Wales round-up: 8 January 2010

08 January 2010

Parliamentary business relating to Wales for the week ending 8 January 2010

Ministerial statements

Government ministers can make written statements to Parliament as well as oral statements. Oral statements often address major incidents, policies and actions. Written ministerial statements are normally used to put the day-to-day business of government on the official record and in the public domain.

Oral questions

Question Time takes place for an hour Monday to Thursday after prayers. Each government department answers questions according to a rota called the Order of Oral Questions. The questions asked must relate to the responsibilities of the government department concerned.

Written questions

In addition to oral questions, MPs and Peers can ask government ministers questions for written answer. These are often used to obtain detailed information about policies and statistics on the activities of government departments.

Welsh Affairs Committee

The Welsh Affairs Committee's remit is to examine matters within the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales (including relations with the National Assembly for Wales).

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