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7. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Economic policy (12 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: But life hasn't always been easy for our innovators. The COVID-19 pandemic made life difficult for all of us and our businesses were hit hard by the restrictions that were put in place. Thankfully, the actions taken by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, on behalf of the country saved and supported over 11 million jobs—that's 11 million jobs. It is a fact that the UK...

7. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Economic policy (12 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. I welcome the opportunity to open this debate and move the motion in the name of Darren Millar. It's a pleasure to talk about the Welsh economy this afternoon. Wales is a nation of enterprise, and home to so much innovation in so many sectors. From agriculture to healthcare innovation, there are entrepreneurs and businesses everywhere putting Wales on the map. From...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Education: Improving Educational Attainment (12 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Educational attainment is of the utmost importance and, Cabinet Secretary, I'm sure you'll join me in paying tribute to Manorbier Church in Wales VC School who, following a fire in October 2022, had to decant to Jameston Community Hall, and under the fantastic leadership of headteacher Sharon Davies delivered a fantastic Estyn report that said:  'The school's highly committed staff work...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Local Government and Planning: Support for Town Centres (12 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Cabinet Secretary, for you answer to my colleague. Now, Pembroke in my constituency is one of the finest examples of a medieval town—a fantastic castle, which is the birth place of Henry Tudor. And it's got the South Quay development happening there, which has had Welsh Government funding. And while the community are really excited to see once derelict buildings coming back to...

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

Samuel Kurtz: Since being elected, First Minister, you've u-turned on reform to the school year, delayed the sustainable farming scheme, and attempted to change the rhetoric around the default 20 mph policy, without actually changing anything. So, this is a Labour Government so bereft of new ideas that it is now changing policies that it itself introduced that we've been campaigning against. So, thank you....

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire ( 5 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Cabinet Secretary. In January 2022, Hywel Dda University Health Board announced a timetable for the building of the new west Wales hospital. This suggested a timescale of seven years from the identification of the final site to the opening of the hospital, with the aim of opening in late 2029. Following a written question to you and questions asked of the health board by The...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 5 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Well, we heard it quite clearly from the leader of the Labour Party yesterday that taxes will go up under a Labour Government. And it’s clear that addressing both employment levels and job quality is essential for Wales’s economic growth. However, despite this quarter of a century of Labour Governments, Wales still faces the highest economic inactivity rate and lowest pay rates among the...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 5 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Well, we’re talking about statistics. The youth unemployment rate in Wales in the year ending December 2023 was 9.4 per cent—up 1.5 percentage points. Getting people into work is vitally important, but the type of work that they do is equally crucial. I firmly believe that we should be aiming for an economy that demands a skilled and educated workforce, and one that provides opportunity...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 5 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Diolch, Llywydd. Cabinet Secretary, I'm sure we all want Wales to have a strong and prosperous economy. A thriving economy means more people with jobs, enabling them to support themselves and their families. It also ensures that our public services are properly funded. For our economy to grow, we need more people in work. Employment provides stability and allows individuals to plan for their...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Private Parking Companies ( 5 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Cabinet Secretary, the use of the Welsh language by private companies has been discussed in this Chamber recently, and quite appropriately. I think we all share our disappointment with the way that HSBC has scrapped its Welsh language helpline, and how OVO Energy also scrapped Welsh language bills. Some people choose to use the Welsh language at different times in different scenarios, but I...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire ( 5 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: 8. How is the Welsh Government supporting the NHS in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire? OQ61194

8. Debate: The Steel Industry in Wales ( 4 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: We could go back to the year 2000 and how little was done by the Labour UK Government in the year 2000. But the point that the Member for Aberavon makes is valid, and I will give consideration to the point that changes have been made. But when it comes to the transition board itself, and the specifics aligned to the transition board, the amount of experience and expertise on that transition...

8. Debate: The Steel Industry in Wales ( 4 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Yes, of course.

8. Debate: The Steel Industry in Wales ( 4 Jun 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Diolch, Llywydd. I thank the Government for bringing forward this debate, the topic of which this Senedd has rightly spent much of its time over the last few months debating. I move the amendments in the name of my colleague Darren Millar, and confirm that the Welsh Conservatives will be supporting amendments 3 and 4, but not 5 and 6. Steel making as an industry is one that contributes to...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Tourism (22 May 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Peter, will you take an intervention?

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Tourism (22 May 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you. I was encouraged, actually, to hear the Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion, Ben Lake, talking about the 182-night occupancy level and saying that it goes too far in affecting those legitimate businesses who are furnished holiday lets. Would you agree with the assessment by the Plaid Cymru MP?

QNR: Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport (22 May 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: What action is the Welsh Government taking to improve road safety in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire?

9. Short Debate: A rural poverty strategy for Wales (15 May 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Cefin, for the opportunity to contribute this afternoon.

9. Short Debate: A rural poverty strategy for Wales (15 May 2024)

Samuel Kurtz: Forgive me if I draw attention once more to the cross-party group on rural growth's inquiry into rural productivity, where I think there's an opportunity to tackle rural poverty by improving the prosperity of those who work and live in rural Wales. I wonder if the Cabinet Secretary in his new role has had an opportunity to look at the report. If not, I'd welcome the opportunity to sit with...


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