Assembly News

Labour-Plaid “lazy” on Olympics success

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions, the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has demanded more is done to encourage Welsh firms to apply for Olympics contracts. Only 11 supplying contracts have been won by Welsh firms, out of a total of 1,433.

NEETs issue needs to be tackled in school

Responding to a statement by the Welsh Assembly Government on 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “It is disappointing that the Labour-Plaid Government is on course to miss its target for reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

New Assembly term - same poor WAG record

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions, the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has challenged Carwyn Jones to take full responsibility for Wales’ poor economic standing and inadequate educational standards. Wales has the lowest GVA per head of all devolved UK countries and English regions.

Welsh Conservatives set out ambitious vision in 2011

Welsh Conservatives will begin a new term in the National Assembly by pledging a coherent, costed and clear alternative to Labour-Plaid in a programme for government in 2011. As the only progressive centre-right party in Wales, the Welsh Conservatives have great opportunities in the year ahead, asserts Nick Bourne AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly.

11% of Welsh population awaiting NHS treatment

Commenting on figures showing that almost 330,000 people in Wales are waiting for NHS treatment, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “It is an indictment of Labour-Plaid’s mismanagement of the NHS that one in nine people in Wales are waiting for hospital treatment.

Renewable energy needs a fresh approach

Welsh Conservatives will call for investment in a number of different renewable forms of energy during the group’s Opposition Debate on Wednesday January 12th. Labour-Plaid’s focus has been primarily on wind and the government recently missed its renewable energy target for 2010.

WAG misses ambulance response time target

Commenting on figures showing that the Assembly Government missed its target for ambulances responding to life-threatening calls within eight minutes in November 2010, Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services said:

Local Health Boards need to plan finances for the long-term

Welsh Conservatives today expressed concerns at rising costs of hiring specialist equipment to support extremely obese patients. Figures obtained by the Welsh Conservatives reveal that Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board is spending thousands of pounds repeatedly hiring equipment, when it would be far more cost-effective to purchase.

Small businesses key to raising prosperity

Commenting on figures showing considerable variation in the Gross Value Added (GVA) rates across the regions of Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for the Economy, said