John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
The Welsh Government’s Programme for Government reinforces the importance of sustainable development’s place as the core principle in defining the best development path for Wales. On 12 July 2011, the First Minister made a statement on the Legislative Programme for the Welsh Government. In that statement he announced his intention to legislate to make sustainable development the central organising principle of the Welsh Government and the public sector in Wales, and to create a new sustainable development body for Wales.
I am today publishing the White Paper to seek views on proposals for a Sustainable Development Bill to deliver this commitment, and take the next stage in our devolution journey, setting out in legislation how we will deliver a stronger governance framework for sustainable development in Wales.
The consultation will end on 4th March 2013. I expect to introduce the Bill to the National Assembly for Wales in autumn 2013.