Lord Dodds of Duncairn Portrait

Lord Dodds of Duncairn

Democratic Unionist Party - Belfast North

Became Member: 18th September 2020


Windsor Framework Sub-Committee
14th Apr 2021 - 30th May 2024
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit)
1st Jul 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues)
8th May 2015 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)
8th May 2015 - 6th Nov 2019
DUP Westminster Leader
6th May 2010 - 6th Nov 2019
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Justice)
1st Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
1st Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)
1st Jun 2007 - 1st Jun 2010
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)
1st Jun 2007 - 1st Jun 2010
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Without Portfolio)
4th Jun 2008 - 6th May 2010
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
9th Nov 2009 - 6th May 2010
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
9th Nov 2009 - 6th May 2010
Members' Allowances
9th Feb 2009 - 18th May 2009
Opposition Whip (Commons)
1st Jul 2001 - 1st Jun 2008
Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)
1st Jun 2005 - 1st Jun 2007
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jun 2005 - 1st Jun 2007


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Dodds of Duncairn has voted in 327 divisions, and 19 times against the majority of their Party.

13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 339 Noes - 235
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 298 Noes - 259
16 Nov 2021 - Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 216 Noes - 195
16 Nov 2021 - Dormant Assets Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 216 Noes - 195
9 Feb 2022 - Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 200 Noes - 160
7 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 207 Noes - 169
7 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 210 Noes - 169
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 213 Noes - 154
29 Mar 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 4 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 176 Noes - 151
29 Mar 2022 - Building Safety Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 156 Noes - 123
6 Apr 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 24 Noes - 139
25 Apr 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 194 Noes - 220
25 Apr 2022 - Elections Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 169 Noes - 209
26 Apr 2022 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party No votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 196 Noes - 222
27 Apr 2022 - Judicial Review and Courts Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 229
5 Jul 2023 - Illegal Migration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 188 Noes - 158
18 Jul 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 2 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 195 Noes - 216
18 Jul 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 185 Noes - 221
4 Sep 2023 - Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Dodds of Duncairn voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 1 Democratic Unionist Party Aye votes vs 3 Democratic Unionist Party No votes
Tally: Ayes - 158 Noes - 149
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Frost (Conservative)
(23 debate interactions)
Lord Caine (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(65 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(32 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(19 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Dodds of Duncairn, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


1 Bill introduced by Lord Dodds of Duncairn


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to promote awareness of abuse of elderly people and adults at risk, to promote training on how to recognise and respond to such abuse amongst those who are likely to encounter abuse in the course of their work, to promote greater awareness and understanding of the rights of victims of abuse amongst agencies with responsibilities for providing, arranging, commissioning, monitoring and inspecting care services, to promote the development of local strategies for preventing abuse of elderly people and adults at risk and for ensuring that victims are assisted in recovering from the effects of abuse.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 10th November 2010

Lord Dodds of Duncairn has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 50 Written Questions

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18th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government which existing provisions of EU law listed in Annex 2 of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland can be subjected to the Stormont Brake procedure.

The scope of EU legislation that can be subject to the Stormont Brake is set out in the Windsor Framework (Democratic Scrutiny) Regulations 2024. The Government welcomes the restoration of Northern Ireland’s devolved institutions so that this important democratic safeguard can now be exercised.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how much of the money allocated for the construction of border control posts in Northern Ireland is for (1) agricultural food inspections, and (2) customs.

The funding allocated for SPS facilities in Northern Ireland to deal with goods moving into the EU through the red lane - as the Government had also committed to do under the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - is a maximum funding envelope. The figure is in line with a business case which was being prepared when that Bill was in Parliament.

The facilities will fulfil a number of functions and it is not possible to provide a breakdown of costs in the manner described.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
22nd Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they intend to publish each individual EU law and regulation which is outside the scope of the Stormont Brake in Northern Ireland.

