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Sports Coaches (Positions of Trust) (4 Mar 2020)

Christina Rees: As a former national coach for Squash Wales—I notice that squash was not on the Minister’s list—part of my role was to hold coaching courses and increase the number of coaches. There are clear guidelines in squash that coaches cannot form any sort of relationship with a person under their care. I do not think that is good enough. If I could say to those coaches that it is against the...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: I thank the Government for bringing forward this debate on Welsh affairs. Of course, the calendar dictates that we are unable to hold the debate on St David’s Day, as 1 March falls on a Sunday this year. Nevertheless, the debate remains a firm fixture in our parliamentary business, providing a great opportunity to discuss the issues, challenges and priorities that matter to Wales. I also...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. We always work together, but the Prime Minister is the leader, so he should have visited the areas affected. Many local authorities are pulling together to support those who are most severely impacted by the floods, working in the most demanding of circumstances to get the quickest possible support to those in need. However, the UK Government...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: My hon. Friend makes an important point. When I have visited homes that have been flooded or affected by landslips over the past few weeks, it has broken my heart. People who do not have insurance have had their homes destroyed yet again. Yes, we need action, and we need it now, because the weather forecast is definitely not favourable for the next few weeks. A quarter of all homes and...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: For the hon. Member, of course.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: As the hon. Gentleman knows, European funding produced the heads of the valley road.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: Pardon me?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: No, of course —that road is going ahead. It is only the UK Government who have prevented it from going ahead faster. I do not know where I am now; the hon. Members have completely lost me. [Interruption.]

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am going to finish now, because I am sure that lots of other Members want to speak.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: I was getting to the good bit, but I will give way to my constituency neighbour.

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: The hon. Member makes some very good points. It has been a concern of mine for a long time that the Welsh Government have not been involved in the negotiations. They have to be involved; this is the future of Wales that we are talking about. I am really disappointed that they have not been involved to the extent that they should have been. Now I come to the good bit. The House will know how...

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: Sure—a squash player?

Welsh Affairs (27 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: Of course I will. Jade is fantastic advocate for women’s sport, and I am glad that the hon. Member intervened to mention her. Coming back to squash, there is a great injustice. We have been campaigning for many years to get squash into the Olympics. It has never been included, despite having championships at every national and international level. I have been banging on about this for quite...

Wales: Welsh Economy (26 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: Will the Secretary of State provide the House with specific details on how many people have been affected by the catastrophic flood damage to residential properties and businesses across Wales, and exactly how much has been lost to the Welsh economy so far?

Wales: Welsh Economy (26 Feb 2020)

Christina Rees: First Minister Mark Drakeford and his Welsh Government Ministers have visited flood victims and have already pledged an initial £10 million from the Welsh Government’s severely restricted budget after 10 years of Tory cuts. Yet last month, at short notice, the Treasury took back £200 million from the Welsh Government because of recalculations of Barnett consequentials. The Prime Minister...

Wales: Steel Industry (15 Jan 2020)

Christina Rees: This is my first appearance at the Dispatch Box in 2020, so may I wish all hon. and right hon. Members a happy new year? I welcome the new Secretary of State to his place, and I wish the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies), well. Given the average length of tenure of previous Wales Office Ministers, his first achievement will be to last more...

Wales: Steel Industry (15 Jan 2020)

Christina Rees: My question was about energy. In other countries, large companies pay far less for their energy. All that Welsh steelworkers need is a fair deal. Steel is a foundation industry, and this UK Government and this Secretary of State need to do far more. Will the Secretary of State act now, decisively—or will he be just a bystander in the decline of the vital steel industry in Wales?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions: Neath (9 Sep 2019)

Christina Rees: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Neath constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension and (b) saved more than the auto-enrolment minimum contribution.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Withdrawal Agreement (4 Sep 2019)

Christina Rees: I have listened intently to the Secretary of State’s answers, and I am struggling, because he appears to be totally out of touch with what is going on in this place and in Wales. Does he now believe that the backstop is anti-democratic and risks undermining the Good Friday agreement, as his current boss claims?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Withdrawal Agreement (4 Sep 2019)

Christina Rees: That is another non-answer from the Secretary of State, among many. I thought the system here was that I ask the questions and he answers them, unless I have got it wrong or he wants to swap positions. I will ask him again: why did he vote for the backstop three times under his previous boss? Was that to curry favour and keep his job then, or is he trying to keep his job now, or both?


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