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Edwina Hart MBE OStJ AM
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Edwina Hart has been the Gower's AM since the first Assembly election in 1999.

Having served as Minister for Finance and Local Government (2000-2003) and Minister for Social Justice and Regeneration (2003-2007), Edwina was appointed to the Health and Social Services portfolio in May 2007. Following re-election to the National Assembly for Wales in May 2011, Edwina Hart was appointed Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science and in March 2013 was appointed the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.

The Minister for Economy, Science and Transport is responsible for:

  • The provision of support and advice to assist the establishment, growth, modernisation or development of business in Wales
  • The promotion of Wales as a location for business and investment
  • The promotion of Welsh exports
  • Entrepreneurship, enterprise and business information
  • Finance Wales
  • Business rates policy
  • Energy policy, major energy facilities and infrastructure, devolution in energy matters, steel, coal, oil and gas
  • Environmental improvements in relation to industrial and commercial developments
  • Economic sector panels
  • Social enterprise and the social economy
  • The work of the Economic Research Advisory Panel
  • Transport policy, including the development of an integrated transport system in Wales
  • Road Safety including provision of safer routes to Schools, transport for children and young people and regulation of pedestrian crossings and on-street parking
  • Road transport, including construction, improvement and maintenance of trunk roads in Wales, except those parts of the Second Severn Crossing and the approaches thereto which are situated in Wales (not devolved) (NB roads other than trunk roads are the responsibility of Local Authorities)
  • Delivery of passenger rail services through the Wales and Borders franchise
  • Promotion of walking and cycling, including the Active Travel (Wales) Act
  • Funding and administration of programmes to Local Authorities and other bodies designed to deliver a range of transport schemes and services
  • Science: development of science policy, including day to day liaison with the Chief Scientific Adviser and the National Science Academy
  • Research and Innovation, including research and development, knowledge transfer and commercialisation; maximising research and innovation incomes; and Research Centres of Excellence
  • Technium network.

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