The scope of the Stormont Brake is provided for in domestic law under the Windsor Framework (Democratic Scrutiny) Regulations 2024. The restoration of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland allowed those regulations to come into force and facilitated new democratic safeguards that would be unavailable to the people of Northern Ireland if the failure of those institutions to function continued. The Government has published clear operational arrangements that underpin the democratic mechanisms contained within the Windsor Framework.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a list of the measures adopted by the EU within the scope of the Northern Ireland Protocol between January 2021 and July 2022, referred to in the paper Northern Ireland Protocol: the UK’s Solution, published by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 14 July 2022.

The Windsor Framework disapplies swathes of EU rules that applied under the old Northern Ireland Protocol to support internal UK trade. It completely carves out whole areas of EU law on issues such as VAT, medicines and food. Those limited areas that remain apply principally in order to secure NI access to the EU market.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government when they intend to introduce legislation to direct Northern Ireland bodies regarding the UK internal market scheme in the operation of the Windsor Framework.

The Government will take direct powers at Westminster to direct NI bodies to protect the UK internal market as soon as parliamentary time allows. This will allow us to provide clear legal direction to DAERA and other UK Government authorities to eliminate any physical checks when goods move within the UK internal market system, except those conducted by UK authorities and required as part of a risk-based or intelligence-led approach.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
11th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government which specific provisions of the Windsor Framework and UK legislation required the European Commission to give state aid approval for the Energy Business Discount Scheme in Northern Ireland.

The Windsor Framework ensures that subsidy control provisions work as intended, serving to avoid market distortion on the island of Ireland, without interfering with Northern Ireland’s place in the UK internal market. It is consistent with Northern Ireland’s full access to both the UK and EU markets, which is what Northern Ireland businesses have consistently asked for.

In the case of the Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS), where targeted support was provided to energy and trade intensive industries, under the relevant provisions set out under Article 10 of the Windsor Framework, there is a proven genuine and material link to Northern Ireland’s trade with the EU, not least with regard to the all-island Single Electricity Market. The EBDS scheme provides equivalent levels of support in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
19th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many approvals have been sought from the European Commission for state aid in Northern Ireland since the coming into force of the Northern Ireland Protocol; what are these approvals; and what estimate they have made of the total amount of funds for which approval has been sought.

The Windsor Framework addressed the risk of "reach back" of EU state aid rules and, based on past experience, ensures that more than 98% of aid can be granted without notification, preserving the functioning of the UK internal market. This sits alongside the uniquely generous arrangements for agricultural subsidies in Northern Ireland under the Framework. Under the old Protocol, there were 11 cases that required EU approval. Since the Windsor Framework, there has been only one such case, the Energy Bills Discount Scheme, which was resolved in order to ensure a UK-wide subsidy scheme, and continuing access to the EU market for all manufacturers in scope.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to provide a list of those individual benefits set out in the Benefits of Brexit paper, published on 31 January, which do not apply to Northern Ireland because of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations were carried out with Northern Ireland (1) Ministers, and (2) stakeholders, prior to the publication of The Benefits of Brexit: How the UK is taking advantage of leaving the EU, published on 31 January.

My officials undertake regular engagement with the Devolved Administrations, including on the Brexit Freedoms Bill and the reviews of retained EU law, and will continue to do so. They last met representatives from the Scottish Government, along with the Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive on 30 March.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their paper The Benefits of Brexit: How the UK is taking advantage of leaving the EU, published on 31 January, which of the benefits identified will not apply to Northern Ireland.

The ‘Benefits of Brexit’ paper, published on 31 January, illustrates how the UK is taking advantage of leaving the EU and sets out how the Government will use new freedoms in each sector to make the UK become the best regulated economy in the world. We recognise that Northern Ireland is not able to enjoy all of the benefits of Brexit at quite the same time as the rest of the UK because of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is why we are seeking changes to it.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process for taking the views of Northern Ireland (1) Ministers, and (2) stakeholders, into account during the review of the status and substance of retained EU law.

The Government has now delivered the review into the status and substance of retained EU law and is using the outcome of both reviews to inform the content of the ‘Brexit Freedoms Bill’.

