Bill Wiggin MP questioned the Government today about improving transport links from London to Wales.

North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin, a former Shadow Secretary of State for Wales between 2003 and 2005, questioned the current Secretary of State for Wales about planned M4 improvements on Wednesday 20 November.

Mr Wiggin said: “What assessment he has made of the potential effect on the Welsh economy of upgrading the M4 motorway? (901096)”

Rt Hon David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales, said: “Upgrading the M4 is a key priority for this Government and for businesses in Wales. That is why we are enabling the Welsh Government to use its existing limited borrowing powers to begin work on upgrading the motorway as soon as possible.”

Mr Wiggin said: “Can he assure the House that he will continue to persuade his colleagues in the Welsh Government to work hard to ensure there are improvements to the M4 around Newport?”

Rt Hon Mr Jones: “My honourable friend is entirely right this is a piece of infrastructure improvement that has long been called for, particularly by the CBI, and frankly it is grossly overdue for upgrade.

“We have now given the Welsh Assembly Government the borrowing powers they need, we hope and expect they will proceed with that upgrade as quickly as possible.”

Following the debate Mr Wiggin said: “The M4 forms a major part of my favoured route back to Herefordshire from London and I am sure many of my constituent’s use it too.

“I was pleased to receive assurances from the Minister the borrowing powers are now in place for the Welsh Assembly to move forward with the project.”