'Tories incapable of delivering big projects in Wales'.
Byline: ALAN TOLHURST Daily Post Correspondent email@example.com
LABOUR BLAST GOVERNMENT OVER STRING OF DITCHED ENERGY AND TRANSPORT SCHEMES THE Government was accused of being "incapable delivering large infrastructure projects in Wales" by Labour after the shelving of a new nuclear power station in Anglesey.
Shadow Welsh minister Chris Ruane called the abandonment of the Wylfa Newydd plant the "cancellation of cancellations", and listed off a string of other scrapped ventures over recent years.
"Since 2013 we've seen the cancellation of the Atlantic Array wind turbines off the coast of South Wales, the cancellation of the Celtic Array wind farms off North Wales," he said. "The cancellation of the Cardiff-Swansea rail line 2018, the cancellation of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon 2018.
"And to cap it all, the cancellation of cancellations, the cancellation of the Wylfa last week, a PS16 billion investment that will have transformed the economy of North Wales."
At Welsh Questions in the Commons, Mr Ruane (Vale of Clwyd) asked the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns to establish an inquiry, to "uncover why this Conservative Government are incapable of delivering large infrastructure projects in Wales".
Responding, Wales minister Nigel Adams said: "What Mr Ruane seems to miss is the fact these are commercial decisions that these projects are being put on hold."
And he said the Conservative Government was "absolutely committed to creating a broad-based resilient economy" in Wales.
But Labour whip Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside) said the cancellation of the Wylfa project was a "massive setback" for Anglesey and "the whole of the North Wales economy".
Accusing Mr Cairns of having a "record of unmitigated failure" and a "reverse Midas touch", he asked: "When will he start to speak up for Wales in Cabinet, and if he isn't prepared to speak up for Wales, will he step aside and let someone else have a go?" Mr Adams defended Mr Cairns, saying: "I can tell the Right Honourable Gentlemen there is not a greater champion for Wales than my friend the Secretary of State."
And he said his department was "certainly not abandoning that part of Wales", adding it had committed to spend PS120 million in the "North Wales growth fund".