Results 81–100 of 1900 for speaker:John Griffiths

8. & 9. The general principles of the Elections and Elected Bodies (Wales) Bill and the financial resolution in respect of the Elections and Elected Bodies (Wales) Bill ( 6 Feb 2024)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Llywydd. I am pleased to speak in the debate today as Chair of the Local Government and Housing Committee, which has undertaken Stage 1 scrutiny on this Bill, and I would like to start by thanking all those who contributed to our inquiry, including everyone who provided written evidence, came to give oral evidence and took part in our online survey. I'd also like to thank the Counsel...

7. Debate: The Steel Industry in Wales ( 6 Feb 2024)

John Griffiths: Hopefully before too long, but, obviously, we have to bridge that gap, Llywydd. We know that Welsh Labour has that commitment, has worked very hard and will work very hard to make it a reality. So, what we need now is for Tata and for the UK Conservative Government to step up to the plate and show their commitment, for all the reasons that we've heard again here today, and that are so obvious...

7. Debate: The Steel Industry in Wales ( 6 Feb 2024)

John Griffiths: I welcome this debate today and the contributions of Members, Llywydd, because it does demonstrate, I think, once again the cross-party consensus that there is on many of the vital questions and issues that we face. And, of course, we need to keep the campaign going. We need to maintain the focus and that call for the Syndex report, for that proper transition through to green steel to be...

6. Debate: The Draft Budget 2024-25 ( 6 Feb 2024)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. To conclude, then, while we acknowledge the challenges faced by the Minister for Climate Change in setting this budget, we would urge the Welsh Government to explore all possible options for providing additional funding to that housing support grant, in considering all that it funds. Diolch yn fawr.

6. Debate: The Draft Budget 2024-25 ( 6 Feb 2024)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. I'll be speaking in my capacity as Chair of the Local Government and Housing Committee, as you state, and I'd like to thank the Welsh Local Government Association, the Minister for Finance and Local Government and the Minister for Climate Change for attending the committee's evidence sessions.  Those reading our report may note that it reads similarly to last year's,...

2. Questions to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Devolution of Policing (31 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Counsel General, we do not have a criminal justice system fit for purpose in England and Wales, and I think the case is very well made for devolution, and I know that you would agree with that. At the moment, people are unnecessarily criminalised. We have overcrowded prisons where rehabilitation is not possible to the extent that it should take place. This then leads to more reoffending than...

1. Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: 'The Anti-racist Wales Action Plan' (31 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Minister, I think we need to see a step change in Wales in terms of tackling racism, and in order to do that we need the delivery of public services to move on markedly in understanding the issues around racism and delivering for our diverse communities, and we need organisations to show a good example. I'd like to cite two that I'm aware of locally in Newport East, Minister, and one is...

1. Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: 'The Anti-racist Wales Action Plan' (31 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: 8. Will the Minister provide an update on the implementation of the Anti-racist Wales Action Plan? OQ60619

2. Questions to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Devolution of Policing (31 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: 4. What is the Welsh Government’s current position on the devolution of policing to Wales? OQ60614

4. Statement by the Minister for Climate Change: White Paper for a proposed Bill on environmental principles, environmental governance and biodiversity targets (30 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: I very much welcome the White Paper, Minister, and it's very good to hear you say that although we are in a relatively weak position at the moment in terms of our governance structures and lack of targets and other very important elements of protecting our nature and our biodiversity, we will leap ahead, as it were, in terms of other parts of the UK, because obviously that's where everybody...

QNR: Questions to the First Minister (30 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: How is the Welsh Government working to strengthen, develop and promote professional sport in Wales?

6. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): Charitable hospice funding (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: As with my colleague Jayne Bryant, I want to pay tribute to St David's hospice in Newport because of the immeasurably good work that they do, which is so important to individuals, their families and the community. They are so well respected and well regarded, for good reason, Dirprwy Lywydd, that it's a great privilege to be able to pay tribute to them in this debate today. As Jayne said, the...

5. Urgent Debate: Job losses at Tata Steel and the future of the steel industry in Wales (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: We've heard some very powerful contributions already today, haven't we, in terms of the effects of the announcement by Tata and the approach of the UK Government. I thought my colleague David Rees spoke incredibly powerfully on behalf of those steelworkers in Port Talbot and all those other dependent businesses and the local community. I was very pleased as well that David described the...

4. 90-second Statements (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Llywydd. I would like to pay tribute to Newport East's Lliswerry Runners—a local running club for people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and abilities. They provide opportunities for members of the community to keep both physically fit, through regular exercise and movement, and mentally well, through the community and friendship that members will find by joining the group....

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Responsible Dog Ownership (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Minister, last October in the St Julian's area of Newport East, there was an attack by an XL bully dog on a delivery driver, which left that driver in fear for his life. There are many examples, I know, across Wales, unfortunately. So, we obviously need to think about how we promote more responsible dog ownership. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have been calling on...

1. Questions to the Minister for Finance and Local Government: Public Libraries (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Minister, community-run libraries can be a catalyst for wider community development. In my constituency of Newport East we have Llyfrgell Maindee Library, which operates in a very multicultural area, and has been the catalyst for much community development—a community cafe, a performance space, the greening of the local area, amongst other initiatives. Next month, Maindee library will be...

1. Questions to the Minister for Finance and Local Government: Public Libraries (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: 3. How is Welsh Government supporting public libraries in Newport East? OQ60577

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Responsible Dog Ownership (24 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: 5. How is the Welsh Government working to promote responsible dog ownership? OQ60576

8. Statement by the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Tackling the impact of poverty on attainment (23 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Dirprwy Lywydd. Minister, thank you very much for visiting Maindee Primary School this morning, I thought it was a great way to start the working day. You will have seen first-hand, Minister, the great ethnic diversity of the school and I'm sure that seeing, first-hand, the good work going on and meeting the school team, the pupils and their families will have been a very strong...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: The Child Poverty Strategy for Wales (23 Jan 2024)

John Griffiths: Diolch, Llywydd, Thank you very much for your statement today, Minister. In the last Senedd term, the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, which I chaired, made, I think, some important recommendations and did some important work in this area, including the need for a Welsh benefits system. The Bevan Foundation itself has done some very good work, I think, in supporting that...


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