Working practices between the UK and Welsh Assembly governments in relation to cross-border policies appear much improved since the Committee's earlier reports on this subject. But a number of outstanding issues remain in transport, health and further and higher education. On transport the Committee welcomes the planned electrification of the Great Western Main Line. However, the Department for Transport appears to have washed its hands of any strategic responsibility for cross-border roads. The A483 is the clearest example of a road vital for travel within Wales but which is not important to the English region in which it is located, and as a result loses out on funding. The Committee stresses the need for comparative data on which to build solid research comparing NHS performance in the devolved nations. More needs to be done to raise public awareness of the differences in services people can expect to receive on both sides of the border. Transparency of information is vital. Research proposals in the UK Government's Higher Ambitions strategy for higher education make no reference to nations other than England, despite the UK-wide research remit of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Committee calls for details about how research funding proposals apply to all four nations.Innovation Fund The UK Innovation Investment Fund (UKIIF) has not been set up yet, and will not begin investing in companies ... What we can say is that Digital Britain is a cross-UK project and except for where the policy areas are specifically ... testing facility for offshore wind turbines and expansion of support programmes for offshore wind demonstration and ... UKTI provides support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) based in Wales taking part in overseas exhibitions.
|Title||:||Cross-border provision of public services for Wales|
|Author||:||Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Welsh Affairs Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2010|