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Welsh Liberal Democrats call for clarity on Enterprise Zones

2012 Ionawr 31 9:42 AM

Eluned Parrott AM has called on the Business Minister to use her statement today to end uncertainty over Enterprise Zones.

Among the unanswered questions that the Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for details on are:

  • What policy interventions and incentives for business will be involved?
  • When will the defined zone areas and maps be published?
  • What is the timescale for delivery?
  • When will measurable targets be set?
  • Are any anchor businesses signed up to specific zones yet?
  • Who are the delivery partners in each area?

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are also calling for the Business Minister to clarify the process for selecting the second tranche of Enterprise Zones, including:

  • The selection criteria and timescale
  • Whether the locations are chosen based on economic potential or economic need

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Business and Enterprise, said:

"After much stalling and delay from the Welsh Labour Government, we are hoping in todays announcement we will finally see the details of what the concept of 'Enterprise Zone' actually means here in Wales.

"It is essential the Business Minister reveals the actual process of how she is choosing the Enterprise Zones. The first tranche of Enterprise Zones just came out of the blue, whilst for the second round there has been a whole vetting process where Councils have had to apply to be considered. The Minister must reveal why she decided to change this process, because so far it has been far from transparent."