07/02/2017 First Minister's Questions


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Good afternoon, welcome once again to the programme and our coverage

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According to the Order Paper we can expect questions on health policy,

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economic development and access for disabled people

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We're on Twitter of course - @walespolitics where you can see

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the latest developments in the Welsh political world.

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Well, business in the Siambr is underway - so let's cross

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to today's questions to the First Minister.

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TRANSLATION: I call the National Assembly to order and the first item

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on our agenda of this afternoon is questions to the First Minister.

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The first question. When does the First Minister intend to discuss

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health considerations with the Prime Minister. I thank the First Minister

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for that response, two weeks ago there was cross-party support in the

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Assembly for a motion calling on the UK Government to initiate the

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statutory public enquiry into the scandal of people with haemophilia

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who were given contaminated blood in the 1970s and the 1980s, which

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resulted in the death of 70 people from Wales and many more people are

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still living with HIV, hepatitis C and liver disease. Will the First

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Minister raised this directly with the Prime Minister when he meets her

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next so that the families of the 70 people who did die in Wales and all

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those who were affected can beat some closure? I can say that the

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Cabinet Secretary is leading the discussions on this he wrote the

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secretary of the health supporting the call for UK wide enquiry on

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behalf of all those who received contaminated blood. He is also heard

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it first hand the views of affected individuals and their family and is

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now considering the issues and concerns before making a decision.

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Good afternoon, may I first of all reinforce the calls for that

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national public enquiry, I think that is very important. The L EDC

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reported recently on the quality of the UK health services which

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recommended the need to establish a set of key health data and quality

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indicators for all of the UK health systems so we can benchmark

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ourselves effectively using agreed common definitions, facilitate

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quality and I wondered what discussions you or your colleagues

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had had with dual counterpart in the other devolved nations and

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Westminster to facilitate this so that we can judge ourselves in a

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peer-to-peer basis? There are active discussions with officials about

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this, the indicators the health very widely, but this is something that

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is in the early stages of exploration. -- vary widely will

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stop TRANSLATION: I also associate myself...

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It might be useful for the First Minister to put health on the agenda

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in relations to a exit from the EU, would the First Minister be prepared

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to raise the issue for Wales to be able to determine the level of fees

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is to be issued to NHS staff from aboard given greater dependence on

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NHS staff from abroad. Also, will he seek an assurance that following the

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UK leaving the Yukon and the requirements get a medicine licence.

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-- leaving the European Union. I think it he seek important that

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drugs are tested before they arrive on the market properly. There has

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been several instances over the years of course not going through

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proper appraisal. It is important that the current regulations stay in

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place. With regards to regional work visas it is an issue that the UK

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Government has not shut the door and, therefore it is interesting.

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There are practical issues that need to be involved in something we are

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keen to investigate. First Minister, one of the biggest challenges facing

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health care in the 21st-century is a dramatic rise in anti-mac mobile

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resistance, there have been few cases in China where resistance to

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antibiotics has been seen, unless dramatic action is taken we will be

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living in the world that existed before penicillin was discovered.

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The only review of this recommends an overall of the antibiotic and an

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intervention from the G20, what discussion has your government had

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with the Prime Minister about this issue and will you join me in

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calling on the UK Government to lead the way in tackling this resistance?

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Disease control and defence is an international matter, this

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resistance has been an issue the cell for years we have seen TB

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resistance to drugs, and some conditions that even some --

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so-called last resort antibiotics have not been able to resolve. Yes,

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there is a constant battle between humanity and microbes to ensure that

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we do not start to move backwards and find that there are not affected

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drugs to treat particular conditions. So, international

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cooperation is important. Will the First Minister make a statement on

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the performance of the PepsiCo fire -- Betsy had University health

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board. Performance in some of the areas is not what we would expect

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and the Cabinet Secretary has made his expectation clear. He needs to

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do more than this, this is a health board in special measures, and yet

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at other hospitals, the routine waiting time for orthopaedic surgery

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is a weeks, more than four times the government's target. What specific

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action is your government taking to address this particular problem

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across North Wales and in particular at this hospital. An additional hand

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surgeon has been appointed, some activity will be outsourced, we will

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continue to enhance the muscular clinical teams, with a focus on

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busier Gerard Pique. -- with a focus on physiotherapy. We expect that the

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waiting lists will now come down. TRANSLATION: There is a concern in

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the Colwyn Bay area that a surgery is closing, there are three

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surgeries and only one GP. It is an area where the mIU has been closed

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the several years there is an older population than the average and

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there are hundreds of homes now being built as a result of the local

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development plan. Would you agree that this is unsustainable and Tammy

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what you are doing? -- tell me what you didn't help this situation?

