NNDM6753 - The Secretary of State for Wales

NNDM6753 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. No longer has confidence in the Secretary of State for Wales to deliver major infrastructure projects, following the decision of the Westminster government not to support the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

2. Has no confidence in the post of the Secretary of State for Wales and believes it should be abolished and replaced with a properly constituted UK council of Ministers with shared and equal decision-making powers.


The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Julie James (Swansea West)

Delete all after National Assembly for Wales and replace with:

1. Regrets the UK Government’s failure to invest in major infrastructure projects in Wales, including the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and electrification of the mainline between Cardiff and Swansea.

2. Regrets the Secretary of State for Wales’ failure to stand up for Wales and to support the need for greater UK Government investment in major infrastructure projects in Wales.

3. Believes:

a) there must be deeper and more sustained co-operation between the UK Government and the devolved governments;

b) the UK’s inter-governmental machinery must be reformed with a new UK council of Ministers, served by an independent secretariat, to strengthen decision making and collaboration.


[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendment 2 will be de-selected]  

Amendment 2 - Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 1. Notes the significant achievements of the Secretary of State for Wales including:

a) the agreement with the Welsh Government of a historic fiscal framework; b) the abolition of the Severn bridge tolls;c) significant investment in city and regional growth deals across Wales; andd) the recent announcement of advanced negotiations to develop and construct a new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd.

2. Notes the inability of the Welsh Government to deliver progress on major infrastructure projects across Wales, following its rejection of the Circuit of Wales and its continued failure to deliver improvements to the M4, A40 and A55.

3. Believes the post and office of the Secretary of State for Wales is vital in representing Wales's interests at a UK-Government level.


Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 11/06/2021

Decision due: 27 Jun 2018 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Lead member: Rt. Hon. Elin Jones MS