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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’.

Contents

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

About the Welsh Government:
gov.wales/about/

Organisation explained:
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/

What is the Welsh Government responsible for?
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/responsiblefor/

Cabinet and Ministers:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/

Cabinet Meetings:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/meetings/

Welsh Government Civil Service:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/

Welsh Government Civil Service: Structure
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/

Board and terms of reference:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/

Operations Business Group:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/operations-business-groups/

Corporate Governance Committee, membership and terms of reference:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/8275826/

Legislation:
gov.wales/legislation/

Government of Wales Act 2006:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/all?title=The20%Welsh20%Ministers20%(Transfer20%of20%Functions) (External site)

Legislative Programme:
gov.wales/legislation/programme/

Legislative Programme 2014-15:
gov.wales/legislation/programme/2014-2015/

Assembly Bills:
gov.wales/legislation/programme/assemblybills/

Subordinate Legislation:
gov.wales/legislation/subordinate/

General SIs are published by The National Archives:
www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi (external site)

Local Statutory Instruments:
gov.wales/legislation/subordinate/localstat/

Non-Statutory Instruments:
gov.wales/legislation/subordinate/nonsi/
gov.wales/about/foi/publications-catalogue/

Welsh Government Sponsored bodies (WGSB):
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/
gov.wales/docs/caecd/publications/140312sponsoredbodiesen.doc

Inter-governmental relations:
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/intergovernmental/

British-Irish Council:
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/intergovernmental/bic/

Memorandum of Understanding:
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/intergovernmental/memoofunderstanding/

Concordats:
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/intergovernmental/concordats/

Joint Ministerial Committee
gov.wales/about/organisationexplained/intergovernmental/jmcpubs1/

First Minister of Wales:
gov.wales/about/firstminister/

Biography of First Minister:
gov.wales/about/firstminister/fmbiography/

Deputy Ministers, their responsibilities and biographies:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/deputyministers/

Cabinet Members, their responsibilities and biographies:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetm/

Board Membership and biographies:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/membership1/

Permanent Secretary Biography:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/membership1/Derek-Jones/

Contact us:
gov.wales/contact_us/

First point of contact:
gov.wales/contact_us/fpcc/


Office locations:

North Wales
gov.wales/contact_us/officelocations/northwalesoffices/

Mid Wales
gov.wales/contact_us/officelocations/midwalesoffices/

South West Wales
gov.wales/contact_us/officelocations/soutwestwalesoffices/

South East Wales
gov.wales/contact_us/officelocations/southeastwalesoffices/

London
gov.wales/contact_us/officelocations/londonoffice1/

Overseas
gov.wales/contact_us/officelocations/international/

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
gov.wales/funding/

Details of department spending over £25K (monthly)
gov.wales/about/civilservice/how-we-work/facts-figures/ourfinance/25kexpenditure1/

Welsh Government Budget
gov.wales/funding/budget/

Welsh Government Consolidated Annual Accounts
gov.wales/about/civilservice/how-we-work/facts-figures/ourfinance/welsh-government-consolidated-accounts/

WEFO Audit Reports
gov.wales/about/foi/responses/dl2014/sept14/atisn7341/

Permanent Secretary and Board Member Expenses
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/permanent-secretary-board-member-expenses/

Ministerial Code
gov.wales/about/cabinet/ministerial-code/

Pay, expenses, financial interests and standards- Published on National Assembly for Wales
www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/pay-expenses-financial-interests-standards/Pages/pay-expenses-financial-interests-standards.aspx (external site)

Recruitment
gov.wales/about/recruitment/

Public Appointments
gov.wales/about/recruitment/public-appointments/

Devolved tribunals
gov.wales/about/recruitment/devolved-tribunals/

Civil Service Fast Stream
gov.wales/about/recruitment/fast-stream/

Pay and benefits
gov.wales/about/recruitment/pay-and-benefits/

Written Statement- Statement on Special Advisers
gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2014/specialadvisers/

Wales Procurement Policy Statement:
gov.wales/topics/improvingservices/bettervfm/publications/procurement-policy-statement/

Value Wales publications:
gov.wales/topics/improvingservices/bettervfm/publications/

Work Based Learning (WBL) Contracts 2011 to 2015
gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/learningproviders/workbasedlearning/wbl-contracts/

General medical services contract: Quality and outcomes framework
gov.wales/statistics-and-research/general-medical-services-contract/

Corporate Governance Committee, membership and terms of reference:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/8275826/

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

Welsh Government Information Strategy
gov.wales/about/foi/policies/recordsmanagement

