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Carwyn asks PM for power to borrow.

CARWYN Jones yesterday urged the Prime Minister to boost the economy during a high-level summit in London.

The First Minister also made the case for new borrowing powers for the Welsh Government, to pay for much-needed infrastructure improvements in Wales.

David Cameron was chairing a meeting at Downing Street of the Joint Ministerial Committee, which brings together the leaders of the devolved nations.

Mr Jones said: "We obviously made the point there has to be a shot in the arm for the economy.

"Clearly things will continue to bump along the floor unless the UK Government does inject a significant amount of money into the economy."

Funding plea: Carwyn Jones The Ministers agreed that given the economic climate, it was important to work closely together to secure the recovery, reduce unemployment and encourage growth.

At the start of the meeting the PM thanked the devolved administrations for their work on the Olympics and Paralympics, saying it was a very UK effort.

He added: I think the most important issue is the economy and how we deal with the twin issues of how we deal with our debts but also getting the economy growing in all parts of the country.

Mr Cameron and Mr Salmond also discussed the format for Scotland's independence referendum, ahead of formal talks next month.
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