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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 6 July 2017 for answer on 13 July 2017

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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 Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

 

Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): When did the Cabinet Secretary's officials first advise him that the key criterion announced by him on the 13 July - that the private sector funded at least 50 per cent of the project and underwrote 50 per cent of the risk of the Circuit of Wales project - had been met? (WAQ73814)

Answer received on 18 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): As I stated in my response to WAQ73739, the full extent of Welsh Government’s potential exposure on this proposal only became apparent on receipt of the draft due diligence reports and following discussions with HM Treasury.

 
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did the Welsh Government seek a provisional ruling from the Office for National Statistics in relation to the Circuit of Wales project as set out in Section 6 of the ONS Classification Process Guidelines? (WAQ73815)
 
Answer received on 18 July 2017

Ken Skates: In line with Section 6 of the ONS Classification Process Guidelines, a provisional ruling from the ONS on a policy proposal in relation to Circuit of Wales would only been sought when contractual documentation was in a 'near-final form,' and following a decision in principle to offer Government support.
 
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide details of all occasions in the last five years when the Welsh Government have sought a provisional ruling from ONS as to a business proposal's balance sheet classification? (WAQ73816)
 
Answer received on 18 July 2017

Ken Skates: A policy proposal was made to the ONS in October 2016 in relation to the Government's Mutual Investment Model (MIM), following Cabinet's decision in principle to deliver a range of investments using the MIM.
 
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide details as to whether the Welsh Government engaged with the following regarding the Circuit of Wales and will he provide details of the dates of any engagements: Her Majesty's Treasury Public Expenditure Classifications Team; the ONS Economic Statistics Classifications Team; the ONS Economic Statistics Classification Committee or Eurostat's Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics? (WAQ73817)
 
Answer received on 18 July 2017

Ken Skates: Discussions with the HMT classifications team in relation to the Circuit of Wales have been ongoing since March 2016.  Discussions between the Welsh Government and relevant officials in ONS and Eurostat around the interpretation of the prevailing classification rules has been ongoing since July 2015.

 

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm, subject to planning permission, what is the anticipated construction time of the northern access road in the Vale of Glamorgan? (WAQ73824)

Answer received on 11 July 2017

Ken Skates: Subject to planning permission the construction time of the northern access road is anticipated to be an 18-24 month contraction period, however this will be informed by the tender process.
 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide details of the business case made for the development and construction of the northern access road in the Vale of Glamorgan? (WAQ73825)

Answer received on 11 July 2017

Ken Skates: The case for the Northern Access Road is founded on the Welsh Governments commitment to delivering the aspirations of the Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone of which the Aerospace Business Park is a fundamental part. An unconstrained access to the Aerospace Business Park is essential to allow it to compete on an international stage and maximise the associated economic benefits.
 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm what processes were enacted by his department prior to announcing the construction of the automotive technology business park in Ebbw Vale and in particular , what evidence can be provided to support the assertion that 1,500 jobs will be created as a result of its development? (WAQ73826)

Answer received on 18 July 2017
 
Ken Skates: Officials drew on a range of internal expertise and external assessments. These evidenced a need for high grade manufacturing, research and development facilities in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone. The technology park has the potential to create 1,500 jobs based on floor space creation and pipeline projects.
 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm what discussions he or his officials will have with the Vale of Glamorgan Council in relation to the Dinas Powys bypass following on from their discussions last year? (WAQ73827)
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm if any financial monitoring has been undertaken by the Welsh Government as to the cost estimate of the Dinas Powys bypass and if so, will he make this information available? (WAQ73828)

Answer received on 17 July 2017

Ken Skates: Officials engage with the Vale of Glamorgan on a regular basis to monitor how the authority is progressing with the projects funded through our Local Transport Fund. 

We are currently awaiting the outcome of the Stage One WelTAG report. This will identify possible solutions to address the transport issues in Dinas Powys that will then be taken to the next stage of investigation. If you require sight of this study please direct your request to the local authority.

I understand the authority is in the process of commissioning the next development phase which is WelTAG Stage Two. This work will look in more detail at each option including cost, and recommend a preferred solution. 

