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

Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP
Secretary of State for Wales
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Kevin Foster MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)

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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
Feb. 27 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 26 Urgent Questions Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment
Oct. 15 Written Statements Legislative Programme
Oct. 08 Westminster Hall Tata Steelworks: Newport
Oct. 02 Adjournment Debate Welsh Language
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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
6 Sep 2019, 10:40 a.m. Wales Office: Travel Ruth Jones


To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on ministerial travel by (a) first class, (b) second class and (c) in total in 2018.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales spent the following on ministerial travel (rail, cars and air) in 2017 and 2018:

Financial Year

First Class Travel* (Rail only)

Second Class Travel (Rail, Cars and Air)

Total Spend on Ministerial Travel












*First class travel was by rail only.

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