Written Ministerial Statements
Thursday, 13 December 2012

  • House of Lords
    • EU: Environment Council
      My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has today made the following Statement. My noble friend Lord De Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for...
    • EU: Justice and Home Affairs Council
      The Justice and Home Affairs Council was held on 6 and 7 December in Brussels. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary (Theresa May), and the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for...
    • Marine Environment: Conservation Zones
      My honourable friend the Minister for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs has today made the following Statement. Today I am pleased to announce the launch of the public consultation on...
    • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
      Part 1, chapter 1 of the Protection of Freedoms Act implements the commitment in the Government's coalition agreement to reform DNA and fingerprint retention. This Government want to protect the...
  • Treasury
    • Double Taxation (Brunei Darussalam)
      An agreement amending the double taxation arrangement with Brunei Darussalam was signed in London on 11 December 2012. The text of the agreement has been deposited in the Libraries of both...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Decentralisation (Milton Keynes)
      I am pleased to announce the transfer of a package of Homes and Communities Agency functions and assets to Milton Keynes council, expected to take place on 14 January 2013. The transfer of these...
    • Fire Service College
      The Government’s response to Fire Futures on 12 April 2011 said that the Fire Service college can achieve its full potential only if there is greater involvement from other sectors...
    • Minor Consequential Improvements
      Earlier this year, the Department for Communities and Local Government published a consultation paper on reforms to building regulations in England. The proposals contained a strong deregulatory...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Exploration for Shale Gas
      Shale gas development has been of increasing importance in the US for some years, but exploration has only just begun in the UK. The potential of producing shale gas from a suitable formation can...
    • Generic Design Assessment
      The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency (EA) have today announced their decisions, as part of their generic design assessment (GDA) process, to issue final design...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Environmental Council
      My noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for resource management, the local environment and environmental science, Lord de Mauley, will represent the UK at the EU Environment Council in...
    • Marine Conservation Zones
      Today I am pleased to announce the launch of the public consultation on marine conservation zones (MCZs). The consultation will remain open until 31 March 2013. This is a key step to meeting the...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Irish EU Presidency Priorities
      I am keen to keep Members fully informed of developments in the European Union, their implications for the United Kingdom and our priorities. I would, therefore, like to draw Members’...
    • International Justice (Sierra Leone and Cambodia)
      I can announce that in order to strengthen international justice and help secure accountability for some of the most horrific crimes against humanity in the last 50 years, the UK will make a...
  • Health
  • Home Department
    • Justice and Home Affairs Council
      The Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council was held on 6 and 7 December in Brussels. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and I attended on behalf of the United Kingdom....
    • Draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill
      I am today publishing a draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny by the Home Affairs Select Committee. I would like to thank the Chair for agreeing to undertake this scrutiny...
  • Justice
    • Judicial Review
      Following my written ministerial statement to the House on 19 November 2012, Official Report, column 22WS, I have today laid and published a paper (Cm 8515) proposing a set of reforms of...
  • Transport
    • Accessibility and Equality (Action Plans)
      I am today pleased to be publishing the Department’s accessibility action plan “Transport for Everyone: an action plan to improve accessibility for all”, and, for comment, a...
    • Motoring Services Strategy
      I am today announcing the publication of a consultation document on the Department for Transport’s motoring services strategy. In line with the Government’s broader vision for public...
    • Motorists Forum Recommendations
      I am today publishing the Government’s response to the Motorists’ Forum sub-group report recommendations. The Motorists Forum has set out a raft of recommendations aimed at making...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
      The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met on 6 December 2012 in Brussels. There were public discussions on the posting of workers enforcement directive and Europe...
    • Workplace Pension Reform
      Later today the Government’s response to the consultation on the 2013-14 review and revision of earning thresholds for automatic enrolment will be published, and I will place a copy in the...