Results 101–120 of 1700 for speaker:Heledd Fychan

4. 90-second Statements ( 1 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Diolch yn fawr iawn, Dirprwy Lywydd. This week is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. This year's theme is 'rediscovering you'. The journey to motherhood is not always an easy one, and too many new mothers are left alone and unsure on where to turn to for support. Up to one in five will suffer from maternal mental health disorders such as postpartum depression, and less than 15 per cent of...

3. Topical Questions: Everest ( 1 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you very much, Cabinet Secretary. Now, clearly, coming so soon after the loss of almost 500 jobs back in October at UK Windows and Doors, this is disastrous news for the area. Clearly, some of the people who were employed by Everest had found employment having lost their jobs, and for the second time are facing an uncertain future. Many people who lost their jobs back in October still...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Cultural, Arts and Heritage Sectors ( 1 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you very much for that response. It's very positive indeed, because it has been disappointing, in the discussions that have taken place on Government budgets, to hear some Ministers, and perhaps the new First Minister, talking about difficult choices that the Government, of course, has to make, but not seeming to appreciate the economic value of these crucially important sectors, not...

1. Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language: Cultural, Arts and Heritage Sectors ( 1 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: 5. What assessment has the Welsh Government made of the economic size and impact of Wales's cultural, arts and heritage sectors? OQ61021

3. Topical Questions: Everest ( 1 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: 1. Will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement in response to the news that over 100 jobs with Everest are at risk of being lost in Rhondda Cynon Taf? TQ1062

QNR: Questions to the Minister for Social Care ( 1 May 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Will the Cabinet Secretary provide an update on the single unified safeguarding review and related processes?

Group 11: Referendum on the Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Act 2024 (Amendments 37, 38) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I said that your comments made it into a pantomime. I did not call this Senedd, which I hold in very high regard, a pantomime; I would never do so.

Group 11: Referendum on the Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Act 2024 (Amendments 37, 38) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: We have to look at the substance of the amendments in the group. As I said, over 63 per cent of the total votes cast during the last election to this Senedd went to parties that had specific manifesto commitments to reform this Senedd. It's also worth noting that this Bill is, in part, a response to the result of the 2011 referendum, when a similar proportion of the votes were in favour of...

Group 11: Referendum on the Senedd Cymru (Members and Elections) Act 2024 (Amendments 37, 38) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: That's your social media clip sorted, then. It's really disappointing to see democracy turned into a pantomime. I don't want you to be threatening things or saying, well, things that aren't truthful or based on fact, as we heard from my colleague, Adam Price. You're trying to dismiss manifestos; you're saying that they're small print. I'm sorry; these arguments are extremely weak. And please...

Group 9: Senedd constituency boundary reviews: matters the Democracy and Boundary Commission Cymru may take into account (Amendments 22, 28) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I'm very pleased to see these amendments appear before us. As the Counsel General has said, there was a strong feeling in the committee and among the witnesses, and this confirms that the use of the Welsh language will be a factor that the Democracy and Boundary Commission Cymru needs to consider when making changes to Senedd electoral boundaries. So, we're very content to support these...

Group 7: Democracy and Boundary Commission Cymru: appointment and disqualification of members, chief executive and assistant commissioners (Amendments 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: We're very pleased that these amendments address the concerns raised during Stage 2 about the need for a more comprehensive definition of the kinds of individuals who should be disqualified from being a member of the boundary commission. As we pointed out at the time, there was a weakness in the original legislation, as there were no regulations to prevent the staff of Westminster MPs from...

Group 6: Recall of Members of the Senedd (Amendments 40, 42) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I'm very pleased to hear that contribution from Vikki Howells on behalf of the committee. I think that we do all agree that we need some sort of recall system. It is something that is sensible and something that has cross-party support in the Senedd. But, as I said during Stage 2, we believe that a period is needed to scrutinise this proposal and ensure a system that works in this new...

Group 4: Voting system at Senedd general elections and allocation of seats (Amendments 32, 33, 34, 39, 35, 36) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I am surprised to hear Darren Millar say that he doesn't know why Plaid Cymru is voting like this, because I don't think it's been a secret at all as to Plaid Cymru's view on this issue, and I would hope that, during every stage of this process, I have been clear in saying that this kind of electoral system has been a contentious issue. This, in itself, is something that we should welcome; it...

Group 2: Senedd constituency boundary reviews: publications and implementation (Amendments 1, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31) (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Given that this is my first contribution today, as part of today's debate, I'd like to note my thanks to everyone who has worked hard in advising me through this process and also, of course, the clerks and my fellow Members on the reform committee. Next week, it will be 25 years since the first elections to this Senedd. A quarter of a century later, it is entirely appropriate that we take the...

2. Business Statement and Announcement (30 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Trefnydd, I'd like to ask for a statement from the Cabinet Secretary for economy. I'm sure you will have seen the news in terms of the 100 jobs that are at stake in Rhondda Cynon Taf in light of the news about Everest Windows. Many Members, of course, will recall that 496 jobs were lost back in October with the closing of UK Windows and Doors. These are jobs that we can't afford to lose, so...

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

Heledd Fychan: I thank Buffy Williams for asking this question. I should state that I'm a member of the friends of the Rhondda tunnel, and not just because they put me underground. And I have to say, it's not the Mabon ap Gwynfor festival that will be held in the Rhondda, but the Mabon festival, which will celebrate Welsh music and Welsh culture on Saturday in the Lion in Treorchy. One of the great...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Education (24 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I think it is really important that we do take time to reflect on the IFS report. One of the things I would like to know is what the Cabinet Secretary's thoughts are on the content of the report, and also her reflections on the PISA results. Obviously, what we do have within the report are reflections of the IFS in terms of the Welsh Government's response, or official response, to PISA. I...

8. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Education (24 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you, Llywydd, and thank you to the Conservatives for putting forward this debate. May I also welcome the Cabinet Secretary to her role? I very much look forward to working with her. This is an exceptionally important issue, and I think that it is a good opportunity, hopefully, for the Cabinet Secretary to explain to the Senedd what she will prioritise in response to the debate.

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

Heledd Fychan: With the risk of repeating myself, obviously, you will see the keen level of interest in terms of both the National Library of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru. It was touched upon in previous questions, but, if I may, just in terms of the staffing levels, which is something that the national library have emphasised, and some of the risks associated with that—. So, when you do visit, can I ask if...

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

Heledd Fychan: It was lovely to see the pictures of everybody smiling from your visit yesterday, and may I welcome this change of tone and approach to this issue? I'm sure you have a number of documents waiting to be read with the new portfolio. I'm not sure if you've yet had a chance to look at the Simon Thurley review of Museum Wales in 2017, which obviously made a number of recommendations pertaining to...


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