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Translate Shia, we have seen examples whether surgery say they do

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not wish to remain open. -- TRANSLATION: We have seen examples

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whether surgery say they do not wish to remain open.

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And so, there is a responsibility on health boards to ensure that the

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service continues and that it is broader and better. First Minister,

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I read an article about the state of the North Wells health board, in

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particular about hip operations, it claimed that some patients in the

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wells are waiting to need years. --- North Wales health board. Compared

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to England it is quite disgraceful, we wait a year and a half longer

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than is recommended. I have been waiting... Sorry... Can remember the

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head please. This is a very serious matter. -- Panther member be hard

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please. I am an painkillers which might doctor, when he handed them to

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me, it said on the box if you take these for more than three days you

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will become addicted. I guess my doctor and he said your choice is,

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you suffer the pain we don't take them. Now, people waiting the hip

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operations can get very depressed from the constant pain, I know this

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for myself, they can take painkillers that leads to side

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effects, why is it in Wales, it North Wells specifically, we have to

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wait up to two years with these operations? This is really not good

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enough. What are you going to do about that? I am surprised that that

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is the advice that the GP has giving you if it is correct, then I am

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surprised. Dealing with the issue that he has raised, it is right to

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say that waiting times are to log in some parts of the North of Wales. As

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the Cabinet Secretary have outlined the steps being taken to address the

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situation, including having an extra hand surgeon at hospitals.

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Questions now from the party leaders of the Welsh Conservatives... First

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Minister, you identified education as a priority of your stewardship is

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first Minster, last week evidence was given that showed that the

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number of teachers in our schools has declined by over a thousand

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since 2000 pence. --- First Minister. Dashed 2010. Why have you

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allowed the number of teachers teaching in schools to decline over

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a thousand? Never mind that teaches pain conditions have not been

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devolved, so his party is in charge of funding. There will be some

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schools when numbers have dropped and staff has blocked. We look

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forward to working to provide a package to show that teaching

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remains attractive. It is always somebody else's' fault to you. We

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have seen a thousand pages disappear from the classrooms. ---1000

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teachers. The funding gap that is between what is bonded in England

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has stretched from ?31 per pupil in 2001, two ?607 in 2015, so, not only

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are we getting less teaches your government is getting less money

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available. What are you going to do about closing that gap? He is surely

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having a laugh. He is a member of a party that wanted to cut spending on

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schools. If he had been in my job now schools would have been starved

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of funding, with fewer teachers and few achievements in our schools. We

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have kept our promises on school funding. We have seen an improvement

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in GCSE results, A-level results, we saw the categorisation results from

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last week where schools have improved, we provided money to help

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those from deprived backgrounds and helped those schools financially

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better not improving as they should. We have a good record on education.

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Obviously you must have been living in a different universe because we

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had no courts from education... What we have had since Christmas are

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report and results that have shown on your watch education has either

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gone backwards or stood still. That is a fact. The evidence given to the

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ever patient Dee education commission pointed to less teaches

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and less money available in schools here in Wales. The issue you have,

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is the news today of the introduction of the new curriculum

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is hitting problems when it comes to leadership as well as the Pioneer

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schools not knowing where they are going with the introduction of the

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new curriculum. How can you give any certainty that you will right the

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wrongs of your first term in office that pupils, teachers and parents

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can seek genuine improvement in school and are we going to be on the

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mystery tour that the Scottish education minister said they are

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going and? I have no idea what he means by

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that. I'm not letting him off the ski were on this one. He's fought

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elections on the basis of a 12% cut in education. That is fact. He stood

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as a Conservative candidate in the election in 2011, in 2011 when his

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leader went on live TV, live TV, and said we need to cut education by

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20%. The evidence is there. Not the alternative facts he wants to

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present. We see a school buildings programme, new schools across Wales,

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members can see where they are. With him in charge nothing would have

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been built. His party kept at the school building programme in

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England. You want to see the improvement in schools in terms of

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capitalisation, you wouldn't have seen the grant, you wouldn't have

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seen the money we have put into schools, we wouldn't have seen

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improvements in GCSEs or A-levels. It's right to say and the Welsh

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Conservatives Welsh education would be consigned to the dustbin.

