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Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Chris Ruane: First, may I add my condolences to the families of Lord Crickhowell and Lord Richard, who were two servants of Parliament and of Wales? Many great themes have been explored by speakers on both sides of the House. On growth deals and city deals, my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (David Hanson) and the right hon. Member for Clwyd West (Mr Jones), and indeed my hon. Friend the Member...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Industrial Strategy: Cross-Border Working (14 Mar 2018)

Chris Ruane: There are 7 million residents in north-west England and nearly 700,000 in north Wales. Priming and connecting the two economies makes absolute sense. The issue is funding—money. Welsh Governments have already committed hundreds of millions of pounds to these improvements. What new additional funding have this Government committed to date?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Land Banking (12 Mar 2018)

Chris Ruane: What steps his Department is taking to tackle the practice of land banking.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Land Banking (12 Mar 2018)

Chris Ruane: Two weeks ago, I asked the Department for the number of houses that will not be built because of land banking, and the answer came back: “The Department does not hold the requested information.” How can the Minister crack down on land banking if he has no information? I believe that the Minister does have that information, and I urge him to publish it so that he can monitor the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (31 Jan 2018)

Chris Ruane: I too offer my congratulations to the Minister on his elevation to his new position—llongyfarchiadau. Waiting times are important to all claimants, but none more so than the terminally ill—those who the DWP expects to live for less than six months. The DWP’s own data shows that personal independence payment claimants who are terminally ill have their claims reassessed at the...

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Ruane: Two hundred sufferers of motor neurone disease have been interviewed by the Department in the past 18 months alone. In addition to their physical disability, many will have mental ill health, which is increased by the stress and anxiety of the interviews. Some MND sufferers die within a year of diagnosis. Will the Secretary of State prioritise this group of sufferers when reviewing those cases?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (23 Jan 2018)

Chris Ruane: The number and percentage of women given custodial sentences has dropped in many areas of the country. In north Wales, the figure has increased by 57%. Will the Minister look into the reasons for this huge increase?

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Chris Ruane: Is my hon. Friend aware that £22 billion is spent each year on housing benefit, with much of it going to slum landlords, who own houses in multiple occupation. A better solution would be to give part of the housing benefit bill to local councils to build properties on land that they own, so that—I hope hon. Members pardon the pun—we will have more bangs for our buck.a1

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes (18 Jan 2018)

Chris Ruane: For 10 years, I have been dealing with George Jones, a farmer in my constituency. George has been a victim of big banks, small banks, dodgy accountants, solicitors and valuers for the past 13 years. He has been let down by all the organisations that should have been there to help him, including various police forces, police and crime commissioners, the Independent Police Complaints...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Chris Ruane: Members from all sides have mentioned the issue of trust. Does my hon. Friend think that the Government’s attitude to the cancellation of the electrification of the line to Swansea and their promises on EU grants to Wales have helped trust between Cardiff and London?

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: I pay tribute to my colleague and hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore) for securing this debate. He spoke about the positive impact of Labour policies such as Sure Start and the national minimum wage on social mobility. My hon. Friend the Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds) spoke about the importance of early years education, and about the Government changing the definition...

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: Absolutely. EU structural funds were allocated around Europe on the basis of need, and four of the six counties in north Wales—including the Minister’s own area of Conwy—are some of the poorest areas in Europe. As a north Walian and a Welsh MP, the Minister should be campaigning with us to ensure that Wales does not lose out.

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: I am afraid I have almost taken my 10 minutes, but I thank the Minister for the work that he has done on the growth deal.

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: Then I will give way to the Minister.

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: Those funds were allocated on the basis of need for the whole of Wales. I was very fortunate in managing to persuade the then junior Minister at the Wales Office, Peter Hain, to accept European structural funds for the Minister’s county of Conwy and the county of Denbighshire. Thirteen counties had been chosen, and those two had been left out, but as a result of representations made by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Economy (13 Dec 2017)

Chris Ruane: The Secretary of State has already been quizzed about the effect on the Welsh economy of the loss of European structural funds. May I ask him specifically whether the Government’s flagship growth deals will result in similar or even greater funding for the four growth and city deal areas of Wales?

Backbench Business: Rural Economy of Wales (28 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: Let me first congratulate the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Ben Lake). To have a debate this late in the day and to have 10 Welsh MPs here shows the importance of the subject; to have five of them from north Wales and five of them Labour shows the importance of the debate to north Wales. It is vital that we carefully consider how rural Wales can respond to increasing digitisation, the global...

Backbench Business: Rural Economy of Wales (28 Nov 2017)

Chris Ruane: The Minister should know that history. It is a huge amount of money for the whole of Wales—€320 million per year in direct subsidies from the common agricultural policy, with a further €355 million to support rural development. I ask the Minister, as I have asked him before, to make sure that we have extra funding beyond 2020. Our urban and rural communities have been...

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