Publish all expenditure over £25,000 says Kirsty Williams to WAG

2010 Tachwedd 23 3:12 PM

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has today called on the Labour-Plaid Government to publish all Welsh Government expenditure over £25,000 in the interest of transparency and accountability.

Last week, the UK Coalition Government published detailed spending of all expenditure over £25,000 allowing the public to see for the first time how money is spent and hold politicians to account.

However, during First Minister's Questions, Carwyn Jones refused to commit to publishing all detailed spending for the people of Wales to easily access on the government's webpages, raising question over the Labour-Plaid government's commitment to openness and transparency.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"We have a right to see what the government is spending our money on, especially during times when the Welsh pound has to have the biggest impact possible.

"The Liberal Democrat Conservative Government has recently published detailed spending of all expenditure over £25,000 allowing the public to see for the first time how money is spent and hold politicians to account. When I asked Carwyn Jones if he would do the same in Wales, he refused.

"The people of Wales shouldn't have to request information on spending through complicated and often bureaucratic freedom of information requests; they should be able to easily access information so that they can judge for themselves if the Labour-Plaid government is spending money wisely.

"Carwyn Jones used to be the Minister for Open Government and he said back in 2002 that 'open government or freedom of information is not just about releasing information it's much wider...It's about accountability. It's about partnership. It is a two-way process. We have to make sure that what we do is as accessible as possible'. From his comments today, he wants to keep the people of Wales in the dark about his government's spending.

"The Labour-Plaid must be held to account for the spending decisions they are making however today just goes to proved that they have much to hide."

WAG PRESS RELEASE 2002 :

Minister (Carwyn Jones) pledges Assembly will be 'ahead of the game' on Open Government

http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/businessandeconomy/2002/4027277/?lang=en

Carwyn Jones said:

"Open government or freedom of information is not just about releasing information it's much wider. It's about listening. It's about accountability. It's about partnership. It is a two-way process. We have to make sure that what we do is as accessible as possible, but we also want to make sure that we are as accessible as possible to the views of the Welsh public and organisation in Wales. We are committed to building a more participative approach to the devolved government of Wales."

Beth hoffech chi ei wneud nesaf?