20 December 2008

Survey Reveals That Quarter Of Teachers Pay For Text Books For Pupils

A new survey that reveals that a quarter of teachers have paid for text books for their pupils is shocking, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

A survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed that 85 per cent of teachers and classroom assistants had paid for stationery, prizes or display items.

Just over half of teachers said the items they had bought were essential for their job, while nearly 30 per cent said they paid for items themselves because their school or college was short of funding.


18 December 2008

Disappointment As West Wales Misses Out Once Again

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says west Wales has been overlooked once
again by the Welsh Assembly Government.

The Strategic Capital Investment Fund is providing £350 million of public money for 19 major projects – but not a single one is based in the west.

"Once again Pembrokeshire has been marginalised," said Mr Davies. "It seems that we are being punished for living in a rural area as we have been overlooked for investment yet again."


17 December 2008

Hopefully Not End Of Road For Brecon Jazz Festival

COMMENTING on the news that the Brecon Jazz Festival has gone into receivership, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies said:

"We are hoping this news does not mean that one of Wales' most famous music festivals will be lost forever.


15 December 2008

Tourism Plans Must Help Industry Weather Economy Storm

COMMENTING on today's publication of the Assembly Government's coastal tourism strategy,
Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"While welcome, this strategy is long-overdue given the fact that visitor numbers to Wales have fallen in recent years.


12 December 2008

Shadow Tourism Minister Says Visitor Budget Needs Increasing

Not enough is being spent on encouraging tourists to visit Wales says Shadow Tourism Minister Paul Davies.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member spelled out concerns in the Senedd that not enough money has been set aside in the Assembly's budget for tourism.

"Tourism is a highly competitive industry which is suffering because of the increase in costs generally," he said. A recent survey showed that Pembrokeshire was visited by 4.1 million visitors and that they spent £500 million in the County.


Irish Model Proves Need For Dualling Of A40

Pembrokeshire's economy is being hampered by the Government's refusal to dual the A40.

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies says that West Wales is being economically punished by not having the main road artery upgraded.


11 December 2008

Ministers Must Be In The Game To Bring Major Events To Wales

COMMENTING on today's reports that the Assembly Government could set up a new unit to attract high profile events like the FA Cup Final and Ryder Cup to Wales, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"We share the Assembly Government's commitment to attracting more high profile events to Wales and of course welcome the many major tournaments we have staged here in recent years.

"However, today's news demonstrates a typically slow reaction from the Assembly Government to something that has needed attention for some time.


10 December 2008

Ministers Must Ditch Empty Rhetoric On Welsh Language Laws

RESPONDING to Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy's comments today on proposed new Welsh language legislation, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"I welcome the Secretary of State's comments on the proposed new Welsh language legislation.

"He has certainly shed more light on the subject than his colleagues in the Assembly Government.


Audit Committee WMC Report Welcomed

RESPONDING to the Audit Committee's report published today on the Wales Millennium Centre, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies said:

"We welcome the recommendations put forward by this report.

"It was made clear in the Auditor General's report earlier this year that the Assembly Government failed to monitor the financial situation at the WMC after the building was complete.


08 December 2008

Business Plan For Future Of A40 A Step Closer

A business plan spelling out the need for improvements to the A40 is a step closer to reality following a fact-finding mission to Ireland undertaken by West Carmarthen AM Angela Burns.

She travelled to Ireland last week with Conservative colleague Paul Davies, Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM, to meet transport bosses, politicians and planners to discuss the future of our road network.

"We had a very busy four days of meetings and have brought back some very useful information," said Mrs Burns who is also shadow Welsh transport minister.


06 December 2008

Step In Right Direction For Goodwick Train Station

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has welcomed plans by the county council to buy Goodwick's dilapidated railway station.

The Council has decided to buy two acres at Goodwick station yard, including the run-down station building, to help with transport infrastructure improvements.

"I have been supporting plans put forward in the regional transport plan to reopen Goodwick train station and add extra rail services to Fishguard and this is a first step towards that goal," said Mr Davies.


05 December 2008

Tax Office Job Cuts

Commenting on the HMRC office closures Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said:

"I am bitterly disappointed by this news, I fed into the consultation over the closures and tried to highlight how important high quality jobs are in an area as rural as this where such posts are few and far between.


Double Roads Disappointment For Area

Pembrokeshire has been given a double roads blow that will prevent it prospering, says the county's Conservative AMs.

The Welsh Assembly Government has thrown out an appeal to make the A40 Robeston Wathen by-pass a dual carriageway instead of a three-lane road.

Pembrokeshire County Council had argued, with the support of AMs Paul Davies and Angela Burns, that it was unsustainable to build a road which in all likelihood will need updating in a few years time. But a Special Assembly Procedure Committee has ruled that it will go ahead as a three-lane road.


03 December 2008

Welcome Talks Over Joint Euro 2016 Bid

RESPONDING to reports today that 'tentative' talks have taken place between officials from Wales and Scotland regarding a joint bid to host the Euro 2016 football championships, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies said:


29 November 2008

Green Company Being Hampered By Power Shortage

A Pembrokeshire recycling company is being stopped from expanding and employing 12 extra staff because it can't get enough electricity.

A J Recycling in Boncath already employs 14 people and wants to expand and take on more. But it needs a stronger electricity supply and has been told it would cost £60,000 to install.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has now taken up their case with the Welsh Environment Minister.

"It is ridiculous that a successful Pembrokeshire business which is creating jobs in a green industry is being hampered by a lack of power supply," said Mr Davies.


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