Thursday, 12 March 2009

John Smith Pork Barrelling

John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan, Labour) | Hansard source | Video match this

Will my right hon. Friend assure me that any discussions that he has about central funding and the mechanism used do not undervalue the role of defence expenditure in projects such as the defence technical academy in my constituency at St. Athan? Will he join me in welcoming the news that the joint director for technical training in the military is going to move to St. Athan in April, in anticipation of the construction of the new college?

(On the 1st April I presume?)

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Secretary of State, Wales Office; Torfaen, Labour) | Hansard source | Video match this

Of course I will, and I congratulate my hon. Friend on his tenacity in dealing with this issue. Billions of pounds of public spending will come to his constituency and the surrounding constituencies, and I know that he has played a very significant role in ensuring that that is the case.

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