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The first minister has appointed deputy first minister, Mike German, to the post of minister of rural development a...
The first minister has appointed deputy first minister, Mike German, to the post of minister of rural development and Wales abroad. Mr German will take over the rural affairs portfolio and will take responsibility for co-ordinating the development and regeneration of rural Wales including working with the UK government on reform of agricultural subsidies. He will chair a new cabinet committee on the regeneration of rural Wales, which will include relevant ministers. In addition Mr German will take responsibility for co-ordinating the promotion of Wales abroad. He will chair the national assembly's European and external affairs committee and chair the cabinet committee on Wales and the World.

Carwyn Jones will be designated as minister for open government. He will continue as business manager in combination with enhanced responsibilities for ensuring that the assembly government engages effectively with all who live in Wales. He will add responsibility for equal opportunities, freedom of information and participation to his portfolio, which already includes human rights.

In giving greater priority to assembly government responsibilities for crime reduction and safe communities, Edwina Hart has been asked to co-ordinate activities in this field. She will combine her existing responsibilities for local government and communities with the additional responsibility for action on drug and alcohol abuse. Her previous responsibility for staffing will revert to the first minister.
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