Natural Resources Wales: Serious concerns over April launch

Welsh Conservatives have highlighted serious concerns over the impending launch of the new single environment body. The Natural Resources Body for Wales (Functions) Order 2013 has today been briefly debated in the Assembly, ahead of the body’s official introduction on April 1st.

Helvetic pull-out is a 'stark warning' for the First Minister

Commenting on Swiss carrier Helvetic’s decision to pull out of Cardiff Airport, Shadow Minister for Transport Byron Davies AM said: “This is a stark warning for an out-of-touch First Minister intent on pursuing a socialist dream while the object of his affections continues to crumble."

Severn Crossing Devolution

The Welsh Conservative group in the National Assembly for Wales has called for devolution of the Severn Crossings.Read more here...

All change but still the same

Responding to Carwyn Jones’ minor Cabinet reshuffle, Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for Wales, said:“This reshuffle amounts to changing the deckchairs on the Titanic.

Major concern over collapse in exports

Commenting on figures showing a drop of over 10% in Welsh exports in 2012, including a fall of £500million in exports to North America, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said:

Waiting times: 7,000 wait over 36 weeks

Waiting time targets were missed again in January and almost seven thousand people had spent over 36 weeks awaiting a hospital appointment. Figures released today show 382,690 people were waiting for the start of their treatment at the end of January. Of those, 90.7 per cent had been waiting less than 26 weeks and 98.2 per cent had been waiting less than 36 weeks from the date the referral letter was received in the hospital.

Cash starved NHS struggling to cope as year end looms

Commenting on the ‘unprecedented’ pressure that hospital emergency departments say they are experiencing across Wales – and the postponement of some operations as a result of a high number of admissions -   Shadow Minister for Health Darren Millar AM said: “This is a perfect storm for a cash-starved health service already hanging on by its fingernails."

Apprenticeships offer valuable experience

Responding to the statement from the Welsh Government on apprenticeships in Wales, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology & Science, said: “Apprenticeships are an important opportunity to undertake on the job training and gain recognised qualifications."

100,000 council tax benefit recipients in limbo

100,000 households in Wales received letters informing them that they would have to contribute to their council tax bills from April 2013, but were not contacted after the Welsh Labour Government’s U-turn, Welsh Conservatives revealed today.