We remain committed to engaging with devolved governments using Common Frameworks and other existing intergovernmental structures.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential divergence in laws and policies between Great Britain and Northern Ireland resulting from the review of EU retained law.

The Government has now delivered the review into the status and substance of retained EU law and is using the outcome of both reviews to inform the content of the ‘Brexit Freedoms Bill’.

We remain committed to engaging with devolved governments using Common Frameworks and other existing intergovernmental structures.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
15th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that ending the grace period for border checks and controls between Great Britain and Northern Ireland would have on the supply of medicines to Northern Ireland.

There would be clear risks to medicine supplies to patients in the absence of sustainable, long-term arrangements that take proper account of the nature of supplies of medicines as an inherent part of the delivery of national health services, such as those proposed by the Government in its Command Paper of 21 July.

15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they have had regarding who will represent the UK on the various bodies set up under (1) the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, and (2) the UK–EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

Beyond the Protocol itself, which outlines in its annexes the EU law that applies to Northern Ireland, the Government has not so far published any further material regarding rules applied by the Protocol.

The Government’s Command Paper [CP 502] published on 21 July sets out alternative proposals for the basis on which EU law might apply in Northern Ireland, potentially involving the Northern Ireland institutions. This could have a significant effect on the visibility of new rules applied in Northern Ireland and how they are brought into force in UK law.


Pending agreement on this potential new settlement, it is entirely right that people in Northern Ireland should be able to be fully aware of the law applying where it derives from EU acts which are not the subject of specific domestic legislation to transpose them into UK law. We will consider the best way of enabling this. We continue to urge the EU to ensure that there is proper notice of such legislation and that appropriate information is provided through the structures established by the Withdrawal Agreement.

As to the bodies established under the Protocol, in line with commitments made in the New Decade, New Approach deal, representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive are invited to attend all Joint Committee and Specialised Committee meetings as part of the UK delegation when the Irish Government are attending. Representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive also form part of the UK delegation at the Joint Consultative Working Group.

15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the (1) Northern Ireland Assembly, and (2) UK Parliament, have in consenting to the EU law affecting Northern Ireland under the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Beyond the Protocol itself, which outlines in its annexes the EU law that applies to Northern Ireland, the Government has not so far published any further material regarding rules applied by the Protocol.

The Government’s Command Paper [CP 502] published on 21 July sets out alternative proposals for the basis on which EU law might apply in Northern Ireland, potentially involving the Northern Ireland institutions. This could have a significant effect on the visibility of new rules applied in Northern Ireland and how they are brought into force in UK law.


Pending agreement on this potential new settlement, it is entirely right that people in Northern Ireland should be able to be fully aware of the law applying where it derives from EU acts which are not the subject of specific domestic legislation to transpose them into UK law. We will consider the best way of enabling this. We continue to urge the EU to ensure that there is proper notice of such legislation and that appropriate information is provided through the structures established by the Withdrawal Agreement.

As to the bodies established under the Protocol, in line with commitments made in the New Decade, New Approach deal, representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive are invited to attend all Joint Committee and Specialised Committee meetings as part of the UK delegation when the Irish Government are attending. Representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive also form part of the UK delegation at the Joint Consultative Working Group.

15th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish all the EU law affecting Northern Ireland that is given effect under the provisions of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Beyond the Protocol itself, which outlines in its annexes the EU law that applies to Northern Ireland, the Government has not so far published any further material regarding rules applied by the Protocol.

The Government’s Command Paper [CP 502] published on 21 July sets out alternative proposals for the basis on which EU law might apply in Northern Ireland, potentially involving the Northern Ireland institutions. This could have a significant effect on the visibility of new rules applied in Northern Ireland and how they are brought into force in UK law.


Pending agreement on this potential new settlement, it is entirely right that people in Northern Ireland should be able to be fully aware of the law applying where it derives from EU acts which are not the subject of specific domestic legislation to transpose them into UK law. We will consider the best way of enabling this. We continue to urge the EU to ensure that there is proper notice of such legislation and that appropriate information is provided through the structures established by the Withdrawal Agreement.

