Written Ministerial Statements

Thursday, 20 July 2006

  • House of Lords

    • Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (James Plaskitt) has made the following Statement. On behalf of my right honourable friend the Secretary of...

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Annual Reports

      My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (John Hutton) has made the following Statement. I am pleased to announce that the Department for Work and Pensions has...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Mesothelioma Cases

      My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (John Hutton) has made the following Statement. On 16 May I announced that my department and the Association of British...

      Ecofin

      The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr Gordon Brown) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. At its meeting on 11 July 2006, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council took note of a...

      Environmental Pollution

      I have today published the Government's response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) report, Crop spraying and the health of residents and bystanders. This response sets out...

      EU: General Affairs and External Relations Council

      My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary (Margaret Beckett) and Sir John Grant (UK Permanent Representative to the EU) represented the UK at the General Affairs and External Relations...

      Informal Competitiveness Council

      I attended the informal meeting of the Competitiveness Council on 10 to 11 July, hosted by the Finnish presidency in Jyväskylä. The meeting focused on innovation policy, with...

      Post Office Card Account

      My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (James Plaskitt) has made the following Statement. The Department for Work and Pensions ran a number of...

      Public Bodies: Chairmen

      In my Answer of 6 July ( Official Report, col. WA 76) to a written parliamentary Question about public bodies, the figure given for the salary of the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority...

      Wilton Park: Annual Report

      Wilton Park is an academically independent executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Its annual report and accounts for 2005-06 are laid before Parliament today. Wilton Park...

  • Treasury

    • Double Taxation (Poland)

      A new Double Taxation Convention with Poland was signed on 20 July 2006. After signature, the text of the convention was deposited in the Libraries of both Houses and made available on HM...

    • Ecofin

      At its meeting of 11 July 2006, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council took note of a presentation from the Finnish presidency on its work programme for the Council during the second half of...

      Income Support/Job Seekers Allowance

      The Chief Secretary made a statement on 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 723, on timing of the phased transfer on to child tax credit (CTC) of the remaining families with children...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Government Indemnity Scheme

      On 26 January 2006 I made a statement to the House regarding the Government Indemnity Scheme. In that statement, we reported a figure of £1,286,220,279 as the contingent liability of...

  • Defence

    • Northern Ireland Future Allowances and Charges

      On 1 August 2005 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced the start of the normalisation programme outlined in the Joint Declaration. Stage 1 of this programme will be complete by...

    • Gulf Veterans

      A key principle of the Government's approach to addressing the health concerns of veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict is that there should be appropriate research into veterans' illnesses and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advisory Committee on Pesticides

      The Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) has agreed to trial arrangements to publish the detailed record of its meetings. The ACP will continue to publish a short summary minute of meetings...

    • Partners for Water and Sanitation

      I am pleased to welcome the publication of the fourth annual report from Partners for Water and Sanitation (PAWS) on 28th July. The UK tri-sector partnership is proof this partnership model can...

      GM Crops

      Defra has today published a consultation paper on proposals for managing the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops in England, should GM crops be grown here commercially in due course. The paper is...

      Crop Spraying

      My noble Friend the Minister of State Lord Rooker has today published the Government's response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) report "Crop Spraying and the Health of...

      Animal Products (Import Controls)

      The Annual Review of Controls on Imports of Animal Products for the financial year 2005-06, as required under the Animal Health Act 1981 (as amended by the Animal Health Act 2002), will be laid...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • General Affairs and External Relations Council

      My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and Sir John Grant (UK permanent representative to the EU) represented the UK at the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) in Brussels...

    • Wilton Park

      Wilton Park is an academically independent Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Its annual report and accounts for 2005-06 are laid before Parliament today. Wilton Park...

  • Health

    • Patient Power Review

      As recommended by Ofcom in their report(1) of January 2006, the Department set up a Patient Power Review Group (PPRG) in February 2006 to explore which communication services could be offered to...

    • Allergy Services

      We have today published the report of the Department of Health review of services for allergy, which the Government undertook to carry out in its response (Cm 6433, January 2005) to the Health...

