Wales Office

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales supports the Welsh Secretary and the Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State in promoting the best interests of Wales within a stronger United Kingdom. It ensures Welsh interests are represented at the heart of the UK Government and the UK Government’s responsibilities are represented in Wales.

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Secretary of State

Simon Hart MP
Secretary of State for Wales
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
David T. C. Davies MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Wales)
Nia Griffith (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Baroness Humphreys (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Wales)
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Wales)
Shadow Ministers
Gerald Jones (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Wales)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 12:11 p.m.
Ymwelodd @AlokSharma_RDG a @SimonHartMP â @UPM_Papers yng Ngogledd Cymru heddiw cyn cymryd rhan mewn cyfarfod rhithwir gyda busnesau i drafod pwysigrwydd diogelu marchnad fewnol y DU yn dilyn y Cyfnod Pontio a chefnogi ein hadferiad economaidd gwyrdd. @beisgovuk - Link
4 Aug 2020, 12:10 p.m.
.@AlokSharma_RDG and @SimonHartMP visited @UPM_Papers in north Wales today and took part in a virtual meeting with businesses to discuss the importance of protecting the UK’s internal market following the Transition period & supporting our green economic recovery. @beisgovuk - Link
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Wales Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jul. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 26 Urgent Questions Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment
Oct. 08 Westminster Hall Tata Steelworks: Newport
Oct. 02 Adjournment Debate Welsh Language
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Wales Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.

Wales Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
11 Jul 2019
In Force
Not stated
Wales Office Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2019
Parliamentary Status
Draft affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
18 Oct 2018
In Force
1 Dec 2018
Wales Office Government of Wales Act 2006 (Variation of Borrowing Power) Order 2018
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends section 121(1A) of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32). Section 121(1A) provides that the Welsh Ministers may, with the approval of the Treasury, borrow by way of loan sums required by them for the purpose of meeting capital expenditure. The Order provides that, in addition to being able to borrow by loan, the Welsh Ministers can also issue bonds (other than bonds transferable by delivery).
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Wales Office Select Committee

Wales Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Wales Office Publications

Wales Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
21 Jul 2020, 11:38 a.m. Wales Office: Domestic Visits Sir Edward Davey


To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when Ministers in the Wales Office last made a Ministerial visit to Wales.

Answer (Simon Hart)

Details of Ministerial visits and meetings are published on the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales’ website and in Quarterly Ministerial Transparency Returns. In addition, visits and meetings conducted in support of the Wales Office Business Plan are published in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Annual Report and Accounts.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I both live in Wales and serve Welsh constituencies. We have conducted many virtual meetings with Welsh businesses throughout the lockdown period, as well as virtual visits. I have had two physical visits since the lockdown has allowed in Wales, on 10 and 17 of July. There is a further programme of Ministerial visits planned for the next few weeks and throughout Parliament’s Summer Recess.

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