This morning I asked Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb MP whether or not he has received confirmation from the Treasury that the UK Government will match the pledged investment of £580m for the project.
The Cardiff City Deal is a fantastic chance for Cardiff to continue its rapid growth. The projected deal would bring increased investment in business development and infrastructure for the city and surrounding region.
Yet again, the Secretary refused to answer my question directly, and reiterated figures around the Government’s funding for the electrification of the railway.
It is extremely disheartening to have no confirmation of matched funding, and no surprise over the lack of action from this Tory Government.
The full text of my question was:
Jo Stevens MP: Last month I asked the Secretary of State as to whether his Government would match the £580 million that the Welsh Government is putting towards the Cardiff City Deal. Has he got a cheque from the Chancellor yet?
Stephen Crabb MP: We have already put £125 million pounds on the table to help with rail electrification. Welsh Government want to put that into the pot. We’ve already put £50 million pound in the pot toward the semi conductor catapult centre in Cardiff. There is no question mark over our commitment to securing an ambitious city deal for Cardiff. As I said I think that there are some questions about the nature of the Welsh Government’s financial support for this but I am sure that with the correct attitude we can work through these issues and land the deal.
You can watch the exchange here: