David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

The place to come for the Welsh view of Westminster and updates on the politics and personalities of Parliament

Welsh Questions, PMQs - and a welcome in the hillsides

It's engaged the pundits, gripped television viewers and provided many a talking point in the nation's living rooms.

So how will we cope without it? Yes, today was the last Welsh Questions in the House of Commons until October. It will be at least three months before we again get the chance to see MPs grill David Jones and Stephen Crabb (assuming they survive next week's expected reshuffle).

Today's exchanges were fairly routine. Labour's shadow Welsh Secretary, Owen Smith, challenged Mr Jones over today's Supreme Court ruling in favour of the Welsh government. Mr Jones said he would study it but rejected a request to apologise for wasting money.

Anyone playing Welsh Questions bingo will have noticed that Mr Jones managed only the one obligatory reference to the Tory "long term economic plan" - his deputy managed two.

But for the last 24 hours all of us in the Welsh political bubble have been talking about one story more than any other. So, as you might expect, Conservative MPs were preparing to raise the issue during Welsh Questions.

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For England, see Wales: MPs call for tax devolution

Is English devolution an idea whose time has come?

A committee of MPs has suggested that the big English cities should get more tax-raising powers. The taxes involved include stamp duty and business rates, taxes which are in the process of being devolved to Wales.

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Vaizey: 'Shared passion for sport can keep UK together'

As parliamentary debates go, "UK media and Welsh rugby" is one of the more unusual titles.

It drew a small crowd of Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs for a debate led by Montgomeryshire Conservative MP Glyn Davies. Perhaps other MPs were distracted by political events elsewhere. Mr Davies chose the title after being disappointed by the Sunday Telegraph's coverage of a narrow Welsh defeat on the rugby field.

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Politician complains about PM's political point-scoring

A new battle has begun in what Labour like to call the "war on Wales".

The party's shadow Welsh Secretary, Owen Smith, has written to the prime minister to complain (again) about David Cameron's constant criticism - usually during question time - of the Welsh government's performance on public services.

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This is the rail debate crossing the border...

With so much of the talk among the Welsh political classes focusing on Scotland, it is sometimes easy to forget the border closer to home - with England.

MPs have been making up for that today, with the launch of an inquiry into "cross-border health health arrangements" between England and Wales and a Westminster Hall debate on cross-border rail services in Wales.

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'Rather quiet and polite' tourism grilling livens up

When an MP finds time during parliamentary proceedings to tweet "Welsh affairs committee this morning is rather quiet and polite" a headline-hungry hack fears for the worst.

Guto Bebb tweeted his observation during this morning's meeting of the said committee, which is investigating how Wales is promoted overseas.

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Happy in your work? Our Wales Office survey said...

Some early holiday reading for you: the Wales Office has published its annual report and accounts.

According to the department, "the report sets out the Wales Office's achievements and illustrates how ministers and officials are working to represent Wales' interests in the United Kingdom".

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Fewer councils, more Barack Obama: Welsh success recipe

A parliamentary inquiry into the promotion of Wales overseas is proving more interesting than it first appeared.

Today, the Welsh affairs committee took evidence from, among others, the Institute of Directors in Wales. Its chair, Huw Roberts, suggested the number of local authorities in Wales should be cut from the "ridiculous" 22 to just five.

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PM Salisbury was Welsh: a history lesson from the Lords

As MPs spent yesterday debating devolution for Wales, peers spent the afternoon debating Scottish independence.

Perhaps it was coincidence the Lords debate was scheduled to clash with England's World Cup match, but many of the contributions focused on the consequences of independence for the rest of the UK.

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Things we learned from MPs' latest Wales Bill debate

It was, according to one cabinet minister, "Groundhog Day". His Labour shadow described it as "a rather dry and dusty devolution Bill."

A Labour grandee announced that he would keep his remarks brief so he could go and watch Frank Lampard play for England in the World Cup.

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About David

David Cornock has been covering politics from Westminster for more than two decades.

He grew up near Penarth in South Wales and trained on the Western Mail.

He moved to London in 1988 and became the newspaper's political editor.

In 1995, he joined BBC Wales as its parliamentary correspondent.

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