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
Secretary of State for Wales

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
David T C Davies - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Apr 2021, 10:45 a.m.
Bydd un munud o dawelwch cenedlaethol heddiw am 15:00 i nodi marwolaeth Ei Uchelder Brenhinol Dug Caeredin. - Link
17 Apr 2021, 10:45 a.m.
There will be a national one minute silence today at 15:00 to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. - 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
Dec. 16 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 26 Urgent Questions Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment
Feb. 08 Written Statements Contingencies Fund Advance
Oct. 21 Westminster Hall Support for People and Businesses in Wales: Covid-19
Oct. 02 Adjournment Debate Welsh Language
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Wales Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.

Wales Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
14 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Wales Office Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends Schedules 7A and 7B to the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c. 32) (“the 2006 Act”). It comes into force on the day after the day on which the Order is made. The provisions fall into three categories.
11 Jul 2019
In Force
Not stated
Wales Office Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2019
Parliamentary Status
Draft affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
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Departmental Select Committee

Welsh Affairs Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.

11 Members of the Welsh Affairs Committee
Stephen Crabb Portrait
Stephen Crabb (Conservative - Preseli Pembrokeshire)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 27 Jan 2020
Tonia Antoniazzi Portrait
Tonia Antoniazzi (Labour - Gower)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Simon Baynes Portrait
Simon Baynes (Conservative - Clwyd South)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Virginia Crosbie Portrait
Virginia Crosbie (Conservative - Ynys Môn)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Geraint Davies Portrait
Geraint Davies (Labour (Co-op) - Swansea West)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ben Lake Portrait
Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru - Ceredigion)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Robin Millar Portrait
Robin Millar (Conservative - Aberconwy)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Rob Roberts Portrait
Rob Roberts (Conservative - Delyn)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Jamie Wallis Portrait
Jamie Wallis (Conservative - Bridgend)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Beth Winter Portrait
Beth Winter (Labour - Cynon Valley)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ruth Jones Portrait
Ruth Jones (Labour - Newport West)
Welsh Affairs Committee Member since 15 Jun 2020

Wales Office Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Apr. 10 Tributes paid to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh News and Communications
Apr. 07 A Tribute to the Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP News and Communications
Mar. 12 Two new COVID-19 testing sites open in south Wales News and Communications
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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
15 Apr 2021, midnight NHS: Incentives Sarah Owen (Labour - Luton North)

Question to the Wales Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a one-off payment scheme for NHS workers similar to the £735 payment introduced by the Welsh Government.

Answered by Simon Hart - Secretary of State for Wales

NHS funding decisions in Wales are devolved to the Welsh Government. The UK Government has provided the Welsh Government with an extra £7.3bn to tackle the pandemic; that is over £2,300 per person in Wales. Including a £5.2bn funding guarantee, £650m flexible funding and an additional £1.5bn announced at the Spending Review and Budget

We are also buying vaccines on behalf of the Devolved Administrations and so far, have provided over 60% of Covid tests in Wales.

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