated bodies; and of these claims, how many were raised by a) women, b) men, and how many remain outstanding? (WAQ69859)

Answer received on 24 February 2016

The First Minister (Carwyn Jones): Staffing within the Welsh Government is a matter for the Permanent Secretary. I have asked him to write to you separately with the information you have requested.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills

Elin Jones (Ceredigion): What targets were set by the Welsh Government for increasing the number of adults who learn Welsh for the next three years (WAQ69856)W

Answer received on 4 March 2016

The Minister for Education and Skills (Huw Lewis):

In May 2015, I announced that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has been chosen to host the national entity responsible for developing the Welsh for Adults programme strategically on a national level. Establishing the entity was one of the main recommendations of the Welsh for Adults Review Group, which published its report in 2013. The national entity (y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol) will be responsible for the provision from 1 August 2016.

The Review Group's vision was to increase the number of learners, and in particular, the number of learners who reach a level of fluency that enables them to use the language in day-to-day life. Due to the financial settlement, it will be difficult to increase the total number of learners on courses. Therefore, the focus of the targets for the next three years will be to increase the number of learners on the intermediate and higher level courses. We will agree the targets for the next three years with the Ganolfan in July as part of the process of issuing the annual grant letter.

 

Elin Jones (Ceredigion):
What funding has been earmarked for supporting teaching Welsh for adults in the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years? (WAQ69857)W

Answer received on 4 March 2016

Huw Lewis: The tables below outlines the funding earmarked for supporting Welsh for Adults learning in the financial years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

 2014 – 152015-162016-17
Grant funding1,899,3341,899,332£1,758,711
Recurrent funding 9,982,678      9,176,376 £8,810,000
Total 11,882,01211,075,708£10,568,711

 

In addition to the grant and recurrent funding that has been allocated to the six Welsh for Adults centres and the new National Entity (Y Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol), Welsh Government has also funded projects to support the programme as follows:

Project2014 – 152015-162016-17
Qualification for tutors104,96357,98228,992
Examinations186,948189,241200,000*
National marketing40,00040,000N/A
Establishing the Entity69,83738,318N/A
Resources56,150180,131*
Total457,898505,672228,992*

* to be confirmed

 

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): How much of the underspend on the Welsh Government's Reach the Heights initiative was identified as European Structural Funds; and what proportion was retained by, or returned, to the European Commission as a consequence? (WAQ69855)

Answer received on 26 February 2016

The Minister for Education and Skills (Huw Lewis): The total value of the Reach the Heights initiative was £35,896,955, of which £19,573,599 was committed through the European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence programme 2007–2013. Final expenditure for the initiative included £16,242,413 of ESF, resulting in a decommitment of £3,331,186. This figure was reinvested by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) to support the delivery of other schemes helping young people with their skills for further learning and employment.

To ask the Minister for Health and Social Services

Lynne Neagle (Torfaen): What plans are there to extend the Men B vaccination to all children in Wales? (WAQ69858)

Answer received on 24 February 2016

The Minister for Health and Social Services (Mark Drakeford): All the Welsh Government's immunisation programmes, alongside the other UK countries, are based on independent, expert advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). When any new immunisation programme is introduced, this expert advice assists to set the criteria which determine eligibility.

The JCVI advised the MenB vaccination programme should protect babies before they reach five months of age because this is when the risk is greatest. As with any other vaccination programme, the JCVI will closely monitor and regularly review evidence of the impact of the MenB programme.

Any further advice received from the JCVI will be considered by the Welsh Government.

To ask the Minister for Public Services

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Since 2011, how many equal pay claims have been brought against each local authority in Wales; and of these claims, how many were raised by a) women, b) men, and how many remain outstanding? (WAQ69860)

Answer received on 2 March 2016

Leighton Andrews:  We do not hold this information.

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Minister make a statement on the implementation and monitoring of Part 5, Chapter 3, of the Equality Act 2010 within local authorities in Wales? (WAQ69861)

Answer received on 26 February 2016

The Minister for Public Services (Leighton Andrews):  We expect all local authorities to recognise and fulfil their duties under the Act effectively and efficiently.

 

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