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The leader of the Ukip group, Neil Hamilton.

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The First Minister will know I'm a strong supporter of the Welsh

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government policy of achieving 1 million Welsh speakers by 2015, and

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I'm a great admirer of the Minister for lifelong learning who brings his

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legendary -- 2050. Who brings his skills to the achievement of that

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objective. In particular I approve of the basic principle of tolerance

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and respect those for English speakers and Welsh speakers that he

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has brought to the development of this policy. It's made it marketable

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beyond areas where it might otherwise have been. Does the First

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Minister think that the success of this policy in the Welsh government

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is being put at risk by Plaid Cymru control of Carmarthenshire County

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Council which is forcing a Welsh language school upon people in an

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area near Llanelli against the overwhelming wishes of the majority

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of parents in that village? These are matters for

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Carmarthenshire Council, they must make an assessment in terms of what

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they see is the right solution for any particular area within their

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county boundary. The Welsh medium education strategy

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says that it's for Wales should be a country where people choose to live

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their medium for either or both Welsh or English. Here we've had a

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consultation process, 18 months after the decision was made, in

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which five people proposed for everyone in favour, and 757, which

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is an enormous number for a small village responded against this

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proposal by Carmarthenshire County Council. That's not a consultation,

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does he agree with me that the leader of the people who are against

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this proposal when she says that Welsh by compulsion breeds

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resentment. These are matters for

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Carmarthenshire Council as a government we are supportive of the

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Welsh language. We want to see an extension of Welsh medium education

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and more children involved in it. It is for Carmarthenshire Council to

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justify the decisions they take in view of elections in May.

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That is the constitutional position but the Welsh government, because

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this is a Welsh government policy on improving the condition of the Welsh

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language and maximising its appeal and reach, must have a persuasive

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influence here. There is a practical solution to this problem, at the

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moment there are three Welsh medium schools in Llanelli. With 170

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surplus places than 120 out of area Welsh speaking pupils currently

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being brought into the school whilst 81 English medium pupils are being

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taken out of the school. What we needed to have a practical solution

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on the ground which that defies both parties. That can be done without

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putting at risk the acceptability of what, otherwise, I think is an

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exceptional policy which paves the way for the Welsh language.

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These are matters I would have expected Carmarthenshire County

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Council to consider. It's not for the Welsh government to intervene.

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It is important, of course, that any local authority takes into account

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the views of those who live locally whilst considering, of course, the

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encouragement we give the to supporting the Welsh language.

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It is a matter for the council to decide and explain.

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood. I'm sure Carmarthenshire council would

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have expected more support from you, First Minister. But I want to return

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to a matter of income differences. First Minister, when it comes to

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differences in income between... Can we hear the leader of Plaid Cymru,

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please? When it comes to differences in income between regions and

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nations the UK is one of the most unequal states in Europe. Wales

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suffers from this imbalance as well. To address this imbalance on market

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towns and post-industrial towns need good quality public sector jobs.

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Now, hijab musty, DWP, the job centre are moving jobs from towns

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which suffer from low wages like Porth and Llanelli. Jobs are being

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moved to more centralised sites. -- H M R C. There is a consultation on

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moving Ambulance Service jobs from Carmarthenshire to Bridgend. Do you

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recognise this centralisation agenda, and are you concerned about

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jobs and services being moved out of communities through a smaller number

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of locations? I deplore the decision taken by huge

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MRC in Porthmadog and those including my own time some years

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ago. Certainly I am concerned about the withdrawal of commercial banks

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from many of our communities and we need to ensure that the Post Office

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is then able to offer up the same kind of services the bank does. That

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depends on post offices being there as well which is is why we need the

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post office to grab and fund to keep that service.

