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
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.
|Oct. 14||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Sep. 26||Urgent Questions||Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment|
|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.
11 Jul 2019
|Wales Office||Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2019 Parliamentary Status||Draft affirmative procedure|
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18 Oct 2018
1 Dec 2018
|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).|
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.
|Oct. 19||Welsh Secretary meets business leaders on EU transition||News and Communications|
|Oct. 09||Welsh Secretary praises outstanding achievements of Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients||News and Communications|
|Oct. 02||Welsh beef to be exported to the US for first time in over 20 years||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.
|22 Oct 2020, 11:32 a.m.||Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)||Alexander Stafford (Conservative - Rother Valley)|
Question to the Wales Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on police powers to stop vehicles travelling into Wales during the covid-19 outbreak.
Answered by Simon Hart - Secretary of State for Wales
I wrote to the First Minister last week to seek urgent clarification on the additional travel restrictions placed by the Welsh Government on people travelling to Wales from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This included the evidence on which the restrictions are based and how the measures will be enforced.
I have not yet received a detailed response from the First Minister to the questions I have asked. There is a lack of clarity on many aspects of the new restrictions. I remain concerned about how the Welsh Government intends to enforce its new regulations and the impacts of any enforcement measures on the resources of Welsh police forces.