HC Deb 05 November 2003 vol 412 c788
7. Mrs. Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

What discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales Secretaries concerning measures to increase economic activity in Wales. [135534]

The Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Peter Hain)

Regular ones. Wales saw the highest increase in the rate of economic activity of all the United Kingdom regions in the past 12 months.

Mrs. Lawrence

My right hon. Friend will be aware that 600 jobs were lost in north Pembrokeshire when the former Tory Government closed down Royal Naval armaments depot Trecwn. The subsequent purchasers of the site have kept it idle for many years. The site has now been sold on to two companies with a proven record in commercial development and job creation. Will he discuss with the Assembly Secretaries ways in which those companies can be supported in recreating some of the jobs lost under the last Tory Government?

Mr. Hain

I will certainly meet my hon. Friend and I will be happy to take forward that project. Throughout her constituency, more jobs have been created and employment is rising because of the excellent economic record of this Labour Government.