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Public Health (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee.

 

About the Bill

The Bill proposes to introduce changes that:

  • Re-state restrictions on smoking in enclosed and substantially enclosed public and work places, and give Welsh Ministers a regulation-making power to extend the restrictions on smoking to additional premises or vehicles;
  • Place restrictions on smoking in school grounds, hospital grounds and public playgrounds;
  • Provide for the creation of a national register of retailers of tobacco and nicotine products;
  • Provide Welsh Ministers with a regulation-making power to add to the offences which contribute to a Restricted Premises Order (RPO) in Wales;
  • Prohibit the handing over of tobacco and/or nicotine products to a person under the age of 18;
  • Provide for the creation of a mandatory licensing scheme for practitioners and businesses carrying out ’special procedures’, namely acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing;
  • Introduce a prohibition on the intimate piercing of persons under the age of 16 years;
  • Require Welsh Ministers to make regulations to require public bodies to carry out health impact assessments in specified circumstances;
  • Change the arrangements for determining applications for entry onto the pharmaceutical list of health boards (LHBs), to a system based on the pharmaceutical needs of local communities;
  • Require local authorities to prepare a local strategy to plan how they will meet the needs of their communities for accessing toilet facilities for public use; and
  • Enable a ‘food authority’ under the Food Hygiene Rating (Wales) Act 2013 to retain fixed penalty receipts resulting from offences under that Act, for the purpose of enforcing the food hygiene rating scheme.

 

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

 

Current Stage

Stage 2

 

The Bill is currently at Stage 2. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

 

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

 

Stage

Documents

Bill introduced: 7 November 2016

Public Health (Wales) Bill, as introduced (308KB)

 

Explanatory Memorandum (2MB)

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement: 7 November 2016 (154KB)

 

Written statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health: Public Health (Wales) Bill: 7 November 2016 (145KB)

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill: 7 November 2016 (53KB)

 

Statement of policy intent (694KB)

 

Plenary Statement: Statement by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health: The Public Health (Wales) Bill: 8 November 2016

 

Letter to the First Minister from the Secretary of State for Wales: 6 November 2016 (326KB)

 

Legislative glossary (Welsh language version only) (144KB)

 

Equality Impact Assessments (external website)

 

Children’s Rights Impact Assessments (external website)

 

Welsh Language Impact Assessment (external website)

 

Stage 1: Committee considerations of general principles

Committee consideration

 

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

9 November 2016

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny

(Private)

(Private)

1 December 2016

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

1 December 2016 Transcript

View meeting of 1 December

7 December 2016

Evidence sessions

7 December 2016 Transcript

View meeting of 7 December

15 December 2017

Evidence sessions

15 December 2016 Transcript

View meeting of 15 December

11 January 2017

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

Evidence sessions

11 January 2017 Transcript

View meeting of 11 January

19 January 2017

Evidence sessions

19 January 2017 Transcript

View meeting of 19 January

2 February 2017

Consideration of draft report

(Private)

(Private)

 

Schedule of oral evidence

 

Consultation responses

 

Ministerial correspondence

Letter to the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 12 January 2017 (PDF 108KB)

Letter from the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 18 January 2017 (PDF 477KB)

Letter to the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 24 January 2017 (PDF 84KB)

Letter from the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 31 January 2017 (PDF 340KB)

 

Committee Stage 1 Report

The Committee laid its report on 10 February 2017. (PDF 962KB)

Response by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's Stage 1 Report - 10 March 2017 (PDF 186KB)

 

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

21 November 2016

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

21 November 2016 Transcript

View meeting of 21 November

30 January 2017

Consideration of draft report

(Private)

(Private)

 

Ministerial correspondence

Letter to the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 13 December 2016 (PDF 137KB)

Letter from the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 12 January 2017 (PDF 169KB)

 

Report

The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee laid its report on the Bill (PDF 702KB) on 10 February 2017.

Response by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee’s Stage 1 Report – 10 March 2017 (PDF 156KB)

 

The Finance Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:

Date and Agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

7 December 2016

Financial implications of the Public Health (Wales) Bill

(Private)

(Private)

19 January 2017

Minister for Social Services and Public Health

19 January 2017 Transcript

View meeting of 19 January

2 February 2017

Consideration of draft report

(Private)

(Private)

 

Report

The Finance Committee laid its report on 10 February 2017. (PDF 780KB)

Response by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health to the Finance Committee’s Stage 1 Report – 10 March 2017 (PDF 168KB)

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

A debate took place in Plenary on 28 February 2017. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed.

Financial Resolution

 

A Financial Resolution in relation to the Bill was agreed in Plenary on 28 February 2017.

 

Stage 2: Committee consideration of amendments

 

Stage 2 began on 1 March 2017.

 

The amendments will be considered by the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee. The Committee is scheduled to dispose of amendments at its meeting on Thursday 23 March 2017.

 

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee agreed on 16 February 2017, under Standing Order 26.21, that the order of consideration for Stage 2 proceedings will be:

Sections 3 to 26, Section 2, Sections 27 to 52, Sections 54 to 91, Section 53, Sections 92 to 124, Schedules 1 to 4, Section 1, Long title

 

Notice of Amendments – 6 March 2017 version 2 (PDF 64KB)

Welsh Government: Purpose and Effect Table – 6 March 2017 (PDF 49KB)

Notice of Amendments – 10 March 2017 (PDF 79KB)

Notice of Amendments – 13 March 2017 (PDF 99KB)

Welsh Government: Purpose and Effect Table – 13 March 2017 (PDF 358KB)

Notice of Amendments – 15 March 2017 version 2 (PDF 118KB)

Notice of Amendments – 16 March 2017 version 2 (PDF 92KB)

Marshalled List of Amendments – 23 March 2017 (PDF 192KB)

Groupings of Amendments – 23 March 2017 (PDF 71KB)

 

Ministerial correspondence

Letter from the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, 6 March 2017 (PDF 154KB)

 

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of amendments

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Stage 4: Passing of the Bill in Plenary

This Stage has not yet been reached.

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached.

 

Contact information

Clerk: Claire Morris

Phone: 0300 200 6565

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff     CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddHealth@Assembly.Wales

Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 07/10/2016

Documents

Consultations

 

 

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