On Wednesday we accused Welsh Labour Ministers of conning the public at the last National Assembly elections with their promise of free breakfasts for every primary school pupil in Wales.
We made the allegation based on material released to us following a request in line with the Freedom of Information Act.
We carried a lengthy statement from Education Minister Jane Davidson as part of our coverage on Wednesday. Here we carry a further statement from her, together with a response from Chief Reporter Martin Shipton, who wrote the original story.
You got it wrong, says Jane Davidson
UNFORTUNATELY the Western Mail has got it wrong again.
It is wrong when it says we misled the public on free school breakfasts. I absolutely reject this claim.
The pledge was and continues to be that, "We have committed to providing for all our primary school children to have free breakfasts".
We are actively promoting the scheme and encouraging school to take part - bring benefits to children in Wales.
We have always looked at the expected outcomes and the figures are available for all to see on the Assembly's web site.
We have always said we will revisit the funding levels once we have considered the evidence from the pilots and the independent evaluation.
The money is there in the budget reserve to support the expansion of the programme as promised.
It is wrong when it says Wales spends less per head on school education than England. We announced substantial additional investment in education and training in the budget which is on top of the above-inflation increases committed via the local government settlement.
In fact, Treasury figures show that in Wales we spend 6% more than England on Education and Training.
I would have hoped that the Western Mail would have exercised a bit more candour in the accuracy of its reporting.
This policy initiative offers our youngest people the immediate benefits of a good diet and the longer-term opportunity to improve their educational achievement and, thereby, their life chances.
Those involved in education in Wales and many more outside, have warmly welcomed this innovative development.
Why is it that the so-called "national newspaper of Wales" can only carp and misinform?