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I share your concern about the post offices and banks, there is a real

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concern about the viability of some of our town centres if this agenda

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continues. We know what the UK Government agenda is, but, First

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Minister, you have levers to counter this on the Welsh revenue authority.

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Plaid Cymru would agree that Treforest industrial estate is a

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better location than Cardiff. But that decision means that Porthmadog

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Andrex them feel very hard done by and they need an alternative offer

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-- and racks. What plans do you have to support a Welsh public sector

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presents in the North west of Wales and in the Wrexham. You said that

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the WRAP and have a presence in Aberystwyth on Llandudno. How many

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jobs as a presence represent? And when it comes to the targeting for

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the distribution of Welsh government jobs across the country, are you on

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course to reach those targets? In terms of the number of jobs the

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total number would be 40 in the Welsh revenue authority. Some people

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would be based home in order to work, and it looked very carefully

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with the WRAP could be based. A report was commissioned and member

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should know that that report was placed in the library on Friday. The

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skills that are required for the Welsh revenue authority skills not

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actually available on ways to any great extent. They aren't the same

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skills as the people and Porthmadog have. We have to recruit from

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outside Wales to make those skills available to us. The Welsh revenue

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authority will begin in April and it was made clear to me that bringing

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people to Cardiff in order to work was the option that was easiest in

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terms of recruiting people. But that doesn't mean in the future that the

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body can't reconsider where it might go. At the moment it's going to

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Treforest. That was the strong advice, by far the location that was

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favourable in terms of attracting people with specialist skills many

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of whom are in London at the moment. If there is a skills shortage in

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Wales that is down to your responsibility. You are responsible

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for the skills of people in this country. I want to move on to

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transport now. 12 months ago you unveiled a plan for the North Wales

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Metro, that plan fails to include Gwyneth, Conwy or Anglesey. But it

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did include Cheshire, Liverpool and Manchester. The maps of the routes

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are existing rail and bus lines, your economy secretary was quoted by

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the BBC as saying that ?50 million would be available for this. Do you

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really think ?50 million is enough to deliver an actual Metro? Where

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you commit today that the Metro system is planned in Wales will

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start with a points furthest away from the densely populated towns and

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cities so that those people who feel distant from this institution and

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from the centres and the arterial roads are able to see some early

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benefit from this transport investment?

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First of all the Welsh revenue authority will be up and running in

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April next year. It needs people quickly. It's not possible to change

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people and specialist skills in the time allowed.

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You've had years! It's not possible suddenly to train a pool of skilled

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people in a short space of time. Those people are in London at the

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moment and we are looking to recruit them. The skill doesn't exist in the

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main in Wales. The Metro is our idea, of course we want to promote

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it. The South Wales Metro was mentioned by me in bed with Rugby

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club in 2008 not as we are seeing improvement on that. Of course, we

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continue to support transport in all parts of Wales.

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We have called incessantly for the electrification of the North Wales

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mainland as far as Holyhead and we want the UK Government to deliver

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that the future. We want to make sure that as we look at the North

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East Wales Metro, in time, it can expand west. These are not Metro

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system is designed to be self-contained. The system is

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designed to be extended in future. Question three.

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Will the First Minister make a statement on how the Welsh

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government intends to distribute economic prosperity across Wales?

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Well, taking Wales forward sets out our commitments to deliver resilient

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communities and prosperity for all and economic prosperity will

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underpin for cross cutting strategies published this spring.

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As we have heard there was an announcement that the headquarters

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of the Welsh revenue authority would go to Treforest. Now, having seen

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the paper that you mentioned and the location selection, the criteria

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make it entirely impossible for any thing to come to North Wales or

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anywhere beyond easy reach of Cardiff. Related to skills, but too

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related to being close to stakeholders and customers. Karen

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Arfon, nor Porthmadog were on the list of six possible locations being

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considered by the Government despite what you told this year on the 10th

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of January. Will you give detailed consideration to the need for new

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criteria when considering the location of posts, criteria that

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will allow dispersal of growth across Wales, otherwise the recent

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words by the Labour Party both here and in Westminster, by your Shadow

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Chancellor, are empty words. Well, we must remember reality here.

