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MS ‘could have travelled to Mars and back’ in time it took him to get answer from Welsh Government

12 Jul 2021 2 minute read
Rhun ap Iorwerth. Picture by Plaid Cymru. Mars Rover. Picture: NASA.

A Senedd Member has said that he could have travelled to Mars and back in the time it took him to get an answer to a question from the Welsh Government

Rhun ap Iorwerth, Plaid Cymru’s Health spokesperson, sent a letter to the Health Minister in September 2020.

He has now been answered – nine months later and by a different Health Minister, after Eluned Morgan replaced Vaughan Gething in the role following May’s Senedd election.

“Getting a Ministerial response shouldn’t take longer than a trip to Mars,” Rhun ap Iorwerth said.

The Ynys Môn Senedd Member added that waiting months for a reply to a question wasn’t uncommon, as he had also faced a seven-month wait for another message sent in December which was only answered this month.


Rhun ap Iorwerth said that the delay made holding the government to account “even more important but twice as difficult.”

“In September 2020 I wrote to the Health Minister about a Public Health Wales data breach. To receive a response nine months later is clearly unacceptable,” he said.

“And this is far from being an isolated incident. Last December I wrote to the minister at the time on the issue of vaccinating health care workers. The response I have only now received is of little value.

“This ‘better late than never’ approach to answering correspondence is an affront to scrutiny. Holding the government and ministers to account during the pandemic is more important than ever, but twice as difficult.

“We’ve had two national lockdowns, a Welsh general election and a new Health Minister in the time it’s taken to respond to this letter and that simply isn’t good enough.”

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2 years ago

Normal. Six months to open the envelope. Only saving grace is that Westminster is a light year worse.

2 years ago

Hmmm … what method of extant travel to Mars and back is the MS basing his travel time on?
I mean the Millennium Falcon did the Kessell Run in under 12 parsecs.
But a parsec is a measure of distance not time. A d the Millennuim Falcon is a fictional spacecraft.

Has the MS been taking lessons from ReTweet Davies on how to make attention grabbing but pointless statements?

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris

You woke up my inner pedant but then showed you knew what a parsec is! Back in the cage.

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