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Assembly north HQ 'on target'
The target for the opening of the new Welsh Assembly offices for north Wales is still on schedule for March 2007.

Conwy Council Chief Executive Derek Barker told the cabinet on Tuesday that the plan was to relocate 250 jobs from Cardiff, with up to 350 recruited locally.

The identity of the department that will move to the Hotpoint site at Llandudno Junction is due to be announced later this month.

Welsh to appear in all passports The Welsh language will appear in all UK passports, the minister for the language Alun Pugh announced on Wednesday.

After extensive discussions between the Welsh Assembly Government and the Home Office, Welsh will now be included on every page which contains other EU member state languages.

It follows an announcement by the minister last September that Welsh would appear on the passport's first page only.

Mr Pugh said that assembly officials had made significant progress with colleagues in the Home Office for Welsh to appear in every passport issued, not just in Wales but in all UK passports.

Further discussions on the format of the personal details page will take place as part of another review of the design of the UK passport which is likely to take place by 2008, he said.

Chief medical officer moves on

The chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Ruth Hall, since 1997 is leaving her post.

She has been appointed director of public health for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan said Dr Hall played "a key role in our strategy to improve the health of the nation".

"The professional leadership and clinical advice that she has given to the NHS has helped us to advance our policies in an unprecedented way in Wales. I wish her all the best in her new role," he added.

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