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The Wales Office / Swyddfa Cymru is a United Kingdom government department. It is a replacement for the old Welsh Office, which had extensive responsibility for governing Wales prior to Welsh devolution in 1999. Its current incarnation is significantly less powerful: it is primarily responsible for carrying out the few functions remaining with the Secretary of State for Wales that have not been transferred already to National Assembly for Wales; and for securing funds for Wales as part of the annual budgetary settlement.

The Secretary of State for Wales has overall responsibility for the office but it is located administratively within the Ministry of Justice (until 2007, Department for Constitutional Affairs).

Ministers of the Wales Office as of 3 October 2008:

The Conservative Party's Shadow Secretary of State is Cheryl Gillan MP.[1] The Liberal Democrat spokesman is Roger Williams MP.[2]


  1. ^ House of Commons Information Office (8 September 2009). "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  2. ^ House of Commons Information Office (13 July 2009). "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Team". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  

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