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25/09/2014

Welsh Government under fire over EZ performance figures

Words: Roger Milne
Welsh Assembly

The Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed that it is considering a complaint from Plaid Cmyru over allegations that the Welsh Government refused Freedom of Information requests to provide a breakdown of jobs created and retained in each of the devolved administration’s seven enterprise zones. 

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, Plaid Cymru shadow minister for the economy and enterprise, said: "Plaid Cymru supports the development of enterprise zones and wants them to be a success in creating jobs across Wales. But after more than two years, people have a right to know more about the success of a scheme which involves spending public money. 

"The Welsh Government needs to rethink their opposition to the release of this information. They should do so as soon as possible." 

Plaid Cymru submitted a series of questions in a Freedom of Information request to the Welsh Government earlier this year and was told that the Welsh Government had provided £12,784.747 in funding, of which £7,314,000 was made up of business financial grants. 

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “We are aware of this investigation and our officials will respond to the Information Commissioner’s enquiries.”

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