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Welsh Secretary urges end to plans which would ‘make meals more expensive’ in Wales

24 May 2023 3 minute read
David TC Davies speaking in Westminster Hall

Plaid Cymru should stop “propping up” Wales’ Labour Government proposals which could see food price promotions scrapped, the UK Government’s Welsh Secretary has claimed.

David Davies suggested the plans could see meal deals scrapped, and would “make meals even more expensive for people in Wales”, as the latest inflation figures have shown that food prices continue to soar.

While overall price rises were at 8.7% in April compared with 10.1% in March, food inflation was at 19.3%, down only slightly on 19.6% the previous month and remaining close to the highest rate for more than 45 years.

During Wales Questions in the Commons, Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts suggested that ministers should implement a cap on food prices, similar to the approach of other European countries.

She told MPs: “Food inflation remains above 19% – and it hits the poorest hardest, with Trussell Trust warning that the past year saw a record 185,000 food parcels provided in Wales.

“Meanwhile, supermarkets continue to make record-breaking profits. Many speak of a ‘greedflation’ crisis.”

She asked: “European governments have negotiated with supermarkets to cap food prices. Why won’t his Government do this too?”

Ridiculous

Welsh Secretary Mr Davies replied: “I want to just remind her that in addition to the pensions and benefits rising with inflation, there are payments of £900 to those on benefits, £300 to pensions, £150 to those in households with disabilities.

“Quite frankly, if she is seriously worried about food inflation, she should be talking to her colleagues who are propping up the Welsh Labour Government about their ridiculous proposals to ban meal deals which will make meals even more expensive for people in Wales.”

The Welsh Government has previously said it is not considering a ban on meal deals as part of the plans, but could restrict high fat or salt items from being included in meal deal offers.

The devolved Government in Cardiff has also considered banning buy-one-get-one-free promotions for unhealthy food during a consultation on the plans.

Mr Davies had earlier defended the UK Government’s economic policies, which he claimed “are bringing inflation down as the news today demonstrates”.

Recklessness

His comments came as shadow Wales secretary Jo Stevens called on the Government to apologise for its “economic recklessness” during Liz Truss’ brief tenure as prime minister.

She told MPs: “Since his Government’s mini-Budget, 43,000 Welsh households have paid an extra £20.3 million in mortgage payments, so that’s a £20 million Tory mortgage premium in just seven months.

“His Government’s economic recklessness continues to cause misery for people across Wales, so will he take the opportunity to apologise to them?”

Responding, Mr Davies said: “The economic policies being pursued by this Government are bringing inflation down as the news today demonstrates and I very much hope that (she) will want to celebrate the fact that inflation is now falling.

“This UK Government are committing to seeing inflation halved. The policies of (her) party would push inflation through the roof and push us into another financial catastrophe and crisis of the sort that we saw the last time they left office.”


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Llyn
Llyn
10 months ago

Not sure if David knows but rules banning multibuy deals on foods and drinks high in fat, salt, or sugar (HFSS) –including buy one get one free (BOGOF), ‘3 for 2’, and restrictions on free refills for soft drinks are coming in in England this year – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-delays-restrictions-on-multibuy-deals-and-advertising-on-tv-and-online

Gareth
Gareth
10 months ago

Again a Tory is allowed to stand in the commons and lie, distort the truth, make things up, and get away with it. Our Gov has said it us not going to stop meal deals, yet this slimy oik can stand there and say they are, with impunity.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

Englishman David TC Davies is below contempt. To want to remove food from our children’s mouths is beyond vulgar. Those families struggling with the cost of living crisis don’t have the luxury like he dies of claiming food allowance even though as a Welsh Secretary is paid over £220,000 per year. 😠

Last edited 10 months ago by Y Cymro
Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
10 months ago

To the majority of sensible people in Wales the Tory scum are irelavent to Wales

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months ago

And as those benefits and pensions rise due to inflation his Westminster government takes one fifth of it back because tax allowances have not risen in line with inflation. Had they done so since 2010 the £12,570 would be £17,383 today or just under £1,000 extra in tax..

Frank
Frank
10 months ago

Can you believe that the Welsh Secretary is Cymru’s worst enemy!

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
10 months ago

Not paying people adequately and hiking bills to feed shareholder greed make meals more expensive for people but which party specialises in ‘propping up’ these values of the gutter? Yet again, a Tory speaks where they have left themselves no room to speak.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
10 months ago

Yes benefits and pensions finally went up with inflation but the failure to keep personal allowances up with inflation has added just under £1000 a year onto the tax bills of the pensioner and the low paid. Stealth taxes like these are why Tories like TopCat are so odious.

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