As to the bodies established under the Protocol, in line with commitments made in the New Decade, New Approach deal, representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive are invited to attend all Joint Committee and Specialised Committee meetings as part of the UK delegation when the Irish Government are attending. Representatives from the Northern Ireland Executive also form part of the UK delegation at the Joint Consultative Working Group.

28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the Northern Ireland Executive about the white paper on the Levelling Up strategy.

The Government will publish a landmark Levelling Up White Paper later this year, setting out bold new policy interventions to improve livelihoods and opportunity in all parts of the UK. This will be informed by engagement across the UK nations and, to fulfil our ambitions, the UK Government will engage with representatives from the devolved governments, including the Northern Ireland Executive, and with all other relevant stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which department leads on their Levelling Up strategy; and what consultations they will be undertaking with local government on that strategy.

The Levelling Up unit has been established to produce the Levelling Up White Paper, working closely with Neil O’Brien MP (PM’s Levelling Up adviser) and departments.

Strengthening the Union is at the heart of this agenda and the White Paper will be informed by engagement across the UK nations, working with departments, including the Territorial Offices. The Unit has and will continue to engage with representatives from the local government sector and with all other relevant stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult on their White Paper on Levelling Up.

The Levelling Up unit has been established to produce the Levelling Up White Paper, working closely with Neil O’Brien MP (PM’s Levelling Up adviser) and departments.

Strengthening the Union is at the heart of this agenda and the White Paper will be informed by engagement across the UK nations, working with departments, including the Territorial Offices. The Unit has and will continue to engage with representatives from the local government sector and with all other relevant stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
25th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) a Member of Parliament in Northern Ireland, or (2) a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, will have a vote on new legislation brought forward to (a) amend, or (b) replace, the Annexes to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

In such situations, new EU law within the scope of the Protocol takes effect in line with Articles 13(3) and 13(4) of the Protocol. For any changes requiring further implementing legislation in the UK Parliament or the Northern Ireland Assembly, the ordinary scrutiny processes apply. Otherwise, the amending EU law applies directly.

It is because this situation is so unusual from the democratic perspective that the Protocol incorporates a consent mechanism to allow for the Northern Ireland Assembly to determine whether Articles 5-10 should continue to apply.

12th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they plan to have with the devolved governments on the proposed Parliamentary Partnership Assembly set out in the UK–EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

It is a matter for the UK Parliament, which is of course composed of members across the UK, reflecting views from across the UK, to consider the potential shape of the Parliamentary Partnership Assembly, within the framework set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

12th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Lord Frost on 29 April (HL Deb, col 2397) that "because of legislation passed by the EU, Northern Ireland does not benefit from certain TRQs in the same way as the rest of the UK", what tariff rate quotas (TRQs) are affected; what is the specific legislation from the European Parliament referred to; and what steps they are taking to ensure that Northern Ireland can benefit from those TRQs in the same way as the rest of the UK.

On 16 December 2020, the EU unilaterally introduced Regulation 2020/2170 on the application of Union tariff rate quotas (TRQs) and other import quotas.

The UK has underlined to the Commission that this is a matter requiring urgent consideration as part of addressing issues with the operation of the Protocol. If strictly applied, the Regulation would mean that importing goods subject to any EU tariff rate quotas or other import quotas directly into Northern Ireland would be unable to access either EU or Great Britain quotas, and would need to pay the EU tariff. This would leave Northern Ireland importers in a uniquely disadvantaged position compared to their counterparts in Great Britain and the EU.

We have already taken steps to put arrangements in place to ensure that steel from the United Kingdom or the Rest of the World can be brought into Northern Ireland without being subject to tariffs. This avoids disruption to businesses and operators in Northern Ireland.

However, this is an issue requiring a broader and more permanent solution and we continue to discuss this with the EU.

