David Jones, the secretary of state for Wales, has criticised calls for alcohol policy in Wales to be devolved from central government. Jone was responding to calls from Edwina Hart, the Welsh assembly’s health minister who last week asked fellow cabinet members to help her "take control and take action" over alcohol policies. He said: "It's clear that she hasn't yet spoken to her Welsh ministerial colleagues about this. "So we thought that before the issue runs any further we would actually make it clear that there are no plans to devolve alcohol licensing. "In fact, the coalition government is working up its own plans which are quite well advanced to tackle the issue of alcohol abuse which is really one of the biggest issues facing the country at the moment." Jones did admit that alcohol abuse in Wales was a problem but said that its plan to control alcohol licensing centrally from London had the support of Alcohol Concern Cymru.