Welsh Affairs

Part of International Women’S Day – in the House of Commons at 3:00 pm on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn 3:00 pm, 2nd March 2017

I certainly do, and if we had had more time I would certainly have raised the issue, because we did have a revaluation earlier in Wales, and we had a transitional period, and now that that has come to an end many of our friends in England are looking to Wales to see what is happening. We need to work together to help in particular rural businesses that are being evaluated on the size of their premises. There are many horse-riding schools in my constituency, one of which I visited on Friday—I did not ride a horse—and it is suffering from that.

I conclude by saying that the UK Government must take the Welsh dimension to Brexit far more seriously; I hope, and am sure, that they will. The Joint Ministerial Committee is important in areas that are wholly devolved to Wales. That voice of Welsh MPs and the Welsh people needs to be filtered through to Government level. The Prime Minister is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and she represents Welsh interests, and it is important that the devolved Administrations have a firm voice in those negotiations going forward.

I will listen to, and respond to, the debate.