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.
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. 24||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jun. 19||Urgent Questions||Glasgow School of Art|
|Dec. 13||Written Statements||Supreme Court Judgment on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill|
|Nov. 13||Westminster Hall||Referendum on Scottish Independence|
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.
|Aug. 13||New UK Government Minister for Scotland Robin Walker visits Edinburgh robotics centre||News and Communications|
|Aug. 13||Scottish Secretary welcomes August 2019 Labour Market Statistics||News and Communications|
|Aug. 07||Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland Procurement Card spend over £500: July 2019||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.
|24 Jul 2019, 2:37 p.m.||British Constitution||Daniel Kawczynski|
What steps he is taking to strengthen the Union.
Answer (David Mundell)
Strengthening and Sustaining the Union is a key priority for the UK Government. This is why we have asked Lord Dunlop to carry out a review to ensure that we are working in the most effective way possible to realise fully all the benefits of being a United Kingdom.