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Written Answers — Wales Office: Wales Office: Brexit (13 Sep 2018)

Alun Cairns: Discussions with my Expert Panel form part of my engagement with stakeholders in Wales on EU Exit. The Panel has met four times in 2018 and a further meeting will take place next week.

Written Answers — Wales Office: Ports: Wales (11 Sep 2018)

Alun Cairns: UK Government Officials (including officials from my department) continue to meet with officials from the Welsh Government to discuss the implications of EU Exit on Welsh Ports.

Written Answers — Wales Office: Fishing Catches: Wales (11 Sep 2018)

Alun Cairns: Due to the spatial apportioning methods used and the relatively small spatial areas involved, the methodological uncertainty is high. Therefore the MMO can provide figures that are best estimates. In this case ‘waters’ means territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone. On average between 2012 and 2016, Welsh-registered vessels landed approximately 5% (1,000 tonnes) of...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (4 Sep 2018)

Welsh Affairs: Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Wales. 4:15 pm; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office

Written Answers — Wales Office: EU Grants and Loans: Wales (24 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: I have regular meetings with stakeholders across Wales on matters related to the UK’s Exit from the EU, including on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It is important we take time to consider the legitimate concerns of businesses, the voluntary sector and communities around the excessive bureaucracy of the current system, and use them to design a fund that works for the whole of the UK, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: Wales approaches Brexit from a position of strength with a growing economy and falling unemployment, and our plan for Brexit will allow us to shape our own ambitious trade and investment opportunities, putting Wales and the wider UK at the forefront of global trade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: As the House would expect, I looked closely at that report, but of course the outcome that the hon. Gentleman suggests would mean that we could not honour the expectations of the British people following the referendum decision to leave the European Union; it would mean retaining free movement of people. The Chequers agreement protects the agricultural sector so that it has the opportunity to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: The Government have committed to consult later this year on the UK shared prosperity fund, which will be a Brexit dividend. We are already seeing a Brexit dividend with the £20 billion increase in health spending, which will have considerable consequences for Scotland and, rightly, for Wales. As their budgets are protected, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit significantly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman ignores the hard data, which shows record numbers of people in employment and sharp falls in unemployment. I have met a whole host of international investors from the US, Qatar, Japan and elsewhere, and we are seeing significant foreign direct investment projects coming to the UK. That shows the great opportunities there are as we leave the European Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman makes an extremely important point. He is right to say that the UK market is more important to the Welsh and Scottish economies than any international market is. It has already been demonstrated that Scotland sells four times more to the rest of the UK than to any international market. That dependence on the UK economy is greater for the Welsh economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: May I pay tribute to my hon. Friend, who has worked so hard on the Stirling city growth deal? That is an exciting prospect, which will offer real opportunities for long-term economic regeneration. I take the opportunity to highlight the fact that Wales will be the only part of the UK that is entirely covered by city deals and growth deals. That meets the UK Government’s ambitious...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Llanbedr offers great opportunities. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and I have spoken on a number of occasions about this, and I hope that the hon. Lady will welcome the statement that was made last week and the additional money that is being made available to exploit the opportunities in Llanbedr. I am excited by this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: First, I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb) for his excellent work at the Ministry of Defence in supporting the defence services across the whole UK, as well as his role in looking after agriculture as a Wales Office Minister. The hon. Lady will be well aware that the Chequers agreement provides a frictionless trading opportunity for Welsh farmers that will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: I, too, congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his significant birthday. The Under-Secretary of State for Wales, my hon. Friend the Member for Pudsey (Stuart Andrew), and I meet Welsh farming unions regularly, and we also meet them jointly with the Welsh Government’s Agriculture Minister. That demonstrates the collaborative approach that we are taking. If I have said once, I have said 100...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: My Department continues to work closely with the Department for International Trade on promoting Wales’s trading opportunities. During my recent trips to Qatar, Kuwait, Hong Kong and the US I saw at first hand the enthusiasm for Welsh exports as well as the potential for foreign direct investment projects to come to Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend will be aware that I have been a strong supporter of the third runway at Heathrow because it is important to the Welsh economy, and connectivity to airports is vital to deliver its prospects and objectives. He is right about the M4 corridor. With the abolition of the Severn tolls, it creates an opportunity for a natural economy to develop between Bath, Bristol, Newport and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: I think the hon. Gentleman is out-of-date. The latest statements from Airbus have welcomed the Chequers agreement, because it will allow the company to protect its supply chain. That demonstrates the positive relationship that we have with large international companies, in seeking to protect their interests but taking the opportunities of leaving the European Union and looking to new markets...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade announced that we will have the widest, most extensive consultation in relation to future trading arrangements. We will not only talk to the devolved Administrations regularly, as I always do, but talk to key stakeholders in Wales to ensure that we respond to their priorities. We are determined to have the widest consultation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: On average, the superfast broadband threshold in Wales is higher than it is across the rest of the UK, but the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right that more work needs to be done. Significant sums of money have been available, with £69 million going to the Welsh Government from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in addition to the £56 million of gainshare that has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: White Paper (18 Jul 2018)

Alun Cairns: In line with commitments made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, the Government shared the White Paper on our future relationship with the European Union with the Welsh Government in advance of its publication. This followed a regular dialogue with Welsh Ministers as the paper was being drafted.


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