White papers are documents produced by the Government setting out details of future policy on a particular subject. A White Paper will often be the basis for a Bill to be put before Parliament. The White Paper allows the Government an opportunity to gather feedback before it formally presents the policies as a Bill.
Further information on this subject can be found from the following links.
Her Majesty's Government: List of Departments of State and Ministers (Opens in a new window)
Related glossary term: Green Papers