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COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: It is a great privilege to rise and talk in this debate. I welcome the topic and I welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can involve the devolved Administrations in this. The first half of the speech by the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Brendan O’Hara) was a spectacular opening, and I pay tribute to him for that. It went downhill a bit, with a couple of political points and some...

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: The right hon. Lady and I share the campaign to get an SMR into our area of the world, and she is of course right. We on these Benches are looking to the UK Government to make these important decisions. Sizewell C hangs over all our heads across the House, as do the more practical applications of SMRs. There are important decisions to be made, but I suppose that underscores what I am trying...

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: I was here when the hon. Member asked that question, and I heard the answer. It was a very good answer. I remember the Prime Minister emphasising coal, and that was not just words; it was clear action. I do not think anyone in the Chamber could doubt the reduction of coal in our energy network, and that has been due to clear action by this Government, putting their money where their mouth is....

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: Clearly that is being phased out, but the hon. Member will know that her constituents expect a fair energy price. We need to transition carefully to new technologies—[Interruption.] I am sure she will have an opportunity to make a speech soon. I want to bring my remarks to a conclusion, because I know that other Members want to talk in this important debate. Hopefully, to change the tone...

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: I have not written one.

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: I will check Hansard, but I am absolutely sure that the hon. Gentleman mentioned a politically charged poll, to which I alluded. By implication, he was trying to undermine the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I realise that his speech was written way before he came into the Chamber and I am merely retorting, but that seemed to be the charge. I finish by reiterating that I think such...

Aukus (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: For 60 years, we have been manufacturing nuclear submarines and we are a world leader. I can confirm that this is a great Union story, with the supply chain even finding its way to the landlocked Montgomeryshire in the middle of Wales. May I ask the Prime Minister to confirm that, while, of course, the security and the safety of the world is foremost, this will be great for jobs across the...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Gigabit Broadband (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: What recent progress her Department has made on the roll-out of gigabit broadband.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Gigabit Broadband (16 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: It is very good to see my hon. Friend in his place at the Dispatch Box. As a rural constituency, Montgomeryshire is very reliant on the roll-out of Project Gigabit, which I welcome very much. Not only is that integral to increased speeds, but the backbone of that fibre network is key to our levelling-up ambitions. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need to deliver it at pace?

Wales: Devolution Settlement (15 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: Respecting devolution cuts both ways. Recently, the Welsh Government published a written statement on the evolution of the national grid. It was very welcome—we need to work together—but clearly, the 132 kV lines are a UK competence. Will the Secretary of State pull Ofgem and the operators together to build and evolve the national grid, with consensus from the people of mid-Wales?

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: It gives me great pleasure to support my hon. Friend the Member for Darlington (Peter Gibson). He introduced the Bill with aplomb, and went into all the technical details, saving me a good 10 minutes’ worth of my speech. I thank him very much indeed. This important, timely and overdue Bill seems to have cross-party support. I echo the concerns raised by my constituency neighbours and...

Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: The hon. Member makes the point that until this is universal, there will be a way of gaming the system. As a Member from Wales—a cross-border one—it strikes me that, if this database does not cover Wales and England at the very least, there will still be that opportunity. Most taxi drivers in Montgomeryshire go west and east; they do not go north and south.

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: It is a great pleasure to rise to support my hon. Friend the Member for Workington (Mark Jenkinson) and his Bill. I was delighted to have the opportunity to intervene on the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). He is not in his place at the moment, but I really appreciated his idea of sending a copy of every contribution he makes in this place that has a devolved suggestion or idea to...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: My hon. Friend makes a very valid point, and he has done so far more eloquently than I will in the next few minutes. I am conscious of the next private Member’s Bill—my hon. Friend the Member for Darlington (Peter Gibson) is sitting next to me—so I will not go on for too long. However, my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Anthony Mangnall) is right, and I can confirm that I have...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. I very rarely find SNP Members quiet, and it is a great privilege today to find them quiet. I will say that, of course, the border between Scotland and England is very different. A lot of the education delivered in Montgomeryshire is delivered in England, and people often forget that fact. As a cross-border Member of Parliament, I have a lot of...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: It has been a parliamentary ambition of mine to intervene on the hon. Gentleman, so I am happy to fulfil that today. He is making a powerful point about the devolved nature of this matter. Does he share my view that we must push to get measures such as the Baker clause and the Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Workington (Mark Jenkinson) into the devolved nations, and will he...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill (10 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: My hon. Friend is being very generous. He is making a powerful speech, and I commend him on the Bill. He mentions technical education, and of course the Baker clause mandated more careers advice on vocational, technical education. I look at the Bill enviously—I will make a speech on it later—as the Baker clause and the Bill pulled together will provide great careers advice in England. Can...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Developing Countries: Coronavirus (9 Sep 2021)

Craig Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of donating cold chain equipment alongside the donation of 20 million doses of covid-19 vaccines committed bilaterally to countries in need.

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Jul 2021)

Craig Williams: The levelling-up fund is a very welcome investment in Montgomeryshire. It is a game changer for our county council and critical investment at this critical time. Specifically, we would like to reopen the Montgomery canal—that is our levelling-up bid. Sadly, it was disconnected from the UK network some decades ago and it is being kept alive by a terrific team of volunteers. Will the Prime...

Nationality and Borders Bill: [2nd Allocated Day] (20 Jul 2021)

Craig Williams: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?


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