Results 1–20 of 3000 for speaker:Mr Simon Thomas

7. Statement by the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee on the outgoing Auditor General for Wales (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Thank you to Nick Ramsay for bringing this statement forward on behalf of the Public Accounts Committee today, which enables me, on behalf of the Finance Committee, to endorse the thanks expressed to the auditor general. Although he works mainly with Nick's committee, of course, the governance of the auditor's office come to the Finance Committee, and we have very much appreciated the...

5. 90-second Statements (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. The Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, the oldest independent museum in Wales, is also this week celebrating a birthday—its one hundred and fortieth birthday. The museum was established to display rare geological artefacts collected by the Rev Gilbert Smith and purchased by the town for £100—that's £11,000 in today's money. Over the years, the museum has won many...

4. Topical Questions (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: I don't think I can add any more other than to say that I completely agree with what's been said by Lee Waters and Nick Ramsay. I said yesterday that I thought the governance of Natural Resources Wales was rotten and I had no faith in it: I repeat that just to get it on the record with you. I have no faith in the governance of this organisation at the moment. You know, making one mistake and...

3. Questions to the Assembly Commission: The National Eisteddfod (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: I thank the Llywydd for that response. I look forward to the Eisteddfod coming to the bay and to the Assembly and I particularly look forward to seeing this wonderful building that was built for the Welsh public being used for cultural purposes as well as political purposes. I always thought that this Chamber would make a wonderful Cylch yr Orsedd, but it appears that we haven’t gone quite...

3. Questions to the Assembly Commission: The National Eisteddfod (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: And I just want to urge everyone—. When I went to my first Eisteddfod, I could barely speak Welsh. It is an absolutely wonderful immersive experience, and I want to urge people throughout Wales to come to Cardiff, come to the National Assembly, be part of a magnificent experience and living a week through the Welsh language. Diolch yn fawr. 

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance: Infrastructure Investment in West Wales (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Well, before too long, the Government will receive the feasibility study emerging from the agreement with Plaid Cymru on reopening the rail line between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth. When the First Minister came to the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister in Aberystwyth, he poured cold water over the idea of reopening the line, which was rehearsed in the Cambrian News editorial. But...

3. Questions to the Assembly Commission: The National Eisteddfod (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: 1. Will the Commission make a statement on using the Assembly estate for the National Eisteddfod? OAQ52554

QNR: Questions to the Leader of the House and Chief Whip (Julie James) (18 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: What investment has the Welsh Government made in telecommunications in Mid and West Wales?

9. Motion to approve the financial resolution in respect of the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill (17 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Thank you very much, Deputy Presiding Officer, and I thank the Cabinet Secretary for the constructive meetings that have been held between himself and myself, and the officials of the Finance Committee and Government officials, which have led us to a position where the financial resolution is being brought forward today. I'd like to inform Members that the changes have been suggested and...

3. Statement by the First Minister: The Legislative Programme (17 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: First Minister, when you look at the Record, I’m sure you will find that there were six legislative proposals made by the Plaid Cymru leader in her response to your proposals, and all six of them are exciting and radical ideas for Wales. I’d like to add another three. First of all, the leader of the house told me, as we discussed the Bill that became the Law Derived from the European...

2. Business Statement and Announcement (17 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: First of all, can I ask the leader of the house how the Welsh Government intends to keep Members informed of developments around the Brexit process? Things are very febrile in Westminster, and they're going on holiday early—perhaps never to return, who knows? We shall see. But I think it is important that we understand, as things are negotiated and discussed—albeit it might not happen in...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Speed Limit in Urban Areas (17 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Well, this is the third party getting up to support 20 mph as the default in our towns and villages. When I went to primary school, 90 per cent of children walked back and forth to primary schools alone. Now, only 25 per cent travel to primary school in that way. That’s because the car has come to dominate our urban landscape in a way that isn’t natural and doesn’t allow natural play or...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services: Maintaining Post Offices (11 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Thank you for that response. Of course, it is non-devolved, but the Welsh Government in the past has had a number of programmes to support post offices. A recent change in the way that the Post Office pays branches from what they call the 'core tier' payment to a per-transaction payment is having an impact on some post offices, particularly in rural areas. Yes, there are new possibilities...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs: Supporting Farmers (11 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: It’s obvious, going around rural Wales, how dry the ground is; things are very much affected by the weather. Now, you’ve already said that you will relax some of the Glastir requirements to assist farmers to deal with this weather. Should this weather continue—and this is the final opportunity to ask you before summer recess—if this weather does continue, and there is a lack of rain,...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (11 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: I think that the way you produce food is a public good and I think that sustainable and wholesome food is something that we should be trying to achieve for the wider benefit of the environment, our public health and everything else, so I would certainly want and urge people to respond to your consultation in making that strong link. What we don't want to see, and I'm sure you'd agree, is the...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (11 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Well, I thank you for that reply, and you're right that I am referring to the break of the link between what you could describe as a basic income and a move—significant shift—to outcomes based on public goods, as you've just described it, which is Treasury language to justify some of this. I understand that, and I think there's a lot in your consultation paper that is to be worked with...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (11 Jul 2018)

Mr Simon Thomas: Diolch, Llywydd. Cabinet Secretary, Jeremy Corbyn believes that a basic income is a very good idea. Can you explain why you don't think it's a good idea for Welsh farmers? 


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