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Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend makes an important point about the efficiency of Network Rail. Earlier this year, the Public Accounts Committee called on the Government to reassess the case for electrification on a section-by-section basis, partly as a result of the increased costs that have been delivered by Network Rail. However, to improve rail access to west Wales—to Pembrokeshire,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: I hope the hon. Gentleman will recognise that the new, most modern trains will be available and in service in Swansea within a few weeks’ time. Swansea will benefit from the latest, most modern trains and from 15 minutes of saved journey time when the project is complete. There would be no time saving—in fact, there would be significant disruption to Swansea—if we continued...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend has great expertise in all things Welsh, but particularly in relation to digital projects and the Kingsway project he talked about. The Swansea Bay city deal is an exciting project that will complement the private activity that is taking place, and that will improve connectivity by digital means, as well as rail connectivity, with new trains in operation very soon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Transport Infrastructure (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady will be well aware that work is under way on electrifying to Cardiff. The bimodal trains will affect service times and when the project is completed it will be of major benefit not only to Cardiff, but to Swansea. The major advantage of the bimodal trains means that we can take the latest rolling stock further in west Wales, whereas the electric-only project would have meant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: I have regular discussions with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on how all aspects of our exit from the EU will affect Wales. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will maximise certainty to individuals and businesses across Wales and the rest of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman will be well aware that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will be debated tomorrow. I hope that he will support that Bill because of the certainty and security it provides by closing loopholes and ensuring that we have appropriate frameworks in place. Those in themselves present the issue of a cliff edge that he mentioned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question. He is a passionate campaigner for not only the UK and Wales, but the benefits of leaving the European Union. We want a stronger, fairer, more united and outward-looking Union, and Members on both sides of this House have a role to play in that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: I would certainly underline many of the points that the hon. Lady made in relation to Hedd Wyn, whose former home is being opened today. The hon. Lady will recognise that withdrawal is about creating the smoothest form of exit that we can possibly deliver. My right hon. Friend the First Secretary of State and I met the First Minister earlier this week, and we are keen to deepen our engagement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: I am disappointed by the tone of the hon. Lady’s question. She is well aware of our strong record on devolution. Earlier this year, we passed the Wales Act 2017. Last December, we agreed a new fiscal framework, which gives Wales a very fair settlement, and we are trying to work as closely as possible with the Welsh Government to deliver an exit from the European Union that works for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Exiting the EU: Welsh Economy (6 Sep 2017)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is a shame that many Opposition Members and remoaners fail to recognise the opportunity that leaving the European Union creates. When my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was in Japan just last week, she announced a deal in relation to Aston Martin—yet another significant trade arrangement with Japan on the back of those with Nissan and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: At this last Welsh questions before the general election, I should like to pay tribute to two Welsh stars. Josh Griffiths of the Swansea Harriers was the first Briton to cross the finishing line at the London marathon at the weekend. In particular, I want to pay tribute to Matthew Rees, who helped a fellow runner during the closing stages of the marathon. The Prime Minister has made it clear...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. There are record employment data in Wales, with unemployment at a record low, and the prison will provide a further boost to his constituency. The answer to his question is quite straightforward: the site was selected in consultation with, and with the support of, the Welsh Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend regularly shows a great interest in Wales and he obviously knows a lot about the Welsh economy. He mentions the high-tech sectors. We have seen the expansion of General Dynamics, which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and I visited a couple of weeks ago. On that same day, we both handed over the Red Dragon super-hangar to Aston Martin. These are real jobs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman will recognise that exports from Wales have grown significantly, by 6.2%, over the past year. That is something that we welcome. He will also recognise the data that I highlighted earlier about record levels of employment and record low levels of unemployment. On that basis, he will recognise that we want the freest possible open trading arrangements in support of Welsh...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: I pay tribute to the work that my hon. Friend does on supporting the rural economy, particularly in his constituency. We maintain a close relationship with both the farming unions in Wales, and most of those meetings take place in his constituency. That demonstrates the active relationship that we have with key stakeholders as well as with the Welsh Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: I am disappointed with the hon. Gentleman’s approach. He is assuming the worst-case scenario. We are having this general election in order to have strong and stable leadership in the challenging negotiations ahead. There are 27 EU nations that will be challenging everything as we negotiate to leave the European Union. Strong and stable leadership is needed now more than ever before.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: I am sure the hon. Lady will recognise that we engaged closely with the FUW and the National Farmers Union before drafting the great repeal Bill White Paper. They had active input directly to me and other Cabinet colleagues. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs also met the farming unions to consider the matter, and they are absolutely supportive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Effect on Wales (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: I do not recognise the basis of the hon. Gentleman’s question. We want the freest, most open trading agreement, and it seems to me that the real investors, who are creating real jobs, are taking us towards our ambition. We have seen major investment by Nissan in Sunderland, major investment by Toyota in Derbyshire and major investment in my constituency by Aston Martin. That...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Repeal Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: To provide the greatest level of legal and administrative certainty upon leaving the European Union, the Government will replicate the current frameworks. In parallel, we will begin intensive discussions with the devolved Administrations to identify where common frameworks should be retained. We expect the outcome of that process to be a significant increase in the decision-making power of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Great Repeal Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: Naturally, the UK Government will continue to engage positively with the Scottish Government, as well as with the Welsh Government. However, I am sure the hon. Gentleman will agree that protecting the integrity of the UK market must be fundamental to that discussion, because clearly the Scottish farmers will sell more to the UK than they will elsewhere.


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