Written statements

Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

Written statements are published below shortly after receipt in Parliament. They also reproduced in the next edition of the Daily Report and of Hansard in the relevant House.

Written statements made before 17 November 2014 were published only in Hansard:

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Wales Office
Made on: 15 March 2019
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Welsh Regional Investment

On 6 December 2018 I announced to the House that the UK and Welsh Governments had commissioned a joint independent review of the Swansea Bay City Region City Deal. That review has now concluded and I am today publishing the report and a Joint Government response.

I welcome the report which provides Governments, local partners and the private sector with the confidence to invest in the region and bring about economic growth and transformational change. The report recognises the continuing commitment of all partners to the deal, as well as the positive impact a successful City Deal would have across the region. Both governments accept the review recommendations.

Over the coming weeks the UK Government will work alongside the Welsh Government and local partners to implement the recommendations and to seek to move the deal into the next phase of delivery. I am determined that the City Deal will deliver for communities in south-west Wales building on the foundation which this review provided.

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Wales Office
Made on: 06 December 2018
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Wales Regional Investment

On March 2017, the Government reached agreement with the Welsh Government and the four local authorities on a Heads of Terms City Deal for the Swansea Bay City Region to bring almost £1.3bn of investment to the region, which is expected to create in excess of 9,000 jobs.

Since this time good progress has been made on developing a number of the projects within the overall deal programme. However, with no individual business cases yet approved I have today commissioned a joint independent review with the Welsh Government which will underpin the next phase of delivery.

This review will be independently led and will report to both the UK and Welsh Governments. It will consider a range of factors to provide a stocktake on progress to date as well as assurance that all elements of the Deal are on track to deliver the full economic benefits of this ambitious programme. It will also consider matters of due diligence and governance, to ensure that oversight and compliance are robust. Its recommendations will inform future decisions on the release of Government funding as well as providing potential private investors with additional confidence across the deal as a whole.

Work on further developing individual projects will continue in parallel with the review.

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Wales Office
Made on: 05 December 2017
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Macur Review Report

On 17 March 2016 my predecessor, the right honourable member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, announced the publication of the Report of Lady Justice Macur’s Independent Review of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd in North Wales since 1974.

Amongst other reasons, the Report was redacted to avoid prejudicing ongoing and upcoming criminal prosecutions and trials. Most of the redactions in this category concerned the former North Wales Police superintendent, Gordon Anglesea. Following his criminal trial at Mold Crown Court, on 4 October Gordon Anglesea was sentenced at Mold Crown Court to twelve years’ custody for an indecent assault against one boy and three indecent assaults against another boy. On 15 December 2016 Gordon Anglesea died in HMP Rye Hill.

In light of Gordon Anglesea’s death there is no reason for his name to continue to be redacted, except where there is any risk that victims, witness or other individuals might be identified. I have today therefore laid a revised version of the Macur Review Report with references to Gordon Anglesea reinstated except where an ongoing risk has been identified. The other redactions in the Report remain.

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Wales Office
Made on: 30 November 2017
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Regulations to Commence the New Reserved Powers Model for Wales

I have today laid regulations specifying that the new reserved powers model of devolution for Wales will come into force on 1 April 2018. I consulted the First Minister of Wales and the Assembly’s Presiding Officer before making these regulations.

The new model places Welsh devolution on a firm foundation, with greater clarity on the boundary between matters that are reserved to Parliament and those which are devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.

The regulations also commence the further powers being devolved to the Assembly and Welsh Ministers under the 2017 Act, including powers over elections, transport and the environment. Most of these powers also come into force on 1 April.

The Wales Act 2017 delivers a clearer, fairer and stronger devolution settlement for Wales. Some parts of the Act are already in force, including provisions that:

  • reaffirm the government’s commitment to the permanence of the National Assembly for Wales (the Assembly) and the Welsh Government;
  • remove the requirement for a referendum before the devolution of income tax to Wales; and
  • double (to £1 billion) the amount Welsh Ministers can borrow to fund capital expenditure.
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Wales Office
Made on: 14 September 2017
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Electoral Commission Report on the National Assembly for Wales Elections 2016: Government Response

The Government is today publishing its response to the Electoral Commission’s report on the administration of the 2016 elections to the National Assembly for Wales.

We are grateful to the Commission for preparing its report and for its ongoing work to support the administration of elections. We note that, following the implementation of the Wales Act 2017, powers over Assembly elections will be devolved to the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Ministers. It will therefore be the responsibility of the Welsh Government to implement the Commission’s recommendations in respect of the next scheduled Assembly elections in 2021. The Government will consider the Commission’s wider recommendations in respect of polls that remain non-devolved.

Copies of the Government’s response will be placed in the library of both Houses.

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Wales Office
Made on: 22 June 2017
Made by: Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales )
Commons

Government's Legislative Programme (Wales) 2017-19

The Government’s first legislative programme announced in the Queen’s Speech on 21 June contains a wide range of measures that will apply to Wales either in full or in part.

The following Bills and draft Bills will extend to Wales in whole or in part:

Agriculture Bill (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs)

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill (Ministry of Defence)

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Department for Transport)

Civil Liability Bill (Ministry of Justice)

Courts Bill (Ministry of Justice)

Customs Bill (HM Treasury)

Data Protection Bill (Department for Culture Media and Sport)

Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill (Home Office)

EU Approvals Bill (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill (Department for Work and Pensions)

Fisheries Bill (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs)

Goods Mortgages Bill (Law Commission)

Immigration Bill (Home Office)

International Sanctions Bill (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

National Insurance Contributions Bill (HM Treasury)

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Repeal Bill (Department for Exiting the European Union)

Smart Meter Bill (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Space Industry Bill (Department for Transport)

Trade Bill (Department for International Trade)

Travel Protection Bill (Department for Transport)

There are currently no plans for the provisions in the following draft Bills to apply to Wales:

Draft Patient Safety Bill (Department of Health)

Draft Tenants’ Fees Bill (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Although the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill will extend to Wales, this Bill will set out the route of the railway from the West Midlands to Crewe.

The programme will also include three Finance Bills to implement budget policy decisions, which will apply to Wales.

In line with the convention on legislative consent, the Government will continue to work constructively with the Welsh Government to secure legislative consent motions where appropriate.

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