Wales touted for next UK G8 summit

The Leader of the Opposition has written to the Prime Minister asking for Wales to be considered as host country for the 2021 UK G8 summit. Northern Ireland will welcome next year’s event before other member countries play host in turn.

Drink driving cause of more accidents in Wales

Commenting on new figures showing a far greater proportion of road accidents are caused by drink driving in Wales than in other parts of the UK, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport and Regeneration, said:“These are alarming figures showing that road accidents resulting in fatalities or serious injuries are more likely to be caused by drink driving in Wales than in other parts of the UK.

Disabled people less likely to gain qualifications

Commenting on figures released today showing that disabled people are more likely to hold no qualifications than non-disabled people, with a gap of 14%, Mohammad Asghar AM, Shadow Minister for Equalities, said:“These are disappointing figures demonstrating the challenges that disabled people continue to face in Welsh society.

Channel 3 licence renewal step closer

Commenting on the announcement from the UK Government that ten year licences for channels 3 and 5 are to be renewed and that Ofcom will proceed with a possible separation in the licence for ITV Wales and West, Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Heritage, said:“We welcome news that the licences for channels 3 and 5 will be renewed, continuing to offer viewers in Wales greater choice in programming.

Minister's admission of failure

Labour’s Education Minister has admitted that the progress of reforms he only introduced two months ago has been ‘to put it mildly, patchy’. Regional school improvement consortia were established in September 2012 to deliver support services to schools to help drive up standards.

Labour Ministers must prepare for winter

The Welsh Labour Government must take action now to avoid being caught ill-prepared for severe winter weather, Welsh Conservatives have warned ahead of a key debate.Tomorrow, Welsh Conservatives will hold a debate on the impact of winter pressures on the delivery of public services and call on Labour Ministers to develop a cross-portfolio Winter Pressures Strategy.

Six-strong unit 'delivers' £400,000 bill

Welsh Conservatives have labelled the First Minister’s Delivery Unit a ‘puzzling money pit’ that needs ‘far greater clarity’. The comments follow the release of its operational running costs.

Flu jab uptake 'worryingly low'

Wales’ flu jab uptake is ‘worryingly low’ and lags behind both England and Scotland – according to latest figures. Just 51.8 per cent of over 65s in Wales have been vaccinated against a Welsh Government target of 75 per cent. In Scotland, latest stats show 61.6 per cent of over 65s have received the jab. In England, the figure is 60.8 per cent.

Statement on publication of Silk report

Commenting on the publication of the Silk Commission’s first report on fiscal accountability, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:“We welcome the publication of the Silk Commission’s first report and pay tribute to the efforts of Paul Silk and his team in developing recommendations to reflect the needs of Wales.

By-election result statement

Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies AM has congratulated Welsh Conservative candidate Craig Williams following the result of the Cardiff South and Penarth by-election. Mr Davies said: “Craig fought a determined campaign and I congratulate him on retaining second place – ahead of both the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru.