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AMs set for binding vote on Newport M4 relief road

Words: Roger Milne

Welsh Assembly Members (AMs) will get a binding vote on the controversial M4 relief road project near Newport, the government confirmed this week.

Confirmation came from leader of the house Julie James, standing in for the First Minister Carwyn Jones during FM Questions in the Senedd on 23 October.

She revealed that officials have received a copy of the public inquiry inspector’s report, which they are preparing advice on for transport secretary Ken Skates.

James said the government was committed to a debate on the £1.4 billion scheme that is due to take place in the week beginning 4 December. 

In an exchange with Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, she said: “To be as clear as it’s humanly possible to be, I’ve said that the debate and vote will be considered in final investment decisions, but that it will be in government time. 

“So, it’s a binding vote in government time on the government.”

Jones had previously said he would make a decision on the project before he leaves office as first minister in December. Some AMs have argued that the decision should rest with his successor.

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