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North Wales Growth Deal

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 2018.

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Photo of Susan Elan Jones Susan Elan Jones Labour, Clwyd South 12:00 am, 13th June 2018

What recent discussions he has had with the north Wales economic ambition board on the progress of the north Wales growth deal.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

I am meeting the leaders of the growth board later today to discuss the progress they are making towards a deal, and last week my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State met member of the CBI in north Wales to hear what business needs. I remain committed to securing a deal, but it must deliver a step change in economic activity.

Photo of Susan Elan Jones Susan Elan Jones Labour, Clwyd South

North Wales has a thriving voluntary sector and some excellent social enterprises. What engagement are Ministers in the Wales Office having with them?

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The hon. Lady might be interested to know that I have met every single council leader in north Wales—I had a particularly good conversation with the leader of Conwy Council about this issue—and I am encouraging them to involve the sector in the growth deal bid.