Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Wales


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

Responsibilities include:

  • working with the Welsh Assembly
  • constitutional issues and the Commission on Devolution in Wales
  • major Acts of Parliament affecting Wales, including the Government of Wales Act
  • assembly, parliamentary and local elections in Wales
  • economic, financial and business issues in Wales
  • foreign affairs, including interaction with the EU
  • public appointments
  • Welsh language issues, including the Welsh Language Scheme
  • dealing with royal matters
  • other policy areas affecting Wales, including the environment, energy and defence

Current role holder: The Rt Hon David Jones MP

David Jones was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office from May 2010 to September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for Clwyd West.


David was educated at Ruabon Grammar School and at University College, London where he studied law.

Political career

Following his election to Parliament in 2005, he held a seat on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and was co-chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. He was Shadow Minister for Wales from 2006 to 2010.

Career outside politics

Before becoming an MP, David was Senior Partner in his own legal practice in Llandudno.

Personal Life

David is married with 2 children. A keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, his interests include cars and travel.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP

    • 2010 to 2012


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon David Jones MP as Secretary of State for Wales

  1. Maintaining and strengthening the Welsh devolution settlement

    • 26 March 2013
  2. Helping the economy in Wales to grow

    • 26 March 2013


by Secretary of State for Wales

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  1. Investing in infrastructure in Wales

    • 22 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Welsh Secretary responds to Labour Market Statistics

    • 16 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. David Jones and Danny Alexander introduce Wales Bill in Parliament

    • 14 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. Welsh Secretary: “UK government determined to tackle youth unemployment”

    • 7 April 2014
    • Press release
  5. Secretary of State for Wales to celebrate best of Welsh engineering

    • 3 April 2014
    • Press release
  6. Wales Office to host launch of Royal Mail's Dylan Thomas stamp

    • 25 March 2014
    • Press release
  7. What Budget 2014 means for Wales

    • 21 March 2014
    • News story
  8. Budget is a major boost for Welsh businesses and households

    • 19 March 2014
    • Press release
  9. Welsh Secretary responds to Labour Market Statistics

    • 19 March 2014
    • Press release
  10. Wales Office responds to S4C HQ relocation announcement

    • 14 March 2014
    • Press release

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