Archive for September 2006

Police Review Article

An Authority’s functions are to ensure that the force is run effectively and efficiently, and to monitor how complaints are dealt with.  It is also the disciplining body for its ACPO ranks and can decide how to address any complaint made against a senor officer. The Police Authority fits uneasily between Home Office, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary and the chief constable, whose total control over operational matters can cause a problem for an Authority.  This model ensures that no one is actually accountable for mismanagement or for poor administration within the police service.  All Police Authorities set the police precept that the local authority merely collects.  North Wales policing costs has rocketed in recent years yet the chief officer still challenged the public to pay more or services could not be guaranteed.  The Authority acquiesced to two years of “begging bowl” strategy, ignoring the potential loss of confidence when promises were broken.  The Assembly continues to increase its share of force budgets yearly but has no say in how the money is spent or to determine if Wales is getting a good deal.The Welsh Assembly is committed to equal opportunities for all, condemns confidentiality clauses and Cabinet minutes are …..

Brainstorm Ahead

The very nice men from the AA are soon to publish a new road atlas marking the location of fixed speed cameras to help motorists avoid expensive fines. More than three million punters are expected to lash out on this guide, many from North Wales, desperate to avoid further points on their licenses. Of the four Welsh forces, North Wales tops the league for speed tickets and of course, it’s never the really reckless road-hogs, only decent, careful bods like the Spanish teacher who drives the school bus as a social responsibility.   Having been clobbered three times in three months, by infamous ‘Arrive Alive’ vans invariably positioned in sneaky positions close to the 30 mile limit sign and the like, she now drives below 28 mph  concentrating more on the speedometer rather that the way ahead!  The brains behind this obsession with speeders is the controversial Richard Brunstrom; spell check helpfully suggests ‘brainstorm’ and certainly a storm of fines has brought drivers to their knees as the chief Constable is totally unrepentant over his remorseless ‘no speed policy’.  As head of the chief constables’ traffic committee, the force ensures that tickets fly even if the wretched punter wanders even a …..

7 November 2000

Alison Halford (Delyn): What assessment has he made of the affect of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in Wales, specifically with regard to all types of employers being able to monitor their employees ‘phone calls and e-mails’. (OAQ7574) The First Minister: No assessment has been undertaken of the Act on Wales as a whole. The National Assembly for Wales is currently reviewing policies affected by this Act.

31 October 2000

Alison Halford (Delyn): Does he intend to publish what are the exact functions of policy co-ordinator for North Wales. (OAQ7414) The First Minister: I refer you to the answer I gave to Janet Ryder (OAQ7387) in Plenary today. Follows {{Q7 Janet Ryder: Will the First Minister make a brief statement on co-ordination of Government policy in north Wales? (OAQ7387)}} The First Minister: In my new role as Minister with special responsibility for the co-ordination of Government policy in north Wales, I will ensure that the north is properly represented and seen to be properly represented in all Assembly policies, including matters related to resource allocation and public appointments. I will also ensure that the North Wales Regional Committee’s voice is heard loud and clear at Assembly Cabinet level. Janet Ryder: I welcome that announcement. As Minister with responsibility for the north, will you guarantee today that you will attend every meeting of the North Wales Regional Committee and will allow full scrutiny of your actions regarding the north in those meetings? The First Minister: It would be rather too much for the North Wales Regional Committee to want to invite me to every meeting. I have to be invited. I …..

26 October 2000

Alison Halford (Delyn): Will she consider separate and additional funding from the Assembly budget for the provision of new school buildings. (OAQ7316) Edwina Hart: The proposals contained in the draft budget which was laid before the Assembly on 19 October and discussed in Plenary today, contained additions in the provision for capital expenditure for local education authority maintained schools of £5.525 million in 2001-02, £34.275 million in 2002-03 and £40.525 million in 2003-04 and additions for voluntary aided schools of £1.475 million in 2001-02, £2.475 million in 2002-03 and £3.475 million in 2003-04. This brings the total planned provision available for education capital to £293 million for the period to 2003-04.

14 September 2000

Alison Halford (Delyn): What plans does she have to ensure that sufficient funding is available in Wales to reduce prostrate and testicular cancer. (OAQ6658) Jane Hutt: Tackling cancer is one of the Assembly’s top priorities for the NHS in Wales. We have a clear all-Wales strategic direction for cancer services, as set out in the Cameron Report, and the Cancer Services Co-ordinating Group has been established to implement the Report’s recommendations. This Group has produced All Wales Minimum Standards for the main cancers such as urological cancers, which includes prostate and testicular cancer.On 27 July, I announced that £4 million of the £25 million remaining this year of the substantial additional resources for health announced following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget, is being made available for cancer services in Wales. These additional resources will make a significant contribution to meeting the all-Wales minimum standards. NHS Wales will benefit from substantial lottery funding for new initiatives, including the £9.75 million made available for cancer care over the next three years from the New Opportunities Fund. This money will be used to support national and local strategic priorities, reduce inequalities in health, encourage best practice and stimulate innovative developments. Awareness of …..