Lord Dodds of Duncairn Portrait

Lord Dodds of Duncairn

Democratic Unionist Party - Life peer

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


Department Event
Monday 5th September 2022
Northern Ireland Office
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft The Health and Social Care Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2022
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Department Event
Monday 5th September 2022
15:45
Northern Ireland Office
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
5 Sep 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Draft Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 7th September 2022
15:00
Department Event
Tuesday 13th September 2022
Northern Ireland Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill – second reading
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Wednesday 6th July 2022
Bread and Flour Regulations: Folic Acid
My Lords, the Government first announced that they were going out to consultation on this issue in October 2018. That …
Written Answers
Tuesday 19th July 2022
Flour: Folic Acid
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent consultations they have undertaken with the Northern Ireland authorities about changing regulations to …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 13th December 2018
SIR EDWARD CARSON
That this House notes the 100th anniversary of the election of right hon. Sir Edward Henry Carson as Member of …
Bills
Wednesday 10th November 2010
Support and Protection for Elderly People and Adults at Risk of Abuse Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available
EDM signed
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Prison officer pension age
That this House recognises the dangerous working conditions in the Prison Service; expresses concern at the increasing number of violent …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Dodds of Duncairn has voted in 225 divisions, and 15 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
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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 Bethell (Conservative)
(14 debate interactions)
Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(11 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(31 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(20 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(16 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Lord Dodds of Duncairn has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Dodds of Duncairn has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

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.


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


109 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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 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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
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.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
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.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
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.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current rabies requirements for Ukrainian animals arriving into (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) Wales; and if there are any differences between those requirements, what are the reasons for those differences.

We are processing Ukrainian pet import applications as quickly as possible, whilst maintaining our biosecurity standards. The UK has been rabies-free for many years, and we wish to remain so.

The current requirements for a cat, dog or ferret to enter the United Kingdom from Ukraine are as follows:

  • they have been identified by a microchip or a clearly readable tattoo applied before 03 July 2011 prior to vaccination;
  • after 12 weeks of age, have been vaccinated against rabies;
  • at least 30 days after the preceding primary vaccination within a current valid vaccination series (or the last of the primary course of vaccinations) a blood sample must be drawn and sent to a European Union (EU) approved laboratory for testing;
  • a satisfactory blood test result must show the rabies antibody titre was equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml;
  • the animal must complete a waiting period of 3 calendar months after the date that the sample was drawn;
  • in the case of dogs be treated for Echinococcus multilocularis (tapeworm) with an approved product not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours prior to arrival in UK.

However, the Government recognises that people fleeing Ukraine with their pets may not have been able to complete this process, or may not have paperwork verifying their pet’s health status. We have therefore put in place new emergency support for those fleeing Ukraine with their pets. Using an emergency licence, people fleeing Ukraine can bring their non-compliant pets to the UK with any quarantine costs met by the Government.

The maximum stay in quarantine for a pet which has received no rabies vaccination is four months. England, Wales and Scotland have introduced a new rabies ELISA blood test that confirms rabies vaccination through detection of rabies antibodies. This will help in instances where refugees have travelled without vaccination paperwork.

Results can be turned around in a minimum of 3 days with some animals then moving to isolation if they pass the test. This will help maintain our strict biosecurity measures and allow people to be reunited more quickly with their pets when possible. This test is not available in Northern Ireland which remains aligned with the EU.

These new arrangements are only in place for people fleeing Ukraine with their pets. It is not available to rescue animals, commercial movements or to pets travelling apart from their owners, all of whom must continue to meet the full health requirements before entering the UK.

England and Scotland have temporarily suspended the commercial import of dogs, cats and ferrets if they originate from or have been dispatched from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland or Romania, until 14 May 2022.

There are no other differences to the rabies import requirements of pets between the Devolved Administrations.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of (1) the availability of kosher food in Northern Ireland, and (2) the restrictions imposed by the provisions of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, when fully implemented, on the movement of kosher food from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

We recognise the importance of ensuring the Jewish community in Northern Ireland can continue to access kosher meats.

