Northern Ireland Office

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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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Louise Haigh (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Shadow Ministers
Karin Smyth (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Jul 2020, 6:37 p.m.
On the day pubs & restaurants reopen in Northern Ireland, Minister @WalkerWorcester spoke about the region’s promising economic future, to not just recover from #Covid19 but also prosper. @johnmcgrillen1 @NITouristBoard @cullodenestate - Link
3 Jul 2020, 5:53 p.m.
To mark pubs & restaurants reopening in Northern Ireland, Minister @WalkerWorcester discussed the economic challenges & potential with industry leaders @johnmcgrillen1 @NITouristBoard & Howard Hastings @HastingsHotels @cullodenestate. - 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
Jun. 24 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 30 Urgent Questions Wrightbus (Ballymena)
Mar. 18 Written Statements Legacy Issues
Oct. 29 Westminster Hall Northern Ireland Economy and Innovation: Government Support
Oct. 23 Adjournment Debate PSNI Policy: Journalists’ Data Obtained under Warrant
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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
15 Jun 2020
In Force
6 Jul 2020
Northern Ireland Office Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
Under section 10 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2) the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland (as the electoral registration officer) is required to conduct a canvass in Northern Ireland in such years as are determined in accordance with section 10ZA of that Act (by reference to residence on 15th October in that year).
8 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Northern Ireland Office Terrorism Act 2000 (Video Recording with Sound of Interviews and Associated Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Article 2(1) of this Order requires that any interview by a constable of a person detained under section 41 of, or Schedule 7 to, the Terrorism Act 2000 (c. 11, “the Act”) which takes place in a police station in Northern Ireland is to be video recorded with sound. (A reference to a police station includes a reference to any place which the Secretary of State has designated under paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 8 to the Act as a place where a person may be detained under section 41.) Article 2(2) further requires that any such interview must be video recorded in accordance with the revised code of practice and Article 2(3) defines that revised code of practice as being the one referred to in Article 3. Article 3 brings that code of practice into force. Article 4 revokes the Terrorism Act 2000 (Video Recording of Interviews) Order 2000 (S.I. 2000/3179) and the Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/1100), which brought into force previous versions of the code of practice.
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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, 2 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 9 months, 3 weeks 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, 6 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
3 Jul 2020, 2:20 p.m. City Deals: Northern Ireland Ruth Jones


To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent assessment he has made of the progress on the delivery of Northern Ireland City Deals.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

The Prime Minister has set out his ambitious plan to invest in our future prosperity. Jobs, skills and infrastructure will be central to the UK Government’s New Deal which will unleash the economic potential within every corner of the UK. As part of this, the UK Government intends to bring forward funding to accelerate infrastructure projects in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and will work with the devolved administrations on our ambitious plan for economic recovery across the UK.

This ambition is also reflected in our commitment of £562m to City and Growth Deals across Northern Ireland (NI) which will drive economic growth and productivity in line with the key local priorities. The NI Executive has recently agreed to match the UK Government commitment to City and Growth Deals and the Inclusive Future Fund, bringing total investment to £1.2bn and highlighting what our partnership can achieve.

This partnership and long-term strategic investment will be vital in supporting Northern Ireland’s economic recovery following the impact and challenges presented by Covid-19. The Councils and their delivery partners are therefore working at speed to ensure their projects reflect the best opportunities for investment. Whilst Covid-19 has required some reassessment of local priorities, we are confident that progress is being made across each of the deals. I continue to engage regularly with the Chief Executives of the City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland and my department is working closely with Councils and NI Executive colleagues to provide any support necessary to accelerate their implementation.

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