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Tata Steel - 'Inconceivable that Assembly doesn't reconvene'


Peter Black AM has called for the National Assembly to be reconvened following reports that Tata is expected to announce the sale of its UK business.

Peter Black, Assembly Member for South Wales West, has e-mailed the First Minister calling on him to request the Presiding Officer reconvenes the Assembly on a matter of urgent public importance.

The Assembly’s Standing Order 12.3 states:

“If no plenary meeting is timetabled for a particular date or time, the Presiding Officer may, at the request of the First Minister, summon the Assembly to consider a matter of urgent public importance.”

Peter Black AM said:

“If true, these reports are truly devastating and our thoughts go out to Tata employees and their families.

“This is clearly a matter of urgent public importance and therefore it is inconceivable that the Assembly doesn’t reconvene.

“Ministers in both governments need to act fast. Simply holding up their hands and saying they are out of ideas is simply not good enough.

“For years the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for business rates to be reduced to support the steel industry, yet the Labour Government has sat on its hands offering nothing.  Likewise, inaction from the Tory Government has been utterly unforgivable.  Too much time has already been wasted and we need to see positive action now from both governments as well as further action to attract new investment to Port Talbot such as the creation of an urban development company.”

The Assembly’s standing orders can be read here:

http://www.assembly.wales/NAfW%20Documents/Assembly%20Business%20section%20documents/Standing_Orders/Clean_SOs.eng.pdf


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