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Draft budget debate

The Welsh government's draft budget for 2013-14 was passed on 13 November 2012.

Plaid Cymru AMs abstained on the vote thereby allowing Labour to pass the £15bn budget.

The Labour party had struck a deal with Plaid Cymru which included an additional £20m spend on apprenticeships for 16-24-year-olds and £10m of capital over two years for a science park involving Bangor and Aberystwyth universities.

Leading the debate, Finance Minister Jane Hutt stressed the Welsh government's commitment to "eradicate poverty" and "mitigate the negative impact of the UK government's welfare reform".

She also outlined boosting the economy and delivering better, more efficient public services amongst its priorities.

Arfon AM Alun Ffred Jones argued that in light of the budget cuts, Wales had to find better ways of raising money for capital projects in order for businesses to employ staff and develop the skills of young people.

He welcomed the enhanced investment in apprenticeships schemes which he believed would enhance the economy.

Speaking on behalf of the Conservatives, Paul Davies AM criticised the budget for giving the health service in Wales "the worst deal in the UK" and failing to "address the demands of the NHS".

Liberal Democrat AM Peter Black voiced his regret that the education spending gap between England and Wales that will be exacerbated by the budget's failure to substantially increase the Pupil Deprivation Grant in 2013/14.


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