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Backing for road digging utility charges

Commenting on the publication of proposals by the UK Government to charge utility companies in England for digging up roads during peak traffic hours, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said: “In Wales we are more familiar than most with the frustration of seemingly endless traffic jams caused by roadworks.

Congratulations to A-Level students

Shadow Minister for Education, Angela Burns AM, congratulates A-Level students across Wales - who have recently picked up their results.

Welsh Ministers dragging feet over Enterprise Zones

Nick Ramsay AM, Shadow Minister for Business, comments on the UK Government's announcmeent regarding enterprise zones and accuses Welsh Labour Ministers of 'dragging their feet' over similar developments in Wales.

“Time for action”: AM calls for urgent legislation to force eateries to display hygiene scores

Andrew RT Davies, the South Wales Central AM and leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly, has commended the swift response from Public Health Wales and environmental health teams in dealing with an outbreak of E.coli in Cardiff. He also repeated his calls for the Welsh Government to urgently bring forward legislation to force public eateries to display hygiene scores.

Soaring wait for business support

Welsh businesses are being forced to wait over twice as long for government funding under the new system – the ‘flagship’ Economic Renewal Programme (ERP).

Call for security review after government invoices are found in hedge

The Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly has called for a review of security procedures after an envelope containing government invoices was found in a hedge in Pembrokeshire.  Paul Davies – Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire – was handed the documents, which included bills for thousands of pounds and bank details for Dyfed Powys Police.

Systemic failings must be addressed

Commenting on the joint report by Estyn and CSSIW on the safeguarding of children in education services in Pembrokeshire, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said: “This report identifies serious failings, which are all the more astonishing given that Pembrokeshire County Council was rated as one of the top three Welsh education authorities only three years ago.

Taxpayers’ millions poured into Labour-donating unions

The Labour-led Assembly Government has given over £2million of public money to Labour-donating trade unions, Welsh Conservatives claimed today. Correspondence to Paul Davies AM, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly, revealed that £2.4million of public funds have been given to trade unions, which have made substantial donations to the Labour Party as well as Carwyn Jones’ leadership bid.

50% rise in exclusions for school staff assaults

The number of pupil exclusions for assaults on school staff has risen by 50 per cent over the last six years. That’s according to the Welsh government’s most recent figures – obtained by the Welsh Conservatives.

Pupils’ Welsh fluency levels unchanged since 1986

The number of primary school pupils who speak Welsh fluently is now relatively unchanged from the figure in 1986. The most recent Welsh government statistics – for 2009/10 - are virtually the same as those collated 23 years ago.