Spring Budget 2024: Welsh Economy — [Peter Dowd in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:13 pm on 17 April 2024.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 3:13, 17 April 2024

It is good to be able to wind up and to have a little time before Divisions. I thank hon. Members who are here today. It is interesting that this is a women’s debate—obviously women get things done, so that is fine.

I thank my hon. Friend Dame Nia Griffith, Liz Saville Roberts and my neighbour, my hon. Friend Jessica Morden, who is the shadow Minister. It is great that they are all here to support today. I also thank my hon. Friend Alex Davies-Jones for her interventions.

It was great to have the Minister in her place. I would just like to be able to live in her world, because it seems to be a parallel universe to the one we are living in in Wales. When we knock on doors every week and ask whether people feel better or worse off, the most emphatic answer is, “We are much worse off than we were even a year ago.” That is something she needs to take back to her Government because we are here again—as my hon. Friend the Member for Newport East reminded me, we did this a year ago—and not only have things not got better; they have got worse in Wales. We need to be clear on that.

On my questions about the prepayment meters, supermarkets and other things, it would be really helpful if the Minister could write to me.