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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Inviting Ministers to Events or Requesting a Meeting
Meeting organisations and individuals, undertaking visits and attending events throughout Wales are regarded by Ministers as a key part of their job.
However, as they must also deal with Government, party and constituency business they will inevitably have very busy diaries. This regrettably means it is impossible for them to attend every event and meet every person who wishes to see them.
If you do want to send an invitation or meeting request to a Minister we have put together some advice to help you to achieve a successful outcome.
The advice covers questions, such as:
- Should I invite a Minister?
- Which Minister should I invite?
- Should I invite several Ministers?
- How much notice should I give?
- When are Ministers likely to be available?
- How should I issue the invitation?
- Where should I send the invitation?
First, consider whether the Minister is really the most appropriate person to contact.
For some events or matters dealing with more local issues, your constituency Assembly Member (AM) may be best placed to attend. You can identify your local AM from the National Assembly for Wales website (external link).
For events relating to non-devolved issues, you should consider inviting your Member of Parliament (MP). For details of all your elected representatives please see the website writetothem (external link).
It is important that you invite the Minister who has responsibility for the subject area that is relevant to the event you would like them to attend. Each Minister’s areas of responsibility are set out on their biography pages. Please follow the links to “Cabinet Members” or “Deputy Ministers” on the left hand side of this page to access their biographies.
When the same invitation is addressed to several Ministers, the Minister responsible for the policy area involved will generally send a single reply. Therefore, the chances of getting an acceptance from a Minister does not increase by sending an invitation to more than one Minister.
Ministers’ diaries are heavily committed and are planned weeks, months and sometimes even years in advance. It is unlikely a Minister will be able to attend an event at short notice. Therefore, the more notice you provide the better. When you invite a Minister to an event you should receive a reply within a maximum of 17 working days. Usually we respond much quicker.
Ministers are unlikely to be available on Tuesdays or Wednesday afternoons due to Government and Assembly business.
Although diaries are planned well in advance, Government and Assembly business takes precedence and Ministers can be required to change their plans at short notice. A Minister’s attendance at an event can therefore be cancelled with relatively little warning. We do seek to avoid this happening wherever possible and provide information on any changes at the earliest possible opportunity.
Invitations should be in writing (e-mail is fine) and should include as much information as possible. If you are writing to request a meeting with the Minister you should clearly state what the purpose of the meeting is i.e. what you would like to discuss and include brief background information.
If it is a request for the Minister to attend an event it would be very helpful to include all of the following:
- Date and possible time
- Location (with full postcode if possible)
- Purpose (eg official opening, conference (including theme))
- What you would like the Minister to do (eg give a speech including on what subject), answer questions etc)
- Draft agenda if available
You should send the invitation to:
Minister for …
If you wish to send the invitation by email, Ministerial correspondence email addresses can be found on each Minister’s biography page.