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Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: The Government new clauses and amendments deal with a number of issues, in three main categories. First, there are a number of technical drafting changes to ensure that the new devolution settlement functions as it should. Secondly, there are amendments addressing several issues that have arisen during the ongoing discussion of the Bill with the Welsh Government, the Presiding Officer and the...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman is clearly missing the purpose of what we are trying to do. We are seeking to devolve responsibility for local elections to Wales, but because the franchise for those elections is linked to that for the elections for police and crime commissioners, any change to the franchise for local government elections in Wales will have a consequential effect on that for PCC elections,...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: I am grateful to the shadow Secretary of State for his comments. That would of course be the preferred option. It is only appropriate that PCC elections remain reserved and local government elections are devolved; that does not remove the requirement for both Administrations to co-ordinate where possible, but nor do we want to tie the hand of the Assembly should it see fit or need to change...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: That will a matter for the Welsh Government. I am seeking to give them absolute freedom over local elections, within the limitations in the Bill, but it is not right that any changes they bring about—which may well change the franchise, if they believe that to be appropriate—should have consequences for PCC elections, for which the Welsh Government do not have responsibility as...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: One key purpose of the Bill is to provide clarity of powers and responsibility. I want anyone who lives and works in Wales and outside to understand who is responsible for what. Therefore, the requirement to go to the Supreme Court to clarify individual points will be needless because of the clarity provided in the Bill.

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. There was significant progress in the turnout of PCC elections, as the hon. Member for Newport West (Paul Flynn) said, when they were on the same day as local elections. That continues to be the desired timing of PCC elections. The purpose of the amendments I mentioned relates to the franchise for those elections. The Welsh Government may want to...

Wales Bill: Establishment of Two Distinct Jurisdictions (12 Sep 2016)

Alun Cairns: I suspect the hon. Lady has misunderstood the points I am trying to make. I am seeking to give the Welsh Government freedom in the franchise for local elections, but the current legislation ties the PCC franchise to that of local elections. Should the Welsh Government want to make a change in Wales because of their policies or desires to extend or amend the franchise within the powers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: The British people have voted to leave the European Union, and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made it clear that their will must be respected and delivered. We are now preparing for a negotiated exit from the EU, which will involve close engagement with all the devolved Administrations to ensure that the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom are protected and advanced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: The Government have a strong record in guaranteeing funds for Wales, most notably the Barnett floor, which was ignored for 13 years by Labour. That demonstrates that we will work hard in prioritising the areas of the UK that rightly need and deserve support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady raises an important question. Within a week of the Brexit referendum I met a number of business leaders in Cardiff and last week I met a number of business leaders in north Wales. I was struck by their pragmatism and approach—the positivity they were showing. One of the most positive quotes was that entrepreneurs “thrive on change.” They recognise that we are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend makes an important point and allows me to underline once again the positive financial commitments this Government have made to Wales. In addition to the 115% funding for the Barnett floor that we have introduced, there is a £2.8 billion investment in electrification and £500 million for a city deal, on top of a range of other projects—UK taxpayers’ money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: There were many campaigns for a Barnett floor but it was only this Government who delivered on that. On European funds, we have not yet concluded our negotiating position, but simply replacing what are currently EU funds with another source from Westminster misses the point: the EU referendum sent out a number of messages, and those areas that receive most EU funds were the areas, sadly, that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: A European Union unit is being set up in Whitehall, which will consider all the implications for my right hon. Friend the next Prime Minister in order to form judgments and direct Government policy, but we must recognise that if any country can make a success of leaving the EU it is the United Kingdom, with its proud history as a global trading nation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: I am disappointed by the hon. Gentleman’s question. He will understand that I have a close working relationship with the Welsh Government and with the First Minister in particular. What is in Wales’s interest is in the United Kingdom’s interest, and I am determined to do everything possible to maintain that positive relationship as we negotiate to leave the European Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Political Consequences (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: I can guarantee that Wales will get its fair share, through the Barnett floor and all the other means that I have highlighted. My party can give certainty of leadership with a strong visionary negotiating stance as we approach our departure from the European Union. It is quite obvious that we cannot have that certainty of leadership from the Labour party.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Regeneration Projects (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: As Secretary of State I am determined to maintain our recent economic success and to ensure that we manage our transition to the new arrangements in a calm and measured way. As we negotiate our way out of the EU, a whole range of decisions will have to be made in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Regeneration Projects (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. I underline that we remain full, active members of the EU, with all the benefits and obligations that that brings, for at least two years. The project he highlights is one of the more successful EU-funded projects, but not all of them were as successful but had questionable strategies and woolly outcomes. We need to reassess how we support regional...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Referendum: Regeneration Projects (13 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: I can guarantee that for the next two years at least no EU-supported project will lose out. We have of course not yet concluded our negotiating position, and simply replacing one source of funding with another misses the point. The EU referendum sent out a clear message from the communities that are purported to benefit the most from European aid that they simply did not want what was being...

Wales Bill: “Part 8C (11 Jul 2016)

Alun Cairns: I am listening carefully to the hon. Gentleman’s proposal on devolving corporation tax. How would Wales cope with the significant volatility of corporation tax income?

Wales Bill: “Part 8C (11 Jul 2016)

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