12th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what role members of (1) the UK Parliament, and (2) the Northern Ireland Assembly, have in regards to the passing of laws for Northern Ireland on matters covered by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The relevant implementing legislation for rules applied in Northern Ireland was brought forward and passed through the UK Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. This will continue to be the case for the transposition of any new rules made applicable by the Protocol which require domestic implementation.

Where new EU legislation is brought forward which amend or replace acts contained within the Annexes to the Protocol, Article 15 provides for appropriate information and exchanges of information through the Joint Consultative Working Group. A representative of the Northern Ireland Executive forms part of the UK delegation to this group. Where a new EU law is brought forward that is within scope of the Protocol but which neither amends nor replaces an EU act listed in the Protocol, Article 13 provides that Joint Committee agreement is required for it to be applied in Northern Ireland. Again the Northern Ireland Executive will form part of the UK’s delegation at the Joint Committee and will be consulted as part of the position to be adopted in such cases. We have committed to providing the appropriate means for Parliamentary scrutiny of legislation within scope of the Protocol.

12th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process which applies for the making of laws in Northern Ireland on matters covered by the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The relevant implementing legislation for rules applied in Northern Ireland was brought forward and passed through the UK Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. This will continue to be the case for the transposition of any new rules made applicable by the Protocol which require domestic implementation.

Where new EU legislation is brought forward which amend or replace acts contained within the Annexes to the Protocol, Article 15 provides for appropriate information and exchanges of information through the Joint Consultative Working Group. A representative of the Northern Ireland Executive forms part of the UK delegation to this group. Where a new EU law is brought forward that is within scope of the Protocol but which neither amends nor replaces an EU act listed in the Protocol, Article 13 provides that Joint Committee agreement is required for it to be applied in Northern Ireland. Again the Northern Ireland Executive will form part of the UK’s delegation at the Joint Committee and will be consulted as part of the position to be adopted in such cases. We have committed to providing the appropriate means for Parliamentary scrutiny of legislation within scope of the Protocol.

14th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extra costs to businesses in the UK of trading within the UK as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The Protocol has had a direct impact on businesses moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. That is why we have provided extensive support to such businesses, including the Trader Support Service (TAS) - which has supported over 400,000 consignments since 1 January, the Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) - to support traders with new requirements for moving agri-food goods and, in due course, a new Digital Assistance Scheme to support supermarkets and their suppliers.

The TSS and MAS not only assist traders with any relevant paperwork but also cover the related costs, including the costs of any veterinary inspections, required for Export Health Certificates.

We continue to engage intensively with businesses to understand the challenges faced and find solutions.

17th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in discussions with the government of Ireland on ensuring the unfettered movement of goods which travel from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK via the Republic of Ireland.

Our priority throughout 2020 was to give effect to unfettered access in UK law. This has now been done: the definition of “qualifying Northern Ireland goods” to apply from 1 January, as part of our phased approach has been set out; and we have included protections via the UK Internal Market Act 2020 to prohibit new checks and controls, and ensure Northern Ireland goods can continue to access the whole UK market.

During the first phase, we have implemented measures to ensure there are no tariffs due on qualifying goods moving via the Republic of Ireland. Otherwise those movements will be subject to the requirements of our overall phased controls model. This process will be further simplified during the course of 2021 as we bring forward the second, longer-term phase of our unfettered access model. That second phase will identify “qualifying” goods moved by businesses established in Northern Ireland and will be given effect in a light-touch using existing port and airport check-in processes. This will apply whether goods are moved directly from NI to GB, or indirectly via the Republic of Ireland.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
22nd Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the disapplication in respect of Northern Ireland of provisions under sections 2 and 4 of the Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Act 2024.

Northern Ireland (NI) is in the UK's customs territory and therefore NI traders benefit from UK trade deals including the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The rules of origin within the deal are clear - NI goods are treated the same way as goods from any other part of the UK.

