Results 121–140 of 1214 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alun Cairns

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.

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

Alun Cairns: I am grateful for the opportunity to highlight one achievement of this Parliament: passing the latest governance legislation, the Wales Act 2017, which enhanced powers even further in a range of areas. It demonstrates our stance on devolution, which is to trust the people.

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

Alun Cairns: As powers are repatriated from the EU, it is vital that we provide industry and communities with as much certainty and security as possible. We need to protect the integrity of the UK market, and we need to work with the devolved Administrations to construct common standards and common frameworks to support that single market.

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

Alun Cairns: The Government will continue to engage with the Welsh Government, but we will also continue to engage with stakeholders. The stakeholders across agriculture, business and commerce have supported the standpoint we want to take with the great repeal Bill, which is to replicate the powers on a temporary basis until we can come to an agreement with the devolved Administrations on where those...

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

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I can well remember walking recently along the High Street in Prestatyn, where business rates were highlighted as a major concern for some of the small shops. He is right that the setting of business rates is devolved but, of course, in the recent Budget my right hon. Friend the Chancellor enhanced the Welsh settlement significantly as a result of his...

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

Alun Cairns: The hon. Lady will appreciate that we have said with the great repeal Bill White Paper that no decisions currently taken by the Welsh Government will be removed from them. We expect that the repatriation of powers from the European Union will extend the Welsh Government’s powers significantly, but there is of course a process to work through in order to provide the stability and...

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

Alun Cairns: I pay tribute to the hon. Lady for the time she has spent as shadow Secretary of State for Wales. I underline the importance of the role played by the Joint Ministerial Committee. Having been at the Committee’s meetings, I know that an awful lot of discussion takes place in the interests of the whole of the United Kingdom. There may well be the potential for it to be developed further,...

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

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman will recognise that the Welsh Government are represented on the Joint Ministerial Committee. I have made it a determination to engage proactively with the stakeholders in Wales, because they share a view that is not always consistent with that of the Welsh Government. Through my office, they have had a direct input into the great repeal Bill White Paper.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hendry Review (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: I have been in close discussions with Cabinet colleagues about our response to the Hendry review, which we are actively considering. Any potential energy project that can contribute to a clean, secure and diverse energy mix for the UK is worthy of serious consideration. Projects of this scale must also meet the essential requirement of delivering value for money for the taxpayer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Hendry Review (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend is right to recognise that natural resources in Wales can play a significant role in the energy mix of not only Wales, but the UK. We would like this type of project to succeed, but of course it needs to be value for money for the taxpayer.


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