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EDM (Early Day Motion) 953: tabled on 06 March 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 24 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes that following a meeting last March between Plaid Cymru leader of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, Mrs Pauline Jarman, and the RCT Bus and Coach Operators' Association, the Nationalist-run Council awarded an extraordinary one-year extension of the existing school bus contracts without any formal tendering process and increased the value of the contract by 7.5 per cent., rather than the 5.6 per cent. recommended by officers; further notes that the convenor of the RCT Bus and Coach Operators' Association was a prominent Plaid Cymru supporter, Mr Clayton Jones, whose Shamrock buses was a major beneficiary of this new contract and who made a personal donation of ú1,500 to the Rhondda branch of Plaid Cymru only two weeks after the meeting with Mrs Jarman; is troubled at this clear breach of standard tendering processes and the probable resultant budget overspend of ú300,000 identified by the District Auditor; and calls on the Nationalist leadership in Westminster and in Cardiff to condemn this case of Plaid doling out contracts to their butties.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

SHAMROCK BUSES (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes that the cost of school transport contracts in Rhondda Cynon Taff have increased annually by an average of only 2.3 per cent. over the last five years; further notes that the current cost per pupil for both primary and secondary school transport is substantially below the Welsh national average; notes that the recent contract extension has been confirmed by the District Auditor as completely compliant with the contract terms; notes that the details of the negotiations were conducted by officers of the council, and have been subject to appropriate and rigorous scrutiny by both the District Auditor and council members; further notes the content of a public statement issued by the District Auditor which states 'The Pontypridd Observer and Rhondda Leader (7/3/02) contained a number of references to a district audit report regarding the council's arrangement for managing its home to school transport contracts. I am concerned that these references, if taken out of context, could be potentially misleading ... Whilst the issue of contract terms was raised by the Rhondda Cynon Taff Bus and Coach Association when it met the Leader of the Council on 9th March 2001, we are not aware of any financial negotiations having taken place at that meeting'; and calls on the National Assembly for Wales and this House to congratulate the current Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales administration of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council on the remarkable transformation they have achieved over the past two years.'.
Plaid Cymru, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
EDM 953A1: tabled on 13 March 2002