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
Secretary of State for Wales

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
David T C Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

30 Oct 2020, 2:01 p.m.
Mae Llywodraeth y DU yn ehangu'r Cynllun Cymorth Swyddi i ddiogelu swyddi a chefnogi busnesau sy’n gorfod cau yn gyfreithiol o ganlyniad i gyfyngiadau’r coronafeirws ledled Cymru. Rydym hefyd yn darparu cyllid ychwanegol i Lywodraeth Cymru. Mwy yma: - Link
30 Oct 2020, 2 p.m.
The UK Government is expanding the Job Support Scheme to protect jobs and support businesses who are legally required to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions across Wales. We are also providing extra funding for the Welsh Government. Read more: - 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
Oct. 14 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 26 Urgent Questions Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment
Oct. 21 Westminster Hall Support for People and Businesses in Wales: Covid-19
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
27 Oct 2020, 1:27 p.m. Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrat - Life peer) Baroness Kramer (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Wales Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

Answered by Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist - Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Civil Service publishes details of the percentage of senior civil servants from an ethnic minority background in the diversity and inclusion dashboard, which can be viewed here:

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales has no staff at SCS3 or SCS4. The number of staff in SCS1 and SCS2 is five or fewer. We are unable therefore to confirm the number of BAME staff to prevent potential identification of individuals.

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