Written Ministerial Statements

Thursday, 10 March 2005

  • House of Lords

    • Courts Service: Performance Targets 2005–06

      On 1 April 2005, I will launch Her Majesty's Courts Service. The new agency brings together 43 organisations: the Court Service and the 42 magistrates' courts committees. The following table...

    • Afghanistan: Counter-narcotics

      The United Kingdom, as lead nation, salutes the determination of President Karzai and his government in implementing the 1384(2005) Counter-narcotics Implementation Plan. The plan is a framework...

      Inquiries Bill

      My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor has today published the Government's response to the Public Administration Select Committee's...

      Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Bill

      Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 requires the Minister in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament to make a statement, before Second Reading, about the compatibility of the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Inquiries Bill

      My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor has today published the Government's response to the Public Administration Select Committee's first...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Television Licence Fees

      On 18 November last year, Official Report, column 99WS, the Government announced that, from 1 April 2005, the fee for a colour television licence would rise to £126.50 and the black and...

  • Defence

    • Regional Prime Contract (South-East)

      I am announcing today that PriDE, a joint venture between Interserve (Defence) Ltd and Southern Electric Contracting (SEC) has been awarded the Regional Prime Contract covering the Ministry of...

    • Hooding (British Armed Forces)

      Since May 2004 Ministers have made statements in both Houses of Parliament and in written answers to the effect that the use of hooding in Iraq by the British Armed Forces ceased at the end of...

      End-to-End Logistics

      On 1 November 2004, I informed the House that there would be a series of announcements relating to the Defence Logistics Transformation Programme. On 25 November 2004, following a period of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Counter Narcotics (Afghanistan)

      Rammell): The United Kingdom, as lead nation, salutes the determination of President Karzai and his Government in implementing the 1384 (2005) Counter Narcotics Implementation Plan. The plan is a...

  • Health

    • NHS Charges

      We shall lay before the House regulations to increase National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2005. There will be a cash increase in the prescription charge of 10p from...

    • National Service Framework

      In February 2001, my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Health announced that the Department would be developing a new national service framework (NSF) with a particular focus on...

  • Prime Minister

    • Intelligence and Security Committee Report

      I am grateful to the Intelligence and Security Committee for their report "The Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq" (CM 6469). I have today...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Offshore Petroleum Licensing

      I am pleased to inform the House that I am today inviting applications for petroleum licenses for unlicensed seaward blocks which will form the 23rd round of offshore petroleum licensing. These...

    • European Law and Corporate Governance

      I have today placed in the Libraries of both Houses copies of a consultation document entitled "European Company Law and Corporate Governance—Directive Proposals on Company Reporting,...

  • Transport

    • National Cycling Strategy

      The Government are committed to encouraging more cycling in England, given the benefits in terms of transport, public health and the environment. Today the Department for Transport is publishing...

    • King's Cross Station Development

      My predecessor advised the House on 20 January 2004 that he had initiated a review of the final phase of the planned development of the London underground station at King's Cross. Mott Parsons...

      Rail Security

      Following the Madrid rail attacks in March 2004, the Government undertook a comprehensive review to examine rail security measures already in place in the UK and investigate new ideas and ways of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      A consultation exercise has been launched today on the Government's proposals to extend the range of benefit fraud offences that local authorities in Great Britain are able to investigate. At...

What is this?

Written Ministerial Statements were introducted in late 2002 to stop the practice of having “planted” or “inspired” questions designed to elicit Government statements.

They are just that – statements on a particular topic by a Government Minister.

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