Politics in Wales today: Update on Metro to be made to the Senedd

An update about Wales’ Metro system will be given to the Senedd today.

The statement is being given by deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters.

We’ve recently seen what the new Metro trains will look like. The South Wales Metro project is a system of heavy and light rail, trams and new buses crossing the region with several new railway stations.

It’s set to be completed in 2023, but bosses admit the finishing date could be pushed back a few months because of supply chain issues and the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this year, Transport for Wales chief executive James Price insisted any hold-up would only be “marginal”.

What else is happening today?

  • Prime Minister’s Questions will take place in the Commons and Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones has a question to the President of COP26 Alok Sharma
  • Pontypridd MP Alex Davies-Jones has a debate in Westminster Hall about “access to cash”
  • Equality and social justice committee will hear from social justice minister Jane Hutt about debt and the pandemic
  • Culture, communications, Welsh language, sport and international relations is holding a one day inquiry on sport
  • Julie James and Lee Waters, minister and deputy minister will face scrutiny to climate change committee
  • In plenary, there will be an update on the Metro as well as questions to Jane Hutt, minister for social justice, and Mick Antoniw who is Counsel General
  • The Government’s most senior adviser on national security, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, will face questions from the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy on the planning for UK’s evacuation from Afghanistan from 3pm
  • The DCMS considers feasibility and funding for a UK and Ireland 2030 FIFA World Cup bid in its inquiry into major cultural and sporting events
  • Home Affairs committee examines the police perspective on the and serious sexual offences from 10am

There are meetings in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay between Monday and Thursday. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are meetings of the whole Senedd, known as plenary, which usually start at 1.30pm. Due to the pandemic a hybrid model is in place where up to 30 of the 60 MSs will meet in person but the rest via videolink.

Committees, where MSs take evidence about specific issues or grill ministers, take place every day.

Welsh MPs take part in proceedings in London during the week too. The House sits from Monday afternoon, usually until Thursday.

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