Written Ministerial Statements

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

  • House of Lords

    • Convention Against Torture

      The Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT), which the UK ratified in December 2003, requires States Parties to establish a “National Preventative Mechanism” (NPM)...

    • EU: Unified Patent Court

      The United Kingdom Government has decided to opt in to the proposed Regulation amending Regulation 1215/2012 (the Brussels I recast Regulation) on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement...

      Health: Pharmaceutical Pricing Schemes

      I am pleased to announce today the publication of the 2014 Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS). This follows my announcement of 6 November on the scheme’s Heads of Agreement,...

      Technical Advisory Board: Triennial Review

      My rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement: On 27 March 2012 I announced in Parliament through a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Home of Horseracing Trust (Overdraft)

      The departmental minute laid today relates to a guarantee to be provided by the Horserace Betting Levy Board to underwrite an overdraft facility for the Home of Horseracing Trust with Weatherbys...

  • Home Department

    • Technical Advisory Board (Triennial Review)

      On 27 March 2012, I announced in Parliament through a written ministerial statement, Official Report, column 128WS, the commencement of the triennial review of the Technical Advisory Board. I...

  • Justice

    • Civil Court System Fees

      I am today announcing the publication of the Government’s consultation “Court Fees: Proposals for reform” (Cm 8751). For many years, the civil court system has operated under...

  • Transport

    • EU Transport Council

      I will attend the final Transport Council under the Lithuanian presidency (the presidency) taking place in Brussels on Thursday 5 December. The presidency will provide the Council with a...

    • Christopher Irwin (Indemnification)

      The Government have decided to indemnify Mr Christopher Irwin, head of the UK delegation to the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) for damages and legal costs incurred in the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Single-tier Pension

      In advance of the Pensions Bill Second Reading in the House of Lords today, I can confirm that the minimum qualifying period for the new single-tier pension will be set at 10 qualifying years. In...

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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