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Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Farming Policy (17 Jan 2019)

Ben Lake: The Bew review is looking into the mechanisms for allocating farm funding across the UK post-Brexit, but do the Government intend to launch reviews of the legislative and governance frameworks that may be necessary to maintain a level playing field for Welsh farmers in the UK’s future internal market?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [6th Allotted Day] (10 Jan 2019)

Ben Lake: Diolch, Mr Speaker. This debate, and the votes that will follow next week, will probably be the defining moments of this Parliament. They will certainly determine Ceredigion’s prospects and prosperity for decades to come. The withdrawal agreement and the declaration on the framework for the future relationship can perhaps be described as the Government’s attempt to convince Parliament to...

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Ben Lake: Many hon. Members have focused their remarks on the impact that a no-deal Brexit would have on communities in their respective constituencies. I intend to speak in the same vein, but I shall also argue that it is the Government’s responsibility to rule out such an outcome without delay. It has been widely reported that up to £5 billion could be wiped from the Welsh economy under a no-deal...

Ons Decisions: Student Loans (18 Dec 2018)

Ben Lake: The ONS accounting changes will apply to loans issued by the devolved Governments as well as by the UK Government, so will the Chief Secretary clarify whether these changes will in any way constrain the Welsh Government in the implementation of their higher education policy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Business Growth (5 Dec 2018)

Ben Lake: Question 8, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Business Growth (5 Dec 2018)

Ben Lake: Diolch, Mr Speaker. Many premises in Ceredigion are still awaiting confirmation of whether they will be in scope for the next phase of the Welsh Government’s Superfast Cymru scheme. Will the Secretary of State ensure that his Government’s Wales superfast broadband programme and “outside-in” initiative give priority to premises that may find themselves beyond the scope of the Welsh...

Backbench Business: State Pension: Women born in the 1950s — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 Nov 2018)

Ben Lake: I understand the Minister’s argument about the need to ensure that the number of people entering the state pension system is equalled out, but surely if we are to readdress the matter or rebalance any imbalance, it would be far fairer to do so for those in my generation, who have decades to plan for our pension and retirement, than to punish the women who for decades worked and strove, in...

Backbench Business: State Pension: Women born in the 1950s — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 Nov 2018)

Ben Lake: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his speech. If women were notified, it was more likely to be by those campaign groups than by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Ben Lake: On the spending review, should we be concerned that it seems that responsibility for this fund has been given to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, rather than the Treasury? Might that suggest that it is not as big a pot of money as we would hope?

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Ben Lake: Diolch, Mr Hollobone. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas) on securing this important and much-needed debate. Those of us representing constituencies in Wales will be all too aware of the importance of regional and structural funding schemes, and consequently that the design of the new shared prosperity fund will largely...

Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales (14 Nov 2018)

Ben Lake: I agree wholeheartedly with the hon. Gentleman. If the Barnett formula were applied to the shared prosperity fund, that would be nothing short of a disaster for our communities. We need to make sure that whatever the methodology, it is focused on the need of communities, rather than on simple population share. I must labour the point: if the fund is to be used for other responsibilities, it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Non-funded Pension Schemes (24 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: What assessment he has made of the implications for public authorities in Wales of the Treasury’s draft valuation directions for non-funded pension schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Non-funded Pension Schemes (24 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: The 2016 actuarial valuations will have an unprecedented impact on the constrained resources of local authorities, teaching institutions, the fire service and police forces in Wales if UK Government funding is not forthcoming. Will the Minister confirm that this funding will be forthcoming from the Treasury to the Welsh Government?

Business of the House (18 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: Can we have an urgent statement on the assistance the Government can offer to those communities devastated by Storm Callum at the weekend and the possibility of drawing down support from the EU solidarity fund? Towns and villages in the south of Ceredigion and in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Jonathan Edwards) were particularly impacted by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: Will the independent review into the allocation of domestic farm support, which was announced this week by the Government, also consider processes by which future financial frameworks will be agreed? To that end, would the formation of a dedicated intergovernmental body be something that the Government could explore?

Universal Credit (16 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: Universal credit full service reaches Ceredigion in December. Further to questions asked by other Opposition Members, does the Minister share our concern that, just when it will be needed most, our constituents will have limited access to support, as services will be reduced over the festive period?

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: Recent Government figures show a 7% increase in Welsh exports to the EU, and the fact that the EU single market accounts for 61% of total exports from Wales. Given the importance of the single market and the customs union to the Welsh economy, what representations has the Prime Minister received from the First Minister of Wales in relation to her policy of leaving both?

Business of the House (11 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: May we have a debate in Government time on the implications for public authorities of the Treasury’s draft valuation directions for non-funded pension schemes? The changes to the SCAPE—superannuation contributions adjusted for past experience—discount rate are a particular concern in Wales, as it is unclear where the funding will come from to pay for the increased employer contribution...

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Ben Lake: Agriculture’s economic contribution to rural areas has already been emphasised this afternoon. It applies to Wales, and in particular Ceredigion, just as much as the other countries of the UK. The structure of the Welsh agricultural industry is, at least for the time being, rooted in the family farm. In Wales, the average size of holdings is 48 hectares, which is significantly less than...


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