  • Home Department

    • Parental Compensation Order

      The Parental Compensation Order (PCO) is provided for by sections 13A to 13E of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 ("CDA 1998) which were inserted by section 144 of and Schedule 10 to the Serious...

    • Departmental Report

      We have today published the Home Office's 2006 departmental report. Copies are available in the House Library and on the Home Office website. The report describes the work of the Home Office...

      Identity Cards

      Section 37 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 requires a report to be laid before Parliament every six months, following Royal Assent, setting out the Secretary of State's estimate of the public...

      National Identity Scheme

      Feedback from industry on the procurement strategy for the national identity scheme has reinforced the importance of avoiding a big bang implementation and supports the incremental approach to...

  • Leader of the House

    • State Opening

      Her Majesty the Queen will open the new session of this Parliament on Wednesday 15 November. I plan to announce the date of prorogation as soon as I am able.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Liquor Licensing

      This statement sets out my plans to reform liquor licensing law in Northern Ireland. The last review of the law governing liquor licensing and registered clubs took place some 10 years ago. Since...

    • Review of Public Administration

      I wish to make a statement on progress on the Review of Public Administration (RPA). Implementation of decisions on the review follows statements to this House on 22 November 2005 and 21 March...

  • Trade and Industry

    • EU Structural Funds

      On 28 February 2006, the Department of Trade and Industry published a consultation document on a draft National Strategic Reference Framework for future ED Structural Funds programmes. The...

    • Government Assets

      The Chancellor stated in his Budget 2006 announcement that the Government would be prepared to consider selling part of their stake in British Energy. I confirm that the Government will actively...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Insolvency Service

      The Insolvency Service plans to deal with some 72,000 new insolvencies in the year to 31 March 2007 including a significant increase in personal bankruptcies. Its planning assumption for the...

    • UK Trade and Investment

      UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) launched today its new five-year strategy entitled "Prosperity in a Changing World". This strategy sets out how UKTI will respond to the enhanced role envisaged...

      Partnerships Law Reform

      The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission published a report on partnership law reform in November 2003 (Law Com No 283; Scot Law Com No 192). It included recommendations in respect of...

      Civil Plutonium and Uranium Stocks

      The Department will be placing the figures for the United Kingdom's stocks of civil plutonium and uranium as at 31 December 2005 in the Libraries of both Houses. In accordance with our...

  • Transport

    • General Aviation Strategic and Regulatory Reviews

      The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published the recommendations of its two reviews in the General Aviation sector. Ministers are grateful to the CAA for taking the initiative to review...

    • Highways Agency

      The Highways Agency annual report and accounts for 2005-06 is published today under section 7 of the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000. Copies of the report will be placed in the House...

      M6

      On the 19 July last year I announced that I had asked the Highways Agency to carry out a detailed review to allow an informed decision to be taken on the case for building a new tolled...

      Airport Policing

      In his statement on 21 November, the then Secretary of State for Transport announced the Government's intention to commission an independent, wide-ranging review of policing at airports. He...

      British Transport Police

      On 11 October 2005 my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh South-West, (Mr. Darling), announced his decision to review the role of the British Transport Police (BTP). The...

      West Midlands Planning Assessment for the Railways

      Today the Department for Transport has published the West Midlands Regional Planning Assessment for the railway (RPA), the third in a series of 11 RPAs covering England and Wales. The West...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Social Fund

      I am pleased to announce publication of the annual report by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Social Fund 2005-06 and the Social Fund Commissioner's annual report. The...

    • Claims Handling (Mesothelioma)

      On 16 May I announced that my Department and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) had...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      The Department for Work and Pensions ran a number of small-scale Post Office card account pilots between 13 February and 10 March 2006. The pilots tested various approaches to moving people...

      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      On behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate (BFI) has today announced its phase 17 programme of work. The authorities that will...

      Agency Reports and Accounts

      I am pleased to announce that the Department for Work and Pensions has today laid the 2005-06 annual reports and accounts for two of its executive agencies: The Pension Service (HC1531) and The...

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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