Tory minister turns up in Commons after missing Welsh Affairs meeting due to ‘illness’
A Tory minster turned up in the House of Commons after missing a Welsh Affairs Committee meeting because he was “unwell”.
David TC Davies, a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Wales Office, was due to be quizzed at 10am this morning by Welsh MPs about the benefits system.
But when the time came, Stephen Crabb, the Chair of the Committee told MPs: “We were due to have David TC Davies from the Wales Office. Unfortunately Minister Davies is unwell.”
However, at 12pm, Davies was spotted in the House of Commons during a session of Prime Minister’s Questions, which saw Boris Johnson being grilled by MPs about No 10 staff holding a Christmas party amid lockdown restrictions last year, and then joking about it.
BBC journalist, Elliw Gwawr, who said she was scheduled to interview Davies later today spotted the Conservative minister in the chamber.
She tweeted a photo of Davies among a crowd of MPs, saying: “Top right corner – see David TC Davies who was too ill to attend the Welsh Affairs Committee this morning, and too ill to do an interview with me this afternoon standing in the chamber.”
She added: “According to the Wales Office David Davies has been ill with norovirus since yesterday. It looks like David TC Davies is well enough to be in the chamber for PMQs.”
Cornel top dde – wele David TC Davies oedd yn rhy sal i fynychu Pwyllgor Materion Cymreig y boer ma a rhy sal i wneud cyfweliad efo fi pnawn ma yn sefyll yn y siambr. pic.twitter.com/3ZG9fsRKkT
— Elliw Gwawr (@elliwsan) December 8, 2021
The meeting of the Welsh Affairs Committee which Davies missed, was used to explore:
- The lessons learned during the pandemic and the changes made to benefits by the UK Government;
- The complexity of the different benefits and allowances available from the UK and Welsh Governments and local authorities;
- Levels of communication between the UK and Welsh Governments on the latter’s Universal Basic Income pilot scheme.
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