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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (19 Dec 2017)

Welsh Affairs: Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales. 1:15 pm; The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales Guto Bebb MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office

Written Answers — Wales Office: Wales Office: Labour Turnover (14 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: 45 members of staff have left the Wales Office from 1 January 2015 to 7 December 2017. Of those, none were nationals of non-UK EU countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: We remain confident that we will reach a trade agreement that is in the mutual interest of Wales, the UK and the EU, and we remain committed to delivering a trade policy that reflects our status as an outward-facing nation at the forefront of global trade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: I can give the same assurances that I have given to Welsh farming unions and farmers across Wales. This Government are working for a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU, but we also see opportunities to export Welsh lamb to other parts of the world. We have had recent success in exporting Welsh lamb to the middle east, for example. I can assure Welsh farmers that the Government are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. Opportunities are being grasped by Welsh businesses as we speak. Exports from Wales have increased dramatically—by 18% in the last year—and it is interesting to note that while there has been a 16% increase in exports to the EU, there has been an increase of over 22% in exports to the rest of the world. Welsh manufacturers and businesses...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: The position of the Government is very clear. The breakthrough last Friday means that we can move on to what is important for Welsh businesses, Welsh farmers and Welsh communities: the trade talks that are absolutely essential for us in Wales. The hon. Gentleman should congratulate the Prime Minister on her success last Friday.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right, and she knows Wales extremely well. Airbus and Toyota are key parts of the north-east Wales economy, and investment in those plants, and the success in terms of the efficiency of those plants, mean that they are well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities that will come our way once we leave the EU. All employees at those plants are committed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: The whole House will be interested in the hon. Gentleman’s conversion to being the defender of Welsh farmers, which would be a first for the Welsh farming community. The Welsh farming community is proud of its animal welfare standards. It is proud of the fact that Wales has the best lamb and beef available in all parts of the EU, and it will be successful, regardless of any scare...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Prince of Wales’s Regalia (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: I commend my hon. Friend’s commitment to this issue. I would be delighted to see the return of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales’s regalia to Wales. The display would present an excellent opportunity to boost tourism across Wales, if a suitable home could be secured.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Prince of Wales’s Regalia (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend is passionate about this issue. He highlights the opportunity to enhance our tourism offer, and we will work with him to try to secure that. The regalia should be in Wales; it should be on display to contribute to our vibrant tourism sector.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: As the Chancellor announced in the autumn Budget, we have now begun formal negotiations for a north Wales growth deal. The local area has shared its initial proposals, and I was delighted to host a briefing session for north Wales MPs earlier this week. My officials are in north Wales today to help develop the proposals into an exciting deal for the region.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that cross-border connectivity, which is essential to the success of north Wales, is a key part of the north Wales growth deal. Such connectivity allows the north-west of England and the north of Wales to benefit from the economic success story that is available on both sides of the border.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: I do indeed remember the visit to Chester, which was a great success. I am proud to say that the new northern powerhouse Minister was at the briefing we had in the Wales Office on Monday. Businesses and local authorities in north Wales understand the power of the northern powerhouse, but we also know that north Wales has a lot to offer to the northern powerhouse, and this cross-border deal is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: The hon. Gentleman is the chair of the all-party group and I would be delighted to meet it. I am well aware of the work it has done. This is a deal for north Wales, which means we will have to work with all stakeholders and all partners, including the hon. Gentleman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question, and I am aware of his support for this growth deal. It is fair to say, however, that the unemployment situation in Wales has dramatically improved since 2010, with 54,000 more jobs in Wales and unemployment falling in most constituencies in Wales. My constituency has the lowest unemployment it has recorded for a long time. But I assure him...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: At the Budget, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced additional support for universal credit claimants. Advances to people who need them will be made available earlier, more generous and interest-free. All claimants will be eligible for universal credit from the first day they claim it, and we will improve the transition from housing benefit to universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (13 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: I simply do not recognise the hon. Lady’s doom and gloom. I have visited jobcentres throughout Wales and staff are telling me that UC is the biggest change in a generation. I met the regional manager for north Wales, and he said that in his 40 years of working for the DWP this was the most positive and customer-focused change he had been aware of. This change is helping people back into...

Written Answers — Wales Office: Wales Office: Brexit (5 Dec 2017)

Guto Bebb: EU Exit is an all-of-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning. Staff in the Office’s constitution and policy teams lead on providing advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues....

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

Guto Bebb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I also join in the congratulations for the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Ben Lake) on what was a very constructive speech and the tributes to his predecessor, who was also always constructive in this Chamber. We have had a wide-ranging and constructive debate. It is a pleasure to be able to highlight some of the success stories...

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

Guto Bebb: I am absolutely delighted to welcome that comment. It was great to see the hon. Member for Wrexham there. In addition, I am engaging with north Wales MPs and there will be a roundtable session in Gwydyr House with the bid authors and north Wales MPs in due course. The hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) made a very important point in highlighting the fact that growth deals are bottom...


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