1.6.02

Minister for Economic Development 1.6.02


WDA Expenditure on Cardiff Bay

Alison Halford:

How much did the Welsh Development Agency spend on Cardiff bay in 2000-01 and 2001-02? (WAQ18179)

Andrew Davies:

 Gross expenditure by the Welsh Development Agency associated with Cardiff bay development assets in 2000-01 and 2001-02 was £1.023 million and £1.765 million respectively. In 2000-01 expenditure on all aspects of Bute Avenue, including the unitary payment, was £2.392 million. In 2001-02 it was £5.929 million.

Definition of ‘When It Is Appropriate’Alison Halford: Following on from WAQ17680 will the Minister define exactly what he means by ‘when it is appropriate’? (WAQ18180)Andrew Davies: Detailed reports will continue to be provided to Economic Development Committee as and when key developments warrant a report. Where there are less significant issues, which are not detailed enough to warrant a separate item on the Committee’s agenda, I will continue to report as necessary through my Minister’s report. 
WDA Expenditure on Cardiff Bay (Excluding Grant Payments)
Alison Halford: Following on from WAQ17752, how much has the Assembly paid to Cardiff Harbour Authority in 2000-01 and 2001-02, excluding the grant payments of £23.95 million for 2000-01 and £11.84 million for 2001-02? (WAQ18184)
Andrew Davies: Excluding the grant payments referred to above, the Assembly has paid nothing to Cardiff Harbour Authority. All moneys paid to the harbour authority are by means of specific grant.
 

Cardiff Harbour Authority (Business Plan)

Alison Halford:

 Further to WAQ17684, has the Minister now met with Cardiff Harbour Authority to discuss its business plan? (WAQ18189)

Andrew Davies:

 I have not as yet met with Cardiff Harbour Authority to discuss its business plan.
 

Sole Trader Initiative


Alison Halford:

How much has been spent on the Sole Trader initiative in Delyn? (WAQ18197)

Andrew Davies:

This particular programme was operated by the former training and enterprise council, CELTEC, and historic data relating to spend in individual unitary authorities is not readily available. However, during 2001-02, when the Welsh Development Agency was given responsibility for this initiative, it spent £7,320 in Delyn.
 

Cardiff Harbour Authority

 

Alison Halford:

 Further to WAQ17682, have there been any recent discussions between the Minister and Cardiff Harbour Authority regarding the Auditor General for Wales’s report ‘Continuing the Regeneration of Cardiff Bay’? (WAQ18202)


Andrew Davies:

 

I have not had any recent discussions with Cardiff Harbour Authority regarding the Auditor General’s report ‘Continuing the Regeneration of Cardiff Bay’. My officials have regular discussions with officers of the council/harbour authority in relation to issues raised in the report and I am kept informed. 

Cardiff Harbour Authority (Refusal to Open its Books)

 

Alison Halford:

Further to WAQ17682, have there been any recent discussions between the Minister and Cardiff Harbour Authority regarding the harbour authority’s refusal to open its books to the Auditor General? (WAQ18203)

 

Andrew Davies:

No. Assembly officials are pursuing the matter with the Auditor General for Wales.
 

Cardiff Harbour Authority (Assets Awarded)


Alison Halford:

What plans have been made to ensure that any assets awarded to the harbour authority are repaid, should the harbour authority exercise its right to be released from the memorandum of agreement in 2005? (WAQ18217)

Andrew Davies:

 The section 165 agreement made between the former Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and Cardiff County Council makes provision for the treatment of the assets and liabilities should either party ask for the section 165 agreement to be terminated. The Welsh Assembly Government has assumed the former CBDC’s rights and liabilities under the section 165 agreement. 

Cardiff Harbour Authority (Release from Agreement)

 

Alison Halford:

 Has any assessment been made of the financial cost to the National Assembly of the harbour authority exercising its right to be released from the memorandum of agreement in 2005? (WAQ18218)

Andrew Davies:

It is too early to anticipate any potential financial cost to the National Assembly should either party exercise their right to terminate the agreement pursuant to section 165 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 made between the former Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and Cardiff County Council. The Welsh Assembly Government has assumed the former CBDC’s rights and liabilities under the section 165 agreement. The section 165 agreement provides for a review of the arrangements on the expiration of the initial five-year period, which is 27 March 2005. 

Cardiff Harbour Authority (Checks on Payments)

Alison Halford:

What checks does the Minister’s department make on the payments the Assembly makes to Cardiff Harbour Authority? (WAQ18226)

 

Andrew Davies:

The section 165 agreement—made between the former Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (whose rights and liabilities have been assumed by the Welsh Assembly Government) and Cardiff County Council provides for the council to supply such information and details as the Assembly Government may reasonably require to support any assessment of costs, claims or expenditure incurred. These provisions are extensively used and are frequently supplemented by meetings with council/harbour authority officers and site visits. Payment requisitions from the council are also certified by three senior officers in the council, to the effect that the expenditure has been incurred, or is about to be incurred, for the purposes of the council’s functions as set out in the section 165 agreements. 

Cardiff Harbour Authority (Information)

 

Alison Halford:

In light of the refusal of Cardiff Harbour Authority to open up its books to the Auditor General, will the Minister make a statement on the benefits of providing the Economic Development Committee with more frequent and more detailed information with regards to the Cardiff Harbour Authority and its dealings? (WAQ18227)

Andrew Davies:

 I refer to the answers that I gave you on 10 May (WAQ17680) and 30 May (WAQ18180).

 

 


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