TORY Assembly leader Nick Bourne was yesterday accused of wasting taxpayers' money after it emerged he had tabled 135 written questions to Ministers in a week - at a cost of £22,545.
Labour AM Karen Sinclair said it would have been cheaper for Mr Bourne to employ a Premiership footballer for a week.
And she claimed many of the questions could have been answered by "opening a book or searching the internet".
"Of course nobody objects to AMs scrutinising the Assembly Government because it is the central role of all politicians in Cardiff Bay," she said.
"This is why AMs employ researchers, to research issues by taking the revolutionary step of opening a book or searching the internet.
"If Nick Bourne had behaved with a measure of restraint this week, he would have saved the Government enough money to pay an experienced firefighter's wage for a whole year."
She added, "It would have been cheaper for him to employ a Premiership footballer for a week.
"Nick Bourne and the Tories owe Welsh taxpayers an apology for this behaviour."
The questions were submitted for written answers this week and included an inquiry to First Minister Rhodri Morgan about Wales' relationship with Latvia.
The list of questions ranged from asking Mr Morgan to hold a public inquiry into the death of 10-year-old Robbie Powell from Ystradgynlais to asking sports Minister Alun Pugh about the promotion of cricket in schools.
He asked eight questions on road improvements and 22 separate questions on plans to attract jobs to individual towns across Wales.
There was also a question to the Health Minister about treatments for bone marrow tumour myeloma.
Mr Bourne yesterday defended his actions.
"My role in the Assembly is to hold the government to account," he said, "That is what I was elected to do and as far as I'm concerned I will leave no stone unturned to get the answers I need.
"Labour claims it is committed to freedom of information and open government.
"It would seem that they now want to close the door on that principle."
Since the start of the year Mr Bourne's written questions have included:
How does the Minister ensure that elderly people receive good foot health and footwear advice?
Can the Minister confirm when broadband services will be available in the Aberaeron area of Ceredigion?
Will the Minister make a statement on the use of the open-top cage system for the commercial rearing of pheasant chicks in Wales?
What is the average cost of converting a zebra crossing into a pelican crossing, or into a puffin crossing?
Will the Minister make a statement concerning the road works on the A40 south of Wolfscastle in Pembrokeshire?
How many dedicated hepatologists are there in Wales?
What was the average age of farmers in Wales for each of the years since the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales?
Does the Welsh Assembly Government have a policy with regard to the proliferation of road signs in certain communities in Wales?