Written Ministerial Statements
Tuesday, 18 December 2012

  • House of Lords
    • Employment: Redundancy
      My honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs (Jo Swinson) has today made the following Statement. As part of the Government's ongoing review of...
    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme
      My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise (Michael Fallon) is today making the following Statement. I am today announcing the publication of EFG lending figures...
    • EU: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
      My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Owen Paterson) has today made the following Statement. I attended the Agriculture and Fisheries Council...
    • EU: Competitiveness Council
      The EU Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on 10 and 11 December 2012. I represented the UK on internal market and industry issues on 10 December, and my right honourable friend the...
    • Health: Medical Implants
      The Government have today laid before Parliament their response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the regulation of medical implants in the UK and the EU (Cm...
    • Machinery of Government Change: Government Equalities Office
      My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has made the following Statement. I am today confirming a machinery of government change concerning the Government Equalities Office. The Government...
    • World Trade Organisation: Membership
      I wish to inform the House that the Government have opted in to the council decisions relating to the accession of Lao PDR and Tajikistan to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In each case,...
  • Business, Innovation and Skills
    • EU Competitiveness Council
      My noble Friend, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment (joint with Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Lord Green, has today made the following statement: The EU Competitiveness Council...
    • Collective Redundancies
      As part of the Government’s ongoing review of employment law, and in response to the red tape challenge, I have published today the Government response to the consultation on changes to the...
    • World Trade Organisation (Accession)
      My noble Friend, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, (joint with Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Lord Green’ has today made the following statement: I wish to inform the House...
    • Enterprise Finance Guarantee Lending
      I am today announcing the publication of enterprise finance guarantee (EFG) lending figures by individual banks. The Government are committed to ensuring that viable small and medium-size...
  • Treasury
    • Credit Union (Maximum Interest Rate Cap)
      The Government have today published a consultation on raising the maximum interest rate cap for credit union loans. This consultation seeks views on the proposal to increase the maximum interest...
    • Parliamentary Scrutiny of Government Expenditure
      In September 2010, the hon. Members for Gainsborough (Mr Leigh) and for Southport (Dr John Pugh) were appointed as financial advisers to HM Treasury. The hon. Member for Gainsborough stepped down...
  • Communities and Local Government
    • Building Regulations
      I am setting out today the changes that will be made to the building regulations regime in England to deliver an even better and more cost-effective way of ensuring our buildings remain safe and...
  • Defence
    • Defence Reform Report
      My noble friend Lord Levene of Portsoken has conducted the first annual review of implementation of his defence reform report recommendations of June 2011, and has written to me setting out his...
    • Red Arrow Hawk XX179 (Service Inquiry)
      I wish to inform the House of the findings of the service inquiry into the accident involving RAF Aerobatic Team Hawk T Mk 1 XX179 on 20 August 2011, in which Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging was...
  • Energy and Climate Change
    • Oil and Gas Regulatory Regime
      I am today publishing the response to the Maitland review’s recommendations on the UK’s offshore oil and gas regulatory regime. On 20 April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig,...
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council Agenda (December)
      The next Agriculture and Fisheries Council is on Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 December in Brussels. I will be representing the UK, accompanied by the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food...
    • Agriculture and Fisheries Council (November)
      I attended the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 28 and 29 November in Brussels covering agricultural issues. I was accompanied by the Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and...
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    • Foreign Affairs Council/General Affairs Council
      My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and I attended the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 10 December, the Foreign Secretary attending the initial part...
  • Health
    • Health Allocations 2013-14
      Today I am informing the House that the NHS Commissioning Board has announced the allocations to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for 2013-14 of £63.4 billion. The board’s...
  • Justice
    • Bill of Rights (Commission)
      Today, in accordance with a timetable set in its terms of reference, the Commission on a Bill of Rights has delivered its final report jointly to the Deputy Prime Minister and to me. The...
    • Mesothelioma Claims (Reform)
      Today I am announcing the Government’s intention to consult publicly on proposals to reform the way that mesothelioma cases are dealt with, including; introducing fixed legal fees for...
    • Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2012
      In a written ministerial statement— 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 145WS about the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,...
  • Prime Minister
    • Government Equalities Office
      I am today confirming a machinery of government change concerning the Government Equalities Office. The Government Equalities Office now reports to the Minister for Women and Equalities who is...
  • Transport
    • EU Transport Council
      I will attend the last Transport Council of the Cypriot presidency (the presidency) taking place in Brussels on Thursday 20 December. The Council will be asked to reach a general approach on the...
    • Roads Maintenance
      In the autumn statement earlier this month the Chancellor announced an additional £333 million for a dedicated fund to provide for essential maintenance to renew, repair and extend life of...
  • Work and Pensions
    • Independent Living Support
      The independent living fund (ILF) was created in 1988 when direct payments could not be made by local authorities and there was very limited choice and control available for disabled people...