Employment Opportunities

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1994.

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Photo of Mr Cynog Dafis Mr Cynog Dafis , Ceredigion and Pembroke North 12:00 am, 28th November 1994

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to increase employment opportunities in Ceredigion.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North

The responsibility of Government is to create the right conditions for the economy to grow. The latest index of production showing that Wales has gone ahead by 8.3 per cent. in the 12 months to August and a continuing fall in unemployment in Ceredigion demonstrate that our policies are succeeding there and in the rest of Wales.

Photo of Mr Cynog Dafis Mr Cynog Dafis , Ceredigion and Pembroke North

Having directly caused the loss of 60 well-paid and secure jobs in the Aberystwyth area by the removal of the Welsh Office agriculture department from Trawsgoed to occupy space that happened to become available in the Cathays Park Welsh Office in July, will the Minister undertake to look carefully at a report being prepared by a local campaign group on the future of ADAS—the Agricultural Development Advisory Service—with a view to making Aberystwyth the Wales headquarters of ADAS, an organisation whose future is under review? Does he accept that that would be some attempt at recompense for the damage he has done by the closure of the office of the Welsh Office agriculture department in Trawsgoed?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North

Much as I appreciate the hon. Gentleman's concern, I remind him that we have a duty to husband the taxpayer's money as carefully as possible. To indulge in other office accommodation when there was vacant office accommodation would have been a rather ungreen gesture and I am surprised by the hon. Gentleman in that respect. I shall study very carefully any report about ADAS, although, of course, its use for offices and laboratories is essentially its own responsibility.