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Written Ministerial Statements

Monday, 21 July 2008

  • House of Lords

    • Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland: Annual Report

      The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Shaun Woodward) has made the following Ministerial Statement. The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for the administration...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: DAS Air

      My predecessor, my right honourable friend Ian McCartney, committed in 2006 to make a Statement to the House once the UK National Contact Point had completed its investigation into DAS Air's...

      House of Lords: Staff Passes

      At its meeting on 15 July, the House Committee considered issues arising from the recent publication of the Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants. The committee...

      Learning Skills Council: Annual Report and Accounts

      Today my honourable friend the Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Bill Rammell) has made the following Written Statement. I inform the House that the Learning and Skills...

      Northern Ireland: Youth Justice Framework Document

      The Minister of State for Northern Ireland (Paul Goggins) has made the following Ministerial Statement. Copies of the new Framework Document for the Youth Justice Agency, an executive agency of...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Das Air

      My predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Mr. McCartney) committed in 2006 to make a statement to the House once the UK National Contact Point had completed its...

    • Strategic Export Controls

      The Government will today— 21 July 2008—publish their further response to the public consultation on UK Strategic Export Controls. On Wednesday 6 February 2008, I announced to the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Contingencies Fund Advance

      The then Secretary of State for Education and Skills entered into a two-year contract with Serco Ltd in October 2006 for support for the development of children's centres and the modernisation of...

    • School Inspection

      School inspection plays an important role in both the publicly funded and independent sectors to ensure quality of provision, to protect the interests of pupils, and to ensure parents have...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Data Matching

      The Secretary of State has today laid the Audit Commission's Code of Data Matching Practice as required by part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998, as amended by the Serious Crime Act 2007. The...

    • Housing and Planning Delivery Grant

      Following the Government's announcement of provisional allocations for Housing and Planning Delivery Grant for 2008-09, a number of local authorities expressed concern that their grant had been...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • The Tote

      In my ministerial written statement on 5 March I said that the Government intended to prepare for an open market sale of the Tote, and would take advice on strategic options. I also announced...

  • Defence

    • Low Flying

      I have today placed in the Library of the House a report giving a detailed account of the low flying training that has taken place in the UK low flying system for the training year April 2007 to...

    • Baha Mousa (Public Inquiry)

      In a written statement on 14 May ( Official Report, column 60WS) I announced that there would be a public inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, who died in Iraq in September 2003 while being...

      MOD Annual Report and Accounts

      I am pleased to announce that I am today publishing the Ministry of Defence's annual report and accounts 2007-08. It combines the Department's annual performance report and departmental resource...

      Nitrates Directive

      The Government are today publishing their response to a consultation on proposals to revise the regulations which implement the nitrates directive. Copies will be placed in the Libraries of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Water Conservation

      My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has today laid before Parliament a progress report as required by Section 81 of the Water Act 2003, setting out...

    • Rural Payments Agency

      The 2007-08 annual report and accounts for the Rural Payments Agency will be laid before Parliament today.

      Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme

      We announced in December 2006 that uplands support will be integrated into environmental stewardship from 2010, replacing the Hill Farm allowance. At that time we said we were minded to do this...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • General Affairs and External Relations Council

      The General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) will be held on 22 July in Brussels. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will represent the UK. The agenda items are as follows:...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Procedures

      I am pleased to inform the House that I have today placed in the Library the annual report of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate for the year 2007. This is the fourth annual report...

    • Independent Police Complaints Commission

      This is the fourth Annual Report from the IPCC. The report covers the work of the IPCC during 2007-08 and includes a discrete chapter on the discharge of their responsibilities in respect of Her...

      Security Industry Authority

      I am pleased to announce that the annual report 2007-08 and accounts of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) will be laid before Parliament today and published on 28 July 2008. Copies of the...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      I announce that copies of the 2007-08 annual report and accounts for the Criminal Records Bureau have been laid before the House today. Arrangements are now in hand for their publication.

      Animal Welfare

      I wish to respond to the publication entitled "Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals—Great Britain—2007", which was presented as a House of Commons Paper (933) today....

      National DNA Database

      Further to the written ministerial statement made on 25 July 2007 announcing the establishment of an ethics group to provide Ministers with independent ethical advice on the operation and...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Learning and Skills Council

      I would inform the House that the Learning and Skills Council for England has today published its annual report and accounts for the period to 31 March 2008. Copies will be placed in the...

  • Justice

    • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

      The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 received Royal Assent on 26 July 2007. The Act applies to companies incorporated under companies legislation, other corporations...

    • Deaths in Custody

      In February this year I published the independent review of the Forum for Preventing Deaths in Custody ( Official Report, 25 February 2008, Col. 68WS). I did so in order to canvass the opinions...

      National Offender Management Service

      The annual report of Her Majesty's Prison Service for 2007-08 (HC No 860) has today been laid before Parliament. The National Probation Service annual report has also been published today. Copies...

      Appeals Tribunals

      My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has today published the eighth report by the president of Appeal Tribunals on the standards of decisions made on behalf...

      Office of the Public Guardian

      The Office of the Public Guardian's annual report and accounts for 2007-08 have been laid before Parliament today. This document gives full details of the agency's performance and expenditure for...

      Personal Injury Claims

      The Government have today published the response to the consultation paper: "Case Track Limits and the Claims Process for Personal Injury Claims". It summarises the responses received to the...

      Homicide

      I am today announcing that as part of the review of the law on homicide, on Monday 28 July we will be publishing a consultation paper setting out proposals for reforms on: partial defences to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Chief Electoral Officer

      The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for the administration of elections in Northern Ireland. Section 14 of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962—as...

    • Youth Justice Agency

      Copies of the new framework document for the Youth Justice Agency, an Executive Agency of the Northern Ireland Office, are available in the Vote Office. This document has been reviewed and...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality Bill

      On 26 June I set out in the "Framework for a Fairer Future" document how the Government propose to make further progress towards a fair and equal society. The Government are pleased to announce...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Wilton Park

      Wilton Park is an academically independent Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Its annual report and accounts for 2007-08 are laid before Parliament today. Wilton Park...

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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