Welsh Affairs Committee: Press Notice

Session 2005-06

13 October 2005

Press Notice No 6

Press Release from the Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee

At its meeting on Tuesday the Welsh Affairs Committee considered its work programme for the next six months. In addition to its current inquiry into the Government’s White Paper: Better Governance for Wales, the Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry into Energy in Wales.

Primarily, the inquiry will focus on the cost, cleanliness, efficiency and sustainability of existing energy sources  in Wales, including nuclear, wind, gas, oil and coal. It will also consider the merits of newer forms of energy provision, including tidal, solar, bio-mass and geothermal sources.

The inquiry will also consider the UK Government’s policy, and its approach towards the development of both traditional and innovative sustainable energy production in Wales.

The inquiry will commence in November and continue into next year.

My Committee also considered topics that will be of interest as future inquiries in 2006.

Wales will play an important supporting role in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The Millennium Stadium will host matches in the Olympic football tournament; and Wales is also being considered as a location to host pre-Games preparation camps. Facilities available to those camps will include the Newport Velodrome and the Swansea 50m pool. We hope to start that inquiry early in the new year.

In the longer term, my Committee is also considering an inquiry into the Defence Industry in Wales and associated defence issues. We will be discussing with the Defence Committee how best we can pursue those issues. 

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, Mrs Madeleine Moon MP, Mrs Betty Williams MP, Mark Williams MP, Hywel Williams MP