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Order. Order. Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales, Mr

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Steve Double. Questionable one, Mr Speaker. Secretary Alun Cairns. I am

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keen to strengthen the relationship tween south Wales and the

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south-west, after all Bristol is the most productive city in England

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outside of London. Abolishing the Seve tolls will help to bolster the

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joint economic prospects of South Wales and the South West of England.

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I thank the Secretary of State for that answer but can I ask if he

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would be a strong voice in Cabinet, not just for Wales, but for the

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regions of our country, and, I don't know, perhaps especially places like

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Cornwall, and if he were to make sure that the shared asperity fund

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is distributed fairly and on the basis of genuine need? I am grateful

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to my honourable friend for his question because his area, such as

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large parts of Wales, benefit from what is currently EU structural

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funds and the Shared Prosperity Fund offers great prospect of having a

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much more streamlined approach to supporting some of the most needy

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parts of the United Kingdom. I'm determined that the shared

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perspective fund is a much more efficient delivery system with fair

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distributional round the UK to serve his part as well as Wales,

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obviously. What would have strengthened the links is

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electrification of the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, which

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the previous Tory Prime Minister described as vital. By scrapping

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that, hasn't this Tory government once again let down Wales? Grateful

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to the honourable member for his question but I am sure he would

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recognise that advances in bimodal technology means that electrifying

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between Cardiff and Swansea would not save passengers any journey

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time. In fact, there would be significant journey disruption and

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delay, adding costs to travellers and businesses alike without any

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time-saving. And the advances in bimodal trains, mean we can take the

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most modern fleet of trains further in West Wales than we would

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otherwise with solely an electrified railway. The scrapping of the seven

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tolls is a huge benefit. Will my right honourable friend agree with

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me that it is of vast benefit the places like Wiltshire, where we have

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places where I am grateful to my honourable

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friend for his question. He has rightly recognised scrapping of the

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Severn tolls is not only a significant boost to the South Wales

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economy but also to the economy of the South West of England. He

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welcomed it, along with the Chambers of commerce in south Wales with

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business West, many others. It seems the only people who have not

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welcomed the scrapping of the Severn tolls is the party opposite and the

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Welsh government. Will he give a categorical equipment that --

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commitment that all of those areas in Wales currently in receipt of

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European structural funds will continue to be eligible in the

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future? The UK Shared Prosperity Fund can do even more because we

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will not have the same restrictions that the European Commission put on

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the European structural funds. It hardly makes sense that some of the

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most deprived parts of Wales are excluded from the European

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structural fund's map as it stands because of European new rules. The

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UK Shared Prosperity Fund allows us to introduce a much more efficient

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and responsive scheme. Thank you, Mr Speaker. One project that could

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provide significant economic opportunities on both sides of the

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Bristol Channel is the provision of a regular ferry service between

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Ilfracombe in my constituency and south Wales. It is being considered

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by a commercial company. I wonder what support The Welsh Office could

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give to that idea. I will happily meet my honourable friend to discuss

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what prospects there are because he, like me, recognises the major

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opportunities, economic opportunities that exist by binding

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the regions together. Between the south-west of England and the South

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Wales economy, we have one of the largest digital clusters. We have

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one of the best cyber security clusters and the more we can do to

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encourage economic growth, which will involve the sort of subjects I

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have mentioned, as well as tourism that would benefit... Questionable

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to, Mr Speaker. -- question number two. The UK Government is investing

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significant sums in infrastructure, delivering improved journey times

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the passengers on the latest trains. This will provide tangible benefits

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to people and businesses in South Wales and boost access to jobs and

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new opportunities. Has the Secretary of State specifically discussed with

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his Cabinet colleagues funding for the reader element of Cardiff

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Central station in my constituency? Well it be redeveloped, yes or no?

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Grateful to the honourable lady for the question. Yes, I have discussed

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with Cabinet colleagues the need for investment in new stations in Wales.

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There is the prospect of a new stations and for further investment.

