Infrastructure Resilience

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

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

What recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the resilience of infrastructure in Wales.

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular discussions with the Welsh Government’s Minister for Economy and Transport on a range of matters, including infrastructure in Wales. We are committed to creating a broad-based resilient economy through our own modern industrial strategy and the Welsh Government’s economic action plan.

Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

The resilience of the major road network in north-east Wales is entirely dependent on the M56, just across the border in my constituency, which is now beyond capacity. Will the Secretary of State speak to Department for Transport Ministers to ensure that we get the upgrades we need in order to benefit north-east Wales as well?

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, particularly when responsibilities are split between the Welsh Government and the UK Government. In seeking to address these sorts of issues, and cross-border infrastructure projects in particular, the strategic roads in Britain group has been established—of which the Welsh Government and the UK Government are part—to prioritise how we can best resolve these issues.

Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

The Chancellor said last week that there was not one extra penny for the environment in Wales. Who is going to clean up the 100 acres of polluted land in Abercwmboi unless the Government do it?

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

I pay tribute to the right hon. Lady for her work on seeking to clear up the phurnacite site. She has been working on this project for many years. I would perhaps enhance the comment she made about funding for Wales for environmental projects, because that is devolved and would be part of the Barnett block. I am keen to work with her to see how we can best influence the Welsh Government in this devolved area of policy so that we can bring benefit to her constituency.