We have been made aware that a supplier decided to stop supplying kosher meat to Northern Ireland. They explained that this was owing to difficulty for them complying with the Official Controls Regulation which applies in Northern Ireland by virtue of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

We have been working with those concerned to identify alternative options. An alternative GB supplier of kosher meats has now been identified.

Goods moving from GB-NI would not need any certification under the proposal set out in the Government’s July 2021 Command Paper, Northern Ireland Protocol – the way forward.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the weekly number of common health entry documents which would need to be presented and processed if the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland were being implemented without arrangements such as grace periods.

The Government does not hold the information on how many common health entry documents (CHEDs) were presented and processed for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, as common health entry documents are submitted to Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

According to DAERA’s estimations, if the grace periods were not in place, it is estimated that Northern Ireland’s Points of Entry would be required to process in excess of 12,500 CHEDs per week across all consignment types. These would also require a significant number of identity and physical checks.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many common health entry documents were presented and processed for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain in each week since 1 January 2022.

The Government does not hold the information on how many common health entry documents (CHEDs) were presented and processed for goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain, as common health entry documents are submitted to Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

According to DAERA’s estimations, if the grace periods were not in place, it is estimated that Northern Ireland’s Points of Entry would be required to process in excess of 12,500 CHEDs per week across all consignment types. These would also require a significant number of identity and physical checks.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the projected costs of the Movement Assistance Scheme for the next financial year.

The total cost of the Movement Assistance Scheme up to 31 January 2022, the latest date for which data is available, was £12.36 million. Of this total, £8.83 million has been expended in the current financial year. The forecast expenditure for the next financial year, 2022/23, is £13.1 million.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed (1) directly, and (2) indirectly, in the operation of the Movement Assistance Scheme.

At the end of February 2022, 31 people were directly employed on either a full-time or a part-time basis in the operation of the Movement Assistant Scheme across both Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), including APHA helplines. It is not possible to indicate how many are indirectly so employed.

Lord Benyon
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park on 24 December 2021 (HL4865), whether, under the law currently in force, goods from Northern Ireland can continue to use GB packaging or must have (1) NI, or (2) EU, packaging, as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland which requires Northern Ireland to abide by EU rules on single plastics.

There is currently nothing to prevent goods from Northern Ireland from using GB packaging.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether goods from Northern Ireland can continue to use GB packaging or must have (1) NI, or (2) EU, packaging, as a result of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland which requires Northern Ireland to abide by EU rules on single plastics.

UK officials are continuing intensive discussions with EU counterparts regarding the NI Protocol and proposals as outlined in the Government's Command Paper. These will continue in the New Year.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether goods can be imported into Northern Ireland via Tariff Rate Quota Schemes under the trade deals which the UK has agreed with other countries since 1 January 2021.

Traders importing into Northern Ireland can access UK TRQs by moving goods to Great Britain and clearing customs, then moving to Northern Ireland under the UK Trader Scheme, provided the goods moved meet wider requirements to be not “at risk,” as outlined on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-declare-goods-you-bring-into-northern-ireland-not-at-risk-of-moving-to-the-eu

At present, EU regulation 2020/2170, passed unilaterally by the EU in December 2020, significantly limits the terms on which NI traders can access quotas under the UK’s new trade agreements directly.

The UK put forward proposals to address this issue in our Command Paper of July 2021 and is continuing to press for solutions in negotiations with the EU on the Protocol.

23rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) in what circumstances, and (2) under which conditions, Australian imports into Northern Ireland are able to benefit from the provisions of the UK trade deal with Australia.

The UK-Australia FTA applies to all four parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland.

There are some specific instances where Australian importers will see differences when moving goods into Northern Ireland as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol. However, the Protocol did not prevent the UK from including Northern Ireland in the market access granted to Australia in the FTA.

23rd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Northern Ireland is treated in the same way as the rest of the UK under the terms of the UK–Australia free trade agreement as a result of the effects of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; and if not, what the difference will be.

