David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

The place to come for the Welsh view of Westminster and updates on the politics and personalities of Parliament

That formula again: prime minister grilled on funding

David Cameron
Tax powers will reduce the importance of Barnett, the prime minister says

David Cameron has been facing MPs' questions on the future of devolution.

The prime minister gave evidence to MPs on the liaison committee, which is made up of the chairs of Westminster's select committees. Some of the questions - and answers - will be familiar to those of you who follow these issues carefully.

So what did we learn? David Cameron remains a "double-yes" man in terms of the Welsh government pressing ahead with a referendum to acquire some control over income tax and for a "yes" vote in that referendum.

In the wake of the "vow" to keep the Barnett formula, the prime minister said a change to the way the Welsh government is funded isn't "on the horizon".

He was responding to the Monmouth Tory MP David Davies, who chairs the Welsh affairs committee. Mr Davies said the formula was "rather out of date" and the issue of funding should be looked at in the light of the Scottish referendum on independence.

David Davies MP
Monmouth MP David Davies says the time is right to look at funding

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Peers promised more devolution as Wales Bill nears end

The Wales Bill returned to the House of Lords this afternoon.

The bill, which paves the way for the Welsh government to get responsibility for raising some of the money it spends, is nearing the end of its parliamentary journey.

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The former Home Secretary and Gary Sprake's brother

Gary Sprake playing for Leeds United
Gary Sprake makes a save for Leeds - but Alan Johnson saved his brother's job

The connection between former Home Secretary (and ex-future Labour leader) Alan Johnson and Leeds and Wales goalkeeper Gary Sprake is not an obvious one.

After all, Alan Johnson is a Queens Park Rangers fan. But Mr Johnson's latest memoir - Please, Mr Postman - recalls the time he helped save Mr Sprake's brother's job.

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Elections not a beauty contest, says Miliband aide

As parliamentary private secretary to Ed Miliband, Wayne David acts as his party's "eyes and ears" around the House of Commons.

So you might think his boss would rather not hear what the Caerphilly MP is seeing and hearing at the moment. At the very least he might be intercepting the newspapers before they reach his boss.

Read full article Elections not a beauty contest, says Miliband aide

Is it a board? Is it a group? Or a rebranded committee?

The Wales Office's Business Advisory Group is dead. Long live the new Economic Advisory Board.

The EAB is a new "economic advisory group to get to grips with the issues facing businesses in Wales", not to be confused with the old BAG set up "to examine the business environment in Wales and to listen to the views of Welsh business leaders".

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Peers debate Barnett formula as its author passes away

The House of Lords debated the Barnett formula this afternoon - without the man himself.

Joel Barnett, Lord Barnett, died at the weekend at the age of 91. His formula lives on and it was somehow fitting that peers debated its legacy on the day his passing was announced.

Read full article Peers debate Barnett formula as its author passes away

Conservative lawyers back more powers for Wales

Yesterday's bearpit is almost deserted. As I write, there are probably more MPs in Rochester and Strood than in the House of Commons.

On a slow news day at Westminster (apart from the NHS England plan) there has been little to disturb the bulletin editors, unless you count the Westminster Dog of the Year show. Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove's dog claimed second prize but his absence from the Commons prompted questions from Cardiff West Labour MP Kevin Brennan.

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Crabb comes out of his shell as he's grilled by MPs

Away from the bearpit atmosphere of the Commons chamber, Stephen Crabb has this afternoon been grilled by MPs on the Welsh affairs committee.

It was a slightly gentler occasion than this morning's question time. Unusually, he used first names when answering committee members' questions. So what did we learn?

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Lopsided devolution, the NHS and a Plaid Cymru 'coup'

It's back! Three and a half months after Wales Office ministers last answered MPs' questions, they returned to the House of Commons today.

The cast had changed. David Jones was replaced as secretary of state for Wales by Stephen Crabb in July's cabinet reshuffle, and his old job as a junior minister taken by Alun Cairns.

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Hold the front page! MPs do battle over Welsh health

With parliament only having returned recently from its conference and summer recesses, MPs have not had time to exchange views on the NHS in Wales recently.

They soon made up for it. At question time today, Chester MP Stephen Mosley was the first Tory to complain about "strains" on healthcare in his constituency he says are caused by patients from Wales.

Read full article Hold the front page! MPs do battle over Welsh health

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About David

David Cornock has been covering politics from Westminster for more than two decades.

He grew up near Penarth in South Wales and trained on the Western Mail.

He moved to London in 1988 and became the newspaper's political editor.

In 1995, he joined BBC Wales as its parliamentary correspondent.

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