Results 1–20 of 2000 for speaker:Lee Waters

7. Debate on petition P-06-1407, 'We want the Welsh Government to rescind and remove the disastrous 20mph law' (22 May 2024)

Lee Waters: You quote again the Belfast study, which, as you say, is in the petition. We've said many times that this is a different thing. It's not comparing like with like. That study is about already existing 20 mph in a city centre, and the conclusion of that study is that it recommends the council take an area-wide approach as a default, which we actually had to do. So, if you are going to quote...

7. Debate on petition P-06-1407, 'We want the Welsh Government to rescind and remove the disastrous 20mph law' (22 May 2024)

Lee Waters: Well, you should read the report published by the panel—and I believe the final report is out shortly—which goes into it in detail, but essentially a decision was made by the local authority officers that they wanted to stick to the letter of the guidance and didn't want to review it for a year to give it time to bed in. As local highway authorities, that is their choice. The guidance was...

7. Debate on petition P-06-1407, 'We want the Welsh Government to rescind and remove the disastrous 20mph law' (22 May 2024)

Lee Waters: A protest of this size should make us pause and reflect—and it has. Although the petition itself is unfortunately full of misunderstandings and misinformation, that's not really the point. Hundreds of thousands of people put their names to it, and it made us sit up and take notice. Now, of course we expected pushback, but the intensity of it was greater than we anticipated. Thankfully,...

7. Debate on petition P-06-1407, 'We want the Welsh Government to rescind and remove the disastrous 20mph law' (22 May 2024)

Lee Waters: I just want to test you on that, because I'm not sure that the difference between us is that great. So, two years ago, when we voted on this, your spokesperson said you supported it outside hospitals; our guidance says 'with 100m of hospitals'. You said 'schools and playgrounds'; the guidance says 'any education setting'. You said 'high streets'; the guidance says, 'close to retail premises'....

7. Statement by the First Minister: Tata Steel (14 May 2024)

Lee Waters: The words 'devastating' and 'catastrophic' have been used, and it's hard to find a sufficient superlative that describes the impact this is going to have. This will make Wales poorer. This is going to significantly make the economy of south Wales poorer for generations to come. I don't think we should underestimate the size of the impact of this on our economy and our society. And I for one...

5. 90-second Statements ( 8 May 2024)

Lee Waters: David Marquand, who passed away a fortnight ago, was one of Britain's leading political thinkers. His writings through the 1980s and 1990s were seminal and much admired. A Labour MP, one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party, a Liberal Democrat and, latterly, a member of Plaid Cymru, he did once quip that he'd been in more parties than the Prince of Wales. His father, Hilary, was a...

8. Plaid Cymru Debate: Cap on political donations ( 1 May 2024)

Lee Waters: I've been struggling to process my feelings about the issues before us today, and this is a speech I would rather have avoided. Immediately on the news of the donation coming out, I said I thought it was unjustifiable and wrong—that's a matter of record—and I've not changed my view. Two hundred thousand pounds is a staggering amount of money, unprecedented in Welsh politics, and over four...

Group 11: Referendum on the Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Act 2024 (Amendments 37, 38) (30 Apr 2024)

Lee Waters: Thank you. Just on the question of when a referendum is appropriate or not, and he cited the 2011 referendum, after that, the House of Lords Constitution Committee issued a very weighty report that said, in their view, that we should set the bar much higher. It hasn't escaped my notice that, every time there's a proposal to change the devolution settlement, the Conservatives always suggest a...

Group 4: Voting system at Senedd general elections and allocation of seats (Amendments 32, 33, 34, 39, 35, 36) (30 Apr 2024)

Lee Waters: I'd like to make a brief intervention to respond to some of the points Darren Millar made. It was a fair and reasonable speech, and I'm sure we'll have sympathy for elements of it across the Chamber. But, of course, as we know, electoral systems are famously an alphabet soup. There are so many of them, and everybody has their own preference, and I'm sure, around this Chamber, if we were to...

Group 3: Disqualification from being a Member of the Senedd or a candidate: persons convicted of the offence of deception within the previous four years (Amendment 43) (30 Apr 2024)

Lee Waters: I thank Adam Price for bringing this forward, and Jane Dodds as well for adding her support. I must say, when I heard Adam Price make the arguments the last time we debated this, I was sceptical, but I agreed to debate it with him further and to speak to the team at Compassion in Politics who sponsored the report, and tested the arguments, and I must say I was persuaded that this is a...

Emergency Question: Incident in Ysgol Dyffryn Aman (24 Apr 2024)

Lee Waters: Thank you. I'll also speak as a former pupil of the school and somebody who represents part of the catchment, and I just want to briefly add my thoughts with everybody involved and those who have responded. We all saw the pictures of parents rushing to the school gates worried about their children, and all of us who are parents and have children in our families can only imagine how...

7. Debate on the Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Report, 'Report on performance of Dŵr Cymru' (24 Apr 2024)

Lee Waters: If I may just briefly, at the beginning, send our thoughts to the pupils, teachers and families in Ysgol Dyffryn Aman. A number of us in this Chamber are former pupils, and we're all concerned to see what's happening there this afternoon. I'm very pleased to see that the scrutiny of the performance of Dŵr Cymru is happening. There is lots of goodwill towards a company that is, as it says,...

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs (17 Apr 2024)

Lee Waters: Will the Cabinet Secretary set out the next steps for developing a timber industrial strategy?

2. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (20 Mar 2024)

Lee Waters: I think continually repeating misinformation, false information and lies in our democratic Chamber is lamentable, and that is something to be ashamed of. This is not a blanket policy. We have not banned road building. We are not shovelling money into Transport for Wales. We are funding an upgrade for the first time since Victorian times in the most populous part of Wales to create a...

2. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (20 Mar 2024)

Lee Waters: Well, I'm afraid that is a highly debatable point. In my view, the tone and nature—[Interruption.] The tone and nature of the contributions contribute to a personalising of this debate, which then fuels online campaigns, which are fuelled by the misinformation that Natasha Asghar continues to put out, and that has consequences for each of us, Dirprwy Lywydd. I won't withdraw, I'm afraid,...

2. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (20 Mar 2024)

Lee Waters: I'm not really sure what the question is there. I actually travel most days on my bike to work. But as it happens, I am going to go home by car tonight, because I have a large picture to take with me—I hope that's permissible. The point stands: yes, of course, this policy is contentious. Absolutely, there are lots of people who are opposed to it, and they signed a petition, which was...

2. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (20 Mar 2024)

Lee Waters: Well, Dirprwy Lywydd, I certainly won't miss this. I've been reflecting on the level of scrutiny during my time as a Minister as I prepare to return to the backbenches, and I must say that the scrutiny from the Conservatives has been really poor. I think there are a number of areas where we could legitimately be tested and challenged, and I welcome challenge. Instead, we have a regular rant,...

2. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: The Transport Network (20 Mar 2024)

Lee Waters: Yes, the pressure is there on all transport networks—road, rail and active travel—and, as I said, it's going to get more intense. We do have funding for the resilient roads fund, and I think this is going to be an increasingly important part of the way that we are dealing with climate change. As I said, over time, by redirecting funding from new roads that we don't maintain, we need to...


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