Northern Ireland Office

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

Secretary of State

Rt Hon Julian Smith MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Mr Robin Walker MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office) (jointly with the Northern Ireland Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Aug 2019, 8:14 p.m.
Earlier today NI Minister @NickHurdUK met business leaders @NIChamber @IoDNI from across Northern Ireland to listen to issues concerning them and talk about businesses being prepared for Brexit. https://t.co/WJ4xorsnaZ - Link
16 Aug 2019, 12:56 p.m.
This morning @DCMS launched a new £250,000 competition, improving broadband infrastructure for event venues as part as the Tourism Sector Deal. To apply or find out more information, visit https://t.co/2lcSBBfnkK #TourismIsGREAT https://t.co/i2iZWltXfe - 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
Apr. 10 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
May. 16 Urgent Questions Investigation of Veterans
Jul. 24 Written Statements Independent Office for Police Conduct: Annual Report and Accounts
Jul. 04 Westminster Hall Tier 5 Religious Worker Visas
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Northern Ireland Office Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 28 March, 2018 13 Apr 2018, 5:38 p.m.
A Bill to confer power on the Secretary of State to determine salaries and other benefits for Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly in respect of periods when there is no Executive.
Northern Ireland Budget Act 2017 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 November, 2017 20 Nov 2017, 3:10 p.m.
A Bill to authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the year ending 31 March 2018; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources(including accruing resources) for the year ending 31 March 2018; and to repeal certain spent provisions.
Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 28 March, 2018 4 Apr 2019, 5:12 p.m.
A Bill to Authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the years ending 31 March 2018 and 2019; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources for those years; to revise the limits on the use of certain accruing resources in the year ending 31 March 2018; and to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the sum appropriated for the year ending 31 March 2019.
Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 15 March, 2019 22 Mar 2019, 2:02 p.m.
To authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the years ending 31 March 2019 and 2020; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources for those years; to revise the limits on the use of certain accruing resources in the year ending 31 March 2019; and to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the sum appropriated for the year ending 31 March 2020.
Northern Ireland Budget Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 20 July, 2018 8 Nov 2018, 9:31 a.m.
To authorise the issue out of the Consolidated Fund of Northern Ireland of certain sums for the service of the year ending 31 March 2019; to appropriate those sums for specified purposes; to authorise the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland to borrow on the credit of the appropriated sums; to authorise the use for the public service of certain resources (including accruing resources) for the year ending 31 March 2019; and to repeal certain spent provisions.
Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 1 November, 2018 2 Nov 2018, 4 p.m.
To facilitate the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland by extending the time for making Ministerial appointments following the election of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 2 March 2017; and to make provision about the exercise of governmental functions in, or in relation to, Northern Ireland in the absence of Northern Ireland Ministers.
Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 28 March, 2018 8 Apr 2019, 2:19 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the regional rate in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2019; and amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 March, 2019 27 Mar 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Make provision about the regional rate in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 March 2020; and amend the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 24 July, 2019 Ping Pong

22 Jul 2019

25 Jul 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Extend the period for forming an Executive under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 and to impose a duty on the Secretary of State to report on progress towards the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 24 July, 2019 25 Jul 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Extend the period for forming an Executive under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Act 2018 and to impose a duty on the Secretary of State to report on progress towards the formation of an Executive in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Office Select Committee

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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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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
31 Jul 2019, 1:26 p.m. Northern Ireland Office: Art Works Lord Rogan

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 15 July (HL17173, HL17174, and HL17175), how levels of any compensation paid to civil servants for alleged offences caused by the display of images of the Royal Family in publicly funded buildings are calculated.

Answer (Lord Duncan of Springbank)

Any compensation payments would be accounted for by the Northern Ireland Office in line with the guidance in Managing Public Money. Individual payments of more than the threshold required under Managing Public Money would be noted separately. Any compensation paid in respect of litigation would be determined with reference to legal advice.

In line with previous responses, the Northern Ireland Office will keep its obligations under review to ensure its requirements under fair employment legislation are met.

As I answered previously, information on employees’ personal data is sensitive, in order to comply with DPA requirements, and so I am unable to comment further.

Images displayed in Stormont House are refreshed at regular intervals. Current images displayed reflect the culture and landscapes of Northern Ireland. These are in keeping with the rest of the building decor. We have no plans to review this policy.

Royal portraits hang on public display at Hillsborough Castle, and also in the London Office occupied by the Northern Ireland Office. Other pictures of the Queen are displayed at Stormont House.

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