Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Tuesday 21 April 2015
  2. Carwyn Jones took questions from 13:30 to 14:15 GMT
  3. First Minister promises a map proposing new council boundaries by the summer
  4. Tory leader Andrew RT Davies asks how many business leaders back Labour policies
  5. Plaid leader Leanne Wood says Labour will cut public spending if it wins the general election
  6. Lib Dem Kirsty Williams calls for Severn Bridge tolls to be scrapped

Live Reporting

By Tomos Livingstone, Adrian Browne and Andy Roberts

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all from First Minister's Questions for this week. We're back next Tuesday just before 1.30pm.

You can catch up on today's proceedings in

am:pm on BBC Two Wales at 3.15pm.

Appropriately perhaps AMs are ending this session by arguing about money - specifically the way the Welsh Government is funded by the Treasury. No escape from the general election this afternoon!


Plaid AM Elin Jones

tweets: In Assembly, @fmwales confirms to me that he will look to fund a study for re-opening Aberystwyth to Carmarthen railway @TrawsLinkCymru

BBC Wales Political Editor Nick Servini

The general election is having a major bearing on proceedings. The accusations have been flying around.

Labour accused Plaid of being ready to do a deal with the Conservatives while the Tories have accused Labour of "slash and burn" economic policies.

Questions now about the Institute of Welsh Affairs' recent

report on the Welsh economy; the First Minister says there's plenty of evidence of companies being attracted to Wales.

He also says the GVA (gross value added) measure of economic performance doesn't tell the whole story, and there are improvements to the economy.

Questions now on proposals to close Junction 41 of the M4 around Port Talbot - the Welsh Government hasn't made a final decision.

Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams calls for scrapping of Severn Bridge tolls

Kirsty Williams

Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams is now asking about the tolls on the Severn Bridge, which her party wants want to scrap.

Carwyn Jones says it's difficult to get clarity from the Department for Transport on the exact maintenance costs of the bridges, but he wants the tolls controlled from Wales.

Tory leader Andrew RT Davies attacks Labour on the economy

Andrew RT Davies

Conservative group leader Andrew RT Davies now asking how many businesses in Wales are backing Carwyn Jones's economic policies - he says the first minister can't name a single one, and suggests Ed Miliband and Ed Balls would "slash and burn" the economy if Labour wins the general election.

Mr Jones says Mr Davies is turning "UKIP purple", and says the Conservatives have turned the UK economy into a "shambles".

Very little discussion so far of anything other than the general election.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood asks about Labour plans to cut spending

Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood now asking about the impact of spending cuts on Wales; she wants to know what Carwyn Jones thinks is an acceptable level of cuts at Westminster level, citing IFS research suggesting Labour would cut devolved budgets by 2.2%.

The first minister says there would be "five years of investment" if Labour wins the general election and suggests that Ms Wood would be "more than happy" to work with the Conservatives.

The Presiding Officer warns AMs against "long introductions" to their questions - we think she means there are already too many references to the General Election!

Carwyn Jones takes questions in the Senedd

Carwyn Jones

First Minister Carwyn Jones re-iterates his promise to come up with the Welsh Government's own map for new council boundaries by the summer - a reminder that there are still unresolved issues in Welsh politics beyond the General Election.

Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler opened proceedings by expressing sympathy for Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw following the death of his wife.

We're about to start - here's a quick reminder of the format:

If you're wondering who gets to ask the questions - the names are drawn out of a hat (well, OK, a computer). Other AMs can ask supplementary questions as long as they're related to the original topic. You can

read the questions here.

In the middle there are three questions each from the leaders of the Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats - and Carwyn Jones has no advance notice of those at all.

Welcome to our live coverage of First Minister's Questions from the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

AMs are back from their Easter break but the General Election campaign won't be far from anyone's minds.