Archive for August 2001

8 February 2001

Alison Halford (Delyn): What has been the impact of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending review on North Wales. (OAQ9409) Edwina Hart: The 2000 comprehensive spending review has resulted in substantial increases in the Assembly’s budget for the next three years, which will have a positive impact on the whole of Wales. The parts of north Wales that are attracting structural funds will also benefit from the increases in the Assembly’s budget to cover this expenditure. The excellent local government settlement has benefited local authorities in north Wales in particular. Alison Halford: Do you think that this welcome settlement, which sees a substantial increase in police funding in my area, and across Wales, will be enough to protect rural police stations, particularly in Flintshire, from closure? Edwina Hart: There was an excellent discussion yesterday in the Local Government and Housing Committee about rural policing. When we were discussing the formula, Members raised the need for a visible police presence not just in urban areas, although there are problems in terms of police presence and accessibility in urban areas outside the city centres, but also in rural areas. Members made the point about access to the police service and that there are sometimes …..