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10. Short Debate: Allied Steel and Wire workers and pension justice (19 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Diolch, Llywydd. Let me start by saying that I am very grateful to Rhys ab Owen for tabling this short debate, and I thank Adam Price for his contribution to this debate. I also want to pay tribute to the former Allied Steel and Wire workers and their trade unions, who have campaigned for justice so resolutely for more than 20 years. I pay tribute to all of the campaigners, many of you in the...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: Creative Wales skills update (18 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much, Rhianon Passmore, for those questions. As I have said, I know that this is an area that you are very, very passionate about. It doesn't quite fall under my portfolio, as I'm sure you understand, but I did just want to say that I really admire your passion for this, and I understand that this is a really, really difficult time for our music venues, but also educators in...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: Creative Wales skills update (18 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much for the question. Yes, as you mentioned, the investment zones are a joint programme between the Welsh Government and the UK Government, and decisions are paused at the moment on this programme until the new UK Government is in place. The investment zones were intended to focus on addressing barriers, as you've said, for high-growth potential sectors or clusters, and to...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: Creative Wales skills update (18 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much. I am familiar with the recommendations from the committee. To be honest, it very much correlates with what I'm hearing since I've been in the role and meeting with people from across the sector. You are right when it comes to people, freelancers in particular, leaving these industries. I think, as I referenced the BECTU report, about a third in Wales now are considering...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: Creative Wales skills update (18 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much for all of those questions. And I agree with much of it. As you said, the growth of Wales's creative industries is recognised as one of the major economic success stories that we have. The latest statistics on the creative sector supported by Creative Wales show this part of the economy continues to perform well, generating an annual turnover of £1.4 billion and employing...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: Creative Wales skills update (18 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Diolch. The growth of Wales's creative industries is recognised as one of our major economic success stories. A skilled workforce is key to ensuring the creative sector in Wales builds on this success and continues to thrive and develop, creating valued employment opportunities across Wales. This is recognised by the Welsh Government’s programme for government, which includes an ongoing...

7. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: The retail sector — Contributing to Wales's economic mission (11 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much. I know you're very passionate about this and especially the access to fresh food and also just to the variety and the equality aspect of this, and fairness, that people should be able to have access to everything that everybody else has and not have to pay over what they should be paying, just because they can't get out and about and get further and get those deals,...

7. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: The retail sector — Contributing to Wales's economic mission (11 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much for all of those questions. You started by saying that the people first was a good place to begin, and that came up through the forum. That came from everybody working together, and that's what they wanted to focus on. When you talk about the labour force, this is something that came up at the retail forum yesterday. It was probably the first thing that we all touched on....

7. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: The retail sector — Contributing to Wales's economic mission (11 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much. Some excellent questions there, which I think many of us probably recognise in our own town centres as they're going through a huge amount of change. So, I think what I'd probably point to in response to many of the issues that you raised with me then is the Transforming Towns programme that we have. That was initiated in 2020 and that is what we're aiming to use to...

7. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: The retail sector — Contributing to Wales's economic mission (11 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: So, what have we done? The last year has seen a particular focus on the people actions in the plan, which aligns with the economic mission's key national priorities about skills, young people and the everyday economy. I believe the adoption of fair work principles will provide a significant pathway to addressing some of the issues faced by the sector. A better deal for workers is one of the...

7. Statement by the Minister for Social Partnership: The retail sector — Contributing to Wales's economic mission (11 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Diolch, Llywydd. Last year, in partnership with the retail forum, we published the retail action plan. It provided a clear focus on action and engagement, enabling clarity of contributions towards our shared vision for retail and our economic mission. With our social partners, we have made good progress in delivering against actions outlined in the plan. We have focused our energy on measures...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Town-centre Businesses in South Wales West ( 5 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you very much to the Member for that question. Obviously, we do share in common some of those areas that you've mentioned, in my constituency as well, so I want to say that. But I think, as you said, it's about making sure that we are engaging with the local authorities who have had this investment from Welsh Government to see how it's being spent, and also to make sure that it's...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Town-centre Businesses in South Wales West ( 5 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you, Sioned Williams, for that question, and also for conducting and sharing with us about the survey that you did with Neath residents. I will say as well about the Marks and Spencer closure, it is always disappointing when we lose one of these big retailers in a town centre. It's not just about the impact financially or even just the retail opportunities, but I do feel like there's a...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Town-centre Businesses in South Wales West ( 5 Jun 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you. We are providing £125 million of funding over three years to Welsh local authorities through our Transforming Towns programme. Our town-centres position statement, published last year, sets out the challenges facing towns in Wales and a series of interrelated, cross-policy actions to address those challenges.

6. Debate on the Health and Social Care Committee Report, 'Unheard: Women's journey through gynaecological cancer' (15 May 2024)

Sarah Murphy: I'd like to thank the Chair, fellow committee members and clerks for undertaking this inquiry. I am proud of the thorough and vital report that we have produced. I also want to pay tribute to Judith Rowlands, who is no longer with us. Judith's testimony of her lived experience was heartbreaking and powerful and was key to us producing our report. I pay condolences to her daughter, Sioned...

3. Topical Questions: HM Prison Parc (15 May 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Thank you, Llywydd, for granting this topical question today. As the Member for Bridgend, I'm obviously getting a lot of constituents who are getting in touch with me, and I also want to refer to Chris Elmore, the MP for Ogmore, who put in an urgent question in Westminster as well this week. My thoughts are, of course, with the inmates who are no longer with us and with their families. Every...

8. Legislative Consent Motion on the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (14 May 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Diolch, Llywydd. In three out of the past four weeks, I have spoken in this Chamber as Chair of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee during legislative consent debates, such is the extent to which Bills in the UK Parliament are making provision in devolved areas. My committee has reported three times on the legislative consent memoranda laid by the Welsh Government on the Data...

8. & 9. Legislative Consent Motion on the Victims and Prisoners Bill — motion 1, and Legislative Consent Motion on the Victims and Prisoners Bill — motion 2 ( 7 May 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. My committee has reported on the first and second legislative consent memoranda laid by the Welsh Government on the Victims and Prisoners Bill. However, with memorandum no. 3 being laid only last week, it was not possible to undertake any sort of meaningful scrutiny. As mentioned by the Cabinet Secretary, the Bill contains a range of delegated powers to be conferred on...

7. The Plant Health etc. (Miscellaneous Fees) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2024 ( 7 May 2024)

Sarah Murphy: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. We considered these draft regulations on 29 April, and our report is available on today’s agenda. Our report contains one merits reporting point. This point highlights that a previous version of these regulations was considered by the committee on 18 March, at which point three technical errors in those regulations were noted. And as has been noted by the Cabinet...


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