Results 1–20 of 8000 for speaker:Vaughan Gething

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Arbed Scheme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: It's worth just reflecting on the history and the reality of what the affected group of people have gone through. This was funding on the Arbed 2 scheme from 2014-15—of course, Arbed 1 was introduced in the One Wales Government, so, this was building on the work that was done, and most homes under that scheme have seen a real benefit. However, where the work is not done appropriately, it...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Arbed Scheme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: While I have not directly been involved in these discussions, our officials are in regular contact with Bridgend County Borough Council. The Welsh Government awarded a £2.65 million grant fund to the council for remedial works on affected homes. A fully accredited contractor has been appointed and mobilisation works are well under way to address the issues of very real concern.

1. Questions to the First Minister: NHS Waiting Lists (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: One is the ministerial oversight, and the Member will know that the Cabinet Secretary for health regularly scrutinises waiting time performances in health boards, and actually is a key part of driving improvement within that. The other parts are resources, and in our budget, the Member will know that the NHS was the biggest area of additional spend, with a rise of more than 4 per cent, and...

1. Questions to the First Minister: NHS Waiting Lists (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: Again, I can't comment on the individual circumstances. I'm pleased that the Member has written to the health board directly about it to understand if the wait times are accurate, or, indeed, what could be done, bearing in mind the condition he describes. There is always a challenge about a number of the different things we need to do in and for the health service. One is the ministerial...

1. Questions to the First Minister: NHS Waiting Lists (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: I don't have data for Monmouthshire specifically, but comparing Aneurin Bevan health board data from April 2022 to March 2024, the number of children’s pathways on referral-to-treatment waiting lists over two years have reduced by nearly 78 per cent, despite total waits for children’s pathways rising by just over 2 per cent for the same period of time, so progress is being made.

1. Questions to the First Minister: River Pollution (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: I think it's a fair point the Member raises about how members of the public can contact NRW, and actually have a response that demonstrates that the issue they raise has been taken seriously, and then the ability of NRW as the regulator to be able to act on that information as well. There are always challenges about resources. It's an undeniable fact that, over the last 14 years, we have...

1. Questions to the First Minister: River Pollution (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: that is an active problem for biodiversity within our rivers, but also affects land use as well. It's why the river pollution summit is such an important process. I've seen the evidence on the apportionment of phosphorus loading into rivers, and the evidence, which has been peer-reviewed, does show it's rural land use that has the biggest impact. It's why we've got to have a conversation...

1. Questions to the First Minister: River Pollution (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: The Member raises an important point that I believe goes across party lines. Our challenge is how we take effective action to reduce river pollution that is an active problem

1. Questions to the First Minister: River Pollution (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: Thank you. The Welsh Government is taking an integrated catchment approach to combat river pollution, co-operating with all sectors involved. We work closely with other arms of Government, regulators and others, including through our river pollution summits. The next summit is in July, which I will co-chair with the Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs.

1. Questions to the First Minister: Healthcare Services for Children and Young People (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: I don't think I can at First Minister's questions give commitments on individual conditions and individual treatments. I do, though, recognise the Member's right to raise matters on behalf of her constituents. What I'd ask is that if she'll write to the Cabinet Secretary for health with the details, so we can understand if there are policy issues to address. At the start of my time as a...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Legislative Programme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: a real difference in the communities served by rail. There are many others, including in my own constituency, but all around Wales, that are only served by bus. We need greater sense in how the buses are regulated and how we invest then in a system that is truly sustainable. Work has already taken place in some other parts of the UK. I look forward to working with a future UK Labour...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Healthcare Services for Children and Young People (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring high-quality healthcare provision for children and young people in Wales. A comprehensive range of policies and programmes, implemented across the Government, plays a pivotal role in improving health outcomes and promoting child health and well-being for children right across Wales.

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Legislative Programme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: The Member sets out again the case for reform that we have committed to in the past. I look forward to delivering a legislative statement that shows how we will take forward measures that we are committed to. On the bus Bill and the coal tip safety Bill, those won't be the technical titles of the Bills, but both of those will deliver a real difference, I believe, in providing a legislative...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Legislative Programme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: Well, it's interesting that the Member now decries action that he was asking for. The fact is that, last week, we had the first round-table on taking forward the sustainable farming scheme. We are committed to a scheme that supports high-quality food and drink production and meets our obligations for the climate and nature emergencies that we face. That is what we are doing, and we're giving...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Legislative Programme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: The reason why we've reviewed a range of the areas of activity is partly because we've made pledges to do so: 20 mph is a good example. We'd already pledged to have a review of the implementation and to see whether we need to make any sort of changes, and we're listening to the public in doing so. I don't see that as a weakness; it's a strength. And if you look at the first set of data around...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The Legislative Programme (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: Yes. I will set out the Government’s legislative priorities in my July legislative statement. The annual debate under Standing Orders, covering policy objectives and the legislative programme, will provide further opportunities for Members to consider an update on progress.

1. Questions to the First Minister: Child Poverty (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: There are many good ideas that we would like to take up now and in the future. There are also things we are already doing today, of course. So, there is a range of schemes offering discounted and free travel for children and young people that we constantly keep under review. We have discounted bus tickets for under-22s through our MyTravelPass scheme. We also have free travel on rail services...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Child Poverty (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: I think that's an extraordinary analogy to draw. I think when you look at where we will be with a manifesto that will be published in the coming days across the UK, with, as usual, a Welsh Labour manifesto as well to accompany it, I think you will see real ambition for the future of families, to grow the economy, to have a positive partnership to provide the high-quality jobs that we could...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Child Poverty (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: Thank you for the question.

1. Questions to the First Minister: Child Poverty (11 Jun 2024)

Vaughan Gething: Welsh Ministers and officials engage with the UK Government through a range of bilateral and multilateral fora on a range of issues to try and help tackle poverty and improve outcomes for low-income families. We are always keen to stress the importance of tackling poverty in all its guises as our priority. Unfortunately, we do not believe that the current UK Government has been a positive...


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