Before answering today's urgent question, the Culture Minister had previously issued a written statement about the National Library fire. John Griffiths said early indications gave cause for optimism.
Damage to the collections is restricted to items in the immediate vicinity of the incident and indications are that damage is limited and that the majority of items affected can be recovered. None of the more significant treasures held by the Library have been affected.
– John Griffiths AM, Culture Minister
He said it's too early to say how much financial support the National Library will need but said the Welsh Government was working closely with Library staff.
My officials have been in regular contact with the staff of the Library throughout the weekend and will continue to work closely with the Library over the coming weeks and months. I will be visiting the Library myself on Thursday of this week to see at first hand the damage, and to initiate the discussions on how the Welsh Government can support the Library. The Library is one of our most treasured national institutions and I would like to assure the Library of my ongoing support through this very difficult period.
The Culture Minister John Griffiths has told AMs that it would be 'premature' to say how much financial support the National Library of Wales will need following last week's fire. Answering an urgent question in the Senedd, he said he would be visiting the Library to see the damage for himself.
The Welsh Government will have to tell Assembly Members what support it's offering the National Library of Wales following the fire which broke out last week. The Presiding Officer has allowed an urgent question from Plaid AM Elin Jones.
The Director of Public Services for the National Library of Wales says work there is continuing as usual following Friday's fire.
The building will re-open to the public tomorrow.
The Library completed its immediate salvage operation of collections located in the fire affected areas [yesterday] and is in the process of relocating over 70 staff to other parts of the building.
We’re keen to stress that it’s business as usual at the Library, for readers, users and visitors. On Friday we took the precautionary measure of cancelling a few of this week’s planned events, but, apart from that, we’re confident that we can provide a full and normal service to all our users.
David Cameron and David Jones fired several shots at the Welsh Government during the Conservative conference in Swansea.
The Prime Minster compared Carwyn Jones' administration to the "Muppet Show" in what many saw as a speech designed to galvanise the party's grassroot as the party look towards the 2015 general election.
Welsh Secretary David Jones went further, criticising Business Minister Edwina Hart's handling of Enterprise Zones as "Soviet style developments' and urging the Welsh Government to follow the UK Government's model.
He criticised planning policy and described plans to install sprinklers in new houses as "bizarre."
The Clwyd West MP said "people don't care where policy is developed...we have to cooperate if we are to succeed."
When the Tories took office "the respect agenda" was the watch phrase. No mention of that today as the party seemed to be stepping up its efforts for a Conservative Government in 2015.
Mid & West Wales Fire Service told ITV News that firefighters will remain at the National Library of Wales throughout the day, as investigations continue into the fire that damaged the building's roof on Friday.