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3. Statement by the Minister for Finance and Local Government: Update on 2023-24 Financial Position (17 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: For clarity, on these benches we support the Welsh Government's ability to undertake capital-to-revenue switches. But, Minister, within my shadow portfolio, it will be no surprise that my eyes were drawn, in the 'Update on 2023-2024 financial position' document, and having listened to your statement, to the fact that the rural affairs capital budget will be slashed by 50 per cent—a £20.2...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Mental health (11 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I absolutely will, and I'm very happy to support any charity that is working in this sector and providing vital services towards that. I think this touches upon what Laura Anne Jones said in her contribution with regard to best practice being available; if there is best practice in any corner of Wales, or any corner of the United Kingdom, we should be open and accepting of that best practice...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Mental health (11 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I'm happy to give way.

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Mental health (11 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Diolch, Llywydd. And firstly, I'd like to start by thanking all Members for their contribution today. Indeed, this is one of the reasons why I got into politics—to be able to discuss a serious matter like this in what I would say is a grown-up, methodical way, and paying tribute to the seriousness of what it is that we debate. James Evans, in opening our debate this afternoon, talked about...

2. Business Statement and Announcement (10 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Can I call for a written statement from the Deputy Minister for Climate Change in relation to the reopening of the St Clears railway station, please? The UK Government have committed £5 million to this project, with Transport for Wales due to fund £1.6 million towards its reopening. We're now three years since the funding was announced and there's been no progress to date. In a recent...

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Rural Development Programme Funding ( 4 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Minister, you'll know that I've previously challenged you on RDP funding and how it was spent, citing the scathing report by Audit Wales that found that millions of pounds of taxpayers' money had been allocated by the Welsh Government through favouritism and direct applications. I called for an independent review of the rural development programme, which you dismissed, stating that you were...

11. Short Debate: Navigating Wales's Brain Drain: Challenges and Solutions (27 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you to Luke for the opportunity to speak in this short debate.

11. Short Debate: Navigating Wales's Brain Drain: Challenges and Solutions (27 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: You're absolutely right, and there's a lot that I agree with, Luke, in your assessment of the situation here in Wales at the moment, and it's not only those who are the 'brain drain'—I remember hearing that phrase when I was in school, and so it's not a new phenomenon—but it's also those people who are leaving rural Wales and going to the more urban parts of Wales. We see that in my...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Community assets (27 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I'm grateful for the opportunity to participate in this debate today, and happy to support the motion that has been laid in the name of Darren Millar. I’m unapologetically a strong advocate for devolution, and do not feel that devolution of power should end with the Members in this Chamber alone, but, where suitable, should go to our local councils and, further still, to our local...

3. Topical Questions: The Fflecsi Bwcabus Service (27 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I agree and concur with Cefin Campbell, and only last night I was contacted by a constituent, Mr Davies, regarding the end of the Fflecsi Bwcabus service. Now, Mr Davies regularly offers lifts to the shops for his neighbours who may be in need of help, and I'm sure we can all agree that this is an incredibly kind gesture towards his community. However, as Mr Davies rightfully pointed out,...

1. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Tree Cover Across Wales (27 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Minister, farmers manage approximately 80 per cent of Wales's land, playing an irreplaceable role in safeguarding and protecting our national countryside. Therefore, the agricultural industry is uniquely placed, and I see you nodding along, as an emissions sink with unique potential and a key role in tackling climate change whilst also providing food security. And, absolutely, trees play a...

QNR: Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language (27 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: What action is the Welsh Government taking to support pupils with hearing impairment in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire?

5. Statement by the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Siarter Iaith (Welsh Language Charter): National Framework (26 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you very much, Minister, for today's statement, and a very happy European Day of Languages to you too. On my party's behalf, I wish to make it clear once again that we support 'Cymraeg 2050' and we are committed to helping to achieve its aims. The language charter framework, introduced earlier this year and now rolled out in every school across Wales, has an important role to play in...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Accident and Emergency Services (26 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Prif Weinidog, the long-promised and much-discussed new hospital for west Wales has recently seen its build date shift back to 2031, which will be close to a quarter of a century from this project first being mooted, with still no decision on its final location. A recent independent report by Opinion Research Services has revealed that there are, and I quote, 'widespread concerns' about the...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Accident and Emergency Services (26 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: 4. Will the First Minister provide an update on the provision of accident and emergency services in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire? OQ59968

Emergency Question: Net Zero (20 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Diolch, Llywydd. The UK's share of global emissions has fallen below 1 per cent. The UK is committed to reducing emissions faster than every other major economy—Germany, the EU, France, Australia, USA, Japan, Russia, New Zealand and Canada. Let's not forget, as well, that when the Member for Blaenau Gwent talks about Horizon and our links with the European Union, and making sure that we are...

Emergency Question: Net Zero (20 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Diolch, Llywydd, and I'm very happy to be called by you, when I wasn't expecting to be called this evening and to speak on this topic, and I'm grateful to Jane Dodds for making the call for a Welsh Conservative. But I think there needs to be a little bit of context put into this. The UK has reduced emissions faster than any other major economy—[Interruption.] The UK's share of global...

5. Motion to note the annual report on the Senedd Commission's Official Languages Scheme for 2022-23 (20 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I am very grateful for the opportunity to talk about this today. I would like to thank you, on behalf of the Welsh Conservatives, for the work that has been done by the Commissioner and others in moving forward with the Commission's official languages scheme. The success of this scheme is very important for attaining the goal of Cymraeg 2050 and protecting the Welsh language for future...

1. Questions to the Minister for Economy: Post-EU Funds (20 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Minister, we need to be cautious not to look back on the days of EU funding through rose-tinted glasses. Funding streams such as the rural development programme were no guarantee of money being spent efficiently or in the right place. This can be evidenced through the Wales Audit Office findings from 2020 that the Welsh Government had not taken appropriate action to ensure value for money on...

2. Business Statement and Announcement (19 Sep 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Trefnydd, can I ask for a statement from yourself, as Minister for rural affairs, regarding the recent announcement from the Prime Minister to ban XL bully dogs following the fatal, tragic attacks by these dogs across the UK? As I'm sure you will be aware, two in four fatal dog attacks involved the breed across the UK in 2021. This figure rose to six in 10 in 2022. Since November 2021 three...


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