Welsh Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2006-07

23 January 2007


Press Notice No 5

Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry

GLOBALISATION AND ITS IMPACT ON WALES

ORAL EVIDENCE SESSIONS

The Welsh Affairs Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into Globalisation and its impact on Wales. This major inquiry will focus principally on four main themes: employment, population, food and broadcasting.

The Committee will start taking evidence on the impact of globalisation on employment in Wales with a series of evidence sessions which will include evidence from the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, the Welsh Assembly, business leaders, trade unions and companies affected by globalisation. Among these will be Burberry, which recently announced plans to close its factory in Treorchy in Wales.

In particular, the Committee will look at the relocation of jobs; the implications of EU enlargement for employment prospects in Wales; the impact of eastern and southern Asia on manufacturing and service industries in Wales; skills shortage and how it can be addressed, internally and externally.

Dr Hywel Francis, Chairman of the Committee said: “We have chosen Burberry as one of the first companies to give evidence not just because it is in the news but because some of the issues relating to their recent decision need to be explored. We need to learn the lessons from this so that similar outcomes can be avoided elsewhere.

“The purpose of our inquiry is not simply to look at the apparent negative consequences of globalisation but to look at how some Welsh based companies have managed to adapt and rise to the considerable challenges posed by globalisation.”

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2007, HOUSE OF COMMONS

11.30 am:    Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Wales.

12.10 pm:    Wales TUC

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2007, HOUSE OF COMMONS

11:00am:    Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP, Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs; and Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2007, HOUSE OF COMMONS

Witnesses to be confirmed

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2007, HOUSE OF COMMONS

11:00am:    Burberry; and GMB Union

TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2007, HOUSE OF COMMONS

9:30 am    Andrew Davies AM, Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks, Welsh Assembly Government

(additional hearings will be announced in due course)

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The meetings will be open to the public and will take place in a Committee Room either in the Palace of Westminster or in Portcullis House. Those wishing to attend should confirm the venue by calling the House of Commons Committee Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearing. Information about the inquiry, together with other information about the Committee’s work, is available on the Committee’s Homepage at:

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/welsh_affairs_committee.cfm

The Committee intends to publish the transcript of these meetings on its Homepage approximately two weeks after the meeting.  For further information about the work of the Committee, please contact Chris Randall, Assistant to the Committee, on 020 7219 3264 or e-mail [email protected]  


Membership of the Committee: Dr Hywel Francis MP (Chairman), Mr Stephen Crabb MP, David T. C. Davies MP, Nia Griffith MP, Mrs Siân C. James MP, Mr David Jones MP, Mr Martyn Jones MP, Albert Owen MP, Jessica Morden MP, Hywel Williams MP, Mark Williams MP