Questions to the First Minister

QNR – in the Senedd at on 2 May 2023.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Labour

(Translated) What lessons for the economy of Wales did the First Minister learn from his recent visit to the Basque Country?

Photo of Mark Drakeford Mark Drakeford Labour

My recent visit to the Basque Country was an opportunity to share learning on a variety of topics, including economic development, education and language policy. There is much to learn, for example, from the Basque model of innovation-driven social and economic development.

Photo of Vikki Howells Vikki Howells Labour

(Translated) Will the Welsh Government provide an update on work to protect children and young people from smoking-related harm?

Photo of Mark Drakeford Mark Drakeford Labour

Supporting children and young people to have a smoke-free childhood is a key part of our tobacco control strategy, 'A smoke-free Wales'. We have banned smoking in settings where children spend their time, including school grounds and public playgrounds, and our JustBSmokefree programme works in schools to prevent smoking uptake.

Photo of Carolyn Thomas Carolyn Thomas Labour

(Translated) What is the Welsh Government doing to support parents and carers in North Wales with the cost of the school day?

Photo of Mark Drakeford Mark Drakeford Labour

Our school essentials grant has made a big difference to many lower income families across Wales, helping to reduce the worry surrounding the purchase of school uniform and equipment. Funding of £13.6 million has been made available for this grant in 2023-24.