On 20 October the European Council concluded that insufficient progress has been made in the first phase of negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU to allow discussions to begin on possible transitional arrangements and the future relationship. The UK Government had hoped that the Council would agree to begin discussions on these two issues at its October meeting.
Welsh-medium education is never far from the headlines and the issue will again be debated by Assembly Members on Tuesday 10 October 2017. Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language will be making a statement on the ‘Rapid Review of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans 2017-2020’ (WESPs).
The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee launched its inquiry into the impacts of congestion on the bus industry in Wales in April 2017. The Committee heard how congestion effects bus service reliability, increases operational costs and reduces journey speeds which have a detrimental impact on passenger experiences. The Assembly will debate the inquiry report in Plenary on 11 October.
The Assembly will debate the External Affairs and Additional Legislation (EAAL) Committee report on its inquiry into the implications of Brexit for Welsh ports on 11 October. The Committee considered the risks and opportunities which Brexit presents for Welsh ports, and the steps needed to mitigate risks and secure benefits.
The Public Health (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 3 July 2017. The Act sets out provisions in a number of priority areas of public health policy, including obesity, smoking, ‘special procedures’ (such as body piercing, tattooing), pharmaceutical services, and toilets for public use. This paper provides summary information about the different parts of the Act, the background to the legislation and its passage through the Assembly.
Compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) allow certain bodies to obtain land or property without the consent of the owner. A CPO is a tool used to facilitate developments that are considered to be in the public’s interest and on land the owner does not want to sell. This quick guide provides a background to CPOs; legislative powers, competent authorities, the objection process, compensation and devolution of CPOs.
On the right track?
The Assembly will debate the Economy Infrastructure and Skills Committee report, On the right track? The Rail Franchise and South Wales Metro on 27 September. The report sets out the Committee’s views on the Welsh Government’s procurement of the next Wales and Borders rail franchise and Metro phase 2, and sets out its key priorities for the new contract. The new franchise is due to start in October 2018.