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It's important to realise that we have two ensure that it's easy, easy

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to achieve and secure the expertise that we need. That doesn't mean

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there isn't a role for North Wales or mid Wales. We will ensure that

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there are officers there in order to give customers the service that

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we're talking about, jobs that are specialist jobs that aren't

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available in Wales. More people will come from London and so we must

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realise that they are different jobs to the winds we had in Porthmadog.

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But we have to look for opportunities for people in towns

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such as Porthmadog to become part of the authority.

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First Minister, yesterday the economy secretary kicked off a week

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of job announcements with the outstanding news that the BBI group

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is consolidating and expanding its UK manufacturing operations onto a

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single site in my constituency at the border technology Park. This is

:27:52.:27:55.

in great part likes to Welsh government grant of 1.8 million.

:27:56.:28:04.

This investment will see BBI employment in Wales increased almost

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double by 2020 and provide excellent career opportunities in the South

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Wales valleys, fostering closer links to the scientific and academic

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community. It will provided significant boost to local economy.

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Isn't there is further evidence that the Welsh government intends to

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distribute economic prosperity across Wales, and when can the First

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Minister next come to a slowing to celebrate this news?

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I'm sure I will come to the constituency soon. BBI is an example

:28:36.:28:39.

of the hard work done by the Welsh government help businesses expand. I

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was pleased that sport has allowed the headcount in Wales to grow,

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particularly as these will be high quality management, scientific and

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technical roles. It was my pleasure the week before last to spend time

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in North Wales to see some of the excellent projects taken forward

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there as well in terms of job creation, tourism and education.

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First Minister, the UK's industrial strategy AMs to close regional

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productivity gaps. Here in Wales regional productivity regions

:29:10.:29:15.

deliver varies widely from Anglesey with 53% of the UK's GDA appeared

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with 19% in Cardiff. The Government has previously stated that

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variations in levels of GDA per unaffected by commuting patterns.

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Now while the Welsh government has put 80 million of European funding

:29:32.:29:36.

into the heads of the valleys Road improvements, mid and North Wales

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are traditionally suffering from poor transport connectivity. I know

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the exception of the Newtown bypass which is making good progress. Can I

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ask what your government is doing to close these regional gaps and

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economic prosperity caused by inadequate transport infrastructure?

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Well, he has slightly argued against himself thereby saying that there's

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a lack of infrastructure when the Newtown bypass is being built. That

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is hugely important. We've seen improvements on the 8470, the

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stripping of the road. And over the years we've had developments further

:30:12.:30:19.

south with bypasses and the Christmas pitch on the way to many,

:30:20.:30:27.

many examples. And in terms of the rail network we see improvements on

:30:28.:30:31.

the passenger services and do the constituency that he represents.

:30:32.:30:35.

They are important opportunities in the future to improve the service

:30:36.:30:39.

and potentially look up new stations. Bow Street is an example

:30:40.:30:43.

of that. We demonstrated our commitment both public and private.

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First government make a statement on the Welsh government's economic

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plans. We are improving economic development conditions. The First

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Minister will be aware that last week I bought a group of individuals

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together who have a track record of delivery in global Wales to make the

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case of developing a specific economic development strategy full

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formal Wales will stop whilst that model may work for many parts of the

:31:18.:31:22.

country, does the first Minster agreed that it might not be relevant

:31:23.:31:28.

for global Wales? EU agreed that there is an urgency to develop a

:31:29.:31:33.

plan in particular in the wake of the Brexit boat, as the impact of

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with global might be greater than elsewhere in the country. -- in the

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wake of the Brexit vote. And will you use the concerns of this group

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as the basis of creating a strategy full formal Wales. Yes I will. It is

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important that this is not seen as an urban and normal divide. I think

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the Member for what she has done and have passion for rural Wales. It is

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like to say that there are challenges beyond 2020 will stop we

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will see millions of pounds disappeared as farming subsidies go.

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There is no certain sees in that regard. -- there is no certainties.

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Now is the time to plan for a rural economy in Wales.

