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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 24 February 2016 for answer on 2 March 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 state the amount spent on correspondence with farmers in (a) the 2012-13 financial year, (b) the 2013-14 financial year and (c) the 2014-15 financial year? (WAQ69904)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

The Deputy Minister for Farming and Food (Rebecca Evans): The information you requested is not held.

 

To ask the Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Since January 2014, how many German-speaking shore excursion guides have been (a) trained; and (b) subsequently recruited for Welsh Government Cruise Wales initiative (i) in north Wales (ii) west Wales and (iii) south Wales? (WAQ69905)

Answer received no 3 March 2016

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism (Ken Skates):  There were 25 Ambassadors trained and utilised in North Wales, 13 in West Wales and none in South Wales. 

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): In relation to the German-speaking shore excursion guide service, what form did the training take, what did it cost (including the trainers' salaries), and what has the service cost (including trainees' salaries)? (WAQ69906)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates:  Training was delivered by Llandrillo College over a 3 day period, as well as a half-day information presentation.  The total combined payment made for training in both Holyhead and Pembrokeshire was £8400.  We do not keep information on Ambassador's salaries as they are not employed by Welsh Government.

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Since January 2014, how many German cruise passengers have docked and come ashore and used the German-speaking shore excursion service, including the dates and port at which the cruise docked, the names of the ships and the number of passengers per ship? (WAQ69907)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates: 12 German cruise ships have docked at Welsh ports since January 2014, with a total passenger capacity of 14,139.  We do not keep figures of number of passengers who come ashore and / or use the service.

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): What has been the impact on Wales's economy of cruise visits to Welsh ports in each year from 2010 – 2015 inclusive, and how is such impact calculated, including a list of ports, ships and number of passengers per ship for each of the above years? (WAQ69908)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates: 12 German cruise ships have docked at Welsh ports since January 2014, with a total passenger capacity of 14,139.  We do not keep figures of number of passengers who come ashore and / or use the service.

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Can the Minister explain the discrepancy between the figure of 37 ships booked to dock at Welsh ports according to the Visit Wales website, and the figure of 46 cruise ships reported by Wales Online on 10 May 2015? (WAQ69909)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates:  The number of ships booked to dock at Welsh ports is continually subject to change, as cruise lines can cancel or add calls at any time during the Season.  In 2015, there was an increase from 37 to 46 cruise calls.

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Will the Minister (a) explain why the cruise ship booking figures for 2016 are not yet available on the Visit Wales website; and (b) confirm how many of the cruise ship bookings for 2016 are for ships with less than 400 passenger capacity? (WAQ69910)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates: Cruise ship booking figures for 2016 will be published on the Visit Wales cruise calendar once they have been finalised by each port.   (These figures are subject to change, as cruise lines can cancel or add calls at any time during the Season.)   There are currently 36 cruise calls under 400 passengers for 2016.

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): How much has Welsh Government spent on promoting Wales as a cruise ship destination in the each of the last five years, including details of all promotional visits in the UK and abroad together with a list of delegates/guests on each occasion? (WAQ69911)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates:  The cruise budget figures for the last three years, for which figures are available, are 2013/14 - £150,000, 2014/15 – £140,000 and 2015/16 – £140,000. This figure includes all promotional activities. 

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Will the Minister (a) provide a copy/link to the cruise strategy documents of 2005 and 2009, prepared by Peter Wilde Associates; and (b) confirm when the last strategy document was prepared (and provide a copy/link to the strategy)? (WAQ69912)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates: We do not hold a copy of the Peter Wilde strategy.   "Partnership for Growth" sets out the Welsh Government's tourism strategy 2013-2020.  

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): In light of the new plans for giant vessels dropping anchor in Holyhead bay and passengers brought by tender to Holyhead marina, which was reported in the Western Mail on 16 February 2016, will the Minister confirm (a) how many cancellations at Holyhead over the past five years have been due to bad weather; and (b) what steps the Welsh Government has taken to ensure that transfer by tender in bad weather is a safe and suitable means of transfer and appropriate to the visitor experience? (WAQ69913)

Answer received on 3 March 2016

Ken Skates: In the past 3 years there have been two cancellations at Holyhead due to bad weather.  The health and safety of passengers is the responsibility of the cruise line and port/marina staff. 

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