Serious concerns remain over Single Environment Body

Welsh Conservatives have repeated their serious concerns over the government’s creation of a Single Environment Body (SEB). The comments follow a short inquiry into the SEB’s business case and a subsequent debate in the Assembly (Wednesday June 13th).

'Dreadful' housing figures must be improved

Commenting on government housing figures – which show the number of completed new homes during the first quarter of this year was the lowest since records began in 1974 – Shadow Minister for Housing Mark Isherwood AM, said: “We already knew the Welsh housing supply crisis was desperate – but these figures highlight the dreadful true extent of the problem."

Call for strong guidance on child welfare

Responding to the statement from the Education Minister and Deputy Minister for Children & Social Services on safeguarding children in Pembrokeshire, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education and Assembly Member for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire, said:

Business Rates: Scrap to £12k

Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their commitments on business rates ahead of the government’s response to an independent review on the issue. The Business Minister is due to make a statement on the report’s conclusions in the Assembly on Tuesday June 12th.

Ministers try to weasel out of free prescriptions policy

Labour Ministers are rowing back from their commitment to universal free prescriptions, Welsh Conservatives claimed today. Written answers to the Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar AM, have revealed that the Health Minister’s officials had talks with Local Health Boards about directing clinicians not to prescribe items, which are available over the counter.

Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen

Paying tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, said: “We congratulate Her Majesty the Queen on sixty years of dedication, service and sacrifice to our nation.

Easier access to cancer drugs refused again

Responding to another refusal to make access to cancer drugs easier in Wales – issued by the Health Minister today – Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “The minister’s relentless refusals of what would be a life-prolonging policy are baffling."

'Inappropriate' jewellery and pottery classes for Assembly staff

Work-day Assembly Commission courses including pottery, felt-making, fused glass and recycled jewellery have been labelled ‘inappropriate’ and ‘badly chosen’ by Welsh Conservative Assembly Members. Opposite: A photo of two amber pendants (which were not made by Assembly staff).