Deemed Consent: "Landmark day ahead"

Commenting ahead of Tuesday’s ‘Stage 3’ debate on the Human Transplantation Bill, Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM, said: “A landmark day lies ahead and it is absolutely essential that this emotive issue continues to be properly debated."

Doubts cast on badger vaccination programme

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives today cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Welsh Labour Government’s badger vaccination programme.Despite the vaccination programme, which has vaccinated 1,424 badgers at a cost of £662.22 per badger, the number of herds under movement restrictions due to TB incidents has actually risen by 15% in the past year.

CAP reform: Now it's up to Labour to deliver

Commenting on an agreement reached on the Common Agricultural Policy – following lengthy negotiations in Luxembourg – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Antoinette Sandbach AM, said: “A deal is done – now it’s up to Labour to deliver for Wales."

New Prison Creates Major Boost to Welsh Economy

The UK Government has announced that a new prison that could hold around 2,000 prisoners will be built in North Wales, delivering a significant and rapid investment to the Welsh economy.

Statement on new Education Minister

Commenting on the appointment of Huw Lewis as the new Labour Education Minister, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:"I welcome Huw Lewis to his new post and look forward to working with him and hearing his plans to raise education standards following on from the efforts of his predecessor Leighton Andrews."

Some gains for Wales in Common Agricultural Policy deal

WELSH Conservative MEP Dr Kay Swinburne today challenged the Welsh Government to ensure farmers in Wales receive the best possible outcome from reforms to Europe's Common Agricultural Policy.Speaking after agreement was reached following lengthy negotiations in Luxembourg between MEPs, the European Commission, and EU farming ministers, Dr Swinburne called on ministers in Cardiff to ensure "smart implementation" of the new rules.

Statement on Betsi Cadwaladr UHB resignations

Commenting on the statement from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board responding to a damning joint report from the Wales Audit Office and Health Inspectorate Wales on the Board’s governance arrangements, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:

Cancer Targets: First Minister's broken promise

Waiting time targets for patients newly diagnosed with cancer – via the urgent suspected route – have been missed again, breaking a promise made by the First Minister in the National Assembly.

£1,000 per pupil lost in LEA bureaucracy

Figures published today show that almost a fifth of the £2.5billion education budget given to local education authorities is not passed on to schools, but eaten up in LEA bureaucracy.The amount of funding that local education authorities delegate to schools for the financial year 2013-14 varies from 85% in Merthyr Tydfil and Denbighshire to 78% in Powys.