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport

Dai Lloyd (South Wales West): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide details of atrial fibrillation related initiatives being implemented across each health board? (WAQ73818)
 
Answer received on 13 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport (Vaughan Gething): The Stroke Implementation Group (SIG) has included identifying individuals with atrial fibrillation as one of the five all-Wales stroke priorities for 2017-18.

To support this priority the SIG has provided funding for a project within Cardiff and Vale UHB to reduce the incidence of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.  The Stop a Stroke campaign is being led by a multidisciplinary team from primary and secondary care to develop a model of providing general practice with the knowledge, skills and confidence to review high risk atrial fibrillation patients for suitable anticoagulation to prevent the occurrence of a stroke in line with current NICE guidance. By December 2017, the campaign aims to scale up to all GP practices across health boards.

The vision for Wales is to have an agreed 'Stop a Stroke' local programme of activity in every health board area by March 2018, with initial work prioritised for the most deprived community areas. 
 
Dai Lloyd (South Wales West): Has the Welsh Government considered a strategy of screening older people in Wales for atrial fibrillation? (WAQ73819)
 
Answer received on 13 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: In 2014, the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) reviewed the viability, effectiveness and appropriateness of screening of people aged 65 years and over for atrial fibrillation. The review found that it is not clear that those identified as at risk through screening would benefit from early diagnosis. The UK NSC’s recommendation is therefore not to offer systematic population screening for atrial fibrillation. This recommendation is being reviewed by the UK NSC during 2017-18 and we will consider their recommendation when published.

Links to both the UK NSC review criteria and recommendation on screening for atrial fibrillation are included below for information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/uk-national-screening-committee-uk-nsc

https://legacyscreening.phe.org.uk/atrialfibrillation


Dai Lloyd (South Wales West): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide data on the number of people who have atrial fibrillation and what form of treatment they are on? (WAQ73820)
 
Answer received on 13 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: The latest date from 2015-2016 indicates there were 65,169 people across Wales registered with their GP as having atrial fibrillation (AF).  This is 3.4% of the adult population in Wales.

We do not hold information regarding the treatment received by individual patients.
 
Dai Lloyd (South Wales West): What evidence has been produced by the Living Well, Living Longer programme, to assess the effectiveness for raising awareness of atrial fibrillation among those most at risk? (WAQ73821)
 
Answer received on 13 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: The Living Well, Living Longer (LWLL) programme uses a population scale preventative approach rather than focusing on those most at risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Atrial Fibrillation as a condition is not discussed specifically during the health checks, as the tools used in assessments are not diagnostic.  However, the participant’s heart rate is measured, using the WatchBP Home monitor which detects any irregular rhythm.  If the irregularity persists, health care support workers refer the participant to their GP for assessment.  Since February 2015, there have been 91 referrals from the 10,590 citizens who received LWLL health checks.


Nick Ramsay (Monmouth): How many children are waiting under, and over the 26-week waiting time target from referral to first appointment to access autism services? (WAQ73822)

Answer received on 12 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: The Welsh Government does not yet routinely collect this information from health boards. As part of our £2m investment to establish new neurodevelopmental services we have informed health boards that we expect them to work towards meeting a 26 week waiting time standard, from referral to assessment. We are currently working with health boards and NHS informatics leads to put in place the necessary administrative, data collection and governance arrangements to ensure the information can be reported accurately and consistently across Wales for this new service. Health boards anticipate being in a position to commence reporting the data later in 2017.
In latest management information we received from LHBs, both Cwm Taf and Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards anticipated meeting the 26 week target by March 2017, whilst Abertawe Bro Morgannwg anticipated meeting it from July 2017; with other health boards reporting being on track to meet the new target later in 2017. However, it should be noted that until a standard definition has been introduced health boards are continuing to use local definitions which vary across each area, so it is not yet possible to make comparisons. Also, some health boards have also taken the decision that it is in the best interests of the young person to maintain some historic referrals for neurodevelopmental conditions, which predate establishment of the new services, within specialist CAMHS. 
 
Nick Ramsay (Monmouth): Does the Cabinet Secretary have a long-term plan for the future of autism services beyond the current plan to 2020? (WAQ73823)
 
Answer to follow.

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