Despatch box debut as Wales Office minister

Monmouth MP David Davies has made his despatch box debut in the Commons as the new Wales Office minister.

With oversight of regional growth deals, Mr Davies spoke during today's Welsh Questions about the importance of seeing money going into Wales while making sure successful projects have a long-lasting impact on jobs and the economy.

In an unusual moment, Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts started singing ‘Yma o Hyd’ by Dafydd Iwan, after the famous song reached number one in the iTunes UK chart.

Mr Davies congratulated the Welsh language folk singer and explained that another of his songs ‘I’r Gad’ (To Battle) “springs to mind” when considering the UK Government’s support for growth deals in Wales.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Davies said: “As we prepare to leave the European Union at the end of the month, I want to assure people of the government’s complete commitment to Wales and to ensuring that Wales does not lose out by a single penny due to Brexit.

“My role will be to support new Welsh Secretary Simon Hart and to take a special interest in the growth deals which are going to see hundreds of millions of pounds flowing into the Welsh economy.”