We have provided for the application of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to all four parts of the UK, which includes Northern Ireland. The FTA also takes into account the effects of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland by allowing the UK to take measures under the Protocol designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and to protect the peace process.

Exporters in Northern Ireland will benefit from this FTA in the same way as exporters in England, Scotland and Wales.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, if any, with the Department of the Economy in Northern Ireland about the negotiations surrounding the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Government engages extensively with the Department of the Economy in Northern Ireland on Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) negotiations and has done since the start of the process to join the agreement.
The CPTPP team’s extensive programme of engagement with the Department for Economy includes meetings every six weeks that provide updates on the progress of negotiations providing opportunities for officials to ask questions to technical policy leads.

The Ministerial Forum for Trade gives updates on CPTPP at ministerial level with the most recent taking place on 26th January 2022.

22nd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their plans to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, what assessment they have made of whether that Agreement would apply equally across the UK, given the requirements of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The Government is clear that the UK must function as a single customs territory. Therefore, we will ensure the application of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to all four constituent nations of the UK, takes into account the effects of the Ireland/Northern Ireland (NI) Protocol. The Protocol mainly concerns trade in goods, and only for imports. NI businesses will therefore be able to benefit from the lower tariffs we will be able to deliver for exporters as a result of joining CPTPP.

8th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their strategy for the recovery of the aviation sector.

The impact of a second wave of COVID and the need for the Government to respond has impacted on the aviation sector.

The Government has therefore announced through the Global Travel Taskforce, a number of measures to assist the sector to restart over the winter period. This includes the ‘Test to release for international travel’ (TTR) scheme to be launched on 15 December, which will boost consumer confidence in air travel.

Following the successful implementation of these measures, the government will then put forward of its strategic framework for the medium and long-term recovery of the aviation sector.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
3rd Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish a recovery plan for the aviation industry.

The Government has announced through the Global Travel Taskforce, a number of measures to assist the sector to restart over the winter period. This includes the ‘Test to release for international travel’ (TTR) scheme to be launched on 15 December, which will boost consumer confidence in air travel.

Following the successful implementation of these measures, the Government will then put forward its strategic framework for the medium and long-term recovery of the aviation sector.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance in each of the four countries of the UK in the last year; and how many of those recipients in each country used it to cover the cost of a Motability Scheme lease agreement.

The latest available information showing the number of individuals who received the Higher Rate mobility award of Disability Living Allowance, is given in the table below.

Number of individuals in receipt of Higher Rate Mobility Award of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) by country, at the end of each quarter, February 2021 to November 2021: Great Britain.

Quarter

England

Wales

Scotland

Total (GB)

Feb 21

464,946

46,003

68,817

579,767

May 21

456,141

45,065

67,551

568,752

Aug 21

448,341

44,246

66,397

558,979

Nov 21

440,127

43,259

64,974

548,362

Source: DLA Cases in Payment, Stat-Xplore, Department for Work and Pensions

We do not hold information on the number of higher rate mobility recipients that use it to cover the cost of a Motability Scheme lease agreement. However, the latest Motability annual report does show that over 640,000 people use the scheme.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the removal of the triple lock on pensions this year on pensioner poverty.

No such assessment has been made.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of people who qualify for Pension Credit but do not claim it each year.

According to the latest data, 770,000 people are eligible non-recipients of Pension Credit for the financial year ending 2020. The published data tables can be accessed here: Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up: financial year 2019 to 2020 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the devolved administrations before their announcement of the one-year suspension of the "triple lock" on state pension payment increases.

One of the benefits covered by the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - survivors’ benefits in Industrial Death Benefit - is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. The Department is temporarily delivering them on behalf of the Scottish Ministers under an Agency Agreement which provides that legislative parity must be maintained, of which there are around 300 recipients of these benefits in Scotland. The Secretary of State therefore wrote to the relevant Cabinet Secretary in the Scottish Government ahead of its introduction seeking a decision on whether they would be taking primary legislation in the Scottish Parliament or through a Legislative Consent Motion to allow this Bill to provide the appropriate powers to enable Scottish Ministers to deliver uprating legislation in tandem. The other benefits in the Bill are reserved matters in Scotland.

