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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 19 July 2017 for answer on 26 July 2017

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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 Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

 

Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): Further to the announcement of the addition of five extra four-carriage trains funded by Welsh Government, would the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on how these trains will be deployed on routes in Wales? (WAQ73914)

Answer received on 27 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): The additional rolling stock will be introduced at the end of the current franchise, as such it is too early to indicate where they will be deployed.

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the Welsh Government's decision to write off the £10 million in taxpayers' money made available to Cardiff Aviation, when it has failed to deliver on many of the promises made when the financial assistance was made available? (WAQ73915)
Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Will the Cabinet Secretary set out what due diligence checks were made by the Welsh Government when awarding monies to Cardiff Aviation, with particular reference to the viability of the business in light of competition elsewhere? (WAQ73916)

Answer received on 27 July 2017

Ken Skates: Cardiff Aviation Limited was a start up company and has only been supported through the Enterprise Zone Business Rates Scheme. They have not received any additional funding from the Welsh Government. The company was awarded the maximum annual grant available under the terms of the Business Rates scheme for 2014/15 and 2015/16. As you are aware, the provision of Business Rates Relief is not dependent on job creation.
The Enterprise Zone Business Rates Scheme was a discretionary scheme available to qualifying businesses who demonstrated they met the overall objectives of the scheme. All applications that have been considered for support were subject to a financial due diligence assessment which ensured payment of grant was only made following proof of defrayment of the rating liability.

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

 
Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the ruling requiring care providers to pay the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts, including six years of back pay, and explain what the Welsh Government is doing in conjunction with the UK Government to mitigate the financial impact of the change? (WAQ73917)

Answer received on 28 July 2017

The Minister for Social Sevices and Public Health (Rebecca Evans): Policy on the National Minimum Wage is not devolved to Wales and enquiries need to be addressed to the UK Government.

The Welsh Government has implemented a £19 million grant in 2017/18 to enable local authorities as commissioners to support their social care providers to implement the National Living Wage, which is part of the National Minimum Wage.  Local authorities have flexibility in how they use this grant and can use it to help providers meet the cost of sleep-in shifts.  The government intends to transfer this grant funding into the revenue support grant in 2018-19.

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): How is the Cabinet Secretary working within the primary health care sector to raise awareness of type-one diabetes in children? (WAQ73918)

Answer received on 28 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends blood glucose testing of children and young people showing possible symptoms of type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes Delivery Plan recognises all healthcare professionals should understand the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and be able to identify when a child or young person should be tested using a blood capillary glucose test. In addition, the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit, part of the Welsh Government’s clinical audit programme for Wales, reported on 13 July about the need to raise awareness of type 1 symptoms.

The Diabetes Delivery Plan was updated in December 2016 and includes a commitment to deliver a public awareness campaign for the symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children, to be led by Diabetes UK Cymru. This campaign launched on 12 June. Additional commitments made in the Plan are being taken forward by the Diabetes Implementation Group and the Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network. These include working with health boards to support GP implementation of guidelines, piloting an agreed pathway of care for young people who present to primary care with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, consideration of formalising incident reporting for cases of late diagnosis and encouraging specialist feedback to GPs on all new diagnoses; as well as supporting healthcare professionals with educational opportunities.

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): As of 1 July 2017, how many hospital wards were closed in each health board due to staffing level concerns, and how many beds does this represent? (WAQ73919)

Answer received on 21 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: This information is not held centrally.

 

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

 

David Rees (Aberavon): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on the current investigation into financial irregularities at NSA Afan? (WAQ73923)

Answer received on 26 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children (Carl Sargeant):  The investigation into this matter is still ongoing, so it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.    

 

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): How many town and community council seats in Wales were uncontested in the 2017 elections? (WAQ73921)

Answer received on 31 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government (Mark Drakeford): I will write to you as soon as possible and a copy of my letter will be published on the internet.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Education

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): What is the total funding to be provided by the Welsh Government for the project to amalgamate Ysgol Dolgarrog, Ysgol Tal y Bont and Ysgol Trefriw in Conwy County Borough? (WAQ73920)

Answer received on 21 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Education (Kirsty Williams): The amalgamation of Ysgol Dolgarrog, Ysgol Tal y Bont and Ysgol Trefriw are funded through the 21st Century Schools and Education programme. This project will receive £1,687,944 from the Welsh Government, towards the total project costs of £3,375,889.

Mark Isherwood (North Wales): What funding or scholarships are available for those wishing to study a national diploma in professional dance? (WAQ73922)

Answer received on 21 July 2017

Kirsty Williams: A means-tested Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) is made available by the UK Government for students (aged 16-23) to help with fees and living costs at one of 19 private dance and drama schools listed on the 'gov.uk' website. Students ordinarily living in Wales are eligible to apply for a DaDA if studying an eligible Level 5 or Level 6 Trinity College London Diploma in Professional Dance, Music or Acting. Students must apply direct to the dance and drama school.
 
At higher education level, if the provision is available as a designated higher national certificate or diploma (HNC/HND), Welsh-domiciled students may be eligible to apply for loans and grants for tuition fees and living costs from Student Finance Wales.

There are also trusts and charities that may be prepared to assist by means of small grants or loans. There are standard lists in most public reference libraries including the Educational Grants Directory.

 

 

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