July 2012

27 July 2012

Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones

Pembrokeshire Assembly Members Angela Burns and Paul Davies attended the cross party meeting on Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones and received a keynote presentation from the Welsh Fisherman's Association regarding the impact any designated zone may have upon the livelihood of local fishermen.

Three areas have been selected to consider as a HPMCZ's in Pembrokeshire, namely Dale, Skomer and South West Of Strumble Head.

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Local AM Encourages Pembrokeshire to sign the Cancer Treatments Fund petition

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies is urging the people of Pembrokeshire to support a Welsh Conservative petition calling for easier access to life-prolonging cancer treatments in Wales. Recent independent research by the Rarer Cancers Foundation found 24 cancer medicines routinely available to patients in England, which are not as easily –or routinely – available in Wales. The Foundation estimated it could cost as little as £3.3 Million to rectify the problem and create a Cancer Drugs Fund in Wales, similar to a fund already operating in England.

Mr Davies said, "I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the people of Pembrokeshire to support this important petition, which seeks to increase access to cancer drugs and other treatments in Wales, such as recent innovations in radiosurgery. It's deeply regrettable that it is currently more difficult to access modern cancer treatments in Wales than in other parts of the UK. Sadly, as a result, Welsh patients are five times less likely to access some cancer treatments than patients elsewhere."

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20 July 2012

Local AM Welcomes Eventual Broadband Announcement

Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has welcomed the Welsh Government's announcement on the Next Generation Broadband for Wales project and is calling for the Welsh Government to ensure that the rollout properly reaches all broadband 'not-spots' across Wales. The Welsh Government has signed a deal with BT to upgrade the network for 96% of properties by 2015.

Mr Davies said, "This decision has been a long time coming and whilst I welcome this important announcement, it is vital that not-spot areas like parts of Pembrokeshire are brought up to speed appropriately. This investment will be a failure if rural communities are left behind in broadband 'not-spots', while the rest of Wales benefits from a super-fast service. Sadly, there is very little detail in the Minister's statement on the precise detail of the roll-out and so I remain a little sceptical on this issue until it is confirmed that the people of Pembrokeshire will be definitely benefit from this project. I very much hope that the Minister will ensure that this is the case and I will monitor this issue in the meantime. I now look forward to the Minister's update in the Autumn, which I hope will provide more detail on which areas will be targeted by the project, as well as more detail on the technology that will be deployed."

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16 July 2012

Local AM Presents Award to “Stay Safe, Stay Away Campaign” Winner

Local AM Paul Davies is pictured with Philip Avery, Operations Executive for Wales of the National Federation of Builders, and nine-year old Cerys Davies.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has visited Ysgol Llanychllwydog in Pontfaen, to present nine-year old Cerys Davies with a prize for winning the National Federation of Builders' 2012 "Stay Safe, Stay Away" poster competition, for the whole of Wales. The NFB "Stay Safe, Stay Away" campaign aims to promote the dangers posed by building sites and to raise awareness and educate young people about the hazards at construction areas.

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Local AM Voices Concerns Over Welsh Government Health Failings

Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has criticised the Welsh Government following a catalogue of failings in the Welsh health service. Earlier this week, the publication of correspondence between the author of a so-called independent report and Welsh Government officials showed that the Health department worked with the author to produce a report with a pre-determined conclusion regarding the unpopular reorganisation of health services across the country.

Mr Davies said 'Emails between the Health department and the author of a supposedly independent report, suggest that there was collaboration to produce a report with a pre-determined conclusion. My constituents are extremely worried about the downgrading of services at Withybush hospital, as was demonstrated by a recent protest on the steps of the Senedd. Their concern will only be heightened when they learn that the Health Minister's department is working with academics to produce reports that suit their own needs."

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13 July 2012

Honouring Our Heroes – Local AM Raises Protection of War Memorials

Paul Davies AM is pictured at a war memorial in Pembrokeshire.Preseli Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Paul Davies has been selected for an Assembly short debate on the 11th July and has decided to use the opportunity to discuss the protection of war memorials in Wales. The debate will look at how the Welsh Government, local authorities, War Memorials Trust and other charities and organisations can work together to ensure that these memorials are safeguarded.

Paul Davies said, "We have a great opportunity ahead of the World War 1 centenary, to discuss the issue of protecting war memorials in Wales. Across the border, there are a number of campaigns that are raising awareness of war memorials and it is only right that we in Wales do the same. It's absolutely crucial that we remember the sacrifices that the armed forces and their families made, and continue to make, every day for the safety of our country. We must all ensure that future generations are fully aware of how their ancestors fought bravely for our country."

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12 July 2012

Labour’s Cuts Hindering NHS Finances

Commenting on the publication of the Wales Audit Office report on health finances, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"This report confirms the major challenges facing NHS bodies due to the record-breaking cuts imposed by the Welsh Labour Government.

"Labour Ministers ignored successive warnings about the impact that their real terms cuts to the Welsh NHS would have on the delivery of health services.

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03 July 2012

Local AM Visits Cilgerran Castle

Paul Davies AM is pictured at Cilgerran Castle.Commenting on his visit to Cilgerran Castle, Local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "I was delighted to visit Cilgerran Castle to launch the 'Stories in a Thimble' project as part of the Festival of British Archaeology. It is amazing to think the whole idea came from the excavation of a bronze thimble at the Castle. We in Pembrokeshire are so fortunate to have so many fantastic castles along with so many historical attractions and visiting them is truly inspirational and fascinating".

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02 July 2012

Survey Costs Need ‘Greater Scrutiny’

Welsh Conservatives have called for greater scrutiny of the amount of money spent on surveys commissioned by the Welsh Government.

Contract costs vary significantly according to information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

While a Severn Tolls and Fieldwork survey and an Impact Assessment of London 2012 Games cost 750 pounds and 4,813 pounds respectively, other surveys have cost considerably more:

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