Social security is a transferred matter in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Executive has the power in section 132A of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 to mirror the Up-rating Order in Great Britain made under section 150A (in this case, as temporarily amended). Therefore, the draft Bill does not need to extend to Northern Ireland and no primary legislation is required in Northern Ireland. However, the Northern Ireland Act 1998 sets out that the Secretary of State and the Northern Ireland Minister will seek to maintain a single system of social security, to the extent agreed between them. Officials in the Department for Work and Pensions in Great Britain and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland have therefore been in discussion on the issue.

Social security is a reserved matter in Wales.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England they estimate to be entitled to pension credit who are not claiming it, as a percentage of those eligible.

The information requested is not available.

Data related to Pension Credit is published at Great Britain level. The latest estimates were published in October 2020 and relate to the financial year 2018/19 and can be found in the “Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up” publication in the statistics section of gov.uk.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of (1) fraud, and (2) errors, in the social security system in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which records are available.

Whilst the publication includes numbers for previous years, changes in recording methodology mean that comparisons cannot be made with years prior to 2018/19.

The Department’s estimates of fraud and error are published annually and are available on line via gov.uk. Fraud and error in the benefits system remains very low, with 96.5% of benefits paid correctly.

The vast majority of benefit expenditure is paid correctly, with front line staff working hard to prevent incorrect and fraudulent payments. We are constantly improving our processes and continue to invest in the use of data and analytics to identify fraud and to better target our investigations.

Once rolled out, DWP expects the high-level design of Universal Credit to lead to around £1bn in benefit savings each year from reduced fraud and error.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent consultations they have undertaken with the Northern Ireland authorities about changing regulations to allow folic acid to be added to flour.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland and Wales, Food Standards Scotland and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales are jointly conducting a review of The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 and The Bread and Flour (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1998. This is to ensure the Regulations are fit for purpose and support industry in the United Kingdom, while protecting consumers.

Officials from each nation have been in continuous discussion through the review and are preparing to consult on proposals to update the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998, including the implementation of the Government’s plans to introduce the addition of folic acid to non-wholemeal flour.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the full implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the supply of medicines to Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

On 17 December 2021, the European Union issued unilateral measures intended to address the barriers created by the Protocol to supplying medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. The Government is working with industry to assess these measures in detail and monitor industry behaviour and the impact on patients. We will consider whether the changes to EU law would sufficiently address the issues that the UK Government and stakeholders have identified on the operation of the Protocol.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved governments about a common approach to the vaccination of people working in care and nursing homes.

The Government has had regular meetings with the devolved administrations since April 2021 to discuss the policy of making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes in England. The devolved administrations are able to choose whether to adopt a similar policy.

28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what process will be followed for Northern Ireland in circumstances where the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency approves a licence for a medicine but such approval has not been given by the European Medicines Agency.

We are committed to maintaining parity of access to medicines across the United Kingdom. In circumstances where the approval dates for products in Great Britain and Northern Ireland differ, doctors can prescribe medicines outside of the label in areas of unmet medical need. The General Medical Council provides clear recommendations to physicians on prescribing medicines which they consider is in the patient’s best interest but may not carry the specific indication. We continue to work with colleagues in Europe to ensure that approval for medicines in Great Britain and Northern Ireland are aligned in the future.

28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Tagrisso is available to patients in Northern Ireland on the same basis as it is to patients in Great Britain; and if not, what are the differences in its availability.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency recently authorised a new indication for Tagrisso in Great Britain to help treat early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients. This indication for Tagrisso has been authorised by the European Medicines Agency and can be prescribed to patients in Northern Ireland on the same basis as in Great Britain.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland on the availability of medicines and drugs in Northern Ireland.

We are continuing to engage with the European Union on the movement of medicines into Northern Ireland, as part of conversations regarding outstanding issues on the Protocol. Whilst these discussions are ongoing, we have not made a full assessment of the impact of the Protocol. However, we remain committed to maintaining the availability of medicines and drugs in Northern Ireland and actively monitor the situation.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the supply of potassium chloride to Northern Ireland from Great Britain suppliers has been reduced since 1 January 2021.

