FMQs: Dummies, Crims & Puppies

FMQs, 13th February Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central): Hywel Dda Health Board Budget Deficit Hywel Dda health board (which serves west Wales) is projecting a budget deficit of…

AMs unlikely to get a final vote on…

(Title Image: Welsh Government via BBC Wales) The Issue With the projected costs of the proposed M4 Newport bypass rapidly approaching £1.5billion – and perhaps not stopping there – the issue has once again loomed…

AMs back public consultation on Assembly reform

(Title Image: Institute of Welsh Affairs) Earlier this afternoon, AMs unanimously backed launching a public consultation on proposals to reform the National Assembly that were contained in the McAllister Review, which was published at the…

FMQs: Apologies, Border Controls & E-mails

First Minister apologises to Adam Price Following "ugly scenes" in the Senedd chamber last week after his use of e-mail correspondence between Adam Price AM (Plaid, Carms. E & Dinefwr) and Hywel Dda health board…

What Suzy Davies said about disabled access &…

The latest short debate looked at two related issues that best demonstrate the positives of the Senedd's petitions system as they've both received lots of public attention and influenced government policy to a certain degree.…

AMs demand ban on new-build leaseholds

(Title Image: lovemoney.com) The Issue When you buy a property there are broadly two types of contract/purchase. Firstly, freehold - where you own the land the property is built on outright. Secondly, there's leasehold -…

FMQs: But his e-mails….

FMQs, 30th January 2018 Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central): Carl Sargeant Reshuffle Leaks The first inquiry findings into the events leading up to the death of Carl Sargeant…

What Sian Gwenllian said about gender quotas

(Title Image: Focus Magazines) 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of granting women the right to vote in the UK – though it still had additional restrictions compared to men. How much progress has been made…

FMQs: Withybush, M4 Newport & Mobile Signals

FMQs, 23rd January 2018 Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda): Rumoured hospital closures in west Wales It's only been three years since Hywel Dda health board reconfigured services to provide a long-term solution. As First Minister,…

What AMs said about medicinal cannabis

(Title Image: Telegraph) The Issue Cannabis – despite its classification as an illegal narcotic – can be an effective pain-reliever, particularly for chronic and neurological conditions. Chemical components from cannabis have now been used to…

What Lee Waters said about The Rise of…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) We're currently on the cusp of what's called the "Fourth Industrial Revolution", whereby the economy becomes more responsive to big data and many industrial and service processes are either replaced by…

2018-19 Welsh Budget approved

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Yesterday, AMs discussed and voted on the final budget for the 2018-19 financial year. Key differences between the Draft & Final budgets Overall draft spending plans (here); draft budget details (here);…

FMQs: Carillion, Stressed NHS Staff & Prosperity

Emergency Question: Carillion's Collapse Adam Price AM (Plaid, Carms E & Dinefwr): What plans has the Welsh Government made to respond to the consequences of Carillion entering liquidation? Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West)…

Senedd honks horns over traffic congestion

(Title Image: Wales Online) The Issue A report at the end of last year showed traffic jams cost the Welsh economy £280million last year (though some, like John Dixon, have questioned how this figure was…

AMs back Valleys Action Plan

(Title Image: Wales Online) The Issue The Welsh Government's Valleys Taskforce recently launched their action plan (my take here) after a lengthy consultation process with the affected communities. The plan aims to improve the economic…

FMQs: NHS Battlefields, Brexit Fund & Plastic

FMQs, 9th January 2018 Leader of the Opposition, Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central): NHS Winter Pressures Were highly-publicised pressures in the Welsh NHS over the last few weeks predictable and preventable? Some…

Cashing in on the Metro?

(Title Image: BBC Wales) The Issue Following on from yesterday's statement by the Economy Secretary on the Welsh Government's transport strategy, backbench AMs used the final member's debate slot of the year to outline their…

FMQs: Homelessness, Bullying & Windfarms

Darren Millar: "I asked the bullying questions at Carl's request" Darren Millar AM (Con, Clwyd West) – whose written questions on bullying in October/November 2014 have been at the heart of the debate over the…

Caution on extra health spending as draft budget…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) The Issue Over the last few weeks, the chairs of the Senedd's committees have taken evidence on the proposals contained within the Welsh Government's draft budget for 2018-19. The Finance Committee…

FMQs: Norn Iron, Brexit & SpAds

This afternoon's FMQs saw a first with the first emergency question accepted since the Llywydd introduced the practice in May 2017. Emergency questions must be "of urgent national significance" and can be submitted by any…

Tidal Lagoon main bone of contention as Senedd…

(Title Image: Wales Online) The Issue The UK Budget last week contained a ballpark figure of an additional £1.2billion for Wales over four years. However, after the recent cancellation of south Wales mainline electrification between…