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Assembly to vote on landmark Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill.
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- 34,000 alcohol-related hospital admissions cost Welsh NHS £109m a year
- Assembly to vote on landmark Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
- Proposals to amend existing powers to tackle waste crime and poor performing sites in the waste management industry
- Developing a Landfill Disposals Tax
- Collection and publication of fire statistics
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- Flood and Coast Investment Programme (FaCIP)
- Teacher assessment: strengthening arrangements to improve reliability, consistency and confidence
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Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
- Statistics & Research
“Pesticides" is a term used to describe all chemical and biological products used to kill or control pests. Pests are living organisms such as rodents, insects, fungi and plants that harm our food, our health or our environment.
The term pesticides includes:
- insecticides (insect-killers)
- herbicides (weed-killers)
- molluscicides (including slug-pellets)
- rodenticides (such as rat & mouse-killers).
Agricultural pesticides include those used in
- agriculture and horticulture
- food storage practice
- animal husbandry
- vertebrate control.
Non-agricultural pesticides are those for use in:
- wood preservation
- surface biocides
- insecticides for use in public hygiene areas
- biocidal paints
- insect repellents
- anti-fouling products.
The Welsh Government takes an active role in the approval process for pesticides. It is represented on a number of committees and steering groups responsible for policy advice to the UK Government and the devolved administrations on pesticides.
The regulation of pesticides and biocides in Wales and England is the responsibility of the Chemical Regulation Directorate (CRD). The CRD are a Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive. The primary aim of the Directorate is to ensure the safe use of biocides, industrial chemicals, pesticides and detergents to protect the health of people and the environment.
The Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products
The Code of Practice for Using Plant Protection Products was introduced by the Welsh Government, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 15 December 2005. The Code revised and amalgamated previous guidance on the safe use of pesticides. It replaced the Codes of Practice:
- for the Safe Use of Pesticides on Farms and Small Holdings (‘The Green Code’)
- for the use of Approved Pesticides in Amenity Areas and Industrial Areas (‘The Orange Code’)
- parts of the Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Pesticides for Non Agricultural Purposes - The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999 (‘The Blue Code’), which deal with forestry.
An amendment has been made to the Code to correct an error concerning public rights of way (paragraph 3.7.4). The Code had suggested that landowners may temporarily close public rights of way - under provisions in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) - when applying (or having applied) pesticides, and that landowners may apply to the relevant authorities for access to be restricted in this manner. This information was incorrect as Section 135A of the Highways Act 1980, which was inserted by CRoW, is not yet in force.