Economic Support

During Welsh Questions, Neil Parish asks the Secretary of State about Government support for the economy in Wales.Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): What recent discussions she has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on Government support for the economy in Wales. [20336]The Secretary of State for Wales (Mrs Cheryl Gillan): I have had regular discussions with both the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister on a range of topics, including working together to deliver strong, sustainable growth to the Welsh economy. We will continue to have discussions on supporting home grown enterprise and looking at attracting more foreign companies to invest in Wales. I will be establishing a Wales business advisory group to ensure that I am fully apprised of issues affecting Welsh businesses and what they need to help bring about growth.Neil Parish: Does the Secretary of State agree that streamlining regulation and stimulating the private economy will be essential to the Welsh economy?Mrs Gillan: My hon. Friend needs very little reply except to say that I wholeheartedly agree with him and will do my best.| Hansard