David Jones hits back in flood row

Published date: 08 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE Secretary of State for Wales has responded to an attack on flooding help by a Vale of Clwyd politician.

David Jones MP hit back after Assembly Member Ann Jones claimed he was not standing up flood hit communities.

Mr Jones reminded Mrs Jones that the Welsh Government is responsible for handling such incidents.

This came after Mr Jones said the Treasury would be “unlikely” to provide funding to Wales to help communities affected by the floods.

Mr Jones said: “The primary responsibility for dealing with incidents like the recent flooding lies with the local authority: In Wales this means it ultimately comes under the Welsh Government’s remit.

“I am hugely sympathetic of the difficulties being faced by residents in West and North Wales. I do want to be clear, however, that we, in the UK Government are ready to consider any request for assistance made by the Welsh Government.

“The damage is still being assessed and officials in my department are in regular contact with officials in the Welsh Government. I must make it absolutely clear, however, there have been no official requests for additional assistance from Welsh Government ministers, nor have we received any request to access the EU Solidarity Fund.”

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