The Government's analysis is that this trade deal will increase Northern Ireland's Gross Value Added by around £70 million relative to 2019 values. NI exporters will benefit from these new opportunities: over 99% of UK goods exported to CPTPP member countries, including goods from Northern Ireland, will be eligible for zero tariffs.

21st Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many applications for EU State Aid approval have been made in respect of Northern Ireland since February 2023.

The Government has notified three measures to the European Commission for approval with respect to Northern Ireland since February 2023. Two of these schemes have been or will be applied UK-wide. The third is a Northern Ireland agricultural subsidy scheme, resulting from the benefit and freedom of no longer being part of the Common Agricultural Policy.

21st Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the differences in effect of the application of the entirety of the Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Act 2024 in England compared to its partial application in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland (NI) is in the UK's customs territory and therefore NI traders benefit from UK trade deals including the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The rules of origin within the deal are clear - NI goods are treated the same way as goods from any other part of the UK.

Our analysis is that this trade deal will increase Northern Ireland's Gross Value Added by around £70 million relative to 2019 values. NI exporters will benefit from these new opportunities: Well over 99% of UK goods exported to CPTPP member countries, including goods from Northern Ireland, will be eligible for zero tariffs.

6th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the promises of investment made by the US President in his 12 April 2023 address at Ulster University.

The UK Government and Invest Northern Ireland hosted the NI Investment Summit in September, which was a great success in showcasing Northern Ireland’s innovation and technological strengths to around 200 global investors. A US trade delegation visited Norther Ireland in October, during which the New York State Common Retirement Fund announced a new $50m investment into companies based in Northern Ireland


Our network in the US continues to promote Northern Ireland as a prime investment destination. UK Government ministers are participating in a series of engagements around St Patrick's Day to strengthen the vital transatlantic partnership between the US and Northern Ireland.

9th Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what powers, beyond monitoring, will be given to the Office of the Internal Market under paragraph 52 of the Windsor Framework.

As set out in paragraph 52 of the Windsor Framework the Office of the Internal Market (OIM) will make full use of its remit by specifically monitoring any impacts for Northern Ireland arising from relevant future regulatory changes.

Furthermore, the Government has committed that, in cases where Northern Ireland authorities request that the OIM specifically investigate a concern about a future UK regulatory change, we will provide a full response to any OIM report, taking into account the real-world impacts the report raises.

9th Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government why they have changed the proposed method for distributing energy support payments to people in Northern Ireland.

Full details of the scheme, including how and when customers will receive the support, will be published as soon as possible.

15th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the Subsidy Control Bill and its implications for Northern Ireland under the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has been engaging regularly with the Northern Ireland Executive on the Subsidy Control Bill, at official and ministerial level. BEIS officials have met with Northern Ireland Executive officials 23 times since September 2020. BEIS Ministers have also met with Northern Ireland Executive Ministers 6 times since September 2020. The primary purpose of these discussions has been to discuss the detail of the Subsidy Control Bill, and to invite feedback from Northern Ireland Executive Ministers and officials. We are committed to continuing our close engagement with the Northern Ireland Executive, including as the Bill passes through Parliament.

22nd Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what financial commitments they have made towards the redevelopment of Casement Park in Belfast.

The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland is responsible for the procurement process for the redevelopment of Casement Park. Funding decisions are therefore for the Northern Ireland Executive to consider.

His Majesty’s Government is working closely with partners in Northern Ireland to make sure that EURO 2028 leaves a lasting legacy across the whole United Kingdom.

13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the safety and security of spectators at future major football events.

The safety of all those who attend sporting fixtures is a priority for the government. We fund the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) whose purpose is to ensure sports grounds are safe for everyone. While it is the responsibility of individual clubs and venue owners to take the necessary steps to put in place reasonable protection for spectators at events, the SGSA provides support to minimise risk and help deliver safe events. It does this by setting high standards for safety in its internationally-renowned Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, and through its expert team of inspectors who provide first-rate advice across all areas of sports grounds safety to individual clubs and grounds.

