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Statement on Chirk job losses

Commenting on reports of job losses at Kraft in Chirk, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “Just weeks before Christmas, this is devastating news for the employees affected and their families."

NHS ignored in final budget

Welsh Conservatives have reaffirmed their opposition to the Welsh Labour Government’s spending plans, ahead of Tuesday’s debate. The group will vote against the motion to approve the final budget. Labour’s financial plans – supported by the Welsh Liberal Democrats – will cut 75 million pounds from the NHS in 2012/13 alone.

Picketing AMs must give up pay

Welsh Conservatives have today called for assurances that Labour and Plaid Assembly Members who joined picket lines this week will forfeit a day’s pay. Group Leader in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM, has asked for a guarantee from each party that the Members – who include the Assembly’s impartial Presiding Officer - will not accept public money for work carried out on Wednesday November 30th.

Environment merger condemned

Commenting on the Environment Minister’s decision to press ahead with a Single Environment Body for Wales, merging the Countryside Council, Environment Agency and Forestry Commission, Shadow Minister for Environment Russell George AM, said: “Openness and transparency are clearly not words this minister understands. “The business case for this merger remains unpublished and Assembly Members still haven’t been able to scrutinise the evidence."

Final Budget snubs NHS

Commenting on the publication of the Welsh Government’s final budget for 2012-13, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said: “This is a cut-price deal that completely snubs our National Health Service. “When the draft budget was published it was clear that Labour still intended to slash funding to health by hundreds of millions of pounds."

Final budget 'snubs NHS'

Commenting on the publication of the Welsh Government’s final budget for 2012-13, Shadow Minister for Finance Paul Davies AM, said: “This is a cut-price deal that completely snubs our National Health Service. “When the draft budget was published it was clear that Labour still intended to slash funding to health by hundreds of millions of pounds." 

Time for Labour to deliver

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which makes an additional £216million available to the Welsh Government to spend on capital projects, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said: “This is welcome additional funding from the Conservative-led Coalition to invest in infrastructure projects in Wales to help get our economy moving.

Nothing new in stimulus package

Commenting on the statement from the Welsh Labour Finance Minister on an economic stimulus package funded from the £38.9m Council Tax Barnett consequential, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said: “I am disappointed that Ministers are using this additional funding to top up their existing policies rather than capitalise on the opportunity to drive economic growth."

Statement on the death of Wales football manager Gary Speed

Statement on the death of Wales football manager Gary Speed, from the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies AM: “My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of Gary Speed at what must be an incredibly difficult time. “Today’s news is extremely upsetting and comes as a great shock. It is almost inconceivable to think that we have lost such a great talent at such an early age.  “Gary Speed was tremendously gifted and I – along with millions of others - will always remember him as a legend in the game of football.”

Budget agreement ‘endorses savage cuts to NHS’

Commenting on the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ decision to support Labour’s Draft Budget, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly Andrew RT Davies AM, said: “The devil remains in the detail and we will need to carefully scrutinise this package to rule out simple window-dressing."