Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, often referred to simply as the Welsh Office Minister is a junior ministerial post (of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State rank) in the United Kingdom government, supporting the Secretary of State for Wales.[1]

Under-Secretary of State for Wales
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Incumbent
David Davies

since 16 December 2019
Wales Office
AppointerElizabeth II
Inaugural holderGoronwy Roberts
Formation17 October 1964
WebsiteOffice of the Secretary of State for Wales

HistoryEdit

A post of Minister of Welsh Affairs was created in 1951 under the Home Secretary and was upgraded to Minister of State level in 1954. On 17 October 1964 The post was further upgraded to Secretary of State for Wales, which was a cabinet level role, being assisted by a junior minister.

Between 1964 and the establishment of devolution in 1999 there were regularly two junior ministers within the Welsh Office, often but not always consisting of a Minister of State and a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, with each assigned specific roles (health, education etc.). Following devolution and the transfer of powers from Westminster to The National Assembly there was only one Under-Secretary of State working directly with the Secretary of State.

A second[2] (and unpaid) Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State role was created in 2012 during the Coalition Government with one minister serving in the Commons and one in the Lords. This situation was maintained following the 2015 general election with two Under-Secretary of States, one being paid by the Welsh Office and one unpaid (or paid by another government department for a joint role). Following the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, Nick Bourne resigned and no replacement Minister was appointed.

Ministers of Welsh Affairs (1951–1964)Edit

For a list of Ministers of Welsh Affairs see: Ministers of Welsh Affairs (1951-1964)

Minister of State for Wales in the House of Commons (1964-1999)Edit

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Wales in the House of Commons (1974-1999)Edit

Junior Welsh Office Ministers in the House of Commons (1999 - )Edit

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Wales in the House of Commons (1999 - )Edit

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. Welsh Sec.
David Hanson   29 July 1999 11 June 2001 Labour Tony Blair Peter Hain
Don Touhig[5]   11 June 2001 May 2005 Labour
Nick Ainger[6] May 2005 27 June 2007 Labour
Huw Irranca-Davies[7]   29 June 2007 5 October 2008 Labour Gordon Brown Peter Hain & Paul Murphy
Wayne David[8]   5 October 2008 11 May 2010 Labour Paul Murphy &Peter Hain
David Jones   11 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative Cameron Cheryl Gillan
Stephen Crabb
Also served as an Assistant Government Whip
  4 September 2012 15 July 2014 Conservative David Jones
Alun Cairns   15 July 2014 19 March 2016 Conservative Stephen Crabb
Guto Bebb   19 March 2016 9 Jan 2018 Conservative Cameron
Theresa May
Alun Cairns
Stuart Andrew   9 Jan 2018[9] 19 July 2018 Conservative Theresa May
Mims Davies
Also served as an Assistant Government Whip
  26 July 2018[9] 5 November 2018 Conservative
Nigel Adams
Unpaid, also serves as an Assistant Government Whip
  5 November 2018 3 April 2019 [10] Conservative
Kevin Foster [11]
Unpaid by Wales Office.
Also serving as Assistant Government Whip
  4 April 2019 16 December 2019 Conservative Theresa May
Boris Johnson
David Davies [12]
Unpaid by Wales Office.
Also serving as Assistant Government Whip
  16 December 2019 Present Conservative Boris Johnson Simon Hart

Junior Welsh Office Ministers in the House of Lords (2012 - )Edit

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  Conservative   Liberal Democrats

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of Wales in the House of Lords (2012 - )Edit

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Secretary of State
The Baroness Randerson
Unpaid
  5 Sept 2012 [2] 8 May 2015 Liberal Democrats David Cameron
(Coalition)
David Jones & Stephen Crabb
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Also served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for
Energy and Climate Change (2015–16) and for
Housing,Communities and Local Government (from 2016)

  12 May 2015 17 June 2017 Conservative David Cameron
(II)
Theresa May
(I)
Stephen Crabb & Alun Cairns
The Lord Duncan of Springbank

Also served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

  17 June 2017 27 Nov 2017 Conservative Theresa May
(II)
Alun Cairns
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

And Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing,
Communities and Local Government

  27 Nov 2017 26 July 2019 [13] Conservative
Office Not in Use 26 July 2019 Present Conservative Boris Johnson Alun Cairns

Simon Hart

NotesEdit

1.^ Promoted to Minister of State in 1987.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State". UK Government. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Wales Office: Lib Dem Baroness Randerson made minister". BBC News. 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-hain/567
  4. ^ a b https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons/lib/research/briefings/snpc-04659.pdf
  5. ^ https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-touhig/542
  6. ^ https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/nick-ainger/537/
  7. ^ "Welsh MPs handed reshuffle roles". BBC News. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Wayne David MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Mims Davies is new Wales Office minister". BBC News. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/nadams/status/1113359638769164289?s=11
  11. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47821649
  12. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2019-50825913
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/lordnickbourne/status/1154749762672967686

See alsoEdit