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Call for public transport to be more accessible

Welsh Conservatives today called for the Welsh Government to make public transport more accessible and increase the use of audio-visual announcements on buses. During an opposition debate, the group highlighted ease of access to railway stations for passengers with reduced mobility and called for more staff training in disabled passenger requirements.

Enterprise Zones announcement 'welcome' - but 'long overdue'

Commenting on tonight’s announcement that the Welsh Government is to explore the options for Enterprise Zones in Ebbw Vale, Cardiff, St Athan, Anglesey and Deeside, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Enterprise, Business, Technology & Science, said: “Progress on Enterprise Zones is welcome, but long overdue.  Welsh Labour Ministers have dragged their heels since the policy was first announced by George Osborne in Cardiff over six months ago."

Call for Cardiff to host Green Investment Bank

Welsh Conservatives have today called for a comprehensive bid from Wales to host the UK’s Green Investment Bank.The group’s leader in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, has urged the Welsh Government to work with Westminster and the Wales Office to co-ordinate a detailed proposal from Cardiff.

Jaguar Land Rover decision is 'disastrous for Wales'

Commenting on Jaguar Land Rover’s decision to set up a factory in Wolverhampton, following consideration of sites in South Wales, Shadow Minister for Business Nick Ramsay AM, said: “This news is disastrous for Wales and I seriously question the efforts put in by the Welsh Labour government to secure this investment."

Smokescreen for maternity services reorganisation

Commenting on the publication of a statement from the Health Minister on the future of midwifery services in Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “The Minister’s pledge falls well short of promising to retain consultant-led maternity services in North Wales’ hospitals."

Statement on the Pontardawe mining incident

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “This is deeply saddening news and my thoughts are with the families and friends of the miners. It is impossible to comprehend the strain and difficulty they have endured, yet all have shown immense dignity throughout this ordeal. “The hard work and endless resolve of the emergency services has also been inspirational and I pay tribute to their professionalism and determination."Full statement here A statement from Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillian, is available here.

Unemployment figures highlight ‘need for decisions’

Commenting on a rise in the number of people unemployed in Wales, Shadow Minister for Business Nick Ramsay AM, said: “These figures highlight what is clearly a delicate situation within the Welsh economy. There is an incredibly pressing need for the Business Minister to get her act together and make some decisions on economic policy."

Major announcements in recess call transparency into question

The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has accused the Welsh government of ‘disregarding the democratic process’, following the emergence of major changes to the NHS and local government during the summer recess. Andrew RT Davies has written to the Presiding Officer, highlighting the need for proper scrutiny of such developments within the Senedd.

Sustainable Travel schemes labelled “vague and confusing”

Shadow Minister for Transport, Byron Davies AM, has labelled the Welsh government’s sustainable travel schemes as ‘vague and confusing’.  Mr Davies has criticised the way their success is measured and raised concerns over the amount of public engagement in existing travel initiatives.