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Welsh Government Publication Scheme - 2014

The Welsh Government is committed to making transparency and accountability to the public a fundamental principle of how we operate.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 encourages public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public proactively. We do this by publishing the data that people need to understand who we are, what we spend and what we achieve.

Under the act, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which contains information we routinely make available. We ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme. Available information is grouped under the following ‘classes of information’.


1. Who we are and what we do
Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts

About the Welsh Government:

Organisation explained:

What is the Welsh Government responsible for?

Cabinet and Ministers:

Cabinet Meetings:

Welsh Government Civil Service:

Welsh Government Civil Service: Structure

Board and terms of reference:

Operations Business Group:

Corporate Governance Committee, membership and terms of reference:


Government of Wales Act 2006: (External site)

Legislative Programme:

Legislative Programme 2014-15:

Assembly Bills:

Subordinate Legislation:

General SIs are published by The National Archives: (external site)

Local Statutory Instruments:

Non-Statutory Instruments:

Welsh Government Sponsored bodies (WGSB):

Inter-governmental relations:

British-Irish Council:

Memorandum of Understanding:


Joint Ministerial Committee

First Minister of Wales:

Biography of First Minister:

Deputy Ministers, their responsibilities and biographies:

Cabinet Members, their responsibilities and biographies:

Board Membership and biographies:

Permanent Secretary Biography:

Contact us:

First point of contact:

Office locations:

North Wales

Mid Wales

South West Wales

South East Wales



2. What we spend and how we spend it
Financial information about project and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

How is the Welsh Government funded

Details of department spending over £25K (monthly)

Welsh Government Budget

Welsh Government Consolidated Annual Accounts

WEFO Audit Reports

Permanent Secretary and Board Member Expenses

Ministerial Code

Pay, expenses, financial interests and standards- Published on National Assembly for Wales (external site)


Public Appointments

Devolved tribunals

Civil Service Fast Stream

Pay and benefits

Written Statement- Statement on Special Advisers

Wales Procurement Policy Statement:

Value Wales publications:

Work Based Learning (WBL) Contracts 2011 to 2015

General medical services contract: Quality and outcomes framework

Corporate Governance Committee, membership and terms of reference:

3. What are our priorities and how are we doing
Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

Welsh Government Information Strategy

Open data plan

Report on the implementation of open government legislation and policies

Annual Report

Reviews commissioned by the Welsh Government

Report on the implementation of open government legislation and policies

Welsh Government Regulatory impact assessment code

Environmental impact assessments

Strategic equality plan

Freedom of Information Policies

Freedom of Information statistics

Publications catalogue

Complaints and fraud

Customer complaints policy

Statistics & Research

4.How we make decisions
Decision-making processes and records of decisions

First Minister Questions:

Cabinet Statements:

Cabinet decisions reports:

Cabinet decisions over 2 years old:

Business and Economy

Culture and Sport

Education and skills

Environment and countryside

Health and social care

Housing and regeneration

Improving public services


Local government

People and communities




Welsh language

Open and closed consultations:

Regulatory Impact Assessment Code

Cabinet meetings: Agenda, minutes and papers from Welsh Government Cabinet meetings

Board Papers:

Board Reports:

5.Our policies and procedures
Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering our services and responsibilities

Welsh Language scheme:

Welsh Language vision:

Equality and human rights

Privacy policy


Welsh Government vacancies

General appointments

Specialist schemes

Writing to Ministers:

Correspondence from elected representatives:

Information and Records management and strategies & policies

Information and Records Management Policy

Retention and Disposal Schedule (“What to Keep”)

Welsh Government File plan (high level)

  • Audit
  • Business Governance
  • Communication
  • Publication & Promotions
  • Estates & Facilities
  • Financial Management
  • Government Business
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information & System Management
  • Legal Advice
  • Legislation Development
  • Moveable Assets
  • Policy Development & Regulation
  • Procurement
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Public Inquiries
  • Public Honours
  • Research, Statistics & Intelligence
  • Security & Emergency Planning
  • Service Delivery
  • Working With Stakeholders

Concordat on Welsh public records (external site)

Welsh Government Information Management Assessment (IMA) (external site)

Welsh Government Information Management (IMA) Action Plan (external site)

6.Lists and registers

Responses to Freedom of Information requests

Permanent Secretary and Board Member Expenses:

7. The services we offer

Government circulars

Circulars 2001 -2008

Circulars published after 2008 can be found within the topic areas of our website.

Leaflets, booklets and newsletters

Publications by Topic

Publication catalogue

Advice and guidance

Publications by Topic

Publication catalogue

Media releases


Other classes

The Welsh Government’s commitments are:

  • to make transparency a part of how we operate
  • to move to publishing data by default wherever possible
  • to publish data in line with the public data principles
  • to make datasets available for re-use, and in a re-usable format where reasonable and practical
  • to keep our data under review, so as to examine and improve the amount and frequency of data released into the public domain
  • to link all datasets published on and

We generally won’t publish information that is:

  • protected from disclosure
  • in draft form
  • no longer readily available

All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated.

Requesting Information, giving feedback and further information

We make a significant amount of information available under our scheme. The benefits are that it makes information easily accessible and without charge. This means that, in many cases, the information you are looking for will already be available and there will be no need for you to make a formal request under the Act.

You can email a request including the words ‘publication scheme’ in the subject heading. There is no charge for information which is provided electronically.
If you ask for information available on our website to be provided in paper format it may be necessary to make a charge. Each case is considered separately. For example, if a large amount of photocopying is required, or if the cost of postage of a large volume of paperwork is very high.

Most of the information included in our scheme will be current. However, for certain classes of information, it may be necessary to publish the information retrospectively.

Information will not be available through the publication scheme indefinitely. We are committed to providing the public with as much information as is practically possible. It is important that the information we provide is relevant and up to date.
We welcome your feedback on our progress and your suggestions for data that you would like us make available. You can also comment on specific datasets on (external site) and (external site) The Freedom of Information Act encourages public authorities to make as much information as possible available to the public proactively.

You can contact the Welsh Government via the First Point of Contact Centre Publications Team as follows:


First point of Contact Centre
Publications Team,
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

English 0300 0603300
Welsh 0300 0604400
International enquiry number (+44) 1443 845500