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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 1:47 pm on 21st January 1998.

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Photo of Mr Ron Davies Mr Ron Davies Secretary of State, Welsh Office 1:47 pm, 21st January 1998

I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman's serious contribution. I acknowledge the fact that I have received a submission from Swansea and the fact that the bid from Swansea has been based on very effective use of the existing buildings and on widespread public support. However, it would not be appropriate at this stage for me to express support for any of the submissions because this is a genuine consultation period. I intend, as soon as possible after 30 January, to publish a full list of the submissions. I hope fairly shortly after that to produce a shortlist and have a brief consultation period so that, when we take a final decision, it is based on the fullest possible consensus.