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Written Answers — HM Treasury: NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland: Closures (13 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, What discussions UK Financial Investments had with the RBS Group before the decision on 1 December 2017 to close 259 RBS and Nat West branches.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland: Closures (13 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he had with UK Financial Investments before the decision on 1 December 2017 by RBS Group to close 259 RBS and Nat West branches.

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: The English prison system is in crisis. It is failing inmates, prison officers and, fundamentally, society, as the hard-hitting motion of the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) and the right hon. Member for Delyn (David Hanson) makes clear. Building more prison places will not solve the problem. The prison population tends to expand to fill the places available, often...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: Last week, Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary reported that the new centralised air support service for police forces in Wales and England was not fit for purpose, with the communities I serve waiting over an hour for a response. Can we have a Home Office statement on the report so that we can debate the failings of the centralised service, which was introduced by the Prime...

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: Diolch, Mr Speaker. Does the Minister agree that Jonathan Freedland, writing yesterday in The Guardian, summed up President Trump’s announcement best when he described it as an act of diplomatic arson?

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate and on his considered comments. Does this not underline the importance of people in positions of influence taking a measured response? The comments that the President of the United States will make later this afternoon, in which he will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, are therefore highly regrettable and highly dangerous.

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: How many times since the 1994 deal was struck have the Government had to step in with any cash to bankroll the scheme?

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate, on the tone of his remarks to date and the manner in which he and colleagues are campaigning. Will he explain why during 13 years of Labour Government the deal with the trustees was not renegotiated at all?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: Do the Welsh First Minister, and indeed the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for these matters, agree with the wording of new clause 64? Given their public comments, I think they would find it very difficult to agree totally with its current drafting.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: The plight of the First Minister has always been that new UK frameworks have to be made collaboratively in a partnership of equals. The new clause seems to suggest that this would be a matter determined by Westminster, in negotiation with the devolved Governments, but that is a totally different thing.

Exiting the Eu: Costs (29 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: I have been informed by a former public finances auditor that international accounting standard 37, on provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets, requires the UK Government to account for the divorce payment as expenditure in their public finances—even if the exact amount cannot be calculated. Given that the Government accounts for 2016-17 did not adequately disclose the...

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

Jonathan Edwards: Is it not the case that the Labour Government’s economic policy for rural Wales has been a complete and utter failure? Does the hon. Lady agree with Baroness Morgan, who also serves in the Assembly, that there needs to be a dedicated economic plan for rural areas in Wales, and that that indicates that the Welsh Government have failed?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: The reality is that the Office for Budget Responsibility downgraded forecasts for business investment, productivity and growth in the economy for the entire forecasting period, so what the Chancellor announced in last week’s Budget clearly does not go far enough.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Infrastructure Projects (28 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: In the last year, the British Government have disgracefully reneged on a promise to electrify the main line to Swansea, and there was no announcement on the Swansea bay tidal lagoon in last week’s Budget, so what specific infrastructure projects in Wales are the British Government investing in?

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: Page 218 of the White Paper shows that, after decades of economic misrule from Westminster, gross value added per hour worked in central London is 150% of the UK average, while in Wales it is only 81.4%. Therefore, a litmus test for the Secretary of State’s strategy should be how it tackles geographic productivity and wealth inequalities. What benchmarks is he using to determine success...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), who spoke with her trademark passion in this debate on one of the most important issues to arise from the Brexit referendum vote. I admire the ingenuity of the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) in tabling the amendments that have been selected. If he presses them to a Division, my colleagues and I will...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Jonathan Edwards: That is a valid point. When we begin to consider the customs Bill and the Trade Bill, answers will have to be forthcoming, because the House and people throughout the UK are becoming increasingly restless. We need answers from the Government about what they propose to put in place instead of those frameworks, rather than the empty platitudes we have heard since the referendum result. The...


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