8. Mr. Probed
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the way in which he exercises his general powers of oversight in Wales in cases where he has no direct responsibility.
§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
I do this through my membership of the Cabinet, the monthly conferences of heads of Government Departments in Wales, the machinery of the Welsh Planning Board and day-to-day consultations with all Departments on particular issues.
But is my right hon. Friend completely satisfied that in matters affecting the well-being of the Welsh people he has an effective voice in policy decisions, notably in respect of the Board of Trade?
§ Mr. Hughes
Yes, Sir. As in all forms of consultation and co-operation of a rather informal character, everything depends on how well one uses them. I have arranged for my hon. Friend the Minister of State to take a direct interest in the exercise of all these oversight functions, including liaison with the Board of Trade, which is of vital importance at present.