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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 Oct 2019, 10:22 a.m.
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16 Oct 2019, 10:08 a.m.
Nichola Corner, sister of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed on 18 April this year, makes a heartfelt plea to Northern Ireland politicians to restore devolved institutions now “because they are the people who have the power to make bigger changes”. #GetStormontUpAndRunning https://t.co/YqML89ZMdi - 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
Sep. 30 Urgent Questions Wrightbus (Ballymena)
Oct. 15 Written Statements Legislative Programme
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.

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 6 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 month 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 10 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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Northern Ireland Office Select Committee

Northern Ireland Office Select Committee Home Page

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
8 Oct 2019, 4:59 p.m. Belfast Agreement: Brexit Conor McGinn

Question

To ask Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment the Government has made of the compatibility of the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement with (a) the UK leaving the EU without a deal and (b) the Irish backstop.

Answer (Julian Smith)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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