Welsh Questions: an update from the Commons
- 16 January 2013
- From the section Wales politics
The wait is over. The first Welsh Questions of the year has taken place in the House of Commons. Here are a few of the highlights.
Southend West Tory MP David Amess complained about attempts to "intimidate" him into not turning up for question time.
Lincoln Tory Karl McCartney appeared equally sensitive. He showed his credentials with a confident Llanbedr Pont Steffan - now twinned with Lincoln.
Plaid Cymru's Hywel Williams complained about the continuing row between the BBC and Welsh language musicians. Wales Office Minister Stephen Crabb told him it was "not a matter for government" but that's unlikely to stop Plaid pursuing their attempts to persuade First Minister Carwyn Jones and Business Secretary Vince Cable to intervene.
Labour's Wayne David wanted to know how many millionaires there are in Wales. He didn't get a definitive answer. Does anyone know? The correct answer, given the Telegraph's belated discovery of figures from the Silk commission report, is probably "not enough."
Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith said 400,000 households - one third of those in Wales -would lose from UK government welfare changes. He traded figures with Secretary of State David Jones, who said more than a million people in Wales would pay less tax under this government.
Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards used his question to criticise the Labour-run Welsh government and the first minister's suggestion that Trident submarines could find a home in Pembrokeshire.
Monmouth Tory MP David TC Davies suggested "exciting" shale gas technology could help Britain's energy needs.
Labour former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said foodbanks in Neath were now seeing more people in work than out of work.