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Welsh Secretary cuts short Asia trip

Welsh Secretary David Jones is to cut short a major overseas visit in order to take part in Monday's Commons vote on press regulation. He's on day three of a ten day investment trip which was due to take in Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

But a spokeswoman has confirmed that he'll return to the UK this weekend after competing the Japan part of the trip. It's not clear if he'll abandon the journey after Monday's vote or return to Asia.

A free press is absolutely crucial to our society and I wholeheartedly support the Prime Minister on the measures he is taking to ensure we have a system of press regulation that will actually work.

So I will be completing all of my meetings with Hitachi in Tokyo, before returning back to the UK in time for this important vote.

– David Jones, Welsh Secretary