Results 1–20 of 1900 for speaker:Vikki Howells

6. Statement by the Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee — Individual Member Accountability (17 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Dirprwy Lywydd, the record low levels of trust in politicians has been widely discussed in the media and in conversations in the street. As elected representatives, it is incumbent on us to do all we can to rebuild and maintain trust in us. Much of this rebuilding will be done through our actions and how we conduct ourselves. Some of the themes emerging from recent reports of the Standards of...

6. Statement by the Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee — Individual Member Accountability (17 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Dirprwy Lywydd, during the course of this year, the question of how to hold individual Members to account has been raised in several contexts, in addition to the work under way in the Standards of Conduct Committee. Today, I would like to take the opportunity to set out to the Senedd the context for why this is important, the work that the committee has undertaken so far, and what it intends...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Taxation Powers to Benefit Communities (17 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, Cabinet Secretary. As you know, I was a strong supporter of plans to bring in a vacant land tax when they were proposed by Welsh Government during the previous Senedd term. They could be such a powerful tool to promote regeneration and tackle grot spots blighting our local communities. I was disappointed when attempts to bring this in were frustrated by a lack of agreement from the...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Cabinet Office: Taxation Powers to Benefit Communities (17 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: 5. How does the Welsh Government use its taxation powers to benefit communities across Wales? OQ61455

1. Questions to the First Minister: Economic Growth (16 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, First Minister. It's certainly impressive to see the way that Keir Starmer's Government has hit the ground running across a range of policy areas, but one particularly impressive intervention is the creation of the national wealth fund to invest in the new industries of the future by bringing together key institutions and offering a compelling proposition for investors. What...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Economic Growth (16 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: 5. What discussions has the Welsh Government had with the new UK Government about boosting economic growth? OQ61483

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Housing Needs of Tenants (10 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Cabinet Secretary, I recently met with Cwm Taf care and repair, who told me that the number of people seeking support from them increased by more than 134 per cent between the years 2018-19 and 2022-23. Obviously, it is better in every way for people if we can enable them to stay in their own homes, but I'm told that older home owners are finding it increasingly difficult to fund the home...

3. Statement by the First Minister: The Legislative Programme ( 9 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd, and thank you, First Minister, for your statement here today. As Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee, I welcome your reference to the important work that my committee is undertaking on individual Member accountability and your restated commitment to enable legislation on the important matter of deception. First Minister, do you agree with me that this work has...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The 2024 National Eisteddfod ( 9 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, First Minister. On 3 August, the National Eisteddfod comes to Pontypridd—the first time it’s been held in south Wales since 2010. With the proclamation having taken place in Aberdare in my constituency last year, and with a programme of events being held throughout the local authority area, this is truly a celebration for all of Rhondda Cynon Taf. I am keen that we maximise the...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The 2024 National Eisteddfod ( 9 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: 3. How is the Welsh Government supporting the 2024 National Eisteddfod? OQ61408

5. Debate on the Standards of Conduct Committee report, 'Thirteenth report to the Sixth Senedd under Standing Order 22.9' ( 3 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: I’d just like to close by thanking the Member for the positive and respectful way in which he has engaged with the committee and with the standards process.

5. Debate on the Standards of Conduct Committee report, 'Thirteenth report to the Sixth Senedd under Standing Order 22.9' ( 3 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, Llywydd. As the Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee, I formally move the motion. The committee considered a report from the commissioner for standards in relation to a complaint made against Mick Antoniw MS regarding an offensive tweet. The Standards of Conduct Committee gave the commissioner’s report careful consideration, and our report sets out the committee’s judgment...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Cardiff Airport ( 3 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Cabinet Secretary, 96 per cent of airports in the world are in public ownership, and it always perplexes me that the Conservatives are keen to promote Teesside International Airport and its public ownership model, but yet are always keen to run down Cardiff Airport and its international importance for us and its economic significance as well. Bearing in mind the GVA figures that you have...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care: Lung Cancer ( 3 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: Thank you, Cabinet Secretary. Early diagnosis of lung cancer is critical. Six in 10 people survive their cancer for five years or more if it's been diagnosed at its earliest stage, compared to less than one in 10 at its latest. Lung health checks can be a real game changer, and a team from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has recently won the early detection and diagnosis award for...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care: Lung Cancer ( 3 Jul 2024)

Vikki Howells: 3. What are the Welsh Government's priorities for improving outcomes for people in Cynon Valley who are affected by lung cancer? OQ61362

11. Short Debate: Protecting communities from the impact of quarrying for minerals: Why Craig yr Hesg Quarry must close (26 Jun 2024)

Vikki Howells: Since I was elected in 2016, I've stood shoulder to shoulder with the residents of Glyncoch to formally oppose every planning application to extend Craig-yr-Hesg quarry, and it's great to have been joined by Heledd since she was elected. I believe we've formed an exemplary cross-party working relationship on this issue to support our constituents. All of the concerns that Heledd has outlined...

5. 90-second Statements (26 Jun 2024)

Vikki Howells: The 23 June marked 130 years since the Albion colliery disaster, the second-worst mining disaster in Wales. Two hundred and ninety men and boys, the youngest just 13, lost their lives. The majority were from Cilfynydd, which reporters said resembled a city of the dead. I spoke about the disaster here three years ago, when I mentioned my hopes that an event that I was holding would become an...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: The History and Heritage of the South Wales Valleys (26 Jun 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, Cabinet Secretary. Through the Valleys Re-told project, the Lee Gardens Pool committee in Penrhiwceiber in my constituency worked with Amgueddfa Cymru to bring the rich heritage of the village to life. The museum supported adults and children to collect and curate local stories and artefacts, teaching valuable skills and preserving their heritage, leading to an art trail and displays...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: The History and Heritage of the South Wales Valleys (26 Jun 2024)

Vikki Howells: 6. What is the Welsh Government doing to promote access to the history and heritage of the south Wales Valleys? OQ61334

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Cost-of-living Crisis (25 Jun 2024)

Vikki Howells: Diolch, First Minister. I'm a member of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, which has recently released results from its latest cost-of-living survey, highlighting how the Tories' cost-of-living crisis has hit working people. Three quarters of respondents feel worse off than they were at the last general election, with 72 per cent struggling to pay energy bills, 62 per cent...


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