Archive for May 9, 2002

Environmental Impact of Shopping Bags (Written)

Alison Halford: What has the Minister done to encourage shoppers and shops to reuse plastic shopping bags or switch to using more environmentally friendly paper shopping bags? (WAQ17596) Sue Essex: I support the principle of encouraging shoppers and shops to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags. The national waste strategy for Wales, to be published on 14 June, will endorse the ‘bag for life’ or similar schemes, to promote consumer responsibility. Advice to local authorities on this and similar issues will be provided in the ‘Guidance on Municipal Waste Management Strategies in Wales’ to be published following consultation. Moreover, the Welsh Assembly Government is supporting work being undertaken by the Wales Environment Trust, which looks at how take-up of ‘bag for life’ or alternative schemes might be improved. As part of the waste strategy, the Assembly Government will also write to obligated retailers in Wales asking them what they have done to comply with the consumer information obligations in the 1997 packaging regulations. That will contribute to addressing the issue of reusing shopping bags.

Road Repairs in Delyn (Written)

Alison Halford: How much money has the Minister allocated for road repairs in Delyn for 2002-03 and 2003-04? (WAQ17559) Sue Essex: In addition to the revenue support grant to Flintshire County Council, which includes an element for road repairs, I awarded a special grant last year of £380,000. However, the breakdown of this funding to Delyn is not currently available to us, but may be held by Flintshire County Council.

Bilingual Signage (Written)

Alison Halford: What action is the Minister taking to ensure that all road and public signs in Wales are written in both English and Welsh? (WAQ17558) Sue Essex: The vast majority of road and public signs for which the Welsh Assembly Government is responsible are already bilingual. Existing English-only signs are made bilingual when they are replaced. The only exceptions to this are cases where road safety or technical considerations make it impossible to have fully bilingual signage. Our policy with regard to signs is confirmed in the Welsh language scheme currently operated by the Welsh Assembly Government. Road and public signs which are the responsibility of other organisations are a matter for the organisations concerned and their own Welsh language schemes. We encourage bilingual signs through the offices of the Welsh Language Board. It is the responsibility of the Welsh Language Board to ensure that those Welsh language schemes meet the requirements of the Welsh Language Act 1993.