Welsh Questions: an update from the Commons


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.

And that was about it. I suspect none of it will make tomorrow's front pages (or indeed the inside ones) but I may be wrong: watch for yourself here. The Hansard report is now available here.

David Cornock Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    Comment number 6.

    The Anglophile is back. If its not in English then it must be eradicated its bad for you!!. Stats are always quoted on this site, so the increase in listeners on Radio Cymru ( stats available) is good news or does that make certain people sensitive

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    Comment number 5.

    In his Daily Post of 10 Jan, Lord W spouts a lot, like a Welsh Mr Growser (It's disgraceful !!)
    If there is a posting with some real data, Iwould be very grateful for a more precise citation.

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    Comment number 4.

    Since the pace of comment on the real topic is slow:

    Could DC explain to us why we in Wales have two sites on which we can comment, and sometimes as many as 5 threads open, whereas our fellow citizens (for the moment) in Scotland have none.
    Is this a BBC decision or a government decree ? Can the Scots not be trusted with democratic debate ?

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    Comment number 3.

    very interresting debate,we need to sausage link goverment,a bit like horse burgers,soylant green is upon us,repatriate all powers to us,
    music issue last week daffyd wigley in his column in daily post gave the breakdown of cost he should no his misses is big time harpist DELYN am byth

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    Comment number 2.

    Further evidence that Wales' 5% of boring and 80% sold out to the EU is still boring and sold out to the EU.

    Am I the only one wondering why MPs costing the best part of £600K a year each are such a waste of space? How many of these MPs actually make any effort to represent the views of their working constituents who have to scrape an increasingly meagre existence outside the bubble?

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    Comment number 1.

    So, since we are the people who will eventually be paying the fees, can DC tell us why no news outlet, including and especially the BBC, is willing to tell us what terms EOS has asked to play Welsh language recordings, and how that compares with other musicians, including Gaelic reords and payments to Irish-language singers?
    And please don't tell me that it's commercially sensitive, we own the BBC



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