Wales plans infra commission

18 May 2016 Programme for first 100 days of Labour govt backs National Infrastructure Commission and Welsh Development Bank

The Welsh government is planning to establish a National Infrastructure Commission for the country and a Welsh Development Bank, as part of the negotiations to keep the Labour government in place.

Although Labour remains the largest party in the Welsh Assembly, it failed to secure a majority and as a result has been negotiating with Plaid Cymru – the next largest party – in recent weeks to agree a deal that will enable it to continue governing.

Last week, Labour leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones failed to win the leader nomination, when the other parties backed Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood, leaving the vote tied 29-29.

However, negotiations between the parties have resulted in a list of “shred priorities” that the Welsh government will develop over the first 100 days of the administration.

Among them is a pledge to establish the infrastructure commission – which will presumably follow a similar line as Westminster’s National Infrastructure Commission and work to develop a long-term view of Wales’ infrastructure needs.

The commitments also include establishing a Welsh Development Bank, with Jones expected to provide more details on the plans once he is reinstalled as first minister later today.

It remains to be seen what impact the new political make-up of the Assembly will have on the Welsh government’s PPP plans, however it is expected that Finance Minister Jane Hutt will remain in post.

This page was last updated on:
15 December 2017.

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