Written Ministerial Statements

Thursday, 27 June 2013

  • House of Lords

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Erdf/Esf 2014-20

      I am today confirming how the €6.2 billion England allocation of the European regional development fund (ERDF) and the European social fund (ESF) will be allocated. The European regional...

    • National Minimum Wage

      The Government have today written to the Low Pay Commission setting out the remit for its 2014 report. The Government support the national minimum wage (NMW) because of the protection it provides...

  • Treasury

    • Welsh Funding

      As agreed by the terms of the October 2012 joint statement on funding reform, the Welsh Government and UK Government completed a joint review of the pattern of convergence in Welsh relative...

  • Education

    • School Teachers' Review Body (22nd Report)

      The “22nd Report of the School Teachers’ Review Body” (STRB) is being published today. The report contains recommendations on how to apply the pay award that is due to be...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electricity Market Reform

      The Government are making a range of key announcements today in relation to reform of the electricity market. Electricity market reform (EMR) is a central component of the Energy Bill currently...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Insurance

      The current voluntary agreement on flood insurance between Government and the insurance industry, termed the statement of principles, ends shortly. Without new arrangements, there is concern that...

    • Triennial Reviews

      Today I am publishing the report of the review of the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural England (NE), which I launched in December 2012, and the report of the review of the Joint Nature...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan (Monthly Progress Report)

      I wish to inform the House that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, together with the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development, is today publishing the 28th progress...

    • Lithuania Presidency

      I am keen to keep Members fully informed on developments in the European Union and their implications for the United Kingdom and our priorities. I would, therefore, like to draw Members’...

  • Health

    • Health Council

      The health part of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council met on 21 June 2013 in Luxembourg. I represented the UK. After considerable discussion and changes...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Annual Report and Accounts

      I have today published and laid before Parliament, the Department for International Development’s annual report and accounts for the year 2012-13. The report provides information on...

  • Justice

  • Transport

    • Approved Driving Instructors

      The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) today launched a consultation on a reform of the regulatory framework for approved driving instructors (ADIs). The consultation seeks views on improving the way...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

      The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met on 20 June 2013 in Luxembourg. I represented the UK. There was a discussion on the European semester 2013 focusing on a...

    • Social Fund (Annual Report 2012-13)

      The Secretary of State’s annual report on the social fund for 2012-13 will be published later today. The report records that total gross expenditure in 2012-13, excluding winter fuel...

      Triennial Reviews

      Triennial reviews of non-departmental public bodies are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring accountability in public life. Later today I will launch a review of the Pensions...

      Work Programme Official Statistics

      The Department for Work and Pensions has today released official statistics covering the performance of the Work programme up to the end of March 2013, showing performance to the end of 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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