Welsh Affairs

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 5:09 pm on 26th February 2009.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham 5:09 pm, 26th February 2009

Very much so, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was about to mention Montgomeryshire, which is the seat next to mine. Lembit Öpik, who has already spoken and is an assiduous Member of Parliament, represents 57,000 constituents, whereas, just across the border, I represent 74,000 constituents. That is a staggering extra 17,000 constituents with whom I must deal in comparison with the Welsh Member of Parliament just across the border. That is important, because we all want to do everything possible to support our constituents, table Westminster Hall debates for them and ask questions on their behalf. When Members of Parliament have the same budget, but 17,000 more constituents, that is a problem which we must tackle.

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