Ferry Services Between England and Wales

Wales – in the House of Commons at on 24 May 2023.

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Photo of Selaine Saxby Selaine Saxby Conservative, North Devon

Whether his Department is taking steps to support potential ferry services between England and Wales.

Photo of James Davies James Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The tourism industry in south Wales and south-west England is incredibly important. I understand that councils on both sides of the Bristol channel are in discussions on how to progress this issue. I would be happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss it in more detail.

Photo of Selaine Saxby Selaine Saxby Conservative, North Devon

I thank my hon. Friend for his answer. Ahead of that meeting, might my hon. Friend be able to secure an analysis of a passenger ferry service and the benefits to businesses between Ilfracombe and south Wales?

Photo of James Davies James Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

It is important that we grasp all opportunities to level up our economy through tourism. That could include a passenger ferry between Ilfracombe and south Wales. Many of the policy levers affecting the visitor economy in Wales are devolved. It is important that interested parties work closely with the relevant councils on the matter. The UK Government are passionate about tourism, unlike the Welsh Government, who seem more focused on putting in place a tourism tax.