Due to commercial sensitivities, the Department cannot comment on the status of the development and supply of any individual medicine. However, we are continuing to work closely with industry partners to help ensure the continuity of supply of medicines to Northern Ireland.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer a guarantee that patients in Northern Ireland will retain access to all drugs and medicines currently available following the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The United Kingdom Government is continuing to engage with the European Commission on this matter to ensure that there is no impediment to securing access to vital medicines across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with drug and medicine manufacturers in relation to the withdrawal of medicines from sale in the Northern Ireland market because of the costs resulting from the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The Department, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Northern Ireland Department of Health are continuing to work closely with industry partners and will continue to do so throughout 2021 to help ensure the continuity of supply of medicines to Northern Ireland. This includes regular and intensive engagement with industry to understand any issues and to support them in their preparations to comply with the Protocol.

14th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the efficiency of the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations in each region of England, and (2) how that compares with the roll-out of such vaccinations in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, and (c) Wales.

Each region within England and each of the devolved administrations have different population levels, clinical needs and logistical challenges to meet when deploying COVID-19 vaccines. The Government assesses the efficiency of the programme against these and other factors.

The Government works with the devolved administrations to ensure the vaccine programme is rolled out as quickly and efficiently as possible in each region. Allocation of vaccines is based upon the Barnett Formula. This ensures that all of the United Kingdom receives a fair share of vaccines. Approximately 27.1 million people in England, 838,000 in Northern Ireland, 2.6 million people in Scotland and 1.6 million in Wales have now received their first dose.

24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what system is in place to report on the potential of (1) primary, and (2) secondary, legislation, to create regulatory divergence between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in areas where the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland applies.

Explanatory notes accompanying all Government Bills, and explanatory memoranda accompanying all secondary legislation, should set out any potential implications that the legislation may have on regulatory divergence between Great Britain and Northern Ireland in areas where the Protocol applies. Any operational differences that materialise as a result of legislative changes are detailed in the relevant gov.uk guidance. We work with other Government departments to ensure that explanatory notes and memoranda provide clear information.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prospect for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison in Iran.

Iran's decision to proceed with these baseless charges against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an appalling continuation of the cruel ordeal she is going through. Instead of threatening to return Nazanin to prison Iran must release her permanently so she can return home. The Foreign Secretary raised her case, and the cases of Anoosheh Ashoori and Morad Tahbaz, with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian on 22 September and 8 November. We continue to engage with Iran at the most senior levels and our Ambassador in Tehran continues to regularly raise our detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ministers hold regular meetings with officials to direct activity across the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office aimed at securing her release.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
10th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of Iran regarding the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The Foreign Secretary raised her case, and the cases of Anoosheh Ashoori and Morad Tahbaz, with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian on 22 September and 8 November. The Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa met with Deputy Foreign Minister Bagheri Kani on 11 November. We continue to engage with Iran at the most senior levels and our Ambassador in Tehran continues to raise regularly our detainees with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with NATO partners about China's policy towards Taiwan.

Her Majesty's Government considers the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue. The UK Government is in regular contact with like-minded partners on our shared priorities.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States of America about the defence of Taiwan following the statement on 21 October by President Biden that the United States has a "commitment" to defend Taiwan.

Her Majesty's Government considers the Taiwan issue one to be settled peacefully by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait through constructive dialogue. The UK Government is in regular contact with the US Government on our shared priorities. We underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait alongside the US and other partners in the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' communique in May and G7 Leaders' communique in June.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with NATO member states in relation to preventing Afghanistan becoming a base for terrorist training camps.

The UK continues to monitor closely the terrorist threat from Afghanistan, including from Al Qaeda and ISKP, and has proscribed both of these organisations and their associated groups. These topics are routinely discussed at NATO meetings, and bilaterally with NATO allies including US, Canada, Turkey, France and Germany at Foreign Minister and Head of State level. We are working with our international partners to stop Afghanistan from again becoming a haven and inspiration for terrorism and thereby reduce the terrorist risk to the UK and the international community.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries neighbouring Afghanistan are in receipt of the £30 million of humanitarian aid announced by the Foreign Secretary on 3 September.

