Where is the evidence – 28 September 2016

Oct 20, 2016 | Assembly Business | 0 comments

Plenary Wednesday 28 September 2016

3:40:30 to 3:43:00

What we are left with is a catalogue of vague ambitions and no means of monitoring how far we can successfully achieve them.

Spoken Contribution – 17:10:25

I don’t want to labour the issue of the lack of pages, because Julie’s already taken umbrage with that, but even if we accept it’s only 16 pages long, even within its small size, there is a certain lack of content within it. I wasn’t here five years ago, but I’m told that the equivalent document then was 600 pages long. That does seem to indicate a certain shortcoming in some area.

Spoken Contribution – 17:11:03

Yes, sure.

Spoken Contribution – 17:11:10

Perhaps they have overcompensated in that instance. Maybe they should have struck a balance somewhere in the middle. [Assembly Members: ‘Ah.’]

Spoken Contribution – 17:11:24

There was also something, I believe, in the previous Assembly, called a delivery unit. It’s no longer with us, as far as I know. It appears to have delivered nothing, as very few targets were met, and was thus itself delivered into oblivion. So, now, the targets have largely disappeared, and what we are left with is a catalogue of vague ambitions and no means of monitoring how far we can successfully achieve them.

Lots and lots of public money is spent on the Labour Government’s pet projects, but how effective are these projects? We’ve recently had significant evidence that one of their major schemes, Jobs Growth Wales, was not having any economic impact whatsoever. This ties in with Oscar’s comments regarding the skills shortage and the way in which we failed to produce college leavers with work-ready skills. How is this going to be addressed in future?

The First Minister has been in the habit lately of telling us not to rely on anecdotes, but rather, that we should rely on evidence. We shouldn’t denigrate evidence. Does the Minister here today agree that this document, with its lack of targets, demonstrates a total retreat by this Government from the need to conform to targets and evidence?