Senedd members have had the chance to grill Mark Drakeford this afternoon at First Minister's Questions.

Here's a round-up of the day's events:

Llandeilo bypass U-turn was due to pact with Plaid

The government's decision to freeze new road-building projects received a frosty welcome of its own from some Senedd members last week, including from those who complained a long-promised bypass for Llandeilo had now been shelved.

At the time, a minister said there could be no exception made for the Carmarthenshire town, but the government has since U-turned and said the Llandeilo project could still go ahead.

Today, opposition leader Andrew RT Davies said he had "struggled to find consistency" in the government's message and asked the first minister if this was "pork-barrel politics".

Drakeford said the government intended to "honour the agreement" made previously with Plaid Cymru to fund the project.  

Extra police support 'by end of financial year'

"Many" of the 100 police community support officers (PCSOs) promised by Welsh Labour in the recent Senedd election should be "appointed and on the beat" by next May.

Drakeford said an operational group had met earlier this month to arrange the new support officers' recruitment and funding.

Generally, PCSOs patrol and can issue fines for some offences but do not have powers of arrest. As their name suggests, they are used mainly in a community policing role.

Policing is not devolved but the Welsh Government currently funds 500 PCSOs through its responsibilities for safer communities, and Drakeford promised to fund 100 more in the new Senedd term.

Today he told Plaid's Rhys ab Owen the funding was "entirely secure" and, on UK government plans to hire 20,000 new officers for Wales and England, Drakeford told Labour's Jack Sargeant he had received "an assurance" from the Home Office that "when they talk about additional police officers, they mean numbers over and above those needed to replace people who have retired or been promoted or for any other reason left the service". 

Train safety is still a concern

Several Senedd members raised the issue of coronavirus restrictions on government-run Transport for Wales (TfW) trains, including Plaid's Sian Gwenllian, who said her constituents couldn't understand why strict social-distancing rules in cafes and restaurants didn't seem to apply to rail travel.

Her comments follow complaints of crowding on some more popular TfW services in recent weeks.

Labour's Buffy Williams raised concerns about cancelled services from Cardiff to the Rhondda area, and Conservative MS Natasha Asghar asked how much funding TfW had received for train safety.

Drakeford said there were "difficult practical challenges" around train safety and "no simple solutions".

"It would be possible to run more trains, and in so doing reduce overcrowding," he said.

"But that would mean that we would have to cut down on the current hygiene regime, which in itself reduces the risk of infection, particularly for the staff working on those trains," he added.

"We are trying to find more possibilities for people, and when they do travel in increasing numbers, then that's going to be challenging for the people running the systems that we have in place."

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