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Statement by the communities minister

"Wales will start this winter with its highest ever level of salt stocks," according to the communities minister.

Carl Sargeant was making a statement on winter preparations on 20 November 2012.

"Procurement is being co-ordinated through an all-Wales contract to ensure value for money and continuity of supply," he said.

"We have now established national strategic road salt resilience storage facilities in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Queensferry and Merthyr Tydfil with a further site due to open shortly in Llandegai in north west Wales followed by another at Llanidloes in mid Wales."

Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black raised concerns that targets had not been met in the flu campaign the minister had championed, claiming that only 34.9% of those under 65 and at risk of developing flu have been vaccinated compared to the target of 75%.

The target rate for flu vaccine uptake this year is also 75% for older people and at-risk groups and 50% for health and social care workers who have direct patient contact.

None have been met; the communities minister said that the health minister was also concerned and that the advertising campaign to raise awareness of the flu vaccine would continue.

AMs also debated a legislative consent motion relating to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

Legislative consent motions note the assembly's agreement that the UK government may pass legislation on a devolved issue which usually falls within the legislative competence of the Welsh government.

The motion was agreed unopposed.

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