Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, made a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday 28 October announcing the publication of the Government's local growth white paper.
White papers are published by the Government and are statements of goverment policy. A white paper lays out policy or proposed action on a particular subject. They are also used for consultation on proposed new legislation and signify the Government intention to pass new law.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements usually relate to matters of policy or government actions.
At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.