2009

01 February 2009

AM Gets 'Inside' View Of Policing

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has gone "inside" thanks to Dyfed-Powys police force.

He's not spent a spell in prison but rather got an insider's view of life in today's police force.

He's taking part in the Assembly Police Scheme which aims to enable politicians see policing from behind-the-scenes.

"I spent a day at police headquarters in Llangunnor learning about the different tasks of the police force," said Mr Davies.

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31 January 2009

Spend On Welsh Tourism Needs Boosting, Not Cutting

Cutting Wales's tourism budget will have a disastrous effect on an industry that's already suffering, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies, who is also Shadow Welsh Tourism Minister, is concerned that the Welsh Assembly Government is planning to spend less on tourism.

"Wales's percentage of the national and international tourism market has reduced over recent years so this is very worrying news," said Mr Davies.

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30 January 2009

AM Supports Welsh Bid To Hose Euro Football Championships In 2016

Preseli Pembrokeshire's AM is supporting Wales's bid to stage the European football championships in 2016.

Paul Davies, who is also Shadow Welsh Sports Minister, says Wales should do its utmost to attract major sporting events.

"Hosting Euro 2016 would be an excellent way of promoting football in Wales, and Wales in general," he said.

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26 January 2009

Recommendations Over WMC Accepted

RESPONDING to the Heritage Minister's statement on the Wales Millennium Centre this morning, Shadow Culture Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"We welcome this statement on the future of the WMC today.

"It is reassuring that the Assembly Government has accepted all of the recommendations made in the Audit Committee's Report.

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24 January 2009

Local Sport Mustn't Suffer Because Of Olympic Funding, Says Shadow Sports Minister

Shadow Welsh Sports Minister Paul Davies says Pembrokeshire's sports clubs mustn't lose out because of the Olympics.

It's estimated that Wales will lose at least £70million in funding to the 2012 Olympics. The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee was told that the figure could rise to as much as £100 million if all factors were taken into account.

"The Welsh Conservatives are fully supportive of the London Olympics but there is a case that the Government should provide a Barnett consequential which would see Wales being repaid the money it is losing," said Mr Davies, who is also Preseli Pembrokeshire's Assembly Member.

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22 January 2009

AM's Fear Pembrokeshire Jobless Figures Are Just 'The Tip Of The Iceburg'

Pembrokeshire's Assembly Members fear that figures revealing there are up to four people chasing every job in the county are just the tip of the iceberg.

New figures revealed that in Preseli Pembrokeshire there were four job claimants for every vacancy. In South Pembrokeshire there are two.

It was also revealed last week that there are nearly two million people unemployed in the UK – 98,000 of them in Wales.

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Tourism Industry Neglected By Assembly Government

THE Assembly Government was today accused of neglecting the Welsh tourism industry after figures revealed Wales' share of domestic and international markets has fallen since 1999.

Information obtained by Shadow Heritage Minister Paul Davies AM shows that Wales is losing out to other parts of the UK in terms of attracting visitors and holidaymakers.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM said part of the reason was due to the Assembly Government's 'misguided' decision to scrap the Wales Tourist Board in 2006.

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18 January 2009

Exempt Preseli Ponies From EU Rules, Says AM

EXEMPT Preseli's wild ponies from EU rules that insist all horses are electronically tagged, says Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies.

From 1 July, all foals must be microchipped within six months of birth or by December 31, whichever is later, to fit in with EU regulations. But putting expensive tags on semi-feral ponies is an expensive waste of time that could even lead to welfare problems says Mr Davies.

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17 January 2009

TB Cull Reveals Need For Urgent Action

The devastation of a Pembrokeshire dairy herd by bovine TB underlines the need for urgent action to control the disease, says Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies.

The Daioni herd based at Boncath has been almost entirely slaughtered after testing positive for the disease.

"This case has made the headlines because Daioni is such a well-known brand," said Mr Davies.

"Tragically they have lost nearly the whole herd, 325 cows and 230 youngstock.

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16 January 2009

Pembrokeshire's Emergency Services Need Extra Funding To Cope With LNG Developments, Says AM

Pembrokeshire's emergency services should be getting extra funding to help them cope with any incidents at the new LNG terminals, says Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies.

The first delivery of Liquefied Natural Gas is due to arrive in Milford Haven in the next two to three weeks.

Fire crews in the County have undertaken special training and action plans have been put in place in case of an emergency but no extra money has been made available to fund the extra work.

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Locals May Lose Out On Jobs Because Of Driving Test Centre Closure, Warns Assembly Member

Local people may lose out on jobs because of the closure of Haverfordwest's driving test centre, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is warning.

The Centre at Withybush is being closed in February and those wanting to take tests to drive lorries or buses will have to travel to Neath for the exam instead.
But Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has been told that it won't be feasible to train drivers for a test route so far away and that job opportunities in the county could be lost.

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13 January 2009

Driving Instructor Fears Taken To Highest Level

A plea to stop Haverfordwest's driving test centre closing in less than a month's time is being taken to the highest level by Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies.

A group of specialist driving instructors met Mr Davies last week to ask for help in resolving the situation.

"These instructors prepare people for their heavy goods and trailer tests and they are gravely concerned about the effect that closing the local test centre will have on their livelihoods," said Mr Davies.

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Six-Fold Increase In Calls For Help To Pembrokeshire Women's Aid

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has been shocked to hear of a six-fold increase in the number of calls made by troubled women to the local Women's Aid charity.

On a fact-finding visit to Pembrokeshire Women's Aid Mr Davies was told of the huge increase demand for the services of the charity over the past year.

"Between March 2007 and April 2008, 97 women who needed information and support called the charity," he said. "But in the next four months alone there were 211 calls. If this level of calls continues then the charity will receive over 600

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07 January 2009

Shadow Welsh Heritage Minister Visits One Of Pembrokeshire's Most Ambitious History Projects

SHADOW Welsh heritage minister Paul Davies has visited one of Pembrokeshire's most ambitious history projects – a £1.5 million scheme to rebuild a Spitfire.

It is hoped that work will start this month on rebuilding the tail section of the Mark 8 Spitfire which is housed at Withybush airfield.

"It was fascinating to see the fuselage of the plane and to be talked through the task ahead of the team," said Mr Davies, who is also Preseli Pembrokeshire's Assembly Member.

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