UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

I welcome Justin Tomlinson to his new ministerial position. May I too wish our Labour candidate Ruth Jones well in the Newport West by-election tomorrow?

There has been more than just the one meeting on the shared prosperity fund in Wales—there have been five meetings—but the consultation has not started. MPs were neither informed nor invited to those meetings, even if, as was the case with me, they were held in their own constituency. Does the right hon. Gentleman view MPs from all sides as stakeholders in the shared prosperity fund? Why were MPs not invited to these meetings and will he meet with stakeholder MPs to discuss the design of the fund?