2008

12 August 2008

More School Pupils Being Taught in Welsh

WELSH Conservatives today welcomed figures showing the number of pupils being taught solely or mainly in the medium of Welsh has risen.

The figure has risen from 20.3% last year, to 20.6% in 2008, which translates as 480 more children.

Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"These figures show there is a growing confidence in Welsh language education.

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11 August 2008

Congratulations to Nicole Cooke

Commenting on Nicole Cooke's gold medal win at the Beijing Olympics in the women's cycling road race, Leader of the Official Opposition Nick Bourne AM said:

"This is a magnificent achievement for Nicole Cooke.

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The Truth Behind The Botanic Garden Bail Outs

THE full extent of the financial difficulties facing the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been revealed by the Welsh Conservatives.

Following a Freedom of Information request, letters, emails and business plans spanning the last five years are now in the public domain.

Information obtained by the Leader of the Official Opposition Nick Bourne AM reveals:

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10 August 2008

Work Of Sea Fisheries Vessel Outlined To Assembly Member

Stopping rogue scallopers and checking the size of fish catches are just two of the vital duties carried out by the South Wales Sea Fisheries protection vessel, The
Cranogwen.

The Fishery Protection Vessel, which operates out of Milford Haven, patrols the sea from Cardigan to Cardiff – an area of 4,685 square kilometres.

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09 August 2008

Post Office Lifeline "Too Little Too Late" As Residents React To Closure Plans

Plans by the Assembly Government to throw a lifeline to some Post Offices have been branded "too little, too late" by Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members.

The news that the Post Office Development Fund is to be re-opened came as residents expressed their dismay at the axing of 57 branches across south west Wales. Thirty eight are to close outright, including Tiers Cross and Penally, and a further 19 - including Tavernspite and Clarbeston Road - will be closed and replaced by a visiting post bus.

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07 August 2008

AM Delighted By Senior Citizens' Big Lottery Grant

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is pictured presenting members of the Ambleston and Tufton Senior Citizens Group with a cheque for £2,103 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The award will ensure that the group will be able to fund their full programme of events for the coming year.

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Review Needed Into Welsh As A Second Language

TEACHING Welsh as a second language needs to be reviewed to ensure it is more effective, Welsh Conservatives said today.

Ministers need to reassess methods used to teach the language to encourage more people to use it, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM claimed.

The review would allow every school pupil in Wales to develop an understanding of the depth and extent of Welsh language culture and history, the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM said.

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Assembly Member Impressed By Innovative Pembrokeshire Recycling Plant

Garden benches made from recycled tyres was just one of the innovative products shown to Preseli Pembrokeshire's Assembly Member on a visit to a family-run county firm.

Paul Davies was given a guided tour of the AJ Recycling plant in Boncath which employs 14 people full time.

The company deals with the orange sacks from the north of the County and also recycles trade waste.

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05 August 2008

AMs "Bitter Disappointment at Post Office Closures"

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies was bitterly disappointed to hear the news of the post office closures. He said: "Labour seems determined to destroy our way of life here in rural Pembrokeshire.

"I am very angry that the consultation was such a short one – most government consultations last 12 weeks. It mustn't be forgotten that it is the Labour government driving this forward and trying to rush these closures through.

"A post office is not just a business because it provides so much more than just stamps, it is an essential public service to everyone in the community particularly to the elderly and vulnerable.

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04 August 2008

Concerns Raised Over Welsh Flag at Beijing Olympics

WELSH Conservatives today voiced concern at claims supporters of Welsh athletes will not be able to wave the Welsh flag at Olympic events.

Shadow Sports Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This has serious implications for freedom of expression and the rights of supporters and athletes to celebrate their success.

"Welsh medal winning athletes and their supporters have been able to wave the Welsh flag at previous Olympics without the threat of having them confiscated.

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01 August 2008

Haverfordwest Conservatives

Haverfordwest Conservatives counted Preseli Pembrokeshire's four new county councilors and the town mayor amongst their guests when they met for their annual summer garden party last weekend.

Held at Longsdon, near Haverfordwest, by permission of Mervyn Collins, the event raised funds for the local Conservative association.

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Free Match Entry Scheme Welcomed by Shadow Sports Minister

Haverfordwest County Football club's scheme of letting under-16s in to matches for free has been praised by the Welsh Shadow Sports Minister.

Paul Davies, who is also the Assembly Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, says the scheme is a great way to get more youngsters into sport.

"Haverfordwest County is to be congratulated for running this scheme again this year, it is exactly the sort of thing that can spark a lifelong interest in sport and keeping active," said Mr Davies.

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29 July 2008

Ministers Failing to Invest in Marketing Wales

WELSH Conservatives today published new evidence of the Labour-Plaid Assembly Government's failure to invest in the Welsh tourist industry.

Figures obtained by the party reveal that the coalition government is spending £5mn less on tourism marketing than the Wales Tourist Board did five years ago.

Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM described the news as "startling" and accused ministers of a "narrow-sighted approach" to investing in one of Wales' key industries.

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22 July 2008

New Heritage Minister Faces Many Challenges

COMMENTING on the appointment of Alun Ffred Jones as the new Heritage Minister, Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"I am pleased the Assembly Government has stopped dithering and finally appointed a replacement to Rhodri Glyn Thomas.

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18 July 2008

Competition in Television is Essential, Says AM

The importance of having more than one Welsh television broadcaster has been highlighted by Paul Davies AM.

Mr Davies was a member of the Welsh Assembly's Broadcasting Committee which has just completed a report on the future of public service broadcasting in Wales.

He spelled out how vital broadcast media is in Wales, especially as there are so few newspapers that purely cover the Principality.

"Broadcasting plays an important part in our lives, as citizens, we may not always appreciate how important it is," the Preseli Pembrokeshire AM told the Senedd.

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