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Plaid Cymru manifesto lays out plans on tech and digital

Plaid Cymru today published their manifesto today in Bangor ahead of the general election. The manifesto contains a number commitments that are relevant to tech and digital.

The manifesto lays out plans to create a "Welsh Migration Service" that would "seek to attract internationals with those skills, including in the health service and in technology." Plaid Cymru also commits to the provision of at least "30Mbps" of broadband and to ensuring that "mobile phone operators provide a better service in all parts of Wales"

Other Highlights include:

Digital skills:
"Schools will ensure that young people develop key skills, including literacy, numeracy, IT skills and thinking skills, and an understanding of climate change and the environment. It is vital that our children understand the technology that surrounds them, through coding and advanced computer technology development lessons, such as the Raspberry Pi device."

"Target groups and those studying subjects vital to the Welsh economy and public goals will pay no tuition fees in Wales, including those taking up key healthcare posts, studying science, engineering and technology subjects and students from particularly challenging backgrounds."

Regulation:
"Ofcom's office in Wales should have greater powers, including the authority to take licensing decisions. The members of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Wales should be appointed by the Welsh Government. This would be best achieved by the federalisation of the work of Ofcom in a UK context."

Skills and industry:

"We will aim to raise the status of work often carried out by women and promote women's access to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and other careers where women are under-represented, providing mentors and support networks."

Technology and health:
"Improving IT in healthcare could help save lives. That's why we support the development of eHealth and Telemedicine, to increase quality and speed of patient care, and pushed for this in our 2013 Budget agreement."

Cyber-security:
"Increasing reliance upon technology leaves countries open to attack by foreign powers without the need for conventional weapons. We will bolster cybersecurity defence capabilities to increase security and prevent cyber-attacks."

This post is part of techUK's wider engagement with all political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election, building on our asks of the next potential government as laid out in Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for Growth and Jobs 2015-2020.

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