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First minister's questions

Opposition parties criticised the Welsh Government on 21 June 2011 for not outlining its programme for the new assembly term.

Plaid Cymru Leader Ieuan Wyn Jones AM challenged the first minister to present its health policy for the next five years to the assembly.

Mr Jones said, "Isn't it the responsibility of the government to come to this assembly and actually tell us what their policy agenda is, rather than expecting leaders of opposition parties to drag it out of you week after week?"

He added that a reduced health budget during the fourth assembly would present a challenge to the first minister, requiring thorough opposition scrutiny, but "the problem is I don't know what you're going to deliver."

Paul Davies AM, Acting Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, also criticised the government for not publishing how it plans to deal with job creation.

First Minister Carwyn Jones replied, "We have a plan to make sure that 4,000 young people get training places...the Wales Jobs Fund replacing the Future Jobs Fund the party opposite got rid of, destroying all the hopes of so many young people."

Mr Davies defended the UK government's decision, saying that the initiative had failed to deliver what it promised.

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams AM attacked the decision to ban NHS patients from receiving IVF treatment at Singleton Hospital, Swansea.

The first minister also answered questions on support for mortgage borrowers, stimulating economic regeneration and increasing the competitiveness of the rural economy.

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