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TRANSLATION: First Minister one of the key elements of economic

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development lands where the enterprise developments, including

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creation of a waterway part in my constituency. Given that they are

:32:58.:33:03.

crucial to your plans, can you give us the latest news on the

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development of the enterprise zone, including the progress made towards

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a centre of excellence in marine and engineering and also the development

:33:17.:33:23.

opportunities for the enterprise part in contest is an energy and

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tourism? -- concentrating on energy and tourism.

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TRANSLATION: Many companies have benefited and received ?2 million of

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support. A group has been established in the enterprise zone

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itself which has a programme of work to support businesses and secure new

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contracts. We have seen investments as well, such as equipment projects,

:33:51.:34:01.

which have invested millions of pounds... And now, I planning

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application has been submitted to create a new energy generation site

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in Pembrokeshire, so many things have happened in the enterprise zone

:34:15.:34:26.

at a price full is not in 2014, 70.5%, the lowest ever recorded

:34:27.:34:32.

since records began for Wales, indeed the lowest fare any UK nation

:34:33.:34:39.

or region. It bounced back to 71% in 2015, but that was one of the lowest

:34:40.:34:43.

figures as well. Is the First Minister prepared to commit, the

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Welsh government, that we will not see this income per capita vigour or

:34:49.:34:53.

even further, but if it does after eight years at First Minister GB

:34:54.:34:59.

prepared to take personal responsibility? Bearing in mind that

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his party was in charge of this years. Saw GDP go down then. It

:35:04.:35:11.

shows... I know that is easily forgotten that... It does show the

:35:12.:35:17.

challenges in raising GDP. The more skilled people have, the more they

:35:18.:35:21.

can and and the higher they GDP goes. We have shown that we can

:35:22.:35:26.

deliver, unemployment is lower than England, and Scotland. GDP is now

:35:27.:35:34.

the challenge. Unemployment is not as much an issue as GDP. It is going

:35:35.:35:38.

in the right direction and we continue to acquit of people with

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the skills they need. -- to equip our people.

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TRANSLATION: Will the First Minister make a statement on dental practices

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in Wales? The health board is working to improve this and progress

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has been made. Some 30,000 additional patients are accessing

:36:06.:36:12.

NHS dentistry then a decade ago. You may be aware, First Minister, that

:36:13.:36:16.

the main reason children visit emergency units today is because of

:36:17.:36:20.

tooth decay and it is crucial that good dental care is provided for

:36:21.:36:26.

them at an early age. But, schoolchildren from many areas have

:36:27.:36:34.

lost access to a mobile dentist who visited schools because there was no

:36:35.:36:39.

learning to buy a new vehicle. -- there was no funding to buy new

:36:40.:36:48.

pillock or vehicle. -- there was no funding to buy a new vehicle. Do you

:36:49.:36:56.

agree with me that losing that service is quite unacceptable and

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what are you doing to ensure that it is reinstated in the future? Well,

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this is a temporary measure and know the health board are looking at

:37:05.:37:10.

fresh ways of ensuring that the service survives. They are looking

:37:11.:37:14.

at mobile units from other areas in order to achieve that and they are

:37:15.:37:18.

considering opportunities with regards to funding a new mobile unit

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to ensure this happens and in the meantime there is care available in

:37:25.:37:31.

other places. These are temporary measures and the hope is that the

:37:32.:37:38.

service will ultimately restart. 40% of children still don't visit the

:37:39.:37:45.

dentist regularly. A third of children start school and show signs

:37:46.:37:49.

of tooth decay and it is the most common reason why children aged five

:37:50.:37:54.

to 29 require admissions to hospital. Given that this North

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Wales mobile dental unit was last September, and the health board is

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only reporting now that they will get a replacement vehicle, and

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looking at other mobile dentistry resources, isn't it a little late

:38:10.:38:13.

six months later and should this not have been treated as a priority? If

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you agree with that, will your colleagues get on the phone to the

:38:19.:38:21.

health board and ensure that with your partnership it is treated as a

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priority? There are alternative provisions in place, although the

:38:29.:38:31.

intention is to restart the service. I can say that because of the design

:38:32.:38:38.

to smile, the latest dental survey shows a 6% reduction of children

:38:39.:38:49.

with dental problems. Over the last eight years, we've seen a 12%

:38:50.:38:53.

reduction in the proportion of children with at least one tooth

:38:54.:38:57.

affected by decay. That is an example of the success.

