9.5.02

Minister for Economic Development 9.5.02

Reports on Cardiff Harbour Authority
Alison Halford:

 Will the Minister give an undertaking that he will give regular and detailed reports, in addition to his Minster’s report, to the Economic Development Committee concerning the Assembly’s dealings with the Cardiff Harbour Authority? (WAQ17680)

 

Andrew Davies:

 I will continue, when it is appropriate, to provide more detailed or further reports to the Economic Development Committee on the Welsh Assembly Government’s dealings with Cardiff Harbour Authority and related matters.

 

Responsibilities in relation to Cardiff Harbour Authority

Alison Halford:

Will the Minister detail what his responsibilities are in relation to Cardiff Harbour Authority? (WAQ17681)

Andrew Davies:

As the First Minister indicated in his response to WAQ17678, my responsibilities in relation to Cardiff Harbour Authority stem from the section 165 agreement between the former Cardiff Bay Development Corporation and Cardiff County Council and SI996 (W53) which transferred the former CBDC’s rights and liabilities to the Assembly.The section 165 agreement for Cardiff Harbour Authority sets out its responsibilities in relation to the management and operation of the barrage, the inland bay and the outer harbour. It is up to me as Minister to ensure that the resources made available to Cardiff Harbour Authority by the Assembly Government are used for the purposes intended. Day-to-day and detailed monitoring is handled by Assembly Government officials who report to me from time to time. I also approve any claims for additional grant, although some are dealt with by officials under delegations.
The Assembly Government, and therefore me, also has the wider role of overseeing the former CBDC successor organisations in relation to the new responsibilities that they assumed.

 

Discussions with Cardiff Harbour Authority

Alison Halford:

 What discussions has the Minister had recently with Cardiff Harbour Authority, its staff/members? (WAQ17682)

Alison Halford:

 What plans does the Minister have to meet or discuss issues with the Cardiff Harbour Authority? (WAQ17683)

Alison Halford:

What discussions has the Minister had with the Cardiff Harbour Authority regarding its business plan? (WAQ17684)

Andrew Davies:

 I have not yet had any discussions with Cardiff Harbour Authority, its staff or members. However, I have recently written to the Lord Mayor/chairman of the Harbour Authority to say that I would look forward to an opportunity to meet and discuss the harbour authority’s plans for the future. I await a reply. However, Assembly Government officials do have regular liaison meetings with the Cardiff Harbour Authority staff, as well as meetings with council staff, to discuss general and specific issues and do receive regular reports. I am kept informed.

 

Payments to Gwent Levels Wetlands Reserve

 

Alison Halford:

Will the Minister state how much the Assembly has paid the Gwent Levels Wetlands Reserve in the financial years 2000-01, 2001-02? (WAQ17753)

Andrew Davies:

 In the financial year 2000-01, the Assembly paid £1.406 million in capital costs to meet liabilities inherited from the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation. These payments were made via the Countryside Council for Wales acting as the Assembly’s contract manager for the reserve. In 2000-01, £317,000 was paid to the Countryside Council for Wales to meet the costs of managing the reserve. In 2001-02, £220,000 was paid to the countryside council to meet inherited liabilities, and an additional £200,000 was paid to it for managing the reserve.

 

Management Costs of Plymouth Park


Alison Halford:

 Will the Minister state how much it cost the Assembly to pay the management costs of Plymouth Park in the financial years 2000-01, 2001-02? (WAQ17758)

Andrew Davies:

 The management of the Plymouth Park site is the responsibility of the Welsh Development Agency’s land division. Under the terms of the section 165 agreement, the Assembly Government is committed to funding 100 per cent of the associated costs, although, in practice, these are met through the management of Cardiff Bay Development Corporation’s assets and liabilities. In 2000-01, the management costs were £169,000 and in 2001-02, taking into account additional capital works to ensure effective environmental management, the costs were £228,000.

 


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