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Clarity needed on Welsh enterprise zones, says finance committee

The Finance Committee at the Welsh Assembly has said, following an inquiry, that too little is known about enterprise zones in Wales to scrutinise them thoroughly.

Chairwoman of the Finance Committee Jocelyn Davies said, “The committee found it very difficult to establish solid information about their objectives, their funding or how their performance is being measured. We believe that, if their purpose and performance is to be properly scrutinised, the Welsh government needs to be much more transparent about these enterprise zones.”

The comments follow a report from the committee this month, which says that its inquiry started because the zones had been “slow to start” and it was “difficult to assess whether they were working”. The report recommends the Welsh government publishes the zones’ strategic plans, and puts in place robust budget accountability arrangements and performance indicators.

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