The Welsh Affairs Committee met for the first time, after its membership was formally confirmed by the House of Commons. The Committee is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, and the impact of broader government policies on Wales as a whole.
In its first meeting, led by returning Chair David T. C. Davies MP, the Committee made a number of key decisions about its ways of working and timetable for inquiries.
Implications of Brexit for agriculture, trade, and the repatriation of powers
Topics for future work were agreed, including an examination of the implications of Brexit for agriculture, trade, and the repatriation of powers. This inquiry will build upon the findings of the Agriculture in Wales post-Brexit inquiry held during the last Parliament.
The Committee also agreed to examine rail infrastructure in Wales, following the UK Government's decision to drop plans to electrify the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, and the delays to the bidding process for the Wales and Borders rail franchise. Further details of both inquiries will be announced in the coming days.
Committee Chair David T. C. Davies MP said:
"After a productive first meeting, I am happy to see a plan taking shape for the Welsh Affairs Committee in the coming months. Our collective determination to examine the issues that matter to the people of Wales led us to agree upon these two areas of focus, and our inquiries will be officially launched in the coming days.
The new Committee will draw upon the findings of past inquiries, as well as recent developments, in two vital areas of interest for Wales and the devolved institutions – the implications of the UK's departure from the EU on agriculture and trade, and the future of Welsh rail infrastructure. We are looking forward to getting to work for the good of Wales."