On 3 September FCDO announced £30 million in additional humanitarian funding to assist the regional response to the surge in refugees. £10 million was immediately made available to humanitarian partners, such as the UNHCR, to enable essential supplies such as shelters, sanitation and hygiene facilities to be erected at the Afghanistan border. The remaining £20 million of funding is flexible to rapidly scale up the response to hosting communities in affected countries if a mass movement of population takes place.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of their discussions with the government of Pakistan regarding safe passage for Afghan and other citizens crossing the border.

The former Foreign Secretary met with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Qureshi and discussed working together to support the people of Afghanistan and to ensure safe passage out of the country.

We will continue to explore all routes (air or land) with neighbouring countries, and what means can be put in place for Afghans to come to the UK, where that is their most appropriate destination.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the promotion of democracy and human rights in Cuba.

The UK government regularly raises these important issues with the Cuban Government. On 12 July, the UK was one of the first countries to publicly reaffirm the Cuban people's right to peaceful protest. Officials from the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office spoke to the Cuban Ambassador on the same day, urging respect for fundamental human rights. On 14 July, the British Ambassador in Havana met with officials in the Cuban Government, and urged them to uphold freedom of expression in Cuba.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with any department in Northern Ireland about the reduction of VAT on home energy products since 1 January.

The Treasury discussed the Spring Statement measures with the Northern Ireland Executive on the day of the Statement.

The Treasury regularly discusses fiscal event measures with stakeholders, including the devolved administrations. There will be and is ongoing engagement with the Northern Ireland Civil Service as required.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes have taken effect in respect of alcohol excise duties in the UK since 1 January 2021 which (1) do not apply to Northern Ireland, and (2) will take effect in Northern Ireland with modifications.

As part of the UK’s departure from the EU, the government announced a number of changes to the movement of excise goods (including alcohol) to and from Northern Ireland, which took effect at 11pm on 31st December 2020. More information about post-transition changes is available on gov.uk and from HMRC. There have been no further changes to alcohol duties since 1 January 2021 that exclude Northern Ireland or do not fully apply in Northern Ireland.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the removal of VAT on home energy products will take effect for homeowners in Northern Ireland.

Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, EU VAT rules concerning goods – which restrict the introduction of new zero rates - continue to apply in Northern Ireland (NI).

We have been clear that a constructive solution must be found that ensures the whole of the UK can benefit from these reforms. The Government will raise this with the European Commission as soon as possible, within wider discussions regarding the NI Protocol.

In the interim, the Northern Ireland Executive will receive a Barnett share of the value of this relief.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many custom transactions the Trader Support Service has carried out for users in each year since it was created.

As of 28 March 2022, the Trader Support Service had processed a total of 5,407,838 customs declarations for goods movements on behalf of its users since it was created in 2020. 802 customs declarations were processed in 2020, 4,391,432 declarations in 2021, and 1,015,604 declarations in 2022.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
24th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many users are currently registered with the Trader Support Service; and how many of those users are located in (1) Northern Ireland, and (2) Great Britain.

There are 45,077 Traders currently registered with the Trader Support Service. 17,394 Traders are located in Northern Ireland, 26,653 are located in Great Britain, and 1,030 are located in Rest of World. These details are correct as of 25 March 2022.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
17th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses are currently registered with the Trader Support Service.

There are 44,977 traders registered with the Trader Support Service as of 22 March 2022.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
17th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government where those employed to work in the Trader Support Service are located.

The Trader Support Service (TSS) is delivered and operated by the Trader Support Service Consortium members of Fujitsu, McKinsey and Company, the Customs Clearance Consortium, the Institute for Export & International Trade and HGS. Each of these businesses have their own staff working on TSS in locations across Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
17th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many customs transactions the Trader Support Service has carried out for users in each year since it was created.

