Results 1–20 of 800 for speaker:Joel James

1. Questions to the First Minister: The UK General Election (11 Jun 2024)

Joel James: As you will know, First Minister, every UK Government has been defeated due to its economic record, which has left us with higher taxes, higher national debt and higher unemployment. As we have seen recently, a Keir Starmer Government—sorry, Llywydd, a Sir Keir Starmer Government; whatever else he is, the man is still a knight—will mean higher taxes for ordinary men and women throughout...

1. Questions to the First Minister: The UK General Election (11 Jun 2024)

Joel James: Thank you, Llywydd. With this in mind, Minister, what have you made of this impact on Wales and the Welsh economy? Thank you.

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

Joel James: I fully support this petition, I fully support the petitioners, and I fully support the vast majority of this country that want to see this scrapped. Thank you.

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

Joel James: No. Let me carry on first and then I'll—. Speed bumps and chicanes, but I would also argue that it actually increases the likelihood of dangerous driving, because people become frustrated and take greater risks, overtaking in dangerous conditions and rushing to make up for lost time. As we have also seen, 20 mph speed limits do not significantly reduce the number of crashes, casualty rates...

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

Joel James: One of the things that has struck me the most throughout this whole debate is how surprised the Welsh Government has been at the level of public anger and resentment there has been regarding the 20 mph roll-out. For months and months leading up to it, there has been huge public opposition to this policy, which this Labour Government has wilfully ignored, and this is the reason that this...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport: Bus Services in Cardiff (22 May 2024)

Joel James: As you will know, Cabinet Secretary, I have brought up previously in this Chamber that, for some time now, buses in England have been retrofitted with fans to help improve air quality. Indeed, it has been found that, over a 100-day period, one bus can remove approximately 65g of particles from the air, which is about the weight of a tennis ball. Removing these particles is an easy win for...

8. Plaid Cymru Debate: Coal tip and opencast mine remediation ( 8 May 2024)

Joel James: I'm the grandson of miners as well. 

8. Plaid Cymru Debate: Coal tip and opencast mine remediation ( 8 May 2024)

Joel James: It's always unfortunate when people have died during colliery disasters, and I know my family themselves have suffered in such things, but I still maintain that we were not exploited. Let us be clear that Wales has experienced considerable development in the last 200 years, almost entirely because of coal, copper, tin, steel and iron. This has produced the cities of Cardiff, Newport and...

8. Plaid Cymru Debate: Coal tip and opencast mine remediation ( 8 May 2024)

Joel James: Thank you, Dirprwy Lywydd. I'd like to move the amendments in the name of Darren Millar. I want to start by saying how disappointed I am with Plaid Cymru’s intention to continue and further encourage the narrative that Wales and the Welsh were entirely victims of exploitation during the industrial revolution. Ultimately, the truth is that our natural resources were used to help enrich us,...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Protecting Politicians ( 7 May 2024)

Joel James: Thank you, First Minister. As you will know, there have been several recent examples of politicians in Wales experiencing verbal abuse from the public, in ever-increasing voracity. As we all witnessed on the news, the Rt Hon Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, whilst attending a Cardiff University students' event, was set upon by protesters and had to be escorted into a security vehicle by no less than...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Protecting Politicians ( 7 May 2024)

Joel James: 3. How is the Welsh Government helping to protect politicians in Wales from potential physical and verbal attack? OQ61073

5. Debate on the Petitions Committee Report, 'A Warmer Winter: P-06-1326 The Senedd should scrutinise the prepayment meter scandal in Wales' ( 1 May 2024)

Joel James: I'd like to start by thanking the Petitions Committee Chair, Jack Sargeant, for opening such an important debate and all those who took part in the evidence sessions. I think all Members across this Chamber recognise the complex issues that exist around utility bills and that this is complicated by the application of prepayment meters. Whilst there are households and groups that are...

3. Topical Questions: Everest ( 1 May 2024)

Joel James: Cabinet Secretary, can I begin by echoing the thoughts of Heledd in terms of saying how devastated I am for the workers of the Everest site, with so many people being made redundant, as has been reported? I appreciate that this must be a worrying time for them and their families, and I hope that they're able to find work quickly. Sadly, it seems that we will always face issues such as this as...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Welsh Language Education in the Valleys ( 1 May 2024)

Joel James: Cabinet Secretary, it's my belief that in order to properly embed the learning and speaking of Welsh in communities, there needs to be a clear and well advertised economic advantage for those to speak Welsh. Only through this will people invest and make every effort to encourage their children to speak Welsh. Graduate schemes and apprenticeships through the medium of Welsh are a great...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Tourism Opportunites in the Valleys (30 Apr 2024)

Joel James: As we've heard, First Minister, the Rhondda Tunnel Society has been campaigning to reopen the old Rhondda railway tunnel between Blaencwm and Blaengwynfi in the hope of creating Europe’s longest indoor cycle path, as well as creating a tourism and community hub, which would include, among other things, a visitor centre, a bike trail and an amphitheatre, which will undoubtedly help attract...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: The Future of National Museum Cardiff (24 Apr 2024)

Joel James: Thank you, Cabinet Secretary, for your response. Whilst you have said you have been assured that there are no plans for the imminent closure of the national museum at Cardiff, this doesn't change the fact that the chief executive of Museum Wales has publicly stated that, and I quote,  'Unless we're able to secure more funding for that building that will have to close' which, however you look...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: Child Poverty in Cynon Valley (24 Apr 2024)

Joel James: Cabinet Secretary, as you will be aware from the Welsh Government's child poverty strategy for Wales, the Marmot approach has been found to be an effective way of helping to tackle inequity. We also know that there are 39 local authorities across England now registered as Marmot places. However, in Wales we appear, unless I am mistaken, to only have one, which is listed as the Gwent public...

2. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Social Justice: The Future of National Museum Cardiff (24 Apr 2024)

Joel James: 4. Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on the potential closure of the National Museum Cardiff? OQ60954

1. Questions to the First Minister: Health Policy within the Fire and Rescue Services (23 Apr 2024)

Joel James: First Minister, recent research has shown that there's a direct correlation between exposure of firefighters to fire effluents and poor mental health. In particular, it's been shown that endocrine disrupters, such as polychlorinated biphenyls, which are gas-phase flame retardants used in furniture and carpet padding and in hard plastic casings, not only lead to hormone imbalances and...

Nomination of the First Minister under Standing Order 8 (20 Mar 2024)

Joel James: Andrew R.T. Davies.


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