Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, confirmed PS25m to help support vital bus services across Wales through the BSSG
- allocated annually to local authorities by a formula that reflects their overall populations and their rural or urban characteristics.
The results suggested that lodging resistance could be increased by selection for a larger root system and lower basal stalk specific gravity (BSSG).
Abbreviations: BSSG, basal stalk specific gravity; GCA, general combining ability; SCA, specific combining ability; TRR, top to root ratio.
He pointed out that although powers to require DBS checks was not devolved, the Welsh Government has some leverage, because it pays about PS25m a year in Bus Service Support Grant (BSSG) to bus operators.
"It may be that the Welsh Government will wish to consider whether it has the power to require a DBS check for a PSV driver on a registered service as a condition of BSSG payments, or that it [BSSG] be paid at a far lower level [if checks are not made].
The scheme, outlined in a government consultation document, would require all companies to meet "essential" quality standards - including all drivers wearing uniforms and every bus being cleaned daily - to claim a basic rate of the existing Bus Service Support Grant (BSSG).
A higher rate of BSSG would be paid to companies meeting enhanced quality standards, which include having timetables, CCTV cameras and audio-visual next-stop information on their buses.
This means that paying "enhanced" BSSG to some companies will reduce even further the BSSG payments for companies which meet only the basic standards.