The Welsh Affairs Committee is holding an evidence session to question UK Government Ministers on the impact and effectiveness in Wales of the City Deals and Growth Deals signed by the UK Government, Welsh Government, and relevant local authorities.
Over the last few years, the UK Government, sometimes alongside devolved Governments, has signed a number of City and Growth deals to promote decentralisation across the country, stimulate local economic growth, and give more power and flexibility to cities or to specific regions.
The UK Government has stated that they have committed over £700 million to City and Growth Deals in Wales. City Deals for the Cardiff and Swansea Bay City Regions have been agreed, with the UK Government working on Heads of Terms agreements for two Growth Deals in North Wales and Mid Wales.
Purpose of the session
In this evidence session, the Welsh Affairs Committee will hear from Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales, and Kevin Foster MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, covering the scope and approach of the deals, the impact so far of the two City Deals, and progress towards getting the North and Mid Growth Deals in place.
The Committee will also question the Ministers on the potential for leveraging private investment, and the flexibility to adjust the deals in light of wider economic and political developments such as Brexit.
Tuesday 15 October 2019, Committee Room TBC
- Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
- Kevin Foster MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales