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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Labour, Llanelli 11:30 am, 11th March 2009

What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on assistance for those who have lost their jobs in the current economic downturn.

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular discussions with the First Minister about assistance for those who have lost their jobs in Wales, not least at the all-Wales economic summits that he attends. I would also point out that I have recently visited Llanelli to talk with local businesses, as my hon. Friend well knows.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Labour, Llanelli

My hon. Friend will know that balancing the books in Wales depends on a £9 billion subsidy from the rest of the UK. How could the help that he has described be provided if an independent Wales had to depend entirely on Welsh tax revenue?

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

My hon. Friend makes a very valid point. It is extremely important in these difficult economic times that we all pull together in the UK, not pull apart. I find it strange, as she does, that Plaid Cymru is demanding £3 billion from the UK Government at the same time that it is calling for independence.

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