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Public Expenditure

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Welsh Assembly Government and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Holtham Commission report. (287540)

The Welsh Assembly Government established an Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales, headed by Gerald Holtham. The Commission published their first report ‘Funding devolved government in Wales: Barnett and Beyond’ on 7 July 2009. I have discussed the recommendations contained within the report with both the First Minister and Gerald Holtham.

As this is a Welsh Assembly Government commissioned review, we await their response to the report and look forward to the final report to be published next year.