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.
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 MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|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|
Wales Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.
11 Jul 2019
|Wales Office||Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2019 Parliamentary Status||Draft affirmative procedure|
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18 Oct 2018
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).|
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.
|Jul. 30||Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Senior Staff Transparency January-March 2020||Transparency|
|Jul. 20||UK Government ministers back first virtual Royal Welsh Show||News and Communications|
|Jul. 14||Office of the Secretary of State for Wales - Annual Report 2019-2020||Transparency|
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.
|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.