2010

24 March 2010

Local AMs Switch Off And Join WWF For The Greatest Show On Earth

Angela__Paul_2Pembrokeshire's Conservative Assembly Members are pictured backing WWF's Earth Hour and urging people, schools and business in the county to also sign up to the big switch off to show they care about climate change.

By switching off their lights off for one hour on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm they will join millions of others across the globe in a graphic demonstration to decision makers that they support urgent action on climate change.

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22 March 2010

Glastir Scheme Being Introduced Too Fast, Says AM

The Glastir scheme is being introduced too fast and with too little information, says Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies.

The new £89 million land management scheme is due to come into operation from 2012 to replace the existing Tir Gofal, Tir Cynnal, Tir Mynydd, the Organic Farming Scheme and Better Woodlands for Wales schemes.

But speaking in a debate at the Senedd, Mr Davies said that a number of Pembrokeshire farmers had been in touch with him to express concerns about the changeover.

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Paul Davies AM Gets 'Engaged' At Senedd Event

68_Paul_Davies_03.03.10_SeneddShadow Welsh Education Minister Paul Davies AM met higher education experts at the National Assembly last week to find out how universities in Wales are leading the way in terms of working with the public.

The 'Higher Education and the Welsh Public' exhibition, organised by the Beacon for Wales, celebrated the many ways in which Welsh universities bring their knowledge out into the wider World. Every university in Wales was represented at this prestigious showcase event.

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19 March 2010

Crisis In Orthodontic Treatment Revealed By AM

Local AM Paul Davies has uncovered a crisis in orthodontic treatment in Pembrokeshire.

Youngsters face routine waits of three-years for orthodontic appointments and can then face 80-mile round trips for treatment.

The situation has got so bad that Mr Davies has asked for the Welsh Health Minister to investigate.

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Fishguard Left Lagging Behind Other Seaside Towns

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies says Fishguard is lagging behind other seaside towns because it has such a poor train service.

In a debate at the Senedd Mr Davies pointed out that Pwllheli, a coastal town the same size as Fishguard, has six trains a day.

But the Pembrokeshire town – despite also being a major ferry port – only has two trains, one of which leaves in the middle of the night.

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Details Needed On European Funding For Broadband

Details are needed as to how European funding is going to help improve patchy broadband access in Preseli Pembrokeshire, says local AM Paul Davies.

Welsh Assembly ministers announced at the beginning of this year that communities will be able to access European funding to enhance their broadband services following the changes to guidance on Information and Communication Technology infrastructure.

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15 March 2010

Labour Has Failed On School Building Modernisation

COMMENTING on proposed changes to the way school building projects are funded, Shadow Education Minister Paul Davies AM said:

"Labour has failed to fulfil its promise to make all school buildings in Wales fit for purpose by 2010.

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Fishguard Trains Recommendation Set To Be Shunted To The Sidings

An official recommendation that extra trains are laid on to Fishguard is set to be shunted to the sidings.

The Welsh Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee said the town should have more than two trains a day– a proposal also backed by regional transport consortium SWWITCH, local petitioners and the North Pembrokeshire Transport Forum.

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Concern Over Foundation Phase Implementation

Commenting on concerns over the implementation of the Foundation Phase, Shadow Education Minister, Paul Davies AM said:

"This is not the first time teachers have expressed concerns about the roll-out of the Foundation Phase.

"While we support the principles of the scheme there have been concerns over funding for this initiative ever since it was launched.

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Concern Over Foundation Phase Implementation

Commenting on concerns over the implementation of the Foundation Phase, Shadow Education Minister, Paul Davies AM said:

"This is not the first time teachers have expressed concerns about the roll-out of the Foundation Phase.

"While we support the principles of the scheme there have been concerns over funding for this initiative ever since it was launched.

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Reassurances Given Over Local Power Station Workers

Pembrokeshire's Conservative Assembly Members have been given reassurances by the company building Pembroke's new power station that they are using as much local manpower as possible.

Angela Burns and Paul Davies visited the npower power station for an update on the project and to meet the main building contractors Alstom.

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Conservative AMs Back West Wales Doctors In Demand For More Patient Choice

Pembrokeshire's Conservative politicians have backed a group of west Wales doctors who are calling for the NHS in Wales to introduce patient choice.

An open letter signed by 60 doctors, mainly from west Wales, argues that a lack of choice in the Welsh NHS is increasing health inequalities.

It also states the previous situation of treatment anywhere in Wales "was a better option for the patient".

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12 March 2010

AM Outlines Importance Of Consultation On School Closures

Future_of_FringePreseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies has outlined the importance of holding full consultations before school closures go ahead.

Mr Davies, who is also shadow Welsh Education Minister, told the Senedd that it is vital proper inquiries are made before schools are closed.

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11 March 2010

Home Economics Back On The Menu For Pembrokeshire Children?

Pauls_Speech_4Home Economics should be back on the school curriculum in Pembrokeshire, says local AM Paul Davies.

Mr Davies, who is also Shadow Welsh Education Minister, outlined the plan in a keynote speech to the Welsh Conservative Party's Spring Conference.

"If you are to get on in this world you need more than formal qualifications," he said. "You also need the know-how to manage your home, time and finances.

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09 March 2010

Consultation Vital On School Closures

Welsh Conservatives will tomorrow urge the Assembly Government to ensure that full consultation is held ahead of proposed school closures.

Speaking ahead of the party's Opposition debate in the National Assembly, Shadow Minister for Education Paul Davies AM said:

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