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)

17 Jan 2021, 5 p.m.
Mae Llywodraeth y DU wedi cyhoeddi y byddwn yn cynnig estyniadau fisas am ddim i weithwyr iechyd proffesiynol rheng flaen hanfodol yng Nghymru – yn y #GiG ac yn y sector iechyd a gofal annibynnol. Darllenwch fwy yma: - Link
17 Jan 2021, 5 p.m.
The UK Government has announced the renewal of the free visa extension offer for crucial frontline health professionals in Wales – both in the #NHS and in the independent health & care sector. Read more here: - 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
Dec. 16 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
14 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Wales Office Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends Schedules 7A and 7B to the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c. 32) (“the 2006 Act”). It comes into force on the day after the day on which the Order is made. The provisions fall into three categories.
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
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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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Jan. 09 More than 8,000 new businesses launched by jobseekers in Wales News and Communications
Jan. 01 Secretary of State thanks people of Wales in New Year message News and Communications
Dec. 31 Welsh recipients recognised in 2021 New Year Honours News and Communications
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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
16 Dec 2020, 2:13 p.m. Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion) Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)

Question to the Wales Office:

What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the application of the Barnett formula to Wales.

Answered by David T C Davies - Assistant Whip

The Barnett formula delivers for Wales. It guarantees that funding per head remains at least fifteen percent higher than corresponding funding in England. The Government has provided the Welsh Government with a five billion pounds additional funding guarantee this year and an additional 1.3 billion pounds next year.

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