Results 161–180 of 1300 for speaker:Samuel Kurtz

5. Debate on the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee Report, 'Post-EU regional development funding' ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I would like to start by thanking my colleague, the Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, for his excellent chairing of the inquiry, and all those who gave evidence. Over the course of the inquiry, we received some very good evidence, provided in a balanced manner, which helped to set out, in a clear and understandable way, the route forward for post-EU regional development funding. In previous...

3. Topical Questions: HSBC's Welsh Language Customer Telephone Service ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Llywydd, for allowing this question. Minister, I'm very disappointed with the announcement today that HSBC will be closing its Welsh language customer telephone service in January, providing a call-back service alone. The closure of bank branches has left holes in our high streets and has posed many challenges for customers, particularly for those older people and those in rural...

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: It's depressing, really, the situation that Welsh Government have put farmers in. I mean, if the Welsh Government want to achieve their own targets around climate, nature and biodiversity restoration, then they need to support farmers accordingly to achieve this. The irony is that, by not supporting farmers, Welsh Government will fail to meet the targets that it has set itself. And it's not...

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you for that answer, Minister. You mentioned that Glastir couldn't have been rolled over. Within your powers, you could have continued Glastir. We've seen that in Scotland; we've seen that in England. That post-EU funding—okay, not maybe available from the EU, but the scheme itself could easily have been rolled over maybe at a 50 per cent, 60 per cent, 70 per cent funding rate. And...

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you very much, Llywydd. I thought someone would come in with a supplementary on the question on dogs.

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Minister, my analysis of the Habitat Wales scheme, the replacement to Glastir, hasn’t changed since I questioned the First Minister on it a couple of weeks ago. It has been a shambles. That certainly was my takeaway, too, from the NFU Cymru conference last week. This has been further backed up by the fact that, in a written answer, you confirmed that no economic modelling was done to inform...

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: The Welfare of Companion Animals ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Minister, for that answer. Now, last week the UK Government provided an update regarding the banning of American XL bully dogs across England and Wales, confirming that it will be illegal to own a dog of this breed unless it has exemptions that are applied for and followed from 1 February 2024. Now, this has come following many abhorrent attacks and deaths involving this breed....

1. Questions to the Minister for Finance and Local Government: The Fflecsi Bwcabus Service ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: I'm grateful to Adam Price for submitting this question. Expanding the theme on bus services ever so slightly, I've had a number of constituents contacting me with concerns with regard to bus services for their children to access Welsh-medium education in their preferred location and school. So, can I ask what conversations you're having with the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language...

2. Questions to the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd: The Welfare of Companion Animals ( 8 Nov 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: 2. How is the Welsh Government improving the welfare of companion animals? OQ60196

2. Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (25 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you once again for that response, Minister. Over the last few days, it was announced that the popular language app Duolingo is stopping several language courses, including Welsh. And whilst the course will not be removed, it does mean that the content will not be updated or added to. Duolingo said in 2020 that Welsh was the fastest-growing language on the app in the UK, with over 1.5...

2. Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (25 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Minister, for that response. On the other end of the spectrum then, we have the comment by Professor Nigel Hunt from Wrexham University about bilingual road signs. His comments have rightly been criticised across the board. I understand that he now no longer works for the university. What he said is a lazy assessment of the situation and displays an ignorance of the status of the...

2. Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (25 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Llywydd. Minister, I'm sure that you, like many of us, have enjoyed the excellent coverage of the Rugby World Cup on S4C. Being able to enjoy a sport you love in the Welsh language is something special. I only wish that Wales had lasted longer in the tournament so that there was more S4C coverage. However, I was disappointed about the remarks made to my constituent the former...

1. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Public Transport (25 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Thank you, Deputy Minister, but what on earth is happening with St Clears railway station? I recently visited the site with local MP, Simon Hart, officials from Carmarthenshire County Council and two local county councillors, because we seem to be no further forward with the reopening of this station. In written replies to me, the decision to reopen the railway station now seems conditional...

1. Questions to the Minister for Climate Change: Public Transport (25 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: 1. How is the Welsh Government supporting public transport in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire? OQ60156

2. Business Statement and Announcement (24 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: The Habitat Wales scheme has been now announced earlier this summer, but a week ago the finance Minister provided an update on the Welsh Government's financial position, announcing cuts to the rural affairs budget. So, for our Welsh food and farming industry, this comes at a time when there’s already so much hanging in the balance. Having spoken with farmers both across my constituency and...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Digital Inclusion (24 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Well, Prif Weinidog, it's pretty safe to say that the roll-out of the Habitat Wales scheme has been so far a shambles. Habitat land has been mapped using data that is 30 years old. The Welsh Government, in error, has omitted the land that is mapped as habitat in Glastir Entry from expressions of interest. And in an effort to correct the Welsh Government's own mistakes, farmers can remove...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Digital Inclusion (24 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: 5. What action is the Welsh Government taking to improve digital inclusion in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire? OQ60175

4. 90-second Statements (18 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: The Pembrokeshire Lottery was set up 30 years ago to provide a fund that Pembrokeshire businesses could access at no cost to invest in their futures, creating and retaining jobs in Pembrokeshire. It was the brainchild of the late Danny Fellows, who joined with Mike Peake and Bob Clarke to launch a local lottery that predated the National Lottery by a year. Danny asked local oil refinery...

1. Questions to the Minister for Economy: Economic Growth in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (18 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: Minister, you'll be well aware of my interest in free ports, namely the Celtic free port in my constituency, an economic policy that could directly improve Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales and Wales as a whole. Their benefits are well versed: an estimated 20,000 jobs and up to £4.9 billion in both public and private investments could be seen across Wales. Again, I'll take the opportunity to...

1. Questions to the Minister for Economy: Economic Growth in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (18 Oct 2023)

Samuel Kurtz: 4. What action is the Welsh Government taking to encourage economic growth in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire? OQ60107


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