Giving due regard? How serious is the Welsh Government taking its responsibilities under the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

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Children and young people up to the age of 18 have a range of rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including rights to protection, health, family, education, culture and leisure (see summary of articles (PDF 73.8KB)).

The Convention guides what governments, public authorities and adults must do to enable children to enjoy all their rights. The UK ratified the Convention in 1991 and the National Assembly for Wales unanimously adopted the Convention as the basis of policy making for children in January 2004.

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Could Free Zones give Welsh ports a boost?

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Free Zones are areas which are geographically inside a country’s land border, but considered to be outside customs controls. In these areas, import duty and VAT are not applied until goods leave the zone and enter the host country. When located in sea ports they are often referred to as Free Ports.

Free Zones appear all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria, and act as catalysts for international trade by allowing traders and shipping companies to store goods with minimal expense and bureaucracy.

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What does the EU (Withdrawal) Bill mean for Wales and devolution?

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On 13 July 2017, the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the UK Parliament. The Bill – which was formerly referred to as the Great Repeal Bill or Repeal Bill – aims to make the changes the UK Government considers necessary to law in the UK in preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU.

The White Paper leading to the Bill, Legislating for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union, was published on 30 March 2017. You can read more about it in our blog.

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What does the Welsh Government have in store for Welsh rail services?

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On Tuesday 18 July the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, will make a statement on Rail Services and Metro. Although the detail of the statement is unknown, the Welsh Government has indicated that the final tender process for procurement of the next rail franchise and Metro operator will begin in July 2017, with the contract expected to be awarded in January 2018.  The successful bidder would then begin to operate services in October 2018.

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