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I have met with Cardiff Council to talk about it, I have spoken about

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it to the Welsh government. I am keen to explore the opportunities

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that exist there and also the opportunity to attract private

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investment and therefore I have spoken to the privates developer

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surrounding that side. Returning to the subject of electrification, it

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is true that the bimodal trains are good but they are a second-best

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solution. But look into the future for further rail infrastructure

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investment in Wales, does my right honourable friend agree that there

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are major questions to be asked of Network Rail was like ability to

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deliver projects on time, and control their costs, and what more

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could be done to create a more competitive but cost effective

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environment for rail infrastructure environment investment in Wales? My

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honourable friend makes an important point about the efficiency of -- the

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efficiency of network whale -- Nirat wail. The Public Accounts Committee

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reassessed the case for electrification, partly as a result

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of the increased costs that have been delivered by Network Rail. But

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I would also say, to improve rail access to West Wales and the

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Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and other places in West Wales, we

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have the opportunity to explore new opportunities of new stations that

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could well deliver bimodal trains on a regular basis to parts of Wales

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that don't access fast trains at the moment. Following a delegation I

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lead in 2014. The then Prime Minister, David Cameron, alleged to

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extend electrification to Swansea, saying it would have a huge economic

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impact on developing employment in an area of neglect and

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infrastructure, so will he stand up to the Prime Minister, and basically

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deliver the promises of the previous Prime Minister, as a previous member

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of Secretary of State did, and deliver the Thomases of

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electrification we so urgently needs? I will not call the

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honourable gentleman in a hurry if he is going to be so long winded. I

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hope the honourable member will recognise the new most modern trains

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will be available in Swansea and serviced in Swansea within a short

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number of weeks. Swansea will benefit from the latest most modern

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trains and will benefit from 15 minutes of safe journey time when

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the project is completed. There will be no time-saving, in fact there

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would be significant disruption to Swansea if we continued with the

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electric only model he seems to be advocating. But is it not the case

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that Swansea's connectivity will be improved by the new Kingsway

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Project, which is creating a digital district Gretchen Mark and isn't it

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a shame that members opposite don't recognise this important move?

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Perhaps they don't know what a digital district is! My honourable

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friend has great expertise in all things Welsh but particularly in

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relation to digital project and the Kingsway Project he talked about.

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The Swansea -based city deal is an exciting project that will

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complement the private activity that is taking place, and that will

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improve connectivity by digital means as well as the rail

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connectivity and the new trains being operating very soon. Thank

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you, Mr Speaker. I love the new haircut and the tie. LAUGHTER

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You are great. Before the summer recess, the

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Transport Secretary, his Cabinet colleague sneaked out news that the

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UK Government would break its promise to electrify the mainline

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from Cardiff to Swansea. People in Wales are now rightly asking whether

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his government can even be trusted to deliver electrification as far as

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Cardiff. Would the Secretary of State promise that this

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electrification will go ahead, and not join the ever growing list of

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broken promises his government has made to the people of Wales? Mr

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Speaker, the honourable lady will be well aware that the work is

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currently underway, in terms of electrifying the Cardiff. The

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bimodal trains will be bringing the service times when the project is

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complete it will be a major benefit, not only the Cardiff but also

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Swansea as I have said. Also the major advantage of the bimodal

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trains means that we can take the latest rolling stock further in West

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Wales rather than the electric only project, which would have meant any

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benefits would have stopped in Swansea. The agreement with the

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Democratic Unionist Party about a living for the whole United Kingdom

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so we can get on with our plan to get the best Brexit deal for our

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country and create an economy that works everybody. It is part of the

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government's and to support growth across all parts of the UK the city

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deals in Wales and the introduction of Barnett floor tooth to provide

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Welsh government with a fair level of funding for the long-term.

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Given that deal, did the Secretary of State actually demand and

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increase for Wales and the Barnum formula? The Secretary of State and

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myself have been successful in achieving city deals for Cardiff and

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Swansea and we are working towards a North Wales growth deal as well.

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That funding from Westminster was not subject to any consequential is.

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Does my right honourable friend agree that last years fiscal

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framework agreement secures long-term needs -based funding for

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Welsh government and that this can act as an enabler for improved

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public services across Wales? I find -- I thank ever the question, she is

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right, this government has delivered a fiscal framework for Wales that

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was called for 13 years when the party opposite did nothing. The

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fiscal framework gives certainty of funding for Wales and the people of

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Wales and will be beneficial to the benefit of Welsh economy. The

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Secretary of State and the minister have been having problems with their

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party in Wales and does he agree with the leader of the Conservative

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party in Wales but any... When is the Secretary of State and the

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minister going to do their job and followed the line of their leader in

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Wales in securing additional funding? Leader of the Assembly

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group has the right was in position that the situation is clear, the

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commitments of this government Wales is unprecedented. We have delivered

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the fiscal framework when the party opposite did nothing, city deals the

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Cardiff and Swansea and great deal of the North Wales. The track deal

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is of additional funding. The UK government will contribute ?150

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million over two years towards improvement of broadband in Northern

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Ireland, off the bottom and ten constituencies for download speeds

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are in Wales. What discussions has had with Cabinet colleagues to

