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Welsh Secretary welcomes LATCH kids on festive visit to Whitehall
16 December 2010 | News releases
A group of brave youngsters from South Wales today [Thursday 16 December] enjoyed an early festive treat with a tea party hosted by Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan whilst on an annual Christmas visit to Whitehall. The children and their parents enjoyed a day out in London as part of a visit organised by [...]

Privy Council approval for Referendum on 3 March
15 December 2010 | News releases
Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan today welcomed news that plans for a referendum on further powers for the National Assembly have been given final approval. The Privy Council this afternoon gave approval to the orders which pave the way for the vote to be held on March 3, fulfilling a commitment by the [...]

Made-in-Wales Christmas crackers will be festive TV highlights, says Cheryl Gillan
15 December 2010 | News releases
Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan got a sneak peek into the future when she attended the preview screening of this year’s Welsh-made Dr Who Christmas special at BBC Television Centre last night. Dr Who fan Mrs Gillan, who found herself on board the Tardis during a visit to the BBC Cymru Wales Dr Who studios at [...]

Welsh Secretary welcomes fall in Welsh economic inactivity rate
15 December 2010 | News releases
Secretary for State for Wales Cheryl Gillan today welcomed a marginal increase in the employment rate in Wales, combined with a decrease in the Welsh economic inactivity rate.  The latest Labour Market Statistics published today show an increase in Wales’ employment rate to 67.1%.  Meanwhile, the economic inactivity rate in Wales fell by 0.3% on [...]

Welsh Secretary chairs first Business Advisory Group
14 December 2010 | News releases
Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan chaired the first meeting of the Business Advisory Group at Gwydyr House, London, today (Tuesday, 14 December).  The group has been established by the Welsh Secretary to examine the business environment in Wales and to listen to the views of Welsh business leaders.  The information will be fed [...]

Royal Mint medals will ensure Wales shines at 2012 Olympics, says Cheryl Gillan
14 December 2010 | News releases
Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has welcomed the news that the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf, will produce the medals for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games in London. Mrs Gillan said: “The Royal Mint will ensure these will be golden Games for Wales. Welsh medals  will  be shining on the winners’ podiums at every Olympic and Paralympic [...]

Welsh Secretary welcomes Localism Bill to switch powers to communities
13 December 2010 | News releases
Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Localism Bill that heralds a ground-breaking switch in power to communities Most of local government is devolved in Wales, so the Localism Bill contains framework powers that would devolve legislative competence to the Welsh Assembly in three areas: local referendums on proposed council tax [...]

David Jones says Welsh Police Forces will protect frontline policing in Wales by cutting backroom waste
13 December 2010 | News releases
Home Office funding for the four police authorities in Wales will safeguard frontline policing on Welsh streets as forces cut backroom waste , said Welsh Office Minister David Jones today (13 December). Mr Jones said cash funding reductions for Welsh forces of 5.1 per cent in 2011/12 and 6.7 per cent in 2012/13 would be [...]

Welsh Secretary meets with Personal Support Unit ahead of January opening in Cardiff
13 December 2010 | News releases
Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan met with representatives of the Personal Support Unit today ahead of Wales’ first PSU centre opening in January.  The independent charity offers practical and emotional support to attendees of civil court, families and witnesses.  The charity currently has centres in London and Manchester, but is planning to open [...]

Welsh Secretary meets Welsh School in London Christmas card winners
13 December 2010 | News releases
Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan kicked off the festive season early for pupils of the Welsh School in London today when she met the winners of the Welsh Office Christmas card competition to thank them for their winning designs. During a visit to the Welsh School in London, Mrs Gillan launched a competition [...]