Wales Office minister David Jones criticised Carwyn Jones' Welsh Government for what he said was its failure to plan to take advantage of overseas investment opportunities during the Olympics.
Speaking during today's Welsh Grand Committee Mr Jones claimed the Cardiff government was 'not intending to participate' in a British Business Embassy which would operate in London during the games. He said this was 'very regrettable' and added that,
If the Welsh Government doesn't take part, that would amount to an act of shameful and wanton negligence.
The Welsh Government has hit back with an equally withering response. A source said,
Not for the first time, the junior Minister in the Wales Office, seems to be completely ‘out of the loop’ when it comes to what's really happening in Wales. It raises questions about how much he is actually being told by the rest of the UK Government.
The fact is, the Welsh Government has worked with UKTI to ensure Welsh business interests are fully represented at these events. In addition, we will continue to use every single opportunity to ensure we maximise any business opportunities that arise from the Olympics.
This work will clearly involve the use of our new office in London - an office that the Wales Office bitterly opposed. Mercifully - in the interests of Welsh business and Wales' future prosperity - we chose to ignore their counsel.
More top news
A mother from Cardiff has held a fundraising event to help keep the memory of her stillborn son alive.
We featured the story of Ted Owens' heroism in 2012 when he returned to the spot where he was wounded during the Normandy landings.
Sunny spells during the evening with isolated showers easing away, although it will cool off quite quickly.