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improve broadband in Wales? I welcome the question and I welcome

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him to his place was to the situation is clear, constituencies

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like Cowan-Dickie and Anne Conway have been lagging behind. But he

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will be very aware that broadband roll-out is the responsibility of

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the Welsh government is interesting to note the Labour constituency will

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prioritise over Kerry dig in. A magical monetary celebrated by the

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Tories during the general election has been found planted and

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flourishing in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, Wales withers under Tory

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austerity. Mr Speaker, some Tories have taken a principled stand on the

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issue of barrel bombs to Northern Ireland, the Tory leader in Wales

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said any potential incentives considered for one nation must also

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be considered for Wales for Mr Speaker, when is the Secretary of

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State for Wales going to do his job and stand up for Wales? I welcome

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him to his new position on the front bench. I think I will repeat the

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comment over Jamaica, for 13 years from 1997 the honourable member was

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a backbencher when there was a Labour government in this place, the

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Labour government did not deliver any changes to the formula, did not

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deliver fiscal framework for Wales, this government is delivering for

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Wales and will deliver in North Wales which will be beneficial to

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the constituents of the honourable member. The Wales office has a close

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discussions with ministerial colleagues following the publication

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of the review. The lagoon at Swansea is an exciting project but it is

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vitally delivers value for money. It is nine months since the Henry

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review strongly endorsed the tidal lagoon at Swansea. It is the

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second-highest rise and fall in the tide in the world, it would unlock

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power for generations but only on the Welsh side but on the other side

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of the Bristol Channel, when our ministers going to a decision? I

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thank him for his question and he is a champion for this new technology

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however it has to be stated that whilst the Henry review was

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supportive of the concept of a tidal lagoon in Swansea, there were no

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financial issues are dealt with in that report. It is necessary we make

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a decision which is right not just in terms of the concept of a tidal

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lagoon in Swansea but that decision has to be looked at in relation to

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the energy price consumer will pay and the taxpayer. Too many noisy

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private conversations taking place in the Chamber. As has been

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indicated, the Henry review was set by the Conservative party, the

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framework to finance these big project was set up by the

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Conservatives, it is time now to deliver. It is time to stop talking

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and start delivering for Wales and I urge the office to stand up for

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Wales on this project and deliver for Wales. I thank him for his

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question and he is a champion of energy projects across Wales and in

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his own constituency of Anglesey but he understands in the same way I do

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but these decisions is the right in relation to the cost to taxpayers

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and the energy consumer. We will ensure the decision were made takes

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all issues into account and makes the right decision for the energy

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consumer and for the people of Wales. With the minister make

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renewable energy in Wales a priority set a complex full part in

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delivering important goals on energy security and tackling climate

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change? I thank her for her question. The development of energy

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policy in Wales is about energy security and securing our energy

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supply for the future which is why we and my colleagues in the Welsh

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office are involved in projects like the new power station Anglesey and

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small modular reactions for part of Wales and looking at the tidal

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lagoon in Swansea. Wales has once in a generation opportunity to become

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the world leader in tidal lagoons, the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon alone

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will generate 2000 jobs and contribute 300 million to Welsh

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economy. Welsh Labour MPs, the Welsh Labour government, many public faces

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and campaigners have declared they love the lagoon. So why is this

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government refusing to publish its response to the Henry review and in

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so doing putting this project at risk? At a risk of repeating myself,

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she highlights the fact there is support for this concept in Wales

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and the race. But she also needs to be honest but the fact the Labour

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government in Wales and Labour Assembly members have also

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highlighted the danger of high energy prices to the steel industry.

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We need to make a decision which is right for industry in Wales, for the

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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon but on a calculator bases looking at the

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facts which is what we will do. Question five, Mr Speaker. This

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government is committed to supporting renewable energy to more

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secure energy. In March we gave consent for a storage project which

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we supported other renewable technologies like capturing Access

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energy from solar or wind. It is a great example of the essential role

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Wales plays in the UK energy supply. I thank the minister for that answer

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but following on from questions from the honourable member for Tiverton

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and Hamilton, and from my honourable friend the issue of the tidal lagoon

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does need a response from the government. It is eight months since

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the review, can the minister Saint now when the government will publish

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its response because there is a real risk the investors that are needed

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to fund this project will walk away and a decision is made very soon by

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this government. I thank for question. In previous parliament she

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was a front bench spokesman for the Treasury, she will be aware of the

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fact we need to analyse from a cost perspective the benefits and the

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costs of the tidal lagoon. The decision decision will be made in

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due course by the relevant ministers. On the issue of the tidal

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lagoon there is great support from my constituency where energy would

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manufacture the turbines, is the minister concerned the lead we have

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in this sector may be lost if we do not make a swift decision? I thank

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him for the question, having read the review I am aware of the

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potential benefits to industry from the technology question which is why

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the giving such serious consideration to the report produced

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Charles Henry. Community hydro schemes throughout Wales have faced

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increases of up to 900% in the business rates. In Scotland there

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was 100% relief in England there is a cap but Labour ministers in Wales

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are sitting on the hands. I'm told the basic problem is made in London.

