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9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: The one by Sioned Williams. The point I was trying to make is that Plaid Cymru seem absolutely desperate not to explain why Adam Price was removed. Other people will come to their own conclusions.

9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: That was really helpful, Rhun. There was no evidence against Adam Price, then, you're saying. You just carried out a coup.

9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: That's a matter of opinion. I think all leaders should be held—

9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: Thank you. I'll take your legal advice, but there are an awful lot of lawyers in here as well as you. But I think it is—[Interruption.] Oh, sorry, you were giving—

9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: I didn't think you understood anything, but carry on. But I think that there was a coup—

9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: I'm happy to withdraw that remark, if the remark made to me is withdrawn, as well, which I responded to.

9. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Motion under Section 37(1)(b) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: The evidence has been published. I was happy to have my name in it unredacted. It came as a shock to me—maybe not to everybody else—that Jeremy Miles wanted to have me removed as the candidate for Swansea East. It certainly came as a shock to me, and it wasn't a pleasant shock to know that one of your colleagues was looking for a means of removing you from office. But the reason for...

7. Finance Committee Debate: Welsh Government's spending priorities for the 2025-26 budget (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: I agree with you entirely. People in here, before you came here, will have been used to me saying that local government provides the basis of a civilised society, and they provide the key services, not just education and social services, which we talk about a lot, and not just roads, which I know you take a great interest in, Carolyn, but all the other, what is it, 530 or 540 services a local...

7. Finance Committee Debate: Welsh Government's spending priorities for the 2025-26 budget (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: Yes. That's why I talked about a knowledge-based economy and a higher wage economy. We have too many low-paid jobs with irregular hours, and people are in poverty because of it. I'm looking forward to Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives producing alternative budgets. [Interruption.] Please. What we know from Plaid Cymru is that, to produce a budget for an independent Wales, we would need to...

7. Finance Committee Debate: Welsh Government's spending priorities for the 2025-26 budget (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will again focus on the Welsh Government's plans for spending on justice-related matters. The committee hopes to see further work the Welsh Government has made to improve their transparency of spending on justice matters. Any improvement will help both the committee and our stakeholders to better understand where money on these important...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs: River Water Quality (17 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: I'm very pleased that the Office of Water Services is finally taking steps to reduce water pollution. We have seen raw sewage released from the Trebanos treatment works due to storm overflow into the Tawe and then into the sea. Water is uniquely vulnerable to pollution. Known as a universal solvent, water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid. It is why water is so easily...

7. & 8. The general principles of The Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill and the financial resolution in respect of The Senedd Cymru (Electoral Candidate Lists) Bill (16 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: Diolch Llywydd. The committee's report drew seven conclusions and made 22 recommendations. The Welsh Government accepted 10 of these recommendations to varying degrees, noted nine and rejected three. Before I start, I would like to register the committee's disappointment that Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill was curtailed, only for the date of this debate to be delayed. I will focus my remarks on...

5. & 6. The Digital Government (Welsh Bodies) Regulations 2024 and The Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2024 (16 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: Diolch, Llywydd. The committee considered both of these sets of draft regulations last week, and our reports are available from today’s agenda. The committee did not report any issues with the draft Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2024. My comments this afternoon will focus on the committee’s report on the Digital Government (Welsh...

4. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport: Transport update (16 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: I welcome the restatement of your three priorities, Minister, which are to listen, to work in partnership, and to make change happen. People I talk to agree that 20 mph is suitable for roads on estates, roads that are naturally narrowed to one lane by parked cars, areas of terraced housing and areas where you have either no pavement or a very narrow pavement. I welcome the guidelines that set...

3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care: The Welsh Language and Education (Wales) Bill (16 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: Can I thank the Minister for the statement? I have an interest as my daughter teaches Welsh in a Welsh-medium school in Amlwch on Ynys Môn. I’m aware of the excellence of Welsh-medium schools in Swansea, both secondary and primary, with personal experience as a parent of a pupil attending Lôn Las and Bryn Tawe, and with grandchildren at Tan-y-lan. I want to highlight the huge improvement...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Housing Crisis (16 Jul 2024)

Mike Hedges: We have too many empty houses, including large houses in popular areas. Most Members in here would have come across some when they were out campaigning during the general election. Wales, like the rest of Britian, has not created the number of co-operative houses that north America and continental Europe has. The only time that housing need was met was when we had the large-scale building of...


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