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Response to question over bus routes "inadequate"

 
Created on 23/03/2017 @ 14:09
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Wales’ First Minister has been criticised for not taking comments about bus services in the Newtown and Montgomeryshire area seriously.

AM Russell George slammed Carwyn Jones for his comments during a plenary session about money being spent subsidising a bus route from Cardiff to the city’s airport when it could be better spent on rural bus services.
 
Mr George raised concerns about the quality of the First Minister’s answers to questions with the Leader of the House, Jane Hutt, in this week’s proceedings in the National Assembly for Wales.
 
After raising his disappointment with Mrs Hutt, Mr George said: “Last week, I raised a perfectly legitimate question to ascertain whether the Welsh Government had explored withdrawing the half a million pounds subsidy for the successful Cardiff Airport bus service in favour of supporting other local bus routes such as those which are struggling in Mid Wales.

“But instead of providing a mature and informative response, the First Minister took the opportunity to score party political points about Cardiff Airport, ignoring my question altogether.

“This prompted constituents to contact me to complain at the First Minister’s answer which did little to alter the perception that his Government is Cardiff-centric and has no concept of the needs and concerns of Mid Wales residents.

“I sincerely hope that the Presiding Officer and Welsh Government looks carefully at improving the quality of the First Minister’s and other Ministerial responses to ensure that they are as informative as possible.”

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