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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Ieuan V Rhodri



Ieuan v Rhodri




According to press reports there was an almighty row in the Assembly yesterday when Plaid Leader Ieuan Wyn Jones gave Rhodri Morgan a roasting on the Government’s appalling economic record in West Wales and the Valleys, Wales’ Objective 1/Convergence fund areas. Rhodri’s rebuttal was that Plaid was essentially miss-interpreting data.



In the public interest therefore please find below a GVA table which shows data on an all Wales basis; West Wales and the Valleys; and East Wales in % terms compared to the UK average. The table was compiled by the ONS i.e the Government’s own statisticians.




GVA per head indices (UK =100).



1995 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005


Wales 84 79 79 78 78 78 78


West Wales & Valleys 74 66 66 65 65 65 N.A.


East Wales 102 100 101 100 100 100 N.A.



Source: ONS 2006.



What seems pretty clear is that wealth levels in Wales’ poorest areas has stagnated; that the trend is downward; and that GVA in most of Wales lies at less than 2/3 of the UK average.



To put things in context, West Wales and the Valleys is the poorest part in the whole of the UK.



Is this what Labour call a proud economic legacy?




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