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Ministerial Responsibilities

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales with reference to the list of Cabinet Ministers in the Cabinet Office publication “List of Ministerial Responsibilities”, what assessment he has made of the contribution of his Department to the achievement of the Government’s overall objectives. (298053)

The Wales Office continues to make a significant contribution to the Government’s objectives, in particular the process of devolution, and the Wales Office is facing its busiest time ever. For example, we have continued to increase the legislative competence of the Welsh Assembly Government, which has gained new powers in 45 areas since GOWA 2006. We have also worked in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government in response to the downturn, co-hosting the All Wales Economic summits, making sure that Wales benefited from schemes such as the Strategic Investment Fund and Future Jobs Fund; and we have led on brokering the new cross-border health protocol which will improve health services for those on both sides of the border.

There is much more to tell and for the full picture I would recommend that you read our departmental annual report.