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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 18 July 2017 for answer on 25 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

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Following the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in July 2016 of a reallocation of £1.3 million to help with business rate relief support for businesses in the Port Talbot enterprise zone, how many businesses applied, how many were successful, and what benefits to the local economy and sustainable job creation are anticipated now that the Cabinet Secretary knows which businesses succeeded and what they have promised? (WAQ73908)

Answer recieved on 27 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): The Enterprise Zone Business Rates Scheme has offered financial support of £650,000 to 31 businesses located in the Port Talbot Waterside Enterprise Zone to help offset the cost of their business rates in 2016/17. The Enterprise Zones Business Rates Scheme in Port Talbot Waterfront was targeted at businesses that have growth plans, or supply chain links. While it is not possible to directly attribute numbers of jobs created to the Enterprise Zones Business Rates Scheme, businesses in receipt of the support in the Port Talbot Enterprise Zone have demonstrated positive benefits to their company by either demonstrating that they intend to increase or safeguard jobs, increase productivity, or engage in innovation.

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Following the Saga Pearl cruiser liner not docking in Swansea on 2 July 2017, as planned, will the Cabinet Secretary outline what discussions he and his officials have had with Swansea Council and other bodies to ensure that a similar incident is not repeated? (WAQ73910) Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Following the Saga Pearl cruise liner not docking in Swansea on 2 July 2017, as planned, will the Cabinet Secretary confirm whether any fines have been imposed on Cruise Wales by any bodies and whether the Welsh Government has taken action and imposed any fines on any bodies or organisations involved in this incident? (WAQ73911) Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Will the Cabinet Secretary outline what additional actions need to be taken to make sure that cruise ships are able to dock in Swansea, given that the Saga Pearl ship was unable to do so on 2 July 2017 as planned? (WAQ73912)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Ken Skates: The Saga Pearl was originally due to call in Swansea on Tuesday 4 July but Saga cruises made the decision to change the arrival date to 2 July. They were informed by Associated British Ports that the tide timetable for the Sunday would only allow them to arrive at 01:30 and depart at 12:00 as the Port is lock based with entry and departure tidal dependant.

In view of the new timing and the related tidal access window, Saga would not have been able to offer a quality period of time in the Port or run tours for their passengers. Therefore the decision was taken reluctantly to move the call to Holyhead with Cruise Wales working closely with Saga to ensure Wales still benefited from the Pearl’s call.

Constructive discussions are ongoing with the Operations Director for Saga to ensure that Swansea port will be on the call list for the future. No fines have been imposed; either on Cruise Wales by any bodies or by the Welsh Government on any bodies or organisations.


Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to the answer given in WAQ73826, will the Cabinet Secretary provide specific details of the internal expertise and external assessments and also provide details of the pipeline projects relating to the automotive technology business post referred to in his response? (WAQ73913)
 
Answer recieved on 27 July 2017

Ken Skates: We will publish a full business case in relation to the automotive technology park later in the year, which will of course be informed by relevant expertise and assessments, as well as the views emerging from the current stakeholder engagement.  We do not intend to publish the specific details of individual areas of advice received in advance of this.  In terms of the pipeline of projects, it would be inappropriate to disclose the names of individual companies whilst we are discussing the development of potential projects.

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

 

Steffan Lewis (South Wales East): On how many occasions has the Cabinet Secretary written to the UK Government on the matter of the public sector wage cap, between 8 June 2017 and 4 July 2017? (WAQ73907)

Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-Being and Sport (Vaughan Gething):  I wrote to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health on 27 June on this matter. I am yet to receive a reply.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

 

Lynne Neagle (Torfaen): What advice has the Welsh Government issued to social housing providers and local authorities in relation to testing cladding on lower-rise properties in Wales? (WAQ73909)

Answer recieved on 27 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children (Carl Sargeant:) The Welsh and UK Governments' priority at this time is on high-rise residential buildings.

In relation to other buildings we will continue to monitor the advice of the UK Government Expert Panel and consider any recommendations from the Welsh Fire Safety Advisory Group.

Landlords of all residential buildings will want to assure themselves and their tenants that all relevant fire safety precautions are in place and that risk assessments are up-to-date. They can also draw on the advice issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government on additional precautionary measures.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

 

Steffan Lewis (South Wales East): On how many occasions has the Cabinet Secretary written to the UK Government on the matter of the public sector wage cap, between 8 June 2017 and 4 July 2017? (WAQ73906)

Answer recieved on 26 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government (Mark Drakeford): I have written to the UK Government on a range of financial matters, including the case for increasing the resources available for public services in Wales.  

 

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