Northern Ireland Office

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

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Sep 2020, 12:07 p.m.
The #BattleOfBritain was won by the hard work of men & women up & down the country.🇬🇧 Aircraft factories across #NorthernIreland, Scotland, Wales and England played a vital role, building over 15,000 military aircraft in 1940. @RoyalAirForceNI - Link
15 Sep 2020, 9:58 a.m.
WATCH | "@innovateUK funding has been essential for the development of SRAVI" says Liam McQuillan, CEO of @Liopa_Me Find out more about how you can access funding from Innovate UK here 👉 #LTW #TechnologyisGREAT - 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
Sep. 02 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 08 Urgent Questions Northern Ireland Protocol: UK Legal Obligations
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
7 Sep 2020
In Force
31 Dec 2020
Northern Ireland Office Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends the Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (S.I 2002/791) (“the 2002 Order”).
16 Jul 2020
In Force
1 Sep 2020
Northern Ireland Office Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations enable same-sex religious marriage in Northern Ireland and provide protections for religious bodies, and persons acting on behalf of or under the auspices of such bodies, who do not wish to facilitate religious marriages between parties who are of the same sex, or ceremonies or events to mark the solemnisation of a same-sex marriage or formation of a civil partnership. The Regulations also make provision in relation to same-sex armed forces marriages overseas, and make minor amendments to the Marriage (Same-sex Couples) and Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/1514).
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Petitions addressed by Northern Ireland Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
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, 5 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.

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 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.

Petition Closed

Leave the EU now

Gov Responded - 27 Nov 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
14 Dec 2018
closed 1 year, 9 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
15 Sep 2020, 10:37 a.m. Hydrogen: Northern Ireland Alexander Stafford


To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the role that Northern Ireland can play in the UK's hydrogen strategy; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the UK's hydrogen strategy.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

As the Prime Minister stated in July, this Government is committed to investing massively in hydrogen. Hydrogen technology, particularly green hydrogen technology, has the potential to support the UK in reaching its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and this will benefit all parts of the Union.

Northern Ireland can play a big part in this through innovations such as the world’s first hydrogen-electric double-decker bus by Wrightbus and proposed innovation by Stratospheric Platforms for a hydrogen-powered solution for the UK’s 5G network.

Ministers and officials continue to engage with BEIS on the strategy itself and also with our counterparts in the Northern Ireland Executive, to find a funding solution that is specific to Northern Ireland.

I spoke with both BEIS Ministers, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP and Nadhim Zahawi MP over the summer and we will continue to explore all avenues in support of advancing this technology in Northern Ireland.

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