Amazon Welsh language decision welcomed

Commenting on a decision by Amazon to introduce Welsh language titles to the Kindle – following West Wales publisher Y Lolfa’s successful petition – Shadow Minister for Culture Suzy Davies AM, who supported the campaign, said:   “At last – common sense has prevailed. I welcome both Amazon’s decision and Y Lolfa’s extremely determined and ultimately successful campaign."

'Alarming' shortage in NHS claim forms

Welsh Conservatives have today revealed an ‘alarming’ shortage of NHS low income refund forms in Wales and called for clarity on their availability.   HC5 forms can be used to claim a refund of NHS charges in Wales, including dental treatment, eye tests, glasses, contact lenses or travel costs.  

Welcome drop in unemployment

Commenting on the latest unemployment figures for Wales, Shadow Minister for Business Nick Ramsay AM, said: "Today’s figures show extremely welcome signs of economic recovery in Wales."Across the UK, the picture is particularly promising and endorses the UK Government’s measures to tackle the deficit, control spending and nurture economic growth."

Regeneration funding 'must progress swiftly'

Commenting on the outcome of the Welsh Government’s ‘stage one assessment process’ for regeneration investment, which puts 11 areas through to stage two and was announced today in a written ministerial statement, Shadow Minister for Regeneration Byron Davies AM, said: “It is now essential that the Labour minister properly explains his reasoning and the decisions made within this assessment."

A and E: Winter pressures plan 'desperately needed'

Welsh Conservatives today called on Labour’s First Minister to follow the UK Government’s lead and introduce a detailed plan to help the NHS deal with upcoming winter pressures.   A number of measures to reduce immediate and long-term pressures on emergency departments have been launched in England today.

North Wales prison site welcomed

Commenting on the UK Government’s announcement that a new ‘super prison’for North Wales will be built on the former Firestone site on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, Shadow Minister for North Wales Mark Isherwood AM, said: “The announcement of a new prison for North Wales has served as a huge boost for the region and I welcome news of its chosen site, which I have supported since the aborted proposals for a new North Wales prison under the previous Labour UK Government."

New airport 'director' welcomed

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed news that Cardiff Airport has appointed a ‘Director of Aviation Business Development’. Following the Welsh Government’s purchase of the site, Welsh Conservatives published a ‘Blueprint for Cardiff Airport’earlier this year. In it, the Assembly group called for a new role of ‘Airlines Director’. 

Labour’s £13million external legal fees

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that the Welsh Labour Government has spent £13million on external legal services in the past five years, despite having its own legal department with over 120 members of staff.

2,000 wait more than a day in A and E over 12 months

Over 2,000 people waited more than 24 hours in A and E in the last 12 months, according to figures obtained by Welsh Conservatives. It means that on average – every week between July 2012 and June 2013 - 39 people waited more than a day for treatment in Welsh emergency departments.