Results 1–20 of 1991 for speaker:Alun Cairns

Written Answers — Wales Office: Tidal Power: Swansea Bay (20 Feb 2018)

Alun Cairns: Officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales met with Welsh Government representatives on 26 January 2018 at the offices of BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. No other meetings with the Welsh Government regarding the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon involving myself, Wales Office ministers or officials have...

Written Answers — Wales Office: Railways: Wales (20 Feb 2018)

Alun Cairns: The UK Government is investing record amounts in modernising this country’s rail infrastructure, including a £5.7bn investment in high-tech IEP trains. Responsibility for maintaining the safety of our railway operations lies with Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies, and they will assess the safety impact of any change on the network to ensure that this is delivered safely.

Written Answers — Wales Office: Trade: Wales (8 Feb 2018)

Alun Cairns: I hold regular discussions with members of the Welsh Government on a range of issues including the future of the UK’s trade policy. Most recently, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and I met with the First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance. My Cabinet colleagues and I are committed to continued engagement with the Welsh Government and the other Devolved Administrations...

Written Answers — Wales Office: Devolution (8 Feb 2018)

Alun Cairns: The Government is working closely with the devolved administrations and stakeholders across the United Kingdom to identify where common frameworks are needed after the UK leaves the EU. We will shortly publish our analysis of the areas where we believe legislative and non-legislative frameworks are needed. We believe that common frameworks will not be required in the majority of areas where...

Written Answers — Wales Office: Nuclear Power Stations: Wales (6 Feb 2018)

Alun Cairns: Through the Wales Act 2017, development consents for nuclear energy projects up to and including 350 megawatts will be devolved to the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales from 1 April 2019. However, other aspects of the development of nuclear energy projects, such as site licencing from the Office of Nuclear Regulation, are reserved.

Written Answers — Wales Office: Economic Situation: Wales (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: There has been, and will continue to be, constructive engagement with the Welsh Government. Their own statistics estimate trade to the rest of the UK could account for 80% of all Welsh exports. It’s clear that we must work together to support the UK internal market, ensuring that no new barriers to living and doing business in the UK are created as we leave the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: Last week, I hosted the first cross-border Severn growth summit in Newport. More than 350 people attended the event, all looking to strengthen the economic links between south Wales and the south-west. Through our industrial strategy, we want to build on this cross-border collaboration and help create prosperous communities throughout the whole of Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend and to my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson). Both are assiduous and relentless in their pursuit of the dualling of the A5. I would point them to the second road investment strategy for England. I liaise with the Welsh Government Minister Ken Skates regularly to pursue the issue, because it works for much...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for reminding us of that iconic “Gavin and Stacey” scene where Smithy is struggling to get into Wales because he has to pay the £6.70 toll charge to cross the bridge. I would point out to my hon. Friend that tolls have been reduced by 20% in the interim, and by the end of the year they will be abolished. That will be one of the biggest...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady makes an important point about public transport in general. The Great Western franchise is out for consultation as we speak, and I encourage her, her constituents and south Wales Members to make representations about the improvements they would like. She talked about overcrowding, but one of the greatest overcrowded roads in the UK is around the Brynglas tunnels in Newport. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I am disappointed with the hon. Gentleman’s tone. I would point to significant wins for Wales over recent years, the most important of which is the fair funding settlement, which provided a 5% uplift—it will be a £67 million uplift in the next financial year and similar sums in subsequent years. Thirteen years of underfunding by the Labour party have been corrected in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I am grateful for my right hon. Friend’s support for the call to abolish the Severn tolls, because that really will be a major boost to his constituency and constituencies across the whole of south Wales. After all, can he imagine a £6.70 charge to do any business between Cardiff and Newport and the impact that that would have? Well, that is really what has been in place between...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I join the hon. Lady in recognising the Welsh Assembly for their recognition by Stonewall; that is something to be accepted, underlined and recognised. I also recognise, as a City supporter, the success that Swansea had last night. She raises an important point about the Swansea bay tidal lagoon. As I have said previously, I really would like this to happen, as would the whole of the UK...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: Apprenticeships are part of the UK Government’s manifesto, and we are grateful to the Welsh Government and recognise that they have followed the ambition that we set out for apprenticeships. I also point out and pay tribute to the Welsh Government for their action over changing the voting structures, but remind the hon. Lady about who gave them the power to do that in the first place,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Economic Opportunities (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend as Chair of the Select Committee on Welsh Affairs—a position in which he has been vociferous in pursuing these sorts of issues and the case for value for money. He has invited the First Minister to give evidence to his Committee. I would have thought that the First Minister would want to respond positively to that invitation, if he wants to be seen to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I hold regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues and the Welsh Government on modernising cross-border transport connectivity. With 50% of the Welsh population living within 25 miles of the border, improving connectivity is central to delivering economic growth on both sides.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: The tolls on the Severn crossing have been there for more than 50 years, and the Mersey Gateway bridge has very different levels of tolls from those that were levied on the Severn crossing. Locals will not have to pay on the Mersey Gateway bridge, other than the £10 administration fee; locals around the Severn tolls have had to pay the full charge for 50 years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman and to the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas), who has highlighted the importance of the Wrexham to Bidston line. It forms part of our cross-border growth strategy and is reflected in the UK’s industrial strategy. I spoke with the Welsh Government’s Transport Minister on Monday to discuss the project and we will be updating the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: Again, the hon. Gentleman highlights the importance of cross-border connectivity. I would point him to the second road investment strategy for England, which will provide an opportunity to highlight the priority. A million people a week cross that border between north Wales and the north-west of England; 2,000 go to Airbus alone.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Cross-border Transport (31 Jan 2018)

Alun Cairns: The Halton curve, which is approaching £18 million in terms of the spending cap, is an exciting project because it is a relatively simple, straightforward investment that will bring direct services to Liverpool again, improving cross-border connectivity, releasing new opportunities for economic growth and development. We want to integrate it into both the north-west of England and the...


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