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Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: There is an old phrase, “Never let a crisis go to waste”. Brexit has caused a crisis, and that opens up massive questions about where we go now as a country. A major part of that, of course, is what will happen in Northern Ireland. The Government have made commitments up to 2020, but 2020 is within the blink of an eye. We need a far more long-term plan and a strategy that goes way beyond that.

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: The way in which the Government have interpreted EU procurement rules has been completely wrong-headed for many years. There are ways to build in local content clauses in procurement, to ensure that the use of British steel in British projects is maximised. Unfortunately, the Government, because of their laissez-faire attitude, have hidden behind EU state aid rules. As a result, they have...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I will give way once more, to my hon. Friend the Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds), but then I must make some progress.

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: That is a major concern. The British Government have been the ringleader of a set of countries trying to roll out the red carpet for China, to allow it to dump untold amounts of its unfairly subsidised steel on the EU and British markets. As we know, the Secretary of State for International Trade has said that he has no plans to support the steel industry with trade defence instruments. When...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank my hon. Friend. One of the huge risks to Wales of Brexit is that we will see a power grab by the Westminster Government. We will start to see the Westminster Government using the opportunity to claw back funding. We know that the £350 million was a lie. The figure was far more like £190 million, but where will that money go? Will it just disappear into the black hole of the Treasury...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I absolutely agree. We have seen in all the feedback since the Brexit vote that businesses are in a holding pattern. Many companies, both outside and within the UK and the EU, are waiting to see how things develop in the wake of Brexit. We have no idea what the Government’s top-level negotiating position will be in terms of hard or soft Brexit, and we have no idea what the plan is on the...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I am, Mr Bailey. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. My sense is that we are moving firmly off topic with that intervention, but delivering value for taxpayers’ money is a top priority for all Governments, including the Welsh Assembly Government. In light of the unemployment figures coming out of Wales at the moment, which are certainly going in the right direction, along with...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I agree absolutely with my hon. Friend. In many ways, this debate is about resilience. The resilience of the Welsh economy in relative terms is weaker compared with that of many other parts of the United Kingdom. With the impact of Brexit, the loss of funding and inflation—the weakening of the pound will send inflation up, and we know that the poorest are always hardest hit by...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I agree absolutely with my hon. Friend. There is no better example than Airbus, which is an exemplar of a cross-country, cross-industry collaboration. Airbus has worked as a consortium that has developed through its supply chains a world market-leading capability. When people say the European Union is a sclerotic project that does not work anymore, there is one answer to that question:...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank all of my hon. Friends and other hon. Members for making powerful and passionate speeches. We have seen how high passions are running on these vital issues, which is because the future of our communities is at stake. We will defend the fact that we need funding and resourcing until our dying day. The Government are teetering on the brink of a gross betrayal of our communities. The...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Iron and Steel: China (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the illegal dumping of steel by China will form part of the discussions at the UK-China economic and financial dialogue meeting in November 2016.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: China (25 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will be part of the UK-China economic and financial dialogue meeting in November 2016; and whether the illegal dumping of steel by China will form part of the discussions at that meeting.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Primodos (26 Oct 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on evidence that was made available to the Government on the dangers of the pregnancy testing drug Primodos in 1967; and what steps he has taken as a result of those representations.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: China: Overseas Trade (1 Nov 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK Steel industry of granting China market economy status.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Tidal Power: Swansea Bay (2 Nov 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to announce a decision on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scotland Office: Iron and Steel (2 Nov 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent estimate he has made of the level of procurement of British steel by his Department in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: National Infrastructure Commission (2 Nov 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the National Infrastructure Commission is to be established as an executive agency rather than as a non-departmental public body.

Steel Industry — [Mr Geraint Davies in the Chair] (3 Nov 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: The hon. Gentleman is making a very insightful speech, but the fact is that the way in which state aid and the European Commission work is that national Governments must provide the Commission with a list of their priority cases. It is a matter of record, however, that this Government consistently failed to put the energy-intensive industries package at the top of that list. The Commission...

Steel Industry — [Mr Geraint Davies in the Chair] (3 Nov 2016)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend is giving a passionate speech, as always. It is also important to note that the Swansea bay tidal lagoon is just the first in a number of projects. The economies of scale coming out of that could deliver lagoons in various places around the country—far larger, in fact, than at Swansea bay—so the potential for steel and steelmaking from lagoon projects is enormous.


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