Written Ministerial Statements

Thursday, 31 January 2013

  • House of Lords

    • Forests and Woodlands

      My honourable friend the Minister for Agriculture and Food (David Heath) has today made the following Statement. The Government have today published details of its forestry and woodland policy in...

    • National Minimum Wage

      My honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Consumers Affairs (Jo Swinson) has today made the following Statement. I am pleased to announce that I have published the...

      Office of Fair Trading

      My honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Consumers Affairs (Jo Swinson) has today made the following Statement. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

  • Treasury

    • Finance Bill 2013 (Draft Legislation)

      The Government are today publishing draft legislation for inclusion in Finance Bill 2013, in addition to that published on 11 December. The draft legislation will be open for technical...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • National Minimum Wage

      I am pleased to announce that I have published the final evidence that the Government have provided to the Low Pay Commission on the national minimum wage. This report updates the evidence that...

    • Contingencies Fund Advance

      The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills wishes to report that a cash advance from the contingencies fund has been sought for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The advance is required...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Reviewing and Simplifying Regulation

      I would like to inform the House that the Government are today announcing the outcome of the red tape challenge spotlight on housing and construction. Housing and Construction In January 2012, my...

  • Defence

    • Defence Equipment Plan

      I am today placing in the Library of the House a summary of the Ministry of Defence’s core equipment plan as promised in my statement of 14 May 2012, Official Report, column 261, together...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Radioactive Waste

      Yesterday, the three local authorities that have engaged in detail in the Government’s managing radioactive waste safely (MRWS) programme to date, Cumbria county council, Allerdale borough...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Woodlands and Forestry Policy

      The Government have today published details of their forestry and woodland policy in response to the report from the Independent Panel on Forestry. Last July, when the panel published its report,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong

      The latest report on the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong was published today. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House. A copy of the report is also...

  • Health

    • Nutrition Labelling

      Today we have published the response to the front of pack nutrition labelling consultation held from May until August 2012. This is a joint response on behalf of the Department of Health, other...

  • Justice

    • Inquests (Service Personnel)

      My right hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces and I now make the latest of our quarterly statements to the House in which we report progress with inquests into the deaths of service...

  • Transport

    • Rail Franchising

      When I cancelled the competition for the intercity west coast franchise last October, I also put on hold the live competitions for three other rail franchises. Having carefully considered the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      The Government are reforming the child maintenance system. As part of these reforms, later today I am publishing a strategy for addressing arrears of child maintenance and maximising ongoing...

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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