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.
Simon Hart MP
Secretary of State for Wales
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|Sep. 26||Urgent Questions||Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment|
|Oct. 08||Westminster Hall||Tata Steelworks: Newport|
|Oct. 02||Adjournment Debate||Welsh Language|
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|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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|Sep. 02||Landmark Kickstart scheme opens to youth in Wales||News and Communications|
|Aug. 27||Minister Davies visits Pembroke Dock Marine project set to tackle climate change and boost Swansea Bay Region economy||News and Communications|
|Jul. 30||Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Senior Staff Transparency January-March 2020||Transparency|
Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.
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|17 Sep 2020, 12:04 p.m.||Hydrogen: Wales||Fay Jones|
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what support his Department is providing to the Welsh hydrogen economy.
Answer (Simon Hart)
The Government aims to consult on a preferred business model for low-carbon hydrogen production in 2021. This will be key to stimulating the deployment of hydrogen across the UK.
In addition, I am pleased to see that the South Wales Industrial Cluster is being supported by UK Research and Innovation’s £170m Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, which is looking at options for decarbonising the region’s industrial base, including using hydrogen.
My officials regularly engage with officials in other departments across the UK Government to raise awareness of the opportunities in Wales for hydrogen energy generation.