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)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

26 Oct 2020, 4:45 p.m.
.@DCMS is looking to appoint up to three new Non-Executive Members to the @S4C Board. The closing date for applications is Friday 30 October. More information can be found here: https://t.co/smISJNzIGN https://t.co/rPU9ktv9wh - Link
26 Oct 2020, 4:45 p.m.
Mae @dcms yn awyddus i benodi hyd at dri Aelod Anweithredol newydd i Fwrdd @S4C Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer ceisiadau yw dydd Gwener, 30 Hydref. Mae rhagor o wybodaeth ar gael yma: https://t.co/nCSaBdbGpJ https://t.co/0eU2oviSSZ - 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
Laid
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
Laid
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
26 Oct 2020, 2:55 p.m. Lord Roberts of Llandudno (Liberal Democrat - Life peer) Lord Roberts of Llandudno (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)

Question to the Wales Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about reconstructing the entrance to the port of Holyhead.

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

Although Holyhead Port falls within the Welsh Government’s purview, it is strategically significant to the UK. It is the UK’s second busiest ‘Roll on-Roll off’ port and its commercial freight tonnage is increasing year on year. It is vital to the UK economy and specifically to North Wales, the North of England and the Midlands.

It is therefore positive that the North Wales Growth Deal, which is jointly funded by the UK and Welsh Governments, is currently expected to invest significantly into developing the port’s infrastructure. This includes renovation works to the harbour breakwater, connectivity improvements from the railway station to the ferry terminal, additional hardstanding, as well as additional capacity for large freight and cruise ships to berth in the harbour.

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