TORY Assembly leader Nick Bourne said yesterday he had full confidence in education spokesman David Davies.
His comments came after Mr Davies criticised Muslim MPs for opposing hunting while supporting the halal method of preparing meat.
Mr Bourne said, "He does retain my confidence as the education spokesman.
"The chief whip has spoken to David about what he said and advised him of the sensitivities.
"It is important that we send out the right messages. We have many Muslim supporters and we're very conscious of that, and David is too."
Mr Davies arrived at the Assembly yesterday morning wearing a tie featuring huntsmen in pursuit of a fox.
Labour AM John Griffiths (Newport East) later raised Mr Davies' comments at the weekly First Minister's Questions, but was ruled out of order by Presiding Officer Lord Elis-Thomas.
First Minister Rhodri Morgan said, "All of us have to be aware of what can cause an ethnic minority or a religious minority to feel it is being discriminated against.
"That's the issue we all need to bear in mind at all times."
Mr Griffiths said later, "David Davies' attempts to bully minorities in this country are disgraceful.
"But I want him to know that there are politicians who are not afraid to stand up to him and these offensive tactics.
"To compare halal and fox hunting is an insult not only to Muslims but to all sensible citizens in our country and he should know that this offensive bullying will not work.
"To compare an established religious practice with a blood sport calls into question the attitude of the Tory party towards Muslims in Wales and Britain."