Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Wales

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Wales Office.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall Strategic Direction
  • Constitutional and Electoral Issues
  • Economy and Business
  • Budget
  • Infrastructure
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Steel
  • Swansea City Deal / Tidal Lagoon
  • North Wales Growth Deal / North Wales transport modernisation
  • Broadcasting
  • Exiting the EU

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP

Alun Cairns was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 19 March 2016. He was elected as Conservative MP for the Vale of Glamorgan in May 2010 (re-elected 2015).

Education

Alun attended the University of Wales and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Political career

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and a Government Whip July 2014 to March 2016
  • appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Wales Office 2014
  • elected as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan 2010
  • elected as Assembly Member to the Welsh Assembly 1999

Career outside politics

Before being elected to the Welsh Assembly, Alun worked for Lloyds Bank for more than 10 years, mostly in business development, with his last role in financial services compliance.

Personal life

Alun lives in his constituency with his wife Emma, who runs her own small business, and their son Henri. His father was a welder in British Steel and his mother was a shop-keeper.

He enjoys running and has completed 4 London Marathons in aid of local charities and was the fastest MP to complete the 26 mile course in 2015.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon David Jones MP

    • 2012 to 2014
  3. The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. Welsh Secretary calls on Welsh Government to take further steps to drive up animal welfare standards

    • Press release
  2. Alun Cairns brings Welsh to Westminster in Welsh Grand first

    • Press release
  3. Passengers in South West Wales to shape future of Great Western Rail service

    • News story
  4. Results of first UK Government Severn Growth Summit Poll revealed

    • Press release
  5. Welsh Secretary backs Wales’ Six Nations campaigns

    • Press release
  6. UK Government holds 'helpful' Brexit talks with First Minister of Wales

    • News story
  7. David Lidington in Wales and Scotland for talks on business and Brexit

    • Press release
  8. Welsh economy one of the fastest growing in the UK

    • News story
  9. Welsh Secretary – “Now is the time to create our own Western Powerhouse”

    • News story
  10. The opportunities of cross border growth

    • Speech