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First minister's questions

First Minister Carwyn Jones has defended his record in office during first minister's questions on 8 January 2012.

Opposition parties criticised him over inward investment, benefit cuts and the NHS.

Leader of the Conservatives Andrew RT Davies said exports had fallen to countries that Mr Jones had visited on trade missions.

Mr Jones said he would be visiting USA, India, Japan, Turkey and Ireland in 2013, adding that his visit to India last year resulted in an £800m investment in Wales from Tata Steel.

Mr Davies said it appeared Swansea City Football Club's promotion to the premier league had done more for the Welsh economy than the Welsh government.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said Mr Jones had failed to protect people in Wales from cuts to benefits and public spending.

She told him: "You have one chance to live up to that promise to shield the people of Wales."

But Mr Jones accused Plaid Cymru of lacking any of their own policy ideas.

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams said the Welsh government had failed to provide adequate access to NHS dentistry across Wales, a charge the first minister denied.

The first minister was also asked about plans to buy Cardiff Airport, flooding in north Wales and the future of the Welsh language, including the current dispute over BBC use of Welsh language songs between the BBC and Eos.

Following first minister's questions, Byron Davies AM asked an urgent question on Cardiff Airport.

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