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

Christina Rees: I join in the birthday wishes to my youthful shadow Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane). It has been two years since the Prime Minister met the First Minister of Wales in Cardiff Bay and stood on the steps of the Senedd, telling politicians and journalists how important the Union is and that she wanted the Welsh Government to be involved in Brexit discussions,...

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

Christina Rees: It is not good enough. The Secretary of State knows the terms of the JMC, which state that the UK Government will work with the devolved Administrations “to agree a UK approach to…Article 50 negotiations”. After two years of broken promises on Brexit talks, who should the people of Wales blame for the contempt shown to them—the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Christina Rees: When the people of Wales and the Welsh Labour Government can see the merit of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon to the extent that they are prepared to invest more than £200 million to achieve the benefits in jobs, growth and cheap, clean renewable power, why will the Secretary of State’s UK Tory Government not even go as far as to sign the same deal they have already concluded with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Christina Rees: The whole of Wales is waiting for this decision, because the tidal lagoon project is not just about Swansea. If the Secretary of State’s UK Tory Government accept Carwyn Jones’s kind offer, tidal lagoons for Cardiff, Colwyn Bay and Newport will quickly become real prospects. They could bring jobs and prosperity to the whole of Wales and boost our vital steel industry. This is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Network Rail: Electrification (2 May 2018)

Christina Rees: Before I ask my question, Mr Speaker, I hope you will allow me to mention Tecwyn Thomas, a stalwart of Welsh Labour for many years, who has sadly passed away. He was my agent, and the agent of many Labour candidates in Wales. My colleagues and I send our condolences to Tecwyn’s widow Iris, and to his family. According to a report from the National Audit Office, the Transport Secretary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Network Rail: Electrification (2 May 2018)

Christina Rees: In the Transport Secretary’s statement of 20 July 2017, which cancelled the electrification of the line of Swansea, it was proposed that a new pipeline service be established for rail enhancement schemes. However, details of the process, and mechanisms for the development and delivery of the schemes, have not been forthcoming, and no Welsh scheme has yet entered the pipeline. Will the...

Leaving the Eu: Scotland and Wales Continuity Bills (18 Apr 2018)

Christina Rees: I thank the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) for applying for the urgent question and you, Mr Speaker, for granting it. The UK Government’s challenge to the legality of the emergency Brexit Bills passed by the devolved Governments in Scotland and Wales rightly merits consideration in this House. Crucial policy areas currently dealt with in Brussels, such...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance (3 Apr 2018)

Christina Rees: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what formula is used to determine the figures for the JSA Applicable Amount as set out in regulations 83 and 84 (1) of Schedule 1 on Applicable Amount Part 1 Personal Allowances in the Jobseeker's Allowance Regulations 1996.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: The Opposition echo the Secretary of State’s comments about the sad passing of Lord Crickhowell and Lord Richard. The St David’s day debate is now a firm fixture in the parliamentary calendar, as it provides a great opportunity to discuss the issues, challenges and priorities that matter to Wales. Even though this year we are debating these issues a little later than usual because...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: I totally agree. As a former councillor on Bridgend County Borough Council, I have close ties with the factory and I fully understand my hon. Friend’s point. Ports make a huge contribution to the Welsh economy, supporting around 11,000 jobs and providing an economic hub and trade gateway with Europe and the rest of the world. Indeed, 80% of goods carried in Irish-registered HGVs between...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: My hon. Friend makes a powerful point, with which I agree. Sometimes, I think the Government just do not get it.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: Very tentatively.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: And we do, and I will see the hon. Gentleman in the gym in the morning. The law derived from the full Welsh Government Bill was introduced in the Welsh Assembly on 7 March 2018, but the Welsh Government are clear this is not their preferred option. What the Bill categorically does not do is to block or frustrate Brexit. The Welsh Labour Government respect and accept the outcome of the EU...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: I totally agree. My surgery is full of people who are desperately trying to make ends meet and who have been subject to the terrible PIP measures.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: The Labour party advocates a customs union.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: I am being very kind today.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: Technically, when we leave, we leave the customs union, so we advocate a customs union and a very close relationship to the single market.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: No.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: No, it’s not. There are, at present, no signs that the Tory Government understand this agenda, let alone how to respond to it. As I have said, serious matters confront us and the clock is ticking.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Christina Rees: The Secretary of State says that this is a temporary measure. Why is he altering the Government of Wales Act 2006, because that surely makes it permanent?


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