Free school breakfasts 'must be fair'

Speaking ahead of the 10 year anniversary of the Welsh Labour government’s free school breakfast policy, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:   “It is regrettable that after 10 years and tens of millions of pounds, a third of Welsh children are not able to access free school breakfasts."

Wales' children are UK's fattest

Commenting on the findings of a study by the Institute of Education that Wales has the UK’s highest proportion of obese and overweight 11 year olds and that children of less well-educated parents were more likely to be obese, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said: “This report makes it clear that deprivation, educational under-achievement and long-term ill-health are intrinsically linked and that our obesity epidemic must be tackled to avoid the longer term costs to the public purse and society as a whole."

Ambulance targets missed again

Figures published today show that ambulance response times in October 2014 deteriorated by 10% compared with the same period last year.

Protecting faith tourism and religious buildings

Welsh Conservatives will today highlight the importance of faith tourism to the Welsh economy and call for development of a register of Wales’ most important religious buildings.

ONS evidence torpedoes Labour e-cig ban

Welsh Labour’s planned restrictions on e-cigarettes, a key plank of their public health reforms, was torpedoed today by evidence from the Office for National Statistics that e-cigarettes do not represent a gateway to smoking.

Labour rules out Cardiff-New York airport route

Labour’s First Minister has today ruled out any efforts to secure a transatlantic flight from Cardiff Airport. Speaking in the Senedd, in response to the Shadow Transport Minister, Carwyn Jones claimed the route ‘is not flyable’ and‘other options are being looked at’.

Council mergers: Labour plucks another number out of ‘thin air’

Commenting on latest comments made by Labour’s public services minister this week, ahead of Friday’s voluntary merger deadline – in which he told the BBC that senior Labour figures would like to see ‘six’ councils in Wales – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Local Government, Janet Finch-Saunders AM, said: “Another figure plucked out of thin air and yet more inconsistency in Labour’s position."

Airbus investment praised

Commenting on today’s announcement of significant investment in Airbus at Broughton – with 48 million provided jointly by Airbus and the UK government and eight million by the Welsh Government – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Business, William Graham AM, said:   “This is more hugely welcome news for the Welsh economy - that follows both the deal on electrification and recent confirmation of M4 relief."  

Warm welcome for electrification deal

Commenting on today’s deal to electrify rail track in the south Wales valleys, Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM, said: "This is hugely welcome news that will boost the Welsh economy, create jobs and secure growth."

Hospital meals for just £1.34

There is considerable variation in the value of patient meals in Welsh hospitals, with some meals costing less than £1.50, according to figures exposed by the Welsh Conservatives today.