HC Deb 09 December 1965 vol 722 c579
8. Mr. Coleman

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish a plan for Wales related to the objectives of the National Plan, Command Paper No. 2764.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Yes. Work is proceeding on the Plan and my right hon. Friend hopes that it will be ready for publication in the first half of next year.

Mr. Coleman

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask him if he is aware that his Answer would give greater satisfaction to the people of Wales if he could give an interim statement at an earlier date than that foreshadowed in his reply?

Mr. Roberts

We have, in fact, issued a series of interim statements, which can be regarded as statements of progress in the fomulation of the final plan. For instance, we made a very full statement on the question of the Mid-Wales problem of depopulation. We will see what is necessary between now and the publication of the final plan and bear in mind what my hon. Friend has said.