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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.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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- Business and economy
- Children and young people
- Culture and sport
- Education and skills
- Environment and countryside
- Equality and diversity
- Health and social care
- Housing and community
- Improving public services
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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
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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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 »
History and factfile
This is the official measure of relative deprivation at the small area level for Wales.
This publication sets indicators of health, education and other aspects of life alongside figures for other countries.
Find out more about the people, culture, language and landscape of Wales.
- The total land surface of Wales is 20,779 km² (8,023 sq miles), of which roughly 80% is devoted to agriculture.
- The country measures 274km (170 miles) from north to south, and 96km (60miles) from east to west at its shortest points, with a 1200km (750 mile) coastline.
- It has 3 National Parks, 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 41 Blue Flag beaches and 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Just over 3.1 million people live in Wales, with a population density of 150 people per km². About 1 in 20 of the UK population lives in Wales, which has 1.3 million households.
- Life expectancy in Wales is 77.6 years for males and 81.8 years for females.
- Welsh and English are our official languages, with 19% of the population speaking Welsh, one of Europe's oldest living languages.
- Welsh is spoken widely throughout the country and is the first language in many areas - particularly in the north and west. National TV and radio stations broadcast in Welsh; road signs are bilingual; all school children study Welsh up to age 16 and there are Welsh language medium schools, books, newspapers and websites.
- Wales has 6 cities: Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, St. David's and St. Asaph. The biggest of which are Cardiff with a population of 346,100; Swansea has 239,000 whilst Newport has 145,700
- The total GVA (Gross Value Added) in Wales in 2011 was £47.3 billion. GVA per head in Wales in 2011 was £15,696.
- Exports in the four quarters up to and including 2012 quarter 3 amounted to £13.0 billion, with the top 3 being: Petroleum, Petroleum Products and Related Materials (£4.2b), Power Generating Machinery and Equipment (£2.9b) and Iron and Steel (£1.2b)
- There are now 10 universities in Wales and in 2011/12 there were 131,185 students enrolled in Higher Education institutions. There are 18 Further Education colleges and institutions catering for almost 180,000 learners.
- In January 2012 there were 1,753 maintained schools in Wales, with more than 467,000 pupils. Over 500 schools teach through the medium of Welsh and as of January 2011 there were 56 Welsh medium secondary schools, with 41,252 pupils.