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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 14 July 2017 for answer on 21 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): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 10th October 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73862)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 21st October 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73863)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 4th November 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73864)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 11th November 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73865) 
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 18th November 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73866)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 23rd November 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73867)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 2nd December 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73868)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 8th December 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73869)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 13th December 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73870)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 16th December 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73871)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 20th December 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73872)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 21st December 2016 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73873)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 9th January 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73874)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 17th January 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73875)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 24th January 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73876)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 3rd February 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73877)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 10th February 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73878)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 16th February 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73879)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 3rd March 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73880)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 10th March 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73881)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 17th March 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73882)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 20th March 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73883)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 31st March 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73884)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 7th April 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73885)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 26th April 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73886)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 26th May 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73887)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 23rd June 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73888)
Adam Price (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): Did Welsh Government officials meet with representatives of the Heads of the Valleys Development Company on the 30th June 2017 and was the issue of balance sheet classification discussed? (WAQ73889)

Answer recieved on 26 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): A significant number of meetings will have taken place over the timeframe specified involving Welsh Government officials, representatives of Heads of the Valleys Development Company and their advisors.  The risks associated with the Circuit of Wales project, including the balance sheet issue, would have been part of those commercially confidential discussions.  However, it would take a disproportionate amount of time to confirm the dates and details of individual meetings, and to determine the appropriateness of providing information in relation to issues discussed at those meetings.

 

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

 

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to WAQ73809, will the Cabinet Secretary confirm the total number of eligible claims received and successfully processed for each of the 3 years quoted? (WAQ73890)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Lesley Griffiths): The total number of eligible Common Agricultural Policy Pillar 1 Scheme claims received and processed to date for 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Wales is:

 SPS 2014BPS 2015BPS 2016
Received16,16615,55915,448
Paid16,16615,55615,438

*13 claims involve legal or farm business issues that require the farmer to provide information in order to resolve them


Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to WAQ73746 and WAQ73811, will the Cabinet Secretary clarify what was meant by the term 'resource issue' and confirm 1) how many existing posts were vacant, 2) how long they were vacant for and 3) confirm if these posts have been filled with permanent full-time positions? (WAQ73891) 
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: ‘Resource issue’ means staff resource to process a volume of work within a particular time frame is under pressure. The number and length of vacancies varies over time. Posts are filled with permanent WG staff. 

 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm how many holding numbers exist in Wales as a total following RDP applications? (WAQ73892)R
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: The total current number of County Parish Holding (CPH) numbers in Wales is 53,215.
The CPH allocation process does not record whether a request relates to RDP applications.
 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm under what specific Rural Development Programme schemes for Wales would holding numbers be required and, confirm how many farms providing holding numbers have benefited from support to date? (WAQ73893)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: CHP numbers are mandatory for the following schemes:

Sustainable Production Grant: 36 projects approved to date.

Farm Business Grant: zero projects approved (approvals for the first round are due in August).

Farming Connect – 7658 businesses registered and receiving support to date.  
 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to WAQ73805, under the suite of Glastir Schemes, what is the average length of time for an Expression of Interest appraisal to be undertaken? (WAQ73894)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: The average length of time taken to appraise an Expression of Interest under the suite of Glastir schemes opened under the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 is 44 calendar days.
 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Referring to WAQ73810, how many working hours will the maximum value of £13,000 provide? (WAQ73895)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: The number of hours this will pay for will depend on the grade and salary of the staff undertaking the overtime. 

 
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to WAQ73807, will the Cabinet Secretary confirm what the Euro/Sterling conversion rate was for each of the years referenced in her answer, and based on the three annual figures provided in her response, provide the total annual amounts in pounds sterling, applying the respective conversion rates? (WAQ73896)

Answer recieved on 19 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: The transfer of funds from Pillar 1 to Pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy is made in Euros.

An exchange rate is only applied at the time of the claim made to the European Commission under the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme.

This rate changes on a monthly basis.

To the end of June, £51.8m of Pillar 1 Transfer funds have been paid.


Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to WAQ73805, will the Cabinet Secretary confirm under the non Glastir Schemes, of the 132 applications currently in appraisal, how many have been rejected and how many have been successful at appraisal level and are now active? (WAQ73897)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: Of the 132 applications in appraisal as of 10 July (WAQ73805) 24 have since been approved. None have been rejected.


Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to WAQ73805, of the 638 expressions of interest to be processed for a contract offer, how many are anticipated to be successfully completed, active contracts and what is the timeframe an applicant can expect to receive awarded monies once approved? (WAQ73898)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Lesley Griffiths: The 638 successful Glastir Expressions of Interest (EoI) will be processed, but the final number of successfully completed contract offers will be dependant on contract negotiations and acceptance.

Glastir contracts include capital works or multi annual commitments (or a combination both), and payments are made following submission and validation of claims.

  • Capital works claims can be submitted once the capital work is complete and payments are processed throughout the year.
  • Annual area claims must be submitted via the Single Application Form (SAF) by 15 May, with payments made from the following January onwards.

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