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Welsh Assembly

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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5.3 pm

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Could you advise the House whether the Secretary of State for Wales has sought permission to make a statement to the House, following an announcement last night that the new assembly building will now not be sited in City hall? There is also speculation that it will not be sited in Cardiff at all.

One of the main arguments during the referendum debate was that the assembly should be kept within budget. We stated that it would cost £100 million over four years. We were told that that was a gross over-estimate, and that it would cost less than that figure. If the assembly has to move into either temporary accommodation or alternative new-build accommodation, the final cost of the assembly in Wales could be far more than £100 million over four years.

No such request has been made. I can say only that those on the Treasury Bench will perhaps have noted the hon. Member's remarks.