Substance misuse – what the latest statistics show

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There are estimated to be 49,370 people (PDF, 4.08MB) in Wales aged 15-64 using opioids, cocaine and crack, amphetamine and new psychoactive substances. In 2016, 20% of adults (PDF, 4.08MB) said they drink over the weekly alcohol guidelines.

According to the latest statistics overall demand for substance misuse services is not increasing. Recent data from the Welsh National Database for Substance Misuse suggest a reduction in 2016-17 in the number of people accessing assessment and treatment for substance misuse. However, there was an increase in the number of drug related deaths in 2016-17.

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Plenary to debate Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee’s Digital Infrastructure report

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In September 2017 the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee published its report into Digital Infrastructure in Wales. During this inquiry, Members looked into the issues hampering broadband and mobile coverage in Wales, and what policies the Welsh Government should pursue to improve the situation. Since then, the Welsh Government has published its Mobile Action Plan, setting out how it wants to improve mobile coverage in Wales. Will this be enough to close the mobile coverage gap between Wales and the other UK nations?

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Appointing the new Counsel General

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On 3 November the First Minister reshuffled the Cabinet and named Jeremy Miles AM as Counsel General designate. On 14 November, in Plenary, the Assembly will vote on whether to approve the nomination so that the First Minister can recommend to the Queen that the appointment be made.

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The Welsh Language Commissioner Annual Report 2016-17

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On Tuesday 14th November 2017, a debate will be held in Plenary on the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17.

The statutory report provides information and details regarding the work of the Commissioner and a review of issues relevant to the Welsh language during the reporting year.

The Commissioner recently appeared before the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee (CWLC Committee) to discuss her report.

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The Children’s Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17

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On Tuesday 14 November 2017 in Plenary, Assembly Members will debate the Children Commissioner for Wales’ most recent Annual Report (2016-17).

This debate gives AMs an opportunity to discuss what the Commissioner has set out as the latest issues and challenges affecting children and young people in Wales. They will also hear how the newly appointed Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, responds. The Welsh Government’s written response is due to be published following the debate. Last month, the Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee heard directly from the Commissioner about the issues she raises in her report. You can see what was discussed on Senedd TV here.

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Turning the tide: Committee inquiry into Marine Protected Areas

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In December 2016 the Climate, Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee launched its inquiry into the effectiveness of Marine Protected Area management in Wales and the potential implications of Brexit. The Assembly will debate the inquiry report Turning the tide? Report of the inquiry into the Welsh Government’s approach to Marine Protected Area management’ in Plenary on 8 November.

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