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.
Secretary of State for Wales
Information Resources: Wales Office Annual Report 2015-16 published -
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 MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|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|
Wales Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.
14 Dec 2020
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
Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2019
|Draft affirmative procedure|
|Explanatory text not available|
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.
|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|
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.
|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.