Results 141–160 of 1700 for speaker:Heledd Fychan

Motion to appoint a Member to the Senedd Commission (17 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Formally. 

3. Topical Questions: National Museum Cardiff (17 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you very much, Cabinet Secretary, and first of all, may I congratulate you on your appointment and say how pleased I am to see culture elevated within Government, and welcome now how it's connected to social justice? I very much hope that we can work together constructively and positively to tackle the problems faced by our national institutions. I also hope that we can all agree in...

3. Topical Questions: National Museum Cardiff (17 Apr 2024)

Heledd Fychan: 1. What assessment has the Cabinet Secretary made of National Museum Wales possibly closing National Museum Cardiff due to deteriorating conditions? TQ1039

9. Short Debate: A national plan for flood resilience (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you, Carolyn, for bringing this debate forward today.

9. Short Debate: A national plan for flood resilience (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: I'm really pleased to contribute, just briefly. The Minister will know that this is an issue I feel passionately about as well. I really do think you're right: it is a national problem; it's not just for those communities that are at risk. And I would also welcome any consideration the Minister has had about a national flood forum for Wales, because I think it is really important that we...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: It would have been nice if you'd spoken so much about culture over the past three years. We've asked time and time again for you to make oral statements and answer questions, and yet you haven't. So, I will have this opportunity to finish this debate and ask the Welsh Government to take culture seriously, to listen to the debates we've put forward and understand all those points that have...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Culture sits within the economy portfolio. You would've thought that being in that portfolio, you would've been able to realise its economic potential—to understand, for every pound spent, how much you get back. But that hasn't been happening. So, you're actually curtailing—

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: No, it's not a matter of the NHS or culture. These aren't choices. It's like those questionnaires that ask, 'Do you want to have your bins emptied, or would you like a museum?' Those are not choices. We should be prioritising the richness of our culture and heritage and realising—. Because, actually, we have a future geneartions Act here in Wales. It means not operating in silos, not...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: You wouldn't when you were speaking, so, no. I think we do need to consider seriously the damage being done to our institutions, which is immeasurable. But it is not too late for this Government to take action. You mentioned the cultural strategy, and yes, we've been pleased to be able to work with you, but what will happen when there's no funding to support that strategy? The fact that even...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: It's about choices. Because also, I don't think—

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: But, before then, where was the focus on our cultural institutions? These old buildings haven't just suddenly become in need of repair. We do need to reflect, also, on other Governments. We understand that this financial settlement has been difficult—of course it has. But the same is also true in other nations, and rather than cut funding to culture and heritage, Governments in both...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Diolch yn fawr iawn. I don't know where to start on my response, because I found that very overdefensive, perhaps, as a response. Deputy Minister, you mentioned that you were about to publish a written statement; I've been asking for that written statement—. Actually, I've been asking for an oral statement in the Senedd for months. I asked in June 2021 for you to take this matter seriously....

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Would you take an intervention?

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Our culture and our heritage matter. They aren't something nice to have when times are good; they are a vital part of our nation. I look forward to today's debate and hearing the contributions, but I also hope we will find solutions to help these vital sectors not only survive and open the doors, but flourish, and not just for us, but for future generations.

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: And before I conclude my opening remarks to this debate, I would also like to express my concern about the suggestion made by the Deputy Minister that the policy of free entry to our national museums should end. Could I urge you to look at the evidence and understand how damaging this would be? Since it was introduced back in 2001, this policy has been a resounding success, widening access to...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Take, for example, Andrew Green, the former chief librarian of the National Library of Wales, who wrote an excellent article on his blog in January of this year that bore the title ‘Why is the Welsh Government at war with culture?’ He expertly outlined not just the recent funding challenges, but also the historic ones over a decade and more and how we’ve reached this point of crisis. He...

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: But despite the international recognition our national cultural institutions have received for their work worldwide, in using the national collections to inspire current and future generations, and to champion social justice, our own Government, unfortunately, just doesn't seem to get it. And the question everyone in the sector is asking is, 'Why?'

5. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv): National collections (20 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Thank you, acting Presiding Officer, and I'd also like to thank Sioned Williams, Mabon ap Gwynfor, Delyth Jewell, Jane Dodds and Tom Giffard for co-submitting the motion before us today. I should also state clearly that many of the comments that I will make during the debate are relevant to the arts and cultural sector as a whole, and I really hope that there will be an opportunity for...

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

Heledd Fychan: Rhun ap Iorwerth.

2. Business Statement and Announcement (19 Mar 2024)

Heledd Fychan: Trefnydd, a written statement was issued last week on the 'Learner travel in Wales analysis and evaluation: recommendations report December 2023'—long awaited. You will be aware of how many questions have been asked on this issue, and yet a written statement, not an opportunity to ask questions of the Minister, especially given that there won't be changes. We understand the financial...


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