News

Tory MP argues against Welsh Gov control of subsidies ‘across the Principality’

23 Sep 2021 3 minutes Read
Simon Baynes MP. Photo by Richard Townshend is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

A Tory MP has argued against the Welsh Government having “control” of subsidies “across the Principality”.

Simon Baynes, who represents Clwyd South, has backed a Bill that gives UK Government full control over the UK’s state aid regime.

This means it will be able to overrule the Welsh Government on how business subsidies can best support Wales’ economy.

Under previous devolved laws, control over state aid policy would have automatically fallen under the Welsh Government’s remit after Brexit.

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts said the new Bill will “deliberately dismantle” Wales’ powers and argued that that underinvestment in the country would continue as a result of centralising powers at Westminster.

But Baynes, whose reference to Wales as a “principality” is incorrect, is in favour of a “UK-wide subsidy control regime” which he claimed would allow the Conservatives to “deliver on the British people’s priorities”.

During a debate in the House of Commons Simon Baynes said: “I welcome the Bill, particularly as a Welsh Member of Parliament, because it will provide the framework for a new, UK-wide subsidy control regime.

“The Bill promotes accountability through a standardised, UK-wide database. Transparency and simple comparison will provide accountability across the UK.

‘Different criteria’ 

He added: “It must be stressed that reporting by the devolved Administrations is often absent or uses different criteria, which prevent like-for-like comparisons.

“For example, the Welsh Government do not publish waiting list times for all NHS procedures, unlike other parts of the UK.

“The Bill promotes the Government’s levelling-up objectives. The UK is built on local communities, not just Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London. Building up and streamlining local authorities’ partnership with the UK Government are key to strengthening the Union.

“Speaking as a Welsh Member of Parliament, I have to say that the Welsh Government are not the easiest organisation to deal with for those living in north Wales and looking for Government help.

“Their focus is very much on south Wales. The message from the debate that giving money and subsidy control to the Welsh Government will mean that money is spread across the Principality is incorrect.

“I am pleased to back the Government on the Bill, which takes back control from the EU, allows us to deliver on the British people’s priorities, strengthens the Union and gives confidence and certainty to businesses and investors.

“It will enable local authorities across the UK to play an equal role, rather than everything always being put in the centre, in London and in the devolved Administrations.”

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
18 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
29 days ago

Anyone who refers to Wales as a Principality with such disdain needs a hypothetical slap. How disrespectful he is, not only to Wales, but his patronising attitude towards devolution to utter such Tory detritus to say Wales shouldn’t control subsidies ludicrous. The Tories are the equivalent of ISIS, who like a political cancer, are attempting demolish & dismantle our hard fought home-rule by undermining it through the back door using terms like “levelling-up” so they can interfere in areas already devolved. Our politicians must act, as should the people of Wales, and take the fight to the Tories. Wales must… Read more »

Last edited 29 days ago by Y Cymro
aled Ress
aled Ress
29 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

sorry to disagree.this guy need’s a real slap go iawn

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
29 days ago
Reply to  aled Ress

Don’t worry. Spoil yourself. Mae bywyd yn rhy fyr.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
29 days ago

‘Across the Principality’. How patronizing!

hdavies15
hdavies15
29 days ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

Type of *anker who thinks Clwyd South should be part of West Cheshire !

Quornby
Quornby
29 days ago

Baynes can sod off….. sooner would be better than later.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
29 days ago

Anmother colonial settler groveling before his Imperial masters. Hey ho.

Ap Kenneth
Ap Kenneth
29 days ago

So after two years of utter quiet, apart from him visiting clinics and pharmacies to have his photo taken (it could be a cardboard cut out, always with same suit and tie), he sticks his head above the parapet to announce that he despises Cymru and wished it did not exist. He comes from a privileged background, private school and the “city” hence he knows best.Typical Tory and probably the start of the fight over who gets to be the canidate in the reduced number of constituencies.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
29 days ago

The Tories are really funny these days – never ending attacks on devolution. What the fools fail to realise is that they are pushing us further and further away and towards independence. Even the Union loving hierarchy of the Welsh Labour party must now be beginning to realise that unless they start supporting independence – they could soon be out of a job !

Last edited 29 days ago by Steve Duggan
j humphrys
j humphrys
29 days ago

FM Drakeford had solid support at the elections, but things can change real fast.
If he doesn’t fight fatso’s junta he may find votes gone with the wind.

Eifion
Eifion
29 days ago

This attitude continues to baffle me, why do the British want Cymru to be part of their so called union but show nothing but disdain for us and our country.

Grayham Jones
29 days ago

Stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
28 days ago

“The Principality”… This guy should have read some Welsh history before being parachuted in.

Dafydd Evans
Dafydd Evans
28 days ago

Makes me feel sick when I hear priviiged, self entitled, non-Cymru colonists speak this way – uchafi!

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.