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Draft Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2008

The Committee consisted of the following Members:

Chairman: John Cummings
Flynn, Paul (Newport, West) (Lab)
Garnier, Mr. Edward (Harborough) (Con)
Hesford, Stephen (Wirral, West) (Lab)
Hewitt, Ms Patricia (Leicester, West) (Lab)
Heyes, David (Ashton-under-Lyne) (Lab)
Hurd, Mr. Nick (Ruislip-Northwood) (Con)
Khan, Mr. Sadiq (Tooting) (Lab)
Llwyd, Mr. Elfyn (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy) (PC)
McCafferty, Chris (Calder Valley) (Lab)
Morgan, Julie (Cardiff, North) (Lab)
Owen, Albert (Ynys Môn) (Lab)
Prentice, Bridget (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice)
Whittingdale, Mr. John (Maldon and East Chelmsford) (Con)
Williams, Mr. Roger (Brecon and Radnorshire) (LD)
Wilshire, Mr. David (Spelthorne) (Con)
Wilson, Mr. Rob (Reading, East) (Con)
Sarah Hartwell-Naguib, Committee Clerk
† attended the Committee

Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee

Tuesday 1 July 2008

[John Cummings in the Chair]

Draft Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2008

4.30 pm
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Bridget Prentice): I beg to move,
That the Committee has considered the draft Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2008.
I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Cummings.
Other than to say that the order has received no objection—indeed, it has been met with approval by those on whom it will have most effect—I draw hon. Members’ attention to the explanatory memorandum, and I will be happy to take any question that arises.
4.31 pm
Mr. Edward Garnier (Harborough) (Con): May I join the Minister in welcoming you to the Committee, Mr. Cummings?
I have discussed the order with the shadow Secretary of State for Wales, my hon. Friend the Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan). It is our view that this measure is wholly uncontroversial, and I will say no more.
4.32 pm
Mr. Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy) (PC): I am pleased to serve under your chairmanship, Mr. Cummings—albeit for 30 seconds.
Paul Flynn (Newport, West) (Lab): A bit long.
Mr. Llwyd: Perhaps. The order is most welcome, and the only thing that I want to ask the Minister relates to a point of information. Reference is made to the Neath Port Talbot and Powys (Cwmtwrch) Order 2004, which came into effect on 1 April 2005. Does that order include Upper or Lower Cwmtwrch? Aficionados of very famous Welsh jokes will appreciate the humour, I hope.
4.33 pm
Mr. Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire) (LD): Thank you for allowing me to speak, Mr. Cummings, as my colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Ceredigion (Mark Williams) could not attend.
Perhaps I should declare an interest in the sense that the order relates to the constituency that I represent. The order is very welcome in Lower Cwmtwrch and does not extend to Upper Cwmtwrch, so there will be no controversy. The inhabitants of that area particularly welcome the arrangement. There has been enormous confusion about the collection of rubbish and so on, as some houses have been serviced by Neath Port Talbot and others by Powys, but they are now all welcome in the Powys family, and I am sure that there will be contentment in Lower Cwmtwrch tonight.
4.34 pm
Bridget Prentice: I simply say that I am sure that the hon. Member for Brecon and Radnorshire (Mr. Williams) knows better than I do whether Upper or Lower Cwmtwrch is included.
Question put and agreed to.
Committee rose at twenty-five minutes to Five o’clock.

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