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TRANSLATION: What assessment has the First Minister made of disabled

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access to train stations in Wales. Access ability to all is the

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cornerstone of our transport. We measure passenger satisfaction with

:39:20.:39:25.

research and following that we see what kind of barriers it should be

:39:26.:39:30.

removed in order to ensure that no barriers exist in train stations for

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those who wish to use them. Thank you for that response, further to

:39:37.:39:43.

that over the past few months I received a number of complaints

:39:44.:39:47.

about the ability of disabled people to use a number of train stations

:39:48.:39:54.

including Pontypool, whilst recognising that train stations are

:39:55.:39:59.

not devolved at the moment, what is your government doing to ensure that

:40:00.:40:04.

stations across Wales reached the appropriate standards? Well, I

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greeted Lee with that, 245 stations, under the franchise in England and

:40:13.:40:18.

Wales and only a quarter of staff at present. Was macro I totally agree

:40:19.:40:23.

with that. We expect total improvements made... A station which

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had terrible disabled access, and after many years of campaigning, it

:40:38.:40:43.

became upgraded and I'm sure you will welcome the changes we now see

:40:44.:40:51.

all stop however, it is slightly tarnished by the conditions and diet

:40:52.:40:55.

as a consequence of an indecision between Network Rail as to who runs

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the station. -- the conditions and diet stop will you look at the

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opportunities at other railway station so that disabled access is

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not just at the station but getting to the station. Railway access is

:41:20.:41:24.

hugely important and they have to be accessible. We are aware of hygiene

:41:25.:41:33.

issues at stations. There is funding for a new cleaning regime and the

:41:34.:41:40.

services will be provided by the rail operator in the future. There

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was an opening question which mentioned the problems for people

:41:47.:41:52.

with disabilities at stations, you may be aware of the work of one of

:41:53.:41:57.

my constituents a disabled access rights campaigner who worked

:41:58.:42:06.

tirelessly across Wales to try and improve disabled access. While you

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are right to say that a large aspect of this isn't devolved, the

:42:10.:42:14.

management of this station is within the remit of Riva trains and that

:42:15.:42:22.

franchise. What are you doing to make sure that that franchise date

:42:23.:42:29.

as it vastly approaches that the disabled issues are put at the heart

:42:30.:42:33.

of all this. -- the remit of Arriva trains. So, that a new focus can be

:42:34.:42:40.

put on that so that disabled people do have access to stations which

:42:41.:42:45.

they deserved. We know we will be in full control of the franchise, and

:42:46.:42:51.

the opportunity is there to make the stations accessible. It is important

:42:52.:42:55.

that the issues are dealt with as part of the next franchise

:42:56.:42:58.

arrangements to make sure that we can use trains in the future. We had

:42:59.:43:04.

a visit to the Assembly last week from a group of wheelchair units who

:43:05.:43:11.

had the carrying complaints that transport staff hadn't been trained

:43:12.:43:16.

to deal with disabled people. This was unfortunately the case with rail

:43:17.:43:20.

staff, bus drivers and taxi drivers, what can your government do to

:43:21.:43:24.

ensure that transport staff are properly trained in this respect? It

:43:25.:43:31.

is a matter for operators of course, I've seen staff in my own

:43:32.:43:38.

constituency Terry station... With regard to the boss services it is

:43:39.:43:49.

packed year to remember braised cards being installed only for the

:43:50.:43:53.

bus country to introduce bosses that didn't lower. They were coaches with

:43:54.:44:00.

a seat that could be lowered onto the ground, but quite often the seat

:44:01.:44:05.

didn't work. That is a fine example of a transport company not thinking

:44:06.:44:10.

of the needs of its customer. It is hugely important the transport

:44:11.:44:13.

companies to comply with the law as it stands to make sure there is

:44:14.:44:22.

access for all. Would you make a statement on funding for

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postgraduate students? TRANSLATION: It will be confirmed

:44:29.:44:31.

this week that loans will be made for students beginning a

:44:32.:44:36.

postgraduate Masters course in the 2017 to 2018 year. LQ. Perhaps the

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First Minister will be aware, following an item on the news about

:44:46.:44:50.

the story of someone from my constituency who has tend to

:44:51.:44:54.

crowdfunding to try and pay her way through a postgraduate course to

:44:55.:45:02.

become a physician 's associate in Banga. She has a first-class degree

:45:03.:45:08.

in medical sciences but is having difficulty in affording the course

:45:09.:45:15.

because of her and similar students' inability to access postgraduate

:45:16.:45:20.

loans in Wales. The health service needs Emma and therefore students

:45:21.:45:24.

like Emma need that support now will stop as well as the pledge the

:45:25.:45:29.

students in the next academic year, which we are grateful for, how can

:45:30.:45:34.

we look at students who are at risk of dropping out of courses now in an

:45:35.:45:39.

area where we truly need their expertise?

:45:40.:45:46.

TRANSLATION: well, of course the course will start in autumn this

:45:47.:45:52.

year and by then assistance and support will be available. Of

:45:53.:45:57.

course, they will have had a much shorter wait than students from

:45:58.:46:01.

England, but one of the things they had to resolve was that more funding

:46:02.:46:11.

is available for postgraduates in order to ensure that will happen in

:46:12.:46:17.

the autumn. Question eight, Jenny Rathbone. What assurances does the

:46:18.:46:21.

First Minister have from the UK Government that the new rules would

:46:22.:46:27.

water down... It will be for this Welsh Assembly

:46:28.:46:32.

to decide what happens to food standards. I met with the chair of

:46:33.:46:37.

the Food Standards Agency, we effectively buy into the services of

:46:38.:46:40.

the Food Standards Agency and they are committed to ensuring that the

:46:41.:46:45.

exit from the EU will not compromise the UK's first-class food safety

:46:46.:46:48.

standards built up after many years of problems in the past.

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Unfortunately, there are villains across the world is keen to

:46:55.:46:58.

penetrate any weaknesses in our defences on this matter. We remember

:46:59.:47:03.

the horse Berger scandal. And I am concerned that trees Theresa May

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seems hell-bent on some sort of deal with United States who has much more

:47:14.:47:22.

difficulties with problems than this country or any other country of the

:47:23.:47:27.

European Union. What insurance did not assurances can we have from this

:47:28.:47:30.

government to ensure that the labelling on the food is what it

:47:31.:47:34.

says it is. And that we are absolutely up to the mark in terms

:47:35.:47:39.

of identifying adulterated food that might otherwise come onto the

:47:40.:47:43.

market. It is the case that during the

:47:44.:47:48.

Second World War American forces wouldn't choose British food. In the

:47:49.:47:56.

1990s I had a part in prosecuting abattoirs R standards were beyond

:47:57.:48:01.

description. Now we have practice that is world leading. Now we have

:48:02.:48:08.

practice is that mean now food is amongst the safest in the world and

:48:09.:48:12.

we should not play around with that hard earned, hard-won status. We

:48:13.:48:16.

will make sure in terms of devolved confidence that the food standards

:48:17.:48:18.

are not lower during Wales. There we are, that was

:48:19.:48:20.

First Minister's Questions. We're on a little later next

:48:21.:48:22.

week at about 4:15pm. If you want more Welsh politics

:48:23.:48:25.

this week, don't forget The Wales Report with Huw Edwards

:48:26.:48:29.

after the Ten O'Clock News As for today though, from all of us

:48:30.:48:31.

on the programme, goodbye. To be in the Lords,

:48:32.:49:01.

you have to be punctual... Sometimes you really do literally

:49:02.:49:04.

have to slam the door What right do they have to tell

:49:05.:49:06.

me about my fashion sense? Can you now control

:49:07.:49:11.

your bad language? Yes, I will. Otherwise you'll be,

:49:12.:49:17.

you know, drummed out. To win on something

:49:18.:49:19.

as important as this A unique opportunity

:49:20.:49:25.

to meet the Lords...

:49:26.:49:28.

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