The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland supports the Secretary of State in promoting the best interests of Scotland within a stronger United Kingdom. It ensures Scottish interests are fully and effectively represented at the heart of the UK Government, and the UK Government’s responsibilities are fully and effectively represented in Scotland.
Secretary of State for Scotland
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.
|May. 20||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Nov. 18||Urgent Questions||Northern Ireland Protocol: Implementation Proposals|
|Feb. 25||Written Statements||Contingencies Fund Advance|
|Nov. 11||Westminster Hall||Pat Finucane|
|Mar. 17||Adjournment Debate||St Patrick’s Day|
Scotland Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.
14 Apr 2021
UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
|Draft affirmative procedure|
|This Order makes provision consequential on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Act”). The Act establishes Environmental Standards Scotland (“ESS”) and makes provision about its functions. ESS is known as Ìrean Àrainneachdail na h-Alba in Gaelic.|
16 Sep 2020
9 Nov 2020
Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (Young Carer Grants, Short-term Assistance and Winter Heating Assistance) (Consequential Provision and Modifications) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
|Made negative procedure|
|This Order amends social security legislation in Great Britain as a consequence of sections 24 (duty to give assistance), 28 (carer’s assistance), 30 (winter heating assistance), and 36 (short-term assistance) of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (asp 9) (“the 2018 Act”), and regulations made under section 28 of the 2018 Act. The regulations in relation to which consequential provision is made in this Order are the Carer’s Assistance (Young Carer Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 (S.S.I. 2019/324), made under section 28 of the 2018 Act.|
Commons 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.
Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.
|Apr. 10||New UK Government Covid Testing Site opens in Drumchapel, Glasgow||News and Communications|
|Apr. 09||Scottish Secretary pays tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh||News and Communications|
|Mar. 24||UK Government writes to Scottish Government on UNCRC Bill||News and Communications|
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.
|26 Mar 2021, midnight||DNACPR Decisions: Scotland||Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)|
Question to the Scotland Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, following on from the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) review by the Care Quality Commission in England, which found 508 cases where decisions had been taken which may have broken the Equality Act 2010, if he will order a similar review into DNACPR decisions in Scotland.
Answered by Alister Jack - Secretary of State for Scotland
DHSC has been clear that blanket application of DNACPRs is unacceptable and that standards and quality of care should be maintained even in pressurised circumstances.
It is important that we work across the health and care system, throughout the whole of the UK, to build understanding of the role DNACPR decisions play in high quality personalised care. Any advanced care decisions, including DNACPRs, must be discussed with patients and families, who must be given all the relevant information and any critical decisions must be made on an individual basis.
As Public Health is a devolved matter, I would call on the incoming Scottish Government, following Scottish elections in May, to listen to patients, families and care organisations who have serious concerns about the use of DNACPR orders during the covid pandemic.