August 2013

23 August 2013

Welsh Government Fails to Share Best Practice with Itself

Commenting on the publication of a report by the Assembly's Finance Committee, which concludes that the Welsh Government wastes money through poor asset management and that its departments work independently, Paul Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Finance, said:

"The Welsh Government should practice what it preaches to local authorities and other public bodies in Wales.

"It is the height of hypocrisy to preach to the public sector about the need to tighten belts and spend money wisely, when this Labour Government hasn't even got its own house in order.

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21 August 2013

Local AM Slams Cancelled Ops Figures for Withybush

Paul is pictured in front of Withybush Hospital.Figures obtained by the Western Mail show that in 2012-13, 72 patients at Withybush hospital had an operation cancelled, with 50 of those patients having their operation cancelled due to bed shortages. The latest figures are equivalent to one and a half persons a week, on average in Pembrokeshire.

Commenting on these figures, local Assembly Member Paul Davies said, "These figures are extremely worrying. The cancellation of an operation is difficult for any patient. Therefore it is essential that the health board takes measures to tackle this issue urgently.

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19 August 2013

Local AM Supports FSB Rural Business Agenda

L-R: Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies, FSB Member Stephen Cole, Rachel Bowen FSB Policy Manager for Wales, Stephen Crabb MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies has recently attended a Federation of Small Businesses event at the Pembrokeshire Show, to highlight their agenda for rural business. Their vision promotes three ways of helping rural businesses by improving digital infrastructure, reducing high fuel costs and re-establishing sensible arrangements for business rate relief.

Mr Davies said, "I was delighted to attend the FSB rural agenda launch to learn more ways in which we can help rural businesses. Engaging and understanding the needs of small firms is vital in rural areas like Pembrokeshire. I regularly receive correspondence from businesses regarding a lack of access to fast and reliable broadband and mobile phone coverage is still a big issue in many parts of west Wales. Broadband is no longer a luxury for businesses – it is essential and so more must be done to ensure that businesses in Pembrokeshire are on a level playing field to compete for work. For my part, I will continue to raise this issue at an Assembly level with the Business Minister.

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16 August 2013

Paul Davies encourages Holidaymakers to have their say

Preseli Pembrokeshire AM Paul Davies is encouraging local holidaymakers to have their say on what Welsh tourism has to offer and how the industry could be improved or marketed differently. The Welsh Conservatives have launched a twin track consultation on the future of tourism in Wales and the results of the surveys will feed directly into Welsh Conservative policy development and inform the Welsh Conservative manifesto for the 2016 Assembly elections. The second survey will invite contributions from people working in the Welsh tourist industry, seeking views about the work and structure of Visit Wales.

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Local AM Encourages Buying Local Produce

Local AM is pictured with Jayne Hancock, of Fields Lodge B&B, Herbrandston.Local Assembly Member Paul Davies is encouraging the people of Pembrokeshire to buy food locally, following the launch of the Welsh Conservatives' vision for Welsh produce. The vision is designed to promote local foods, support food tourism and encourage eating in season. With business support and tourism at its heart, the policy aims to bring food, drink and hospitality businesses together in a partnership scheme.

Speaking at the Pembrokeshire County Show, Mr Davies said, "In Pembrokeshire, we have many quality food producers, with an exceptionally high standard of produce, and we should take advantage of that. The quality of Welsh meat is particularly high and local and independent suppliers will often know the farm on which an animal was reared. Therefore, there is no better time to support your local butcher and the local agricultural industry."

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