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Labour says Government can't deliver big projects for Wales.

THE Government was accused of being "incapable of delivering large infrastructure projects in Wales" by Labour after the shelving of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in Anglesey.

Shadow Welsh minister Chris Ruane called the abandonment of Wylfa Newydd the "cancellation of cancellations", and listed a string of other scrapped ventures in 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, the cancellation of the Cardiff-Swansea rail line in 2018, the cancellation of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon in 2018," he said. "And to cap it all, the cancellation of cancellations, the cancellation of the Wylfa last week, a PS16bn investment that will have transformed the economy of north Wales."

At Welsh Questions in the Commons, Mr Ruane (Vale of Clwyd) asked Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns to set up 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 that these are commercial decisions that these projects are being put on hold."

But Labour whip Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside) said the cancellation of the Wylfa project was a "massive setback" for the north Wales economy and accused Mr Cairns of having a "record of unmitigated failure" and a "reverse Midas touch".

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Date:Jan 24, 2019
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