MP calls on Gov to support Milford Haven Freeport
Preseli MP Stephen Crabb has urged UK ministers to look favourably at the joint Celtic Freeport bid being developed by the Port of Milford Haven and Port Talbot.
In the House of Commons this afternoon Mr Crabb said that the innovative Freeport would help unlock the full economic value of new industries like floating offshore wind power.
On the 22nd September a joint Freeport bid was launched comprising the Port of Milford Haven, ABP Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire County Council and Neath-Port Talbot Borough Council. The Celtic Freeport aims to unlock the widest possible opportunity for Wales and for the UK by accelerating investment and fast-tracking modern skills development for new green industries. It would strengthen export opportunities while supporting Welsh and UK Governments’ ambitions to drive economic growth.
Mr Crabb said:
“Floating offshore wind represents a major new industrial opportunity for us in Wales. The joint Celtic Freeport would help ensure that the new jobs and investment from this new industry actually stays in Wales.”
Responding to Mr Crabb, Levelling Up Minister Dehenna Davidson said: “The freeports programme has great potential to contribute towards achieving the Welsh and UK’s Government decarbonisation agenda and net zero ambitions.” Minister Davidson also mentioned that she would be keen to meet with Mr Crabb to discuss this further.