The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has called for more measurable targets on economic success in Wales and a commitment to bring forward so far unreleased statistics on enterprise zones.
Questioning the First Minister in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies has highlighted the Welsh Government’s woeful record on targets across a number of departments.
In health, the urgent cancer treatment target was last met in 2008, the A and E target was last met in 2009, and the Welsh ambulance service urgent call-out target has been missed for the eleventh successive month, while in the department for the economy, targets are simply ‘never there’.
Mr Davies underlined recent comments made by the Federation of Small Businesses following the Welsh Government’s latest Programme for Government annual report. Writing for Wales Online, a spokesman said that ‘in Wales we are setting our sights too low’. Pointing to Scotland as an example, the Federation also highlighted the country’s ‘stretching targets against hard statistics’.
In a Birmingham financial services enterprise zone, there has been:
• Serious investment in development sites (£70million)
• Serious investment in skills and training (£1.5million)
• And a business development package worth £3.5million
Clear measurable targets include:
• 40,000 new private sector jobs
• Contributing £2.8billion to the economic in GVA per year
• And 1.3 sq metres of new private sector floor space
Similar information – regularly requested by Welsh Conservatives – either does not exist, or has not been released by the Welsh Government.
Mr Davies said:
“No targets, no data, and no real jobs. Welcome to Labour-run Wales.
“While other areas of the UK set measurable targets and detail how successful their enterprise zones have become, Welsh Ministers retreat into their shells and hope for the best.
“In Cardiff in particular, all they have managed to do is contaminate the market by nationalising office space.
“On health – the targets are never met. On the economy – the targets are never there.
“It’s about time Carwyn Jones’ government got its act together and got results for the people of Wales.”