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Chair nominations for Welsh Affairs Committee

On Thursday 4 June 2015, nominations open for Select Committee Chairs. On this page you can find the full list of nominees for the Welsh Affairs Committee, which is updated daily during the nomination period.  The Committee Chair will be a member of the Conservative Party. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 10 June.

Nominated by (own party)

Mark Garnier, Mr Nigel Evans, Chris Davies, Craig Williams, James Cleverly, Sir David Amess, Stephen McPartland, Karen Lumley, Stuart Andrew, Alec Shelbrooke, Iain Stewart, Neil Carmichael, Bob Stewart, Kwasi Kwarteng, Robert Neill

Nominated by (other parties)

Mr Mark Williams, Keith Vaz, Sarah Champion, Jonathan Edwards, Hywel Williams

Statement

During the last Parliament It was a great honour to Chair the Welsh Affairs Select Committee. I am a strong believer in the importance that Select Committees have in holding Government to account, and as an MP from the governing party it was important to me that I used the role to further scrutiny not to prevent it.

I always sought cross party agreement on the enquiries we undertook, and as far as possible on the reports produced, even though some were politically contentious.

I am very pleased to have been nominated for this role by members of opposition parties who served on the Committee as well as members of my own party. I assure them and any new members that if I am successful I will continue to Chair the Committee in a fair minded manner.

Clearly it will be for the Committee itself to decide on future enquiries but the following subjects are likely to be of interest to Welsh MPs:
  • Further powers for the Welsh Assembly and the wider impact for Wales and the UK
  • The "Barnett" formula which has been used for many decades to calculate funding for Wales. 
  • Transport links including the Severn Bridge which is likely to revert to public ownership during this Parliamentary term. 
  • Energy
  • Agriculture

These are merely suggestions and doubtless members will have many other ideas which I am successful I very much look forward to hearing.