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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Wales)
Christina Rees (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Apr 2020, 3:46 p.m.
Join us in saying thank you for the tireless work of our health & social care staff and #ClapOurCarers at 8pm tonight. Ymunwch â ni drwy ddiolch am gwaith ddiflino staff iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol wrth eu gymeradwyo am 8yh. #COVID19 #ThankyouNHS #ClapForOurCarers #ClapforNHS https://t.co/MYwjmfNmGK - Link
1 Apr 2020, 4:02 p.m.
Byddwch yn wyliadwrus ac yn ymwybodol wrth ddarllen am y coronafeirws. Gall camwybodaeth achosi llawer o ofid. Dilynwch y 5 cam yma i ddysgu os mae gwybodaeth yn gamarweiniol: https://t.co/PLBHFJu79Q #coronavirus #COVID19 https://t.co/YKVAR5npeg - 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
Feb. 26 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.


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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
19 Mar 2020, 4:29 p.m. Local Growth Deals: Wales Ruth Jones

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on funding for the proposed growth deals for Wales.

Answer (Simon Hart)

I have held recent meetings with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and with the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government to discuss a range of issues, including the City and Regional Growth Deals in Wales. The Government is committed to ensuring that these deals deliver economic growth and jobs across the whole of Wales and I will continue to work closely with my colleagues to enable that to happen.

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