Additionally, the SGSA enforces the Government’s all-seater policy by issuing annual licenses to all grounds of clubs in the Premier League and Football League along with Wembley and the Principality Stadium. Under the Football Spectators Act 1989, the clubs of these grounds are unable to admit spectators without a licence issued by the SGSA.

Following incidents of public disorder at the UEFA EURO 2020 finals held at Wembley on 11 July, all key local partners and expert bodies, including the FA, UEFA, City Hall, the Metropolitan police, local authority and SGSA are investigating the events that took place in and around the stadium to ensure that robust plans are in place to prevent a recurrence.

18th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the joint bid for hosting the FIFA Men's World Cup in 2030.

We regularly engage with the Northern Ireland Executive, as well as the other Devolved Administrations, on a range of sporting matters. This includes discussions around a potential UK and Ireland bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup which is being coordinated across the five Football Associations in the UK and Ireland.

21st Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government which specific legal obligations require them to notify the EU about planned legislative changes to the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998.

HM Government is required to allow the EU to provide comments on notified proposed technical regulations in accordance with Article 94 of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the UK and the EU.

In discharging this obligation, the notification of planned legislative changes to the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 was circulated to the World Trade Organisation Technical Barriers to Trade Committee on 9th February 2024.

In accordance with arrangements provided in the Windsor Framework notification of the European Commission is also required under Assimilated Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 Article 11 and Directive (EU) 2015/1535 Article 5(1) in respect of planned amendments to the Bread and Flour Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998.

The EU commission were notified under the Windsor Framework of the planned amendments to the Bread and Flour Regulations (Northern Ireland) on the 8th of February 2024.

14th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on trade to Northern Ireland from Great Britain of repealing regulation 13 of the Windsor Framework Retail Movement Scheme Regulations 2023 and the powers of the EU in Article 14(5) of the EU regulation 2023/1231.

The Government has now laid the Windsor Framework (Implementation) Regulations 2024 before Parliament. These regulations will provide powers for the Government to fulfil the commitments in the Safeguarding the Union Command Paper on upholding Northern Ireland's place in the UK internal market.

12th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Douglas-Miller on 11 March (HL2836), whether, prior to the UK leaving the EU, seed potatoes could be moved by professional operators in Great Britain directly to Northern Ireland consumers.

Under the Windsor Framework, seed potatoes can now move again from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the terms of the NI plant health label scheme. This means professional operators in Great Britain can send seed potatoes to professional operators in Northern Ireland for commercial growing in Northern Ireland. Once these are planted in Northern Ireland and grown into potatoes for consumption, or used to produce further seed potatoes, they can be sold into Northern Ireland retailers and garden centres for personal use.

7th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have sought to canvass the views of the EU Council of Ministers and MEPs about their readiness to remove those requirements set out by Article 4(3) of EU Regulation 2023/1231 before committing to remove statutory quotas for identity checks pertaining to the movement of goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland beyond the red lane.

The Government has been clear that there will be no checks when goods move within the UK internal market system save those conducted by UK authorities as part of a risk-based or intelligence-led approach to tackle criminality, abuse of the scheme, smuggling and disease risks. This is a matter for the UK Government. The Government meets regularly with the European Union to discuss matters under the Windsor Framework and as set out in the Command Paper, we will transition to new arrangements over the coming months.

28th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether, prior to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, seed potatoes could be moved by professional operators to consumers in Northern Ireland.

We have lifted the ban on the movement of seed potatoes - under the Windsor Framework they can now move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the NI Plant Health Label scheme. Currently movements are required to be made between registered professional operators in Great Britain to professional operators in Northern Ireland for commercial growing in Northern Ireland. Once planted in Northern Ireland and grown into potatoes for consumption, or used to produce further seed potatoes, they can be sold into Northern Ireland retailers and garden centres.

21st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the current requirements regarding the re-tagging of livestock born in Great Britain and being moved to Northern Ireland.

