Labour failing to lead on North Wales infrastructure

Commenting on the publication of a report from the Assembly’s Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister, which calls on the Welsh Government to provide ‘leadership’ on infrastructure projects in North Wales, Mark Isherwood AM, Shadow Minister for North Wales, said:

Minister must keep pledge for accessible SEN pupil tests

Commenting on the publication of National Reading and Literacy test scores for May 2013, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:"While I welcome the publication of these results, there is scope to introduce narrower bands to reflect a greater breadth of pupil performance to highlight where our education system can improve.

Labour’s silence on VIP hospitality suite

Commenting on reports of the Welsh Government’s purchase of a hospitality box at the Millennium Stadium, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, said:"The Welsh Government has a duty to do everything possible to showcase Welsh businesses and sell Wales to the world.

Welcome drop in road casualties

Commenting on figures published today showing a 9% drop in road casualties last year, including a 23% drop in deaths and a 16% drop in serious injuries, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said:

Cardiff Airport £1million consultancy fees

Welsh Conservatives today revealed that the Welsh Labour Government’s purchase of Cardiff Airport earlier this year for £52million, cost over £1million in consultancy fees.The consultancy work surrounding the nationalisation of the airport, including valuation, but excluding VAT totalled £912,824.  Including VAT takes the figure to almost £1,100,000.  The figure was uncovered from a Freedom of Information request.

Labour’s NHS cuts cancelling operations

Commenting on reports of a 72% rise in cancelled operations due to bed shortages in the Welsh NHS, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

Labour fears being judged on own policy

The Welsh Labour Government has absolutely no way of assessing progress of its local government collaboration agenda, Welsh Conservatives have discovered. The Welsh Government has told local authorities to share posts to meet its collaboration agenda, but in a letter to the Shadow Minister for Local Government, the Minister confirmed that there are no plans to record details of shared posts.

No such thing as a free prescription

Commenting on figures showing a rise of 52.3% in the number of prescription items dispensed in Wales between 2002-03 and 2012-13, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister, said:"These figures show that a third more prescriptions are dispensed in Wales than other parts of the UK.