04 March 2010

Welsh Language Legislation Requires Detailed Study

COMMENTING on today's publication of the Assembly Government's Welsh language Measure, Shadow Minister for the Welsh language Paul Davies AM said:

"Welsh Conservatives are committed to supporting the Welsh language.


03 March 2010

Funding Review Must Deliver Thriving University Sector

COMMENTING on today's announcement of a review into university funding in Wales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This review must deliver much more than simply a cheap headline for a recently appointed minister.


01 March 2010

Free Laptop Scheme Still No Further Forward

PLAID Cymru's free laptops for children policy is no further forward nearly three years into their coalition with Labour.

Information obtained from the Education Minister Leighton Andrews confirms that a pilot scheme is finally due to roll out in March 2010 at a cost of £700,000 over the two financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11.


23 February 2010

Review Must Re-focus Spending On Education Not Bureaucracy

RESPONDING to today's statement on the proposed review into education funding in Wales, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"This review must get to the heart of funding problems in schools, colleges and universities across Wales.


09 February 2010

Minister Must Get To Grips With The Problem, Not The Title

COMMENTING on today's report that the Education Minister wants people to stop using the term NEETs to describe people not in education, employment or training, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Rather than obsessing about whether we should use the term NEET, the Education Minister should spend his time reducing the number of people who actually are NEETs.


Help For Homeless

helpForHomeless"Homelessness Sunday" resulted in three trolleys of food being collected for the homeless in the county.

"We would like to thank everyone who gave their time, energy and assistance into making the collection one of the best ever," said Jane Potter, debt advice co-ordinator for PCS.


08 February 2010

Post Office Closure Findings No Surprise To Conservative Politicians

clarbestonPostOfficeClosureNew research revealing that the closure of local post offices broke community ties and hit vulnerable people hardest comes as no surprise to Pembrokeshire's Conservative politicians.

The study by Consumer Focus Wales found that the elderly, disabled and poorer people were less able to access services since the closures. They also became more isolated and lonely, it added.


02 February 2010

Blow To Fishguard As Extra Trains Ruled Out For Now

Fishguard won't be getting any extra trains in the immediate future despite an Assembly enterprise committee's recommendations, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is warning.

A two-month enquiry by the Welsh Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee said that the town should have more than two trains a day – a proposal backed by regional transport consortium SWITTCH, local petitioners and the North Pembrokeshire Transport Forum.


01 February 2010

Free School Breakfast Scheme Must Be Reviewed

WELSH Conservatives today demanded that the Assembly Government review the value for money of its free school breakfast scheme after it emerged they are spending more than £8mn on the initiative.
Figures obtained by the party reveal that the cost of operating the scheme last year was £8.3mn. It is thought this will rise even higher in 2010.

The news comes after it emerged average spend per pupil in Wales is £527 less than in England. Education Minister Leighton Andrews has also pledged to hold a review of education spending to "make sure we make the best use of the resources available to us".


29 January 2010

Pembrokeshire Pupils Have £229 Less Spent On Them Than English Counterparts

Pembrokeshire's school pupils have on average £229 less spent on their education each year than their English counterparts, new figures reveal.

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM and Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies says that children in Wales are missing out because of the spending gap.


28 January 2010

Pembrokeshire’s Vital Holiday Let Sector Hit By 85 % Higher Rates

Pembrokeshire's vital holiday let sector will be hit by an 85% average hike in business rates bills this spring, local AM Paul Davies has revealed.

Business rates bills are rising from April following a rates revaluation and the Welsh Assembly Government concedes that the self catering industry has been hit extra hard.

But it is refusing to give any special financial help to the sector.


27 January 2010

Education Spending Gap Unacceptably Wide

COMMENTING on today's figures which show that the gap in average spend per pupil between Wales and England has risen above £500, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Breaking through this unacceptable barrier puts added pressure on the First Minister to fulfil his commitment to increase education spending in Wales.

"We will also be looking at how the new Education Minister addresses this issue in light of his recently announced spending review.


25 January 2010

Assembly Government Needs To Spend Nhs Money More Wisely

New figures revealing that productivity in the Welsh NHS is lower than in England proves the Government must spend health money more wisely, says Pembrokeshire's AMs.

The Nuffield Trust report into healthcare systems across the UK showed that while more was spent on the NHS in Wales, productivity levels were considerably lower than across the border in England.


Paul Davies Am Kicks Off Farmhouse Breakfast Week At Senedd

farmhouseBreakfastWeekPreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies recently attended the launch of Farmhouse Breakfast Week in Wales.

The event, aimed at promoting the use of Welsh farm produce in traditional breakfasts, was hosted by Mr Davies at the Welsh Assembly Building.


22 January 2010

Chevron’s Restructuring

Commenting on Chevron's restructuring plans, Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies said: "This news is of huge concern. Chevron has said it won't make any more detailed announcements for at least another five weeks so the 1,400 workers now face a very stressful time waiting to hear what the future holds.

"I am supporting my Conservative colleagues in pressing Chevron's Head Office in California for more details as soon as possible and stressing to them the importance of the refinery to both Pembrokeshire and the whole of Wales."


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