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
Kevin Foster MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
(Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales)
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Wales)
Christina Rees MP (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

29 Jan 2020, 11:29 a.m.
Welsh Secretary @simonhartmp visits @IUGroupplc to see how a @govuk supported Welsh company is at the cutting edge of medical scanning technology Ymwelodd Ysgrifennydd Cymru â gwmni yng Nghaerdydd a gefnogir gan Llywodraeth y DU sydd ar flaen y gad o ran technoleg meddygol - Link
28 Jan 2020, 4 p.m.
Welsh Secretary @Simonhartmp is taking place in a Joint Ministerial Committee in Cardiff today between UK Government and the three devolved administrations Mae Ysgrifennydd Cymru yn cymryd rhan mewn Cydbwyllgot Gweinidogion rhwng Llywodraeth y DU a'r gweinyddiaethau datganoledig - 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. 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 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
15 Jan 2020, 3:55 p.m. Universal Credit: Wales Alex Davies-Jones


What recent assessment he has made of the economic effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in Wales.

Answer (Simon Hart)

Work is the most effective route out of poverty. Universal Credit makes it easier for people to move into work and keep more of what they earn.

We have listened to concerns and as a result ensured that claimants can access 100% advance payments on day one of a Universal Credit claim and continue to receive Housing Benefit for two weeks after transitioning.

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