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."

Severn toll freeze would help families

Commenting on the announcement that the toll for cars crossing the Severn Bridge will rise to £6 from 1st January 2012, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said: “This is another rise in the cost of living that will put further pressure on the budgets of Welsh families. “Welsh Conservatives proposed a freeze in the Severn tolls for the next four years, which would have saved Welsh motorists £3.4million in 2012 alone."

'No transparency' in environment body merger plans

Commenting on Welsh Government plans to merge the Environment Agency, Countryside Council and Forestry Commission in Wales, Shadow Minister for Environment, Russell George AM said: “There has been no openness or transparency from the Welsh Labour Government on this proposed merger. The business case remains unpublished, Assembly Members have not been able to scrutinise the plans and there has been no official consultation.

Rise in top government earners

The number of Welsh Government staff earning over £50k has risen over the last three years. Despite a drop in the overall number of civil servants – from 6,230 to 5,427 (as of September ‘11) – the amount earning top wages has increased.

‘Big three’ charities dominate Welsh Government environment funding

Grants totalling almost 20 million pounds have been awarded to the ‘big three’ members of the Wales Environment Link (WEL) over the last three years, while other charities have received as little as five pounds. The figures have been revealed to the Welsh Conservatives, following a Freedom of Information request.

Call for more airport support

Welsh Conservatives will today call for greater support for Cardiff International Airport and a review of public access to the site.

Welsh economy still waiting for Enterprise Zones

Commenting on the statement by Labour’s Business Minister providing an update on the development of the Welsh Government’s Enterprise Zones policy, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “The Welsh economy has been left in limbo whilst Welsh Labour Ministers continue to dither over their Enterprise Zones policy. “Eight months after Enterprise Zones were announced for England by the Chancellor, Welsh businesses and potential investors are yet to learn how the policy will operate in Wales."