Industrial Strategy

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th April 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle 12:00 am, 26th April 2017

What steps his Department has taken to ensure that the Government’s industrial strategy benefits Wales and other parts of the UK equally.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave earlier to my hon. Friends the Members for Cardiff North (Craig Williams) and for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara).

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

Does the Minister agree that the UK-wide industrial strategy highlights the importance of linking north Wales with the northern powerhouse?

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. We have a great relationship with my hon. Friend Andrew Percy, the Minister for the northern powerhouse. A north Wales growth deal is essential for north Wales because the northern powerhouse needs north Wales, and north Wales needs the northern powerhouse. We will ensure that that happens if we are re-elected.

Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Labour, Wrexham

Warm words build no roads and no railways. We have had enough of warm words from this Government. What we want is investment in north Wales. For the first time, show us the money.

Photo of Guto Bebb Guto Bebb Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

I am disappointed by the comments of the hon. Gentleman, who was at the meeting with me yesterday with the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend Andrew Jones. More importantly, he should highlight, for example, the huge investment in the new Berwyn prison in Wrexham, which is creating jobs and has been seen as an example of how to do public sector investment in Wales and the UK.