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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 27 September 2017 for answer on 4 October 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

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): Will the Cabinet Secretary confirm the minimum width requirements for shared-used pavements in Wales, as regards the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013? (WAQ74269)

Answer received on 3 October 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): The minimum width of a cycle track alongside a road, shared with pedestrians – as detailed in the Design Guidance - is 3m on primary cycle routes, or 2.5m on less busy secondary routes. On particularly heavily trafficked routes it should be increased to 4m. The Design Guidance can be found here:
http://gov.wales/docs/det/publications/141209-active-travel-design-guidance.pdf

 
Mark Reckless (South Wales East): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on Cadw's approach to the maintenance, lighting and presentation of Newport castle? (WAQ74274)

Answer received on 3 October 2017

Ken Skates: Cadw is currently undertaking a rolling programme of Quinquennial Inspections to review the condition of its sites. I am pleased to say that Newport Castle is included in the third phase Inspections which are due to be completed during the current financial year. Building on previous inspections, this Report will inform the maintenance and conservation over the next five years.
In addition, Cadw’s Conservation Manager undertakes a Periodic Inspection to assess the condition of the Castle at regular intervals paying specific attention to health and safety.
Since 2007 Cadw has invested £266k at Newport Castle, comprising of masonry conservation and works to improve safety. Part of this investment also saw installation of architectural LED floodlighting at this landmark site in preparation for Newport’s hosting of the 38th Ryder Cup in October 2010.
Cadw is responsible for maintaining the historical fabric of the castle and Newport City Council is responsible for the floodlighting and grounds maintenance. 
 
Mark Reckless (South Wales East): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the need to dual Rover Way from the Ocean Way roundabout to Newport Road so as to complete the A4232 link around Cardiff? (WAQ74275)

Answer received on 3 October 2017

Ken Skates: Phase one of the Eastern Bay Link was completed on 15 June. I have recently approved funding for the appointment of technical advisors to undertake a study as part of the next phase, which will identify transport solutions between Ocean Way roundabout and the A48 Eastern Avenue. We are also liaising with The City and Council of Cardiff and other key stakeholders. 
 
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): For the productions listed in reply to WAQ74054, please list the studios that were used in each production (accepting that more than one studio may be used in each case)? (WAQ74276)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): When did Pinewood Pictures acquire its advisory role in the distribution of the Welsh Government's £30 million Media Investment Budget (MIB), and via what procurement process? (WAQ74277)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): How has the Welsh Government ensured that Pinewood Pictures avoids conflict of interests when recommending its own productions for assistance, since in 2015/16, Pinewood received a £600,000 grant towards 'The Collection'? (WAQ74278)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Who else, apart from Pinewood Pictures, is responsible for advising the Welsh Government on its decisions to give grants/loans to production companies who apply for support? (WAQ74279)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): If Pinewood is supported by a panel, how was that panel chosen? (WAQ74280)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): How many productions has Welsh Government supported that are not only made in Wales, but set in Wales, and Wales-themed? (WAQ74281)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): In relation to Ffilm Cymru, how does WG satisfy itself that; a) that there is no duplication of resource; and b) that there is no conflict of interest whereby members of the Ffilm Cymru board do not benefit directly or indirectly from the choice of films put forward by Pinewood for Welsh Government consideration for support from the media investment budget/Wales Screen Fund? (WAQ74282)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Is it the case that the media investment budget is broken down into different budgets for different policy aims, and if so, please clarify the division of resources and whether the same individuals within Pinewoods Pictures are responsible for making recommendations in all these 'sub-categories'? (WAQ74283)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): What is the connection between the media investment budget and the Wales Screen Fund (WSF)? (WAQ74284)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Can applications to the media investment budget only be made through Pinewood Pictures, as stated on its website? (WAQ74285)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): In relation to WAQ74158, what policy has the Welsh Government put in place to avoid an anti-competitive conflict of interest, whereby Pinewood might put forward projects which favour the use of Pinewood Studios as its "Welsh element"? (WAQ74286)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): In relation to WAQ74158, what policy has Welsh Government seen to avoid an anti-competitive conflict of interest, whereby Pinewood might: a) use its position to recommend itself as the best body to structure a deal, thereby securing a fee; and b) put forward projects from which Pinewood itself secures most benefit in fees or paid positions? (WAQ74287)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Please explain the difference in the number of applications submitted to the Wales Screen Fund provided in the answers to WAQ74098 and WAQ74054 and provide a list of the applications – including from companies who had applied for discretionary development funding – which went for Welsh Government consideration and were turned down? (WAQ74288)
Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Please explain the difference in the number of applications submitted to the Wales Screen Fund provided in the answers to WAQ74098 and WAQ74054 and provide a list of the applications – including from companies who had applied for discretionary development funding – which were turned down by Pinewood Pictures? (WAQ74289)

Answer recieved on 4 October 2017.
 
