Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards MP has said that First Minister Carwyn Jones must use tomorrow (Wednesday)'s Joint Ministerial Committee meeting in London to make serious progress on securing fairer funding for Wales.
Mr Edwards said that the First Minister is playing catch-up with Plaid Cymru as far as bringing forward meaningful, ambitious proposals is concerned, and that he will have failed the people of Wales unless he comes away from tomorrow's meeting with concrete answers from the UK Government on a variety of issues.
He added that reform of the Barnett formula, a set date for when the UK Government will respond to the Silk Commission's recommendations on the transfer of powers to Wales, and securing fair funding from HS2 are just some of the topics the First Minister should be raising when the Committee assembles.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Jonathan Edwards MP said:
"The First Minister should use this meeting to make meaningful progress on securing fair funding for Wales. Last year, Wales missed out on £540m due to the unfair way in which the Welsh block grant is calculated.
"The Wales Office' failure to deliver the recommendations of the Silk Commission on transferring job-creating powers to the National Assembly is halting our economic recovery, and the First Minister hasn't done nearly enough to hold the UK Government to account.
"He should demand the full implementation of the Silk recommendations and stop cherry-picking elements in order to protect the narrow interests of the Labour Party.
"His lacklustre 'leadership' could lead to people losing faith in our devolved political institution.
"If the First Minister leaves this meeting without having received a guarantee of a set date for when the UK Government will publish its response to the Silk Commission, he will have failed the people of Wales.
"He must also make progress on convincing his London colleagues of the case for a Barnett consequential equivalent of between £3-4bn for Wales from the billions spent on the England-only HS2 project.
"Plaid Cymru was the first party to call for this fair share of cash that could prompt a transport revolution in Wales.
"The First Minister must catch up with our ambition for our country and take actions on issues that should have been delivered a long time ago. Too little too late is no way to govern a nation and the people of Wales deserve better."