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UK Government has ‘tried and tried to work with Welsh Government’ but ‘with mixed results’ says Tory MP

10 Apr 2022 4 minutes Read
David TC Davies speaking in Westminster Hall

A Welsh Conservative MP has said that the UK Government had “tried and tried” to work with the Welsh Government but that the relationship is “not as it should be”.

David TC Davies who is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the UK Government’s Welsh Office said that any breakdown in the relationship was not “any fault of the Welsh Office or the UK Government”.

The Welsh Government has clashed with the UK Government on a number of issues including what the former has called a “power grab” of devolved powers, and a lack of consultation on the cost of living crisis, freeports and changing Covid restrictions.

However appearing on Sunday Supplement, Monmouth MP David TC Davies said that there seemed to be some unanimity of approach towards future energy projects, including nuclear and wind power.

“We have discussions with Welsh Government ministers all the time, [Secretary of State for Wales] Simon Hart and myself do,” he said.

“But the reality is the relationship is not as it should be at the moment and I don’t believe there’s any fault of the Welsh office or the UK Government.

“We have tried and tried to work with Welsh Government and with mixed results, to be honest with you.”

‘Unity’

He added that on energy however he hoped that “they will want to they will want to work with us.”

“Let me say we are very happy to talk to Welsh Government about this and all other matters, and we extend the hand of friendship to Welsh Government on this issue,” he said. “It’s very important we get it right.

“Clearly the Welsh Government have got planning, planning consent powers but we need to work together.

“And on something as big as a nuclear power station and Anglesey, we need to show potential developers that there is unity.

“And I think there has been to be fair, I think Labour, a very pro, the nuclear power station on Anglesey as much as the Conservatives are – and Plaid Cymru locally as well.”

He added that nuclear was important because it gave you “a predictable amount of energy” while wind and solar did not always do that.

“So that’s why nuclear is poised to deliver what’s called the baseload, the basic amount, that we need.”

‘Oppose’

On Friday a Welsh government minister slammed Boris Johnson over his “indefensible” energy strategy, published yesterday, saying that it took the UK in the wrong direction after “years of regressive energy policy”.

As part of the strategy unveiled yesterday, the UK Government announced a new licensing round for North Sea oil and new gas projects are planned for the autumn to cover the “nearer term” need to expand the energy supply.

But Julie James, MS Minister for Climate Change said that she was shocked that the UK Government had “committed to expanding the extraction of fossil fuels”.

“No government being honest about their commitment to net zero could look at options to explore new fossil fuel extraction,” she said.

“We will continue to oppose the extraction of fossils fuels in Wales, we will continue to oppose fracking and we will be supporting the transition away from the use of fossil fuels as soon as is practicably possible.

“Instead of perpetuating our reliance on fossil fuels, the strategy should have been setting the conditions for the expansion of renewables and flexibility on the scale needed to meet net zero.

“Here the strategy is again lacking. The UK Government has not taken the opportunity to expand onshore wind generation. With its significant cost advantage compared to most other forms of energy generation, the UK Government has ignored the needs of consumers in the exploration of one of the cheapest sources of green energy and instead focused on the needs of backbench Conservative MPs.

“Here in Wales we will continue to support new investment in on-shore wind by working with communities to maximise the economic and social value of investment, including ways to use new generation to directly reduce the costs of domestic energy bills.”

The Climate Change minister added that it was “deeply disappointing” that the UK Government’s strategy did not recognise the potential from using tidal resources to generate predictable renewable energy.

“The case for the deployment of tidal range technology has already been made, most recently in the 2017 Hendry review,” she said. “However, the UK Government has failed to set out a clear strategy for supporting this technology that has the potential to generate a significant proportion of our baseload needs when generation from wind and solar is low.”


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max wallis
max wallis
1 month ago

Not a mention by Julie James at Westminster imposing a giant US nuclear power station at Wylfa, 5 times bigger than Wylfa-A, leaving us guarding its nuclear waste for 100yrs after its 60yr operations. A huge imposition flouting our sustainable development commitment, so that England can benefit from the electricity, while we waste 60% of the energy in heating the sea. How can anyone in Wales arrogantly accept this burden on future generations?!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

One big stick to beat us with delivered by London’s trusties…Welsh Tory MPs ych a fi !

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Is this the same MP, D T C Davies, that said we would not get a penny less in funding if we voted to leave the EU. Once a liar always a liar, a leopard never changes his spots, why would anybody believe a word he has to say.

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

Translation: We f*ing hate devolution, because when we talked about taking back control during the Brexit campaign we realy meant absolute contol, to screw all you little people over and reward our incompetent friends
And despite never obtaining a majority in Wales, we’ve tried and tried to present geting our own way as discusion, but have concluded that persuading Worstmonster to relegate Wales to the margins is easier.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Tried to work with the Welsh Government lol. Now that is holarious. Another lie from David TC Davies. This obnoxious Anglophile is joke! Did his beloved Tory Government consult the Welsh Government when they bypassed our Senedd when Priti Patel placed over 300 refugees in a Ex-Army camp in Pembrokeshire during the height of the Covid pandemic without sufficient PPE, then charged the cost of housing them to the rate payers? Answer. No! Did David TC Davies Tory Government consult FM Mark Drakeford & Welsh Government when he & they were bypassed after they handed out our so-called leveling-up funding… Read more »

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Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

Since 1999 relationships between Westminster and the devolved governments have been part of “intergovernmental Relationships” which Boris Johnson notoriously refused to be part of. In the middle of the pandemic Mark Drakeford revealed that not only had there been no meetings but that Johnson had refused to take his phone calls for 4 months. Michael Gove was made Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Secretary of State for Housing and Communities and, as if two SoS jobs wasn’t enough, the Minister for Intergovernmental Relations. A review in January set out what needed to happen and now in April they still… Read more »

Llinos
Llinos
1 month ago

HAS it “tried”? It’s tried to bully, to steamroller, to undermine, to sideline, to steal devolved powers, to withhold rightful funds and to ignore certainly.

If this is Westminster “trying” then they are clearly incompetent and unfit to govern. We should be rid of them.

Adrian Meagher
Adrian Meagher
1 month ago

Mutual cooperation requires mutual respect. But the Westminster government does not respect the people of Wales, as evidenced by their refusal to allow Gwyl Dewi Sant to be a bank holiday.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

Oh David – the sad thing is that as always – you actualy think that what you say is 100 per cent true 🤔…..yes indeed you had bad experiences when you were an AM when few folk at Cardiff Bay understood you ….and yes the Labour leadership ( as indeed some of your own side ) didn’t like you too much – but you have learnt Welsh v well and I think 💭 your heart is in the job – so just try harder to understand these Lab and Plaid plus Green and Lib voters. After all they are 80… Read more »

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

He speaks as though he’s a Westminster spokesman not a Welsh MP. Just one more Vidkun, as if we didn’t have enough.

Argol Fawr!
Argol Fawr!
1 month ago

The tories gall would make Putin blush.

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