Results 141–160 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: Hendry Review (26 Apr 2017)

Alun Cairns: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will recognise that it was this Government’s early actions in 2015 that led to planning permission being granted for the project that he highlights. As I said, we would like this type of project to succeed, but it must be value for money. Above all, we need strong and stable leadership to provide the economic security to pay for any such project.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Article 50 (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: I encourage the whole House to recognise that today is International Women’s Day. Events are taking place here in Parliament and across government. I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to ensure that our exit from the EU is a success. As members of the European Union Exit and Trade Cabinet Committee and the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Article 50 (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: We have already said that no decisions currently taken by the devolved Administrations will be removed from them. We will use the return of decision making from Europe back to the UK to strengthen devolution and the Union.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Article 50 (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend reminds us that Wales voted to leave the European Union at the recent referendum. There is an obligation on the Government and on both Houses of Parliament to accept its outcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Article 50 (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: I will happily meet the hon. Gentleman, although I do not necessarily recognise his message about our approach to Brexit—we want a deal that works for every part of the United Kingdom. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman would welcome the fact that unemployment across Wales is lower than the UK average, which is remarkable considering the industrial heritage of constituencies in Wales...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Article 50 (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: The Welsh Government’s White Paper on exiting the European Union was considered by the Joint Ministerial Committee at the end of February, and we have a significant amount of common ground. The Welsh Government talk about “unfettered access”, while my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has talked about “frictionless” access and trade. We can work on the basis...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Business (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: Wales is an exporting nation. Welsh lamb, Penderyn whisky and Anglesey sea salt are all known well beyond our own borders, but we can do more. On Monday I hosted a business export summit in Cardiff to ensure that businesses in Wales have full access to UK Government business support for exports.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Business (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend recognises this Government’s global trading ambition. There are 1,200 staff in the Department for International Trade, across 109 countries. Any businesses based in Swansea are as entitled to the same sort of support as businesses based in Swindon, and I encourage them to use the Department for International Trade.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Business (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: I remind the hon. Gentleman that on Monday I held an event to promote exports to not only Europe, but all parts of the globe. Clearly there are great opportunities, and last year 4,000 Welsh companies took their first steps towards exporting. Europe is an important market. We want frictionless trade with Europe, and we also want to look to the great opportunities that exiting the European...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Business (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend raises an extremely important point. Not only has he been a strong champion for Wales over many years, but he has shown a strong interest in overseas development. I will happily work with him and my right hon. Friend the International Development Secretary on overseas aid to ensure that Welsh businesses get the same opportunity as any other UK business to win contracts to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Business (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: May I welcome the hon. Lady to the Dispatch Box for her first Welsh questions? Last week GE Aviation announced a £20 million investment in Nantgarw. The UK and Welsh Governments worked together to land that significant employment opportunity, which will secure 1,200 jobs for more than two decades. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade always rightly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: I recently met the unions. Following the positive outcome of the recent ballot, it is now vital that all parties work together to deliver the agreed proposals. We will continue to engage with the sector, as well as with the unions, the devolved nations and other partners, as we seek to find a long-term viable solution for the industry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will look to this Government’s positive record, in spite of the scaremongering by many Opposition Members. There are already 41 trade defence measures in place and the outcomes speak for themselves. Rebar coming into the European Union has reduced by 99%, as has wire rod—the statistics speak for themselves. This Government are determined to take the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to suggest that significant steps have been taken since 12 months ago when the crisis broke. Energy-intensive industry support has meant that £134 million has now been paid to the steel sector, and I have already mentioned the fact that 41 trade defence measures are in place. We have also introduced flexibility over EU emissions regulations. We are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Steel Industry (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and I are in regular communication, not only about steel but about the automotive sector. Although Ellesmere Port is not in Wales, there are clearly a significant number of Welsh employees in the workforce there. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will take encouragement from major investments such as that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: “Securing Wales’ Future” (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: The White Paper, “Securing Wales’ Future”, was presented to the Joint Ministerial Committee on EU negotiations in late February, and we are discussing the detailed proposals with the Welsh Government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: “Securing Wales’ Future” (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: I hope the hon. Gentleman will recognise that there is a significant amount of common ground between the Welsh Government’s paper and the 12 principles that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has outlined. This Government are determined to deliver a deal that works for every part of the United Kingdom. We have already said that no decisions currently taken by the devolved...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: “Securing Wales’ Future” (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and others have said that we want to seek the earliest agreement to secure the status of EU nationals living in the UK and of UK nationals living in the EU. It is not in our interests to undermine any one sector. We would like to press for an early agreement, but it takes two people to come to an agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: “Securing Wales’ Future” (8 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman will know that we do not comment on individual cases, but he will know the detail and the latest situation. I hope that he will recognise, on International Women’s Day, that no other nation across the European Union has lower unemployment for women than Wales.

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Alun Cairns: Rwyf yn ddiolchgar i’r Pwyllgor Busnes—I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for recognising the importance of holding this debate on Wales near St David’s day and for allocating the time. I pay tribute to the hon. Members for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen), for Ceredigion (Mr Williams) and for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts) and to my hon. Friend the...


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