Ken Skates: 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 Health, Well-being and Sport

Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): What consideration has the Cabinet Secretary given to Welsh legislation to prevent attacks on nurses and paramedics in the public sector? (WAQ74266)

Answer received on 5 October 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport (Vaughan Gething): All of the NHS workforce should be able to go to work without fear of violence or aggression. NHS employers have a duty of care for their staff and must take all reasonable steps to protect them from injury whilst fulfilling their duties. Where a deliberate attack does take place it is right that appropriate legal action is taken against the perpetrator.
Some acts of violence and aggression occur within very complex clinical settings and are carried out by patients who may not be aware of their own actions. This was recognised as part of an All Wales programme of work to prevent violence and aggression against NHS staff which was developed and implemented between 2009 and 2012. Since 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been operating which consolidated the learning from the Programme and put this into practice in active partnership between the NHS Employers, the Police the Crown Prosecution Service and Government.
The MOU is currently being reviewed by the partners to ensure it still reflects best practice and is fit for purpose.

 

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): What steps is the Cabinet Secretary taking to bring in some form of regulation and qualification for domiciliary care workers in Wales? (WAQ74270)

Answer received on 9 October 2017

Vaughan Gething: Over the summer we consulted on proposals to open the register of social care workers to domiciliary care workers from 2018 to help facilitate mandatory registration of this group by 2020. Responses to the consultation are being analysed.
Social Care Wales, the workforce regulator, is currently consulting on the qualifications and fees which will be linked to registration. This consultation is due to close on 18 October.
Once consultation responses are analysed, consideration will be given to whether any amendments are required to the Social Care Wales (Specification of Social Care Workers) (Registration) Regulations 2016.

 

Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire): Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the use of mixed-sex wards in Wales's hospitals and what measures are being taken to reduce its occurrence? (WAQ74271)

Answer received on 3 October 2017

he Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport he Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport (Vaughan Gething):  I am committed to ensuring patients receive care in accommodation which provides safety, privacy and dignity. In 2010, following the Free to Lead, Free to Care initiative the Welsh Government set the policy on mixed sex accommodation, which states that 'mixing of men and women in bays should not happen, with the exception of Accident and Emergency Units, emergency admission units and critical care units'. Existing wards hospitals/units must ensure that patients are cared for in single-sex accommodation through either:

  • Single sex wards with single sex toilet and washing facilities preferably within or adjacent to the ward;
  • Single rooms preferably with en-suite facilities or adjacent single-sex toilet and washing facilities; or 
  • Single sex accommodation in a ward with gender specific bathing and toilet areas within or adjacent to the bay or room. 

 
All new hospital developments will be built to ensure single sex accommodation. The guidance recommends a minimum of 50% single bed rooms with en-suite shower rooms with the remainder 4 bedded single sex bays with a shower room and an en-suite toilet.   

Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):  Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on placing children and young people on adult wards in Wales's hospitals and outline what measures are in place to ensure that this does not take place? (WAQ74272)

Answer received on 5 October 2017

Vaughan Gething: Health boards must ensure that children and young people are placed in age appropriate environments to ensure they receive care and treatment appropriate to their needs, wishes and choices. Appropriate care plans need to be in place in situations where young people prefer and request to be admitted to adult wards.
In 2015 Welsh Government issued guidance on the admission of children and young people to mental health inpatient facilities. It states that wherever possible the two Welsh Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) inpatient facilities should be the default. However, it recognises there may be occasions when, for a variety of reasons, children may be admitted to an adult ward. In such circumstances, health boards are expected to have a designated bed with suitably trained staff and ensure all safeguarding requirements are fulfilled.
 

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children

Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore): What consideration has the Cabinet Secretary given to Welsh legislation to prevent attacks on public sector workers with regard to police and fire-crew? (WAQ74267)

Answer received on 9 October 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children (Carl Sargeant):  It is an offence under the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006 to obstruct or hinder fire crews (and other emergency services).  Offences can attract a fine of up to £5,000 or a jail term of up to ten years (for public order offences). 

Although policing is not devolved, the law on obstructing a police officer applies in Wales and across the UK and is an offence under the Police Act 1996.

Additionally, physical assault on any person is of course also a criminal offence. 
 
Leanne Wood (Rhondda): Will the Cabinet Secretary provide details and precise locations of the 20 sites offered by the Welsh Government to the Ministry of Justice for the location of the proposed new super prison? (WAQ74268)

Answer received on 9 October 2017

Carl Sargeant:  Details of the locations have previously been made public and can be found by accessing the link below;

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/sites-considered-new-welsh-prison-13027721
 
Details of each site can be found by searching the Welsh Government Property Database which can be found at;

https://businesswales.gov.wales/property-database

 

Steffan Lewis (South Wales East): What funding has the Welsh Government made available for the Market Hall cinema in Brynmawr and how much has been invested to date? (WAQ74273)

Answer received on 6 October 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children (Carl Sargeant): A grant of £159,048 was awarded.

 

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