The Welsh Government has hit back at a highly critical letter from the Assembly's Environment committee which sets out a series of strongly-worded criticisms and concerns about the Department for Natural Resources and its Minister Alun Davies.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said:
The Welsh Liberal Democrat Environment spokesman, William Powell, has added his voice to criticism of the Natural Resources minister and department. It follows a series of strongly-worded criticisms and concerns set out in a letter from the cross-party Environment committee.
William Powell said:
A Welsh Government department has been criticised by a cross-party group of Assembly Members for 'flawed' financial management and planning. A letter sent from the Environment and Sustainability Committee lists a series of concerns and criticisms of the Department and its Minister, Alun Davies.
The letter from the committee's chair, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has been sent to the Assembly's Finance Committee and follows a recent evidence session with the Minister. It criticises both the evidence and says that led to wider worries:
The committee's scrutiny was, says the letter, 'hampered by the lateness of the budget paper' leaving members less than 48 hours to prepare. It also highlights 'a number of basic errors...including references to the True Taste Awards which were disbanded earlier this year.'