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.
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.
More top news
It's cold out there, with some patches of mist and fog taking some time to burn away. But it will all turn out nicely again!
Wales are ‘desperate’ to win Saturday’s Pool A decider against Australia to ensure they get the easier route through to the final.
Clear skies have allowed temperatures to tumble away out there. It's cold with patches of mist and fog developing in sheltered areas.