Open data plan
gov.wales/about/foi/open-data/

Report on the implementation of open government legislation and policies
gov.wales/about/foi/statistics/

Annual Report

Reviews commissioned by the Welsh Government
gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/publications/wagreviews/

Report on the implementation of open government legislation and policies
gov.wales/about/foi/statistics/

Welsh Government Regulatory impact assessment code
gov.wales/legislation/subordinate/subordinate-legislation-guidance/riacode/

Environmental impact assessments
gov.wales/topics/planning/developcontrol/environmental-impact-assessment/

Strategic equality plan
gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/equality-diversity/

Freedom of Information Policies
gov.wales/about/foi/policies/

Freedom of Information statistics
gov.wales/about/foi/statistics/

Publications catalogue
gov.wales/about/foi/publications-catalogue/

Complaints and fraud
gov.wales/contact_us/makeacomplaint/

Customer complaints policy
gov.wales/contact_us/makeacomplaint/complaintspolicy/

Statistics & Research
gov.wales/statistics-and-research/about/


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

First Minister Questions:
gov.wales/about/firstminister/fmqs/

Cabinet Statements:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/

Cabinet decisions reports:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/decisions/

Cabinet decisions over 2 years old:
welshgovernmentpublications.soutron.net/publications/

Business and Economy
gov.wales/topics/businessandeconomy/

Culture and Sport
gov.wales/topics/cultureandsport/

Education and skills
gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/

Environment and countryside
gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/

Health and social care
gov.wales/topics/health/

Housing and regeneration
gov.wales/topics/housing-and-regeneration/

Improving public services
gov.wales/topics/improvingservices/

International
gov.wales/topics/international/

Local government
gov.wales/topics/localgovernment/

People and communities
gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/

Planning
gov.wales/topics/planning/

Tourism
gov.wales/topics/tourism/

Transport
gov.wales/topics/transport/

Welsh language
gov.wales/topics/welshlanguage/

Open and closed consultations:
gov.wales/consultations/

Regulatory Impact Assessment Code
gov.wales/legislation/subordinate/subordinate-legislation-guidance/riacode/

Cabinet meetings: Agenda, minutes and papers from Welsh Government Cabinet meetings
gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinet-meetings/

Board Papers:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/boardpapers/

Board Reports:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/board-reports/


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

Welsh Language scheme:
gov.wales/topics/welshlanguage/policy/wls/

Welsh Language vision:
gov.wales/topics/welshlanguage/

Equality and human rights
gov.wales/topics/equality/

Privacy policy
gov.wales/privacy_policy/

Recruitment
gov.wales/about/recruitment/

Welsh Government vacancies
gov.wales/about/recruitment/vacancies/

General appointments
gov.wales/about/recruitment/vacancies/general/

Specialist schemes
gov.wales/about/recruitment/vacancies/specialist-schemes/

Writing to Ministers:
gov.wales/about/cabinet/writingtoministers/

Correspondence from elected representatives:
wales.gov.uk/docs/caecd/publications/130709processingcorrespondence.doc

Information and Records management and strategies & policies

Information and Records Management Policy
gov.wales/about/foi/policies/recordsmanagement/

Retention and Disposal Schedule (“What to Keep”)
gov.wales/about/foi/policies/recordsmanagement/

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
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/legislation/public-records-act/concordat-welsh-public-records/ (external site)

Welsh Government Information Management Assessment (IMA)
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/manage-information/ima/ima-reports-action-plans/ (external site)

Welsh Government Information Management (IMA) Action Plan
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/manage-information/ima/ima-reports-action-plans/ (external site)

6.Lists and registers

Responses to Freedom of Information requests
gov.wales/about/foi/responses/

Permanent Secretary and Board Member Expenses:
gov.wales/about/civilservice/structure/management-groups/our-board/permanent-secretary-board-member-expenses/


7. The services we offer

Government circulars

Circulars 2001 -2008
gov.wales/about/foi/publications-catalogue/circular/

Circulars published after 2008 can be found within the topic areas of our website.
gov.wales/topics/

Leaflets, booklets and newsletters

Publications by Topic
gov.wales/topics/

Publication catalogue
gov.wales/about/foi/publications-catalogue/

Advice and guidance

Publications by Topic
gov.wales/topics/

Publication catalogue
gov.wales/about/foi/publications-catalogue/

Media releases

News
gov.wales/newsroom/

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 www.data.gov.uk and statswales.gov.wales

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 www.data.gov.uk (external site) and statswales.gov.wales (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:

Email:

CustomerHelp@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

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

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