Northern Ireland Office

We ensure the smooth working of the devolution settlement in Northern Ireland.


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Secretary of State

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Ministers of State
Robin Walker - Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

9 Apr 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Statement from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the death of the HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. https://t.co/Ql5dk4pAKh - Link
9 Apr 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Statement from the Secretary of the State of Northern Ireland on the death of the HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. https://t.co/QNOWgSht7f - Link
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Northern Ireland Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Dec. 02 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 10 Urgent Questions Northern Ireland Protocol
Mar. 23 Written Statements The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
May. 20 Westminster Hall Immunity for Soldiers
Jul. 15 Adjournment Debate Northern Ireland Motorsport Taskforce Report
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Northern Ireland Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Northern Ireland Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
23 Mar 2021
In Force
31 Mar 2021
Northern Ireland Office Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations confer on the Secretary of State the power to direct the First Minister, deputy First Minister, a Northern Ireland Minister, a Northern Ireland department, the Regional Health and Social Care Board, and the Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being.
Laid
2 Nov 2020
In Force
Not stated
Northern Ireland Office Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (Democratic Consent Process) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Article 18 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union makes provision for consent to be provided by the Northern Ireland Assembly to the continued application of Articles 5 to 10 of that Protocol. Consent must be given every 4 or 8 years depending whether it is given on a simple majority or cross-community basis.
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Petitions addressed by Northern Ireland Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
608,152
Petition Closed

Leave the EU without a deal in March 2019.

Gov Responded - 14 Dec 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
17 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 12 months ago

We are wasting Billions of pounds of taxpayers money trying to negotiate in a short space of time. Leaving the EU in March 2019 will allow the UK good time to negotiate more efficiently. The EU will be more eager to accept a deal on our terms having lost a major partner.

150,324
Petition Closed

Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.

Gov Responded - 1 Apr 2019 Debated on - 20 May 2019
13 Sep 2019
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

Do not prosecute the military for its work in Northern Ireland. Our military should be excused all criminal investigations after a period of time.

66,971
Petition Closed

Leave the EU now

Gov Responded - 27 Nov 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
14 Dec 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

The Government is not going to achieve a satisfactory outcome from its negotiations with the EU.
We should walk away now.
No Deal is better than a bad deal.

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Departmental Select Committee

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Simon Hoare Portrait
Simon Hoare (Conservative - North Dorset)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
Scott Benton Portrait
Scott Benton (Conservative - Blackpool South)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Gregory Campbell Portrait
Gregory Campbell (Democratic Unionist Party - East Londonderry)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Stephen Farry Portrait
Stephen Farry (Alliance - North Down)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Robert Goodwill Portrait
Robert Goodwill (Conservative - Scarborough and Whitby)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Claire Hanna Portrait
Claire Hanna (Social Democratic & Labour Party - Belfast South)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ian Paisley Portrait
Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party - North Antrim)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Bob Stewart Portrait
Bob Stewart (Conservative - Beckenham)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mary Kelly Foy Portrait
Mary Kelly Foy (Labour - City of Durham)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 8 Jun 2020
Stephanie Peacock Portrait
Stephanie Peacock (Labour - Barnsley East)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 6 Jul 2020
Fay Jones Portrait
Fay Jones (Conservative - Brecon and Radnorshire)
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Member since 11 Jan 2021
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 9.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>Phyllis Carrothers MBE<br/>Jonathan Ganesh - President at Docklands Victims Association<br/>Billy O’Flaherty<br/><i>At 10.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>Kenny Donaldson - Director at South East Fermanagh Foundation<br/>Aileen Quinton<br/>Neil Tattersall<br/>
15 Apr 2021, 8:45 a.m.
Compensation for victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA attacks
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Northern Ireland Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
21 Apr 2021, 8:45 a.m.
Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol
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Northern Ireland Office Publications


Northern Ireland Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
13 Apr 2021, midnight Levelling Up Fund: Northern Ireland Louise Haigh (Labour - Sheffield, Heeley)

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the allocation of funding to Northern Ireland as part of the Levelling Up Fund.

Answered by Robin Walker - Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)

The UK Government is committed to levelling up across the whole of the United Kingdom to ensure that no community is left behind, particularly as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am in regular communication with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government about a range of issues, including the Levelling Up Fund.

I have held a number of engagements with stakeholders on the Fund, including a webinar for local authorities alongside other UK Government Ministers on 5 March.

The Levelling Up Fund will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK, including regenerating town centres and high streets, upgrading local transport, and investing in cultural and heritage assets.

The Fund will set aside at least £800 million across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over four years from 2021-2022 to 2024-2025. Further information on the Fund can be found in the prospectus and in additional documents published online.

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