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Prime Minister confirms Covid inquiry will have a ‘Welsh dimension’, says Drakeford

18 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) in yesterday’s speech broadcast on BBC One. Mark Drakeford (right), picture by the Welsh Government.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that there will be a “Welsh dimension” to the inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic, Mark Drakeford has said.

The First Minister has said he pressed Boris Johnson for a “guarantee” that the UK investigation would “properly examine” actions of the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government has been under pressure to hold a Wales-only inquiry from Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives.

But so far resisted pressure to do so, arguing a UK-wide investigation into the pandemic is sufficient.

The Welsh Government has previously said it has “requested” that the UK Government make sure that “specific chapters of the inquiry deal exclusively with the lived experiences of those here in Wales”.

But in a letter to Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies, Mark Drakeford said this could be “reconsidered” the “approach” of the UK Government is “found to be inadequate” that could change.

Mark Drakeford said: “Today I pressed the PM for a guarantee the UK covid inquiry would properly examine the actions of @WelshGovernment and experiences of the people of Wales.

“The PM confirmed there will be a proper Welsh dimension to the inquiry and spoke of its importance to the whole of the UK.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Mr Drakeford why are you such an innocent abroad ? Trust no one east of the Dyke ! Please for our sake…you are waving a piece of paper…

Last edited 1 month ago by Mab Meirion
Popsieonline
Popsieonline
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

The answer to the questions you pose will emerge, as the First Minister presses forward with this political set-up to ensure he avoids scrutiny, while the people of Wales are left without answers as to why Mr Drakeford took the decisions he did.

O Rob
O Rob
1 month ago

C’mon Drakeford, you know Johnson’ s ‘guarantees’ mean f…k all, but in this instance it suits your agenda as your actions will go under the radar of an uk inquiry. Power without responsibility, – that’s ‘Welsh Labour’ for you

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
1 month ago

Englandandwales, despicable behaviour

defaid
defaid
1 month ago

Just waiting now for Westminster to fail again. MD can say he tried and Westminster didn’t, and then we can hold our own detailed inquiry.

Last edited 1 month ago by defaid
Popsieonline
Popsieonline
1 month ago
Reply to  defaid

Why do we have to wait for Westminster to ‘fail’? We need an enquirey in Wales – where we ‘do things differently’. Or are you one of Drakefords political ‘set-up’ supporters?

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