§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the specific Welsh Office responsibilities(a) to which he will give personal oversight and (b) which he will delegate to each of his ministerial colleagues at the Welsh Office.
§ Mr. David Hunt
I have today announced the allocation of ministerial responsibilities within the Welsh Office. They are:
Secretary of State, the right hon. David Hunt, MBE, MP: overall responsibility for the whole Department taking a special interest in economic matters, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, industry, Welsh Development Agency and Development Board for Rural Wales, energy and environment policy, Cardiff bay, Programme for the Valleys, financial and revenue support grant issues, European Community issues, constitutional issues, training and enterprise councils.
Minister of State, Sir Wyn Roberts, MP: education and training, small businesses and rural affairs, Wales tourist board and tourism generally, transport and highways, Welsh language, arts, National Library and National Museum of Wales, historic buildings and ancient monuments, Countryside Council for Wales, national parks, conservation, general issues relating to public appointments.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Mr. Nicholas Bennett, MP: health and social work, housing, water and environmental protection, local government, land use planning, urban affairs, including urban programme and urban development grants, enterprise zones, sport.