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Will the minister meet representatives of the sector to

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find a quick solution? I thank him for his question, his constituency

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has a number of hydro projects and other more than delighted to meet

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with the honourable member to discuss what these problems lie. My

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understanding is the problem is lying Cardiff with a Labour

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government but am happy to meet with him to make sure we deal with this

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problem. I have regular discussions with my right honourable friend the

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Secretary of State for exiting the European Union on how all aspects of

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exit from the EU will affect Wales. The European Union withdrawal bill

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will maximise certainty to individuals and businesses across

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Wales and across the rest of the UK. 15 months after the referendum

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result, progress on Brexit is still too slow. Two thirds of Welsh

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exports go to the European Union, thousands of Welsh jobs depend on

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this trade. So what is the Secretary of State doing as I Welsh economy is

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in wrecked by a cliff edge Brexit that would damage these vital ties?

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The honourable member will be well aware that the EU withdrawal bill is

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about to be debated tomorrow and I hope the honourable member will

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support that bill because of the certainty and security provides

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intensive closing loopholes and ensuring we have appropriate

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frameworks implies. Those present the issues of the cliff edge talks

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about. Since the referendum result, we have seen record inward

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investment in Wales, record amounts of employment and a proposal to

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scrap the Severn Bridge tolls, doesn't this show under Conservative

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policy the future for Wales is very good indeed? I am grateful to my

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honourable friend for his question. He not only is a passionate

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campaigner for the UK and for Wales but is also a compassionate campaign

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of the benefits of leaving the European Union. We want to see a

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stronger fairer more united outward looking union and all parts of this

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house have a part to play. 100 years ago the black chair was posthumously

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awarded at the Birkenhead said Ford. I would like to congratulate the

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poets nephew and also for safeguarding the family. This month

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also celebrate the referendum 20 years ago that pro-devolution to

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Wales. The withdrawal bill is a barefaced Westminster bids to take

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back control against the will of the people of Wales. Can the minister

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tell this house what his government will do when Wales denied consent to

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the bill later this year, would in the political folly press ahead? If

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colleagues who show sensitivity to time that would be appreciated. I

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underline many of the points she has made in relation to the former home

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being open today. She will recognise the withdrawal is about creating the

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smoothest form of exit we can possibly deliver. And where the

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first Secretary of State that the first minister earlier this week, we

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are keen to deepen our engagement further, we won the worst government

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to respond so can come up with a sort of frameworks that will work

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every part the UK. You mentioned more powers to Wales but is the

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better it not undermined by the government record broken promises,

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tidal lagoon, no decision, as was the funding, slashed, well alleged

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navigation cancelled. Willis the powers Wales can look forward to and

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one we will hear about what they are. I'm disappointed by the tone of

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her question. Earlier this year we passed the Wales act, last December

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we agreed a new fiscal framework which gives a very fair settlement

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to Wales and we are trying to work with the worst government in the

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close possible to deliver an exit from the European Union that will

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work for every part of the UK and Wales is my interest in that. I'm

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sure that the Secretary of State for Wales knows the Welsh economy could

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be damaged by careless talk on Brexit. And the public narrative

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that is coming from the worst government is often alarmist and

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could even scupper future foreign investment from overseas. What can

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the Secretary of State do to reassure potential foreign investors

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that Wales is open for business and remains a first-class destination

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for foreign investment? Well, she is absolutely right and I would say to

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is shown that many of the members opposite is failed to recognise the

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opportunity leaving the European Union brings about. When my right

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honourable friend the Prime minister was in Japan last week, she

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announced a deal in relation to Aston Martin which is yet another

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significant trade arrangement with Japan on the back of Nissan and

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Toyota and the Vale of Glamorgan and the Midlands will benefit further

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from but Aston Martin deal. As we return from the summer recess,

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I'm shower thoughts of the House will be the Vic tempts of the

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Barcelona terror attack. Mr Speaker, awant to reassure the house the UK

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has ensured assistance in the form of military and humanitarian

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resources are in

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