By Jonathan Davies

Assembly Ministers in Wales have been accused of secrecy over the performance of the country's seven Enterprise Zones.

Plaid Cymru said Ministers had been "shutting up shop" and said the Welsh public has a "right to know more".

The Welsh Assembly Government has previously revealed that 5,100 jobs have been created or saved by the Enterprise Zones over the past two years, but Plaid Cymru wants more details. It submitted a Freedom of Information request to identify the performance of each individual Enterprise Zone, but no details have yet been revealed.

Plaid Cymru made the complaints to the Information Commissioner who is now dealing with the situation. A Welsh government spokesperson said it was "aware" of the complaint.

Plaid's shadow minister for the economy and enterprise Rhun ap Iorwerth said: "It appears the Welsh government displays openness when it suits them but when they are questioned about something which may be difficult they shut up shop and refuse to disclose information, preventing scrutiny.

"Plaid Cymru supports the development of enterprise zones and wants them to a success in creating jobs across Wales.

"But after more than two years people have a right to know more about the success of a scheme which involves spending public money."

The seven Welsh Enterprise Zones (Central Cardiff, Anglesey, Deeside, St Athan-Cardiff Airport, Ebbw Vale, Snowdonia and The Haven Waterway, Pembrokeshire) were created in 2011 with the aim of making the Welsh economy more competitive. They bring together different industries and offer incentives to businesses relocating to the zones.

In October 2013, Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones said an additional 6,500 jobs were in the pipeline to be created in the seven Enterprise Zones.

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