Written Ministerial Statements

Monday, 20 December 2010

  • House of Lords

    • Scientific Research

      My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Universities and Skills (David Willetts) has today made the following Statement. The Haldane Principle means that decisions on individual...

    • Scientific Research: Funding

      My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Universities and Science (David Willetts) has today made the following Statement. The coalition Government are publishing today the allocation...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Science and Research Funding (2011-12 to 2014-15)

      The coalition Government are publishing today the allocation of science and research funding for 2011-12 to 2014-15. Our world class science and research base is inherently valuable, as well as...

    • Haldane Principle

      The Haldane principle means that decisions on individual research proposals are best taken by researchers themselves through peer review. This involves evaluating the quality, excellence and...

  • Treasury

    • ECOFIN (7 December 2010)

      The Economic and Financial Affairs Council was held in Brussels on 7 December 2010. The following items were discussed: Administrative Co-operation Directive Ministers agreed a Council directive...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire and Rescue Service

      I would like to inform the House about recent developments on the FiReControl project. This is the third part of the last Government's resilience programme and set out to replace the stand-alone...

    • Major Infrastructure Planning Reform

      I am today publishing the Department's work plan on major infrastructure planning reform. This Government believe that securing investment in new infrastructure is essential to deliver...

      National Planning Policy Framework

      The coalition agreement states that the Government will publish and present to Parliament a simple and consolidated national planning framework that covers all forms of development and sets out...

      Zero-Carbon Buildings

      This Government are committed to ensuring that new build homes post-2016 do not add extra carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere-while ensuring that the costs of building new homes do not...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Radio and Television Transmission (Irish Language)

      In the Belfast (Good Friday) agreement in April 1998, the UK Government undertook to explore the scope for achieving more widespread availability of the Irish language television station,...

    • Olympic and Paralympic Games (Legacy)

      This statement is to set out the Government's priorities for the legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. Further detail of the Government's plans is provided in the Government's legacy...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      Following a request by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command in Afghanistan a Company Group, formed around elements of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, from Task...

    • "Equipment, Support and Technology for UK Defence and Security: A Consultation Paper"

      I am pleased to lay in Parliament a Green Paper entitled "Equipment, Support and Technology for UK Defence and Security: A Consultation Paper". The first duty of Government is the security of our...

      Community Veterans Mental Health Pilots

      The Government are committed to providing effective, through-life, health services for our service and ex-service personnel. As part of this commitment, the Department of Health and devolved...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Voting Entitlement

      A bar on sentenced, serving prisoners voting was first put in place in 1870. Successive Governments have maintained the position that, when an individual breaks their contract with society by...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Domestic Heating Oil Supplies

      Many households across the UK without access to the natural gas grid rely on deliveries of heating oil to heat their homes. Heating oil is also used by smaller commercial customers, notably, with...

  • Health

    • Adult Autism

      I am announcing today the Government's publication of "Implementing Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives", guidance for local authorities and NHS organisations to secure implementation of the autism...

    • Transparency in Outcomes

      Today marks the beginning of an important shift in focus for the NHS and public health, away from focusing on politically motivated process targets, and towards what matters most: improving...

      Work Force Education and Training Consultations

      Today I am publishing a consultation document seeking views on proposals set out in the White Paper, "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS" (Cm7881). We are consulting on proposals to create...

  • Home Department

    • Passenger Name Record Agreements

      The coalition Government are firmly committed to protecting the security of their citizens and to restoring and protecting civil liberties. The UK, in common with many other EU member states and...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

      I am pleased to announce the appointment of a new Parades Commission for Northern Ireland. I have appointed Peter Osborne as chair and Douglas Bain, Delia Close, Brian Kennaway, Catriona King,...

  • Transport

    • Motorcycle Testing

      I am today publishing an interim report on the review of motorcycle testing in Great Britain, which I launched on 8 June 2010. Last week I met the working group established to conduct the review...

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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