Following work with the livestock sector, an easement negotiated by the Government with the European Commission means that cattle, sheep, or goats that already have UK tags that are moving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain do not now need to be reidentified in Great Britain with either a new pair of ‘GB’ tags or have a third ‘GB’ export tag added. Farmers are now able to move them with their existing 'UK' tags. DAERA website guidance advising keepers that these animals had to be identified with GB tags before they are moved to NI has been removed.

21st Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what checks or compliance procedures are required for the movement of agri-intermediate goods or inputs, such as grain for animal consumption, from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The arrangements for moving plants and plant products for production, such as animal feed, are set out in detail on the GOV.UK pages covering movements into and out of Northern Ireland. That includes details of the unfettered access for Northern Ireland goods to the whole UK market, as well as the support services available under the Trader Support Service and the Movement Assistance Scheme for movements into Northern Ireland from Great Britain. In relation to these movements, it should be noted that animal feed for use on premises located in Northern Ireland benefits from a wide-ranging sectoral exemption that enables it to be classified as ‘not at risk’.

14th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Douglas-Miller on 6 February (HL1687), whether there are current negotiations with the EU on the supply of veterinary medicines to Northern Ireland.

The Government is committed to securing a long-term sustainable solution ahead of December 2025 that will properly support the flow of veterinary medicines into Northern Ireland from Great Britain on an enduring basis.

It remains our priority to find a solution that removes the barriers to supply of veterinary medicines into NI through technical talks with the EU.

The Government is very clear that in all scenarios it is imperative to safeguard the supply of veterinary medicines to NI, and if necessary we will deploy all available flexibilities in line with our legal obligations.

9th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, following publication of the Safeguarding the Union Command Paper (CP 1021) on 31 January, whether seed potatoes can now be moved by professional operators in Great Britain to consumers in Northern Ireland.

Under the Windsor Framework’s Northern Ireland (NI) Plant Health Label scheme, previously banned seed potatoes are once again available to move to NI from other parts of the UK.

Noting the high health status of seed potatoes, they must move between professional operators, which include farmers, growers and gardeners. Once planted in NI, the new crop of seed potatoes can be sold with no restrictions. This reflects long standing arrangements for biosecurity within Great Britain (GB) and NI and the need to protect the high plant health status in NI.

As stated in the Safeguarding the Union Command Paper, we will engage with the farming and horticultural industry to resolve any remaining issues for the movement of plant products, including seed potatoes, between GB and NI.

17th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they are negotiating with the European Union on the supply of veterinary medicines to Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom after 2025.

The Windsor Framework agreement has safeguarded the supplies of veterinary medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland to the end of 2025. During this extension to the grace period there will be no changes to the existing requirements on the supply of veterinary medicines to Northern Ireland and businesses should continue operating as they have done to date.

The Government’s position is clear, there needs to be a long-term and permanent solution which maintains the uninterrupted flow of veterinary medicines into Northern Ireland from Great Britain on which so many people and businesses rely. Industry engagement continues to be our core focus over recent months, where we are strengthening and collating further evidence on products at risk.

We remain clear with the EU that any future arrangements must take into account the overwhelming reliance of Northern Ireland on veterinary medicines from Great Britain.

11th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Wine (Revocation and Consequential Provision) Regulations 2023 permit the removal of the importer labelling requirement for wine imported directly into Northern Ireland from (1) the EU, and (2) the rest of the world.

The Wine (Revocation and Consequential Provision) Regulations 2023 apply to England only. Under the terms of the Windsor Framework, EU law applies to the import and marketing of wine in Northern Ireland. As a result, wine that is directly moved to Northern Ireland from the EU would not need an importer label, but wine imported directly to Northern Ireland from the rest of the world would need an importer to be shown. However, wine moving from GB to Northern Ireland under the Northern Ireland Retail Movement Scheme would not need to show a Northern Ireland importer.

11th Jan 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of differences between the law on animal welfare in transport in Northern Ireland and that in England, and of the impact upon trade.

Northern Ireland operates under EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animal welfare during transport and related activities. In England, minor operability amendments have been made to this Regulation, which is now assimilated legislation and as such we do not expect there to be any impact on trade.