Enterprise zones 'a success' says First Minister

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First Minister Carwyn Jones insisted that enterprise zones "have been a success" in responding to a question from Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies on 4 February 2014.

Mr Davies told the first minister that "we are not seeing the progress that you promised" regarding enterprise zones, and trying to work out how successful they are "is like wading through treacle".

Mr Jones said that enterprise zones had created around 2,000 jobs in Wales, and have been proportionately more successful than in England where they have created 7,000 jobs.

The Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams asked whether the government has considered the feasibility of extending the pupil depravation grant to under five year olds.

The first minister said that no assessment has been made of the costs of such a proposal, but he did not rule out the issue being considered by the education minister in the future.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood raised the impact of the "bedroom tax" in Wales, and questioned the first minister's commitment to reform of the Barnett formula, the mechanism used by the Treasury to adjust the amounts of public expenditure allocated to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Leader of the House Lesley Griffiths then responded to requests for debates and statements from members.

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