Page last updated at 14:28 GMT, Tuesday, 15 February 2011

First minister's questions

The assembly government believes that there should be very little change to the system by which Welsh farmers receive European monies, according to the first minister on 15 February 2011.

Carwyn Jones AM was responding to a question on the potential changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The CAP is a system of European Union (EU) agricultural subsidies and programmes that represents almost half of the EU's budget.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM expressed concern at the UK government's announcement that it would no longer like the subsidy to paid directly to farmers.

Mr Jones said that his government was of the view that there should not be a major overhaul of the payment system.

Health care services and broadband provision was a further concern for members representing rural communities.

The first minister defended his government's record on utilising EU cohesion funding in response to criticism from the Conservative AM David Melding of Wales' productivity figures in comparison to other regions.

The EU's recognition of Wales as a region that has put the funds to best use was proof enough, Mr Jones said.

Mr Jones also answered questions on policies to promote preventative health care, rail services in the valleys and the economic potential of Wales' coastline.

Read this in Welsh.


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