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Questions Not Answered Orally

Capital of Culture

12. Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about the criteria to be used in deciding Cardiff's bid to be capital of culture.[49444]

Mr. Murphy: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary and I have regular meetings with ministerial colleagues to discuss a range of issues, including Cardiff's capital of culture bid.

Manufacturing

13. Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he is taking to promote manufacturing industry in North Wales.[51310]

Mr. Murphy: I meet the First Secretary regularly to discuss a range of issues, including manufacturing in Wales.

Despite recent labour market statistics, which reflect the fundamental strength of the Welsh economy, some parts of the economy, such as manufacturing, continue to face real and sustained difficulties. There are no simple solutions at hand to ease these problems, but the Government are helping British manufacturing to raise its game and to shift its focus from competing on the basis of cost alone towards high skill, high value-added products and processes.

Crewe-Holyhead Railway Line

14. Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the

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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions concerning the electrification of the Crewe to Holyhead railway line.[51311]

Mr. Touhig: I have not discussed this matter with my right hon. Friend. I am aware of my hon. Friend's concerns on this matter, and refer him to the answer the Prime Minister gave him on 17 April 2002, Official Report, column 572.

Budget

15. Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the impact of the Budget proposals on prosperity in Wales.[51663]

Mr. Murphy: The Budget proposals will tend to increase the prosperity of Wales. I look forward to debating them in a moment.

Railtrack

16. Mrs. Betty Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and Railtrack about Railtrack's intention to close a section of the west coast main line between Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes each weekend from August to December 2002.[51738]

Mr. Murphy: I have had no discussions on this matter with my right hon. Friend or with Railtrack. However, I appreciate the significance of this part of the rail network for Members whose constituencies are in north Wales.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Griffiths, Mr. Win (Chairman)
Ainger, Mr.
Anderson, Donald
Brennan, Kevin
Caton, Mr.
David, Mr.
Davies, Denzil
Edwards, Mr.
Evans, Mr.
Francis, Dr.
Howarth, Alan
Irranca-Davies, Huw
Jones, Mr. Jon Owen
Jones, Mr. Martyn
Knight, Mr. Greg
Lawrence, Mrs. Jackie
Llwyd, Mr.
Lucas, Ian
Morgan, Julie
Murphy, Mr. Paul
Ípik, Lembit
Owen, Albert
Price, Adam
Ruane, Chris
Smith, Mr. John
Tami, Mark
Thomas, Gareth
Thomas, Mr. Simon
Touhig, Mr.
Williams, Mr. Alan
Williams, Mrs. Betty
Williams, Hywel
Williams, Mr. Roger

 
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