Welsh Government ministers would be reduced from 14 to 7
Paul Davies has set out his vision for a Welsh Conservative government and he promises it will be leaner and more efficient.
The Leader of the Welsh Conservative Assembly Group has been speaking at the party's annual conference in Llangollen.
He said: “A Welsh Conservative Government will cut the cost of politics. We will seek to freeze the Assembly Commission’s budget for the full five-year term, and there will be no increase in the number of politicians in Wales under my leadership.”
Mr Davies added: “I will reshape the government too. I will reduce the size of the Welsh Government from 14 ministers to a magnificent 7. A 50-percent saving on day one, and I will implement an immediate freeze on hiring more and more civil servants.”
His speech also included a further pledge to give the people of Wales a leaner, more efficient, and effective government.
Mr Davies spoke of creating an Office of Administrative Responsibility – similar to the Office of Budget Responsibility in England – that would have, as he said, “… a wide remit to look at every way that government works and ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent well”.
He said, too, that a Welsh Conservative government would implement a total Comprehensive Spending Review and eliminate waste, and he vowed that – when he becomes First Minister – he will “… do everything I can to get your taxes down”.
He said: “Let me make one thing absolutely clear: there will be no new taxes under my Welsh Government.”
Before calling on all residents in Wales to back him as Boris Johnson was backed in the 2019 General Election, he said: “We need bold decisive leadership in both London and Cardiff Bay for Wales to move forward. With me as your First Minister and Boris as your Prime Minister we will deliver for Wales.
“And you will have a government that rewards your hard work, delivers a bold agenda, leaves no one and no community behind, because together, we can unleash Wales’ potential.”