Breaking Ministerial Code


The Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies apologised "on the record" for breaking the Ministerial Code during a personal statement on 01 July 2014.

Mr Davies lobbied the environment watchdog Natural Resources Wales (NRW) over plans for a race track near Ebbw Vale.

NRW initially objected to the £280m Circuit of Wales scheme but later said its concerns had been addressed.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones released a statement earlier today saying Alun Davies has breached the Ministerial Code in a row over lobbying in favour of a £280m racetrack in his constituency, but will not be sacked.

Carwyn Jones said it was "clear" that the Ministerial Code had been breached but that the issues were "not clear cut".

Following the statement, the leader of the Conservatives Andrew R T Davies asked an urgent question on the Permanent Secretary's investigation into the actions of the Minister for Natural Resources and Food in connection with the Circuit of Wales project.

The first minister answered that he had already made a statement at midday on the issue.

Mr Jones said that Mr Davies' actions are "not so serious as to justify removing the minister from his job" and added there is no suggestion that there was any influence on NRW's final view.

Plaid Cymru member Simon Thomas questioned the relevance of the ministerial code.

The first minister reminded members of what the code says "what it says is that ministers have to take particular care to ensure they formally separate their roles as AMs and as Ministers."

Conservative member Antoinette Sandbach asked for the resignation of the Minister for Natural Resources and Food.

Conservative member Darren Millar also asked an urgent question on health board overspending in the financial year 2013/14.

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