As of 22 March 2022, the Trader Support Service had processed a total of 5,324,676 customs declarations for goods movements on behalf of its users since it was created in 2020. 802 customs declarations were processed in 2020, 4,391,432 declarations in 2021 and 932,442 declarations in 2022.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
17th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the operation of the Trader Support Service.

HMRC and the Trader Support Service continually assess customer satisfaction and the operation of the service to improve user experience and ensure value for money. From those assessments we know that the service is valued by businesses, that it helps traders manage the customs requirements under the NI Protocol and that the current customer satisfaction score is over 75%.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government which measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement in October 2021 are not applicable to Northern Ireland because of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

There are no measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Statement in October 2021 which are not applicable to Northern Ireland because of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Baroness Penn
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long they intend the Trader Support Service to operate.

The current contract with the Trader Support Service (TSS) is due to end in December 2022. We continue to work up options for the end of the TSS’s initial two-year contract period to December 2022 and await the outcome of the negotiations currently underway for the Northern Ireland Protocol.

9th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, what is the projected annual expenditure on the Trader Support Service for each of the next three years.

The total estimated spend for the Trader Support Service (TSS) in the year 2022-23 is £99 million. There is currently no projected spend in the subsequent two years. We continue to work up options for the end of the TSS’s initial two-year contract period to December 2022 and await the outcome of the negotiations currently underway for the Northern Ireland Protocol.

9th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the total expenditure on the Trader Support Service has been since its commencement.

Since its commencement to November 2021, the total spend on Trader Support Service is £204 million.

Trader Support Service (TSS) has handled just under 1.4 million Supplementary Declarations since 1 January 2021, with approximately 44,000 traders registered to use the service.

Just over 16,800 of our traders are registered in Northern Ireland, with just over 11,500 of those traders actively using the service.

9th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed (1) directly, and (2) indirectly, by the Trader Support Service.

The Trader Support Service (TSS) contract was awarded to a consortium of Fujitsu, who was the majority member, McKinsey and Company, Customs Clearance Consortium, Institute for Export and International Trade, and Hinduja Global Solutions Limited. There are 759 staff employed across Fujitsu and other consortium members supporting TSS as of the week ending 17 December 2021.

Trader Support Service (TSS) has handled just under 1.4 million Supplementary Declarations since 1 January 2021, with approximately 44,000 traders registered to use the service.

Just over 16,800 of our traders are registered in Northern Ireland, with just over 11,500 of those traders actively using the service.

8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding to be allocated to the devolved administrations deriving from the health and social care levy may only be spent by those administrations for the purpose of (1) health, and (2) social care.

For 2022-23, receipts from the increase in National Insurance contributions (NICs) will go to the NHS or equivalent in each part of the UK. This builds on existing arrangements whereby a proportion of NICs is legally required to be allocated in this way. From April 2023, there will similarly be a legal requirement to allocate the Levy revenues to health and social care in each part of the UK.

The overall level of funding provided to the devolved administrations will continue to be determined through the Barnett formula, including at the upcoming spending review.

28th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the Barnett consequentials in each relevant year for Northern Ireland from expenditure on (1) Levelling Up, (2) UK Shared Prosperity, and (3) Community Renewal funds.

Levelling Up the whole of the UK is a key priority for this government and the responsibility of a wide range of government departments – I understand your question to be referring to the specific Levelling Up Fund announced at Spending Review 2020.

The Levelling Up Fund, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the UK Community Renewal Fund will operate UK-wide, extending the benefits of funding for local priorities across all parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland.

As they are UK-wide programmes, they do not result in any Barnett consequentials for the Northern Ireland Executive or other devolved administrations.

18th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the National Infrastructure Commission about infrastructure development projects in Northern Ireland, apart from meetings concerning the Union Connectivity Review; and whether they will list the topics discussed.

The National Infrastructure Commission is responsible for economic infrastructure across six sectors: transport, energy, digital, water, floods, and waste management. Responsibility for most of these areas, excluding digital connectivity and nuclear energy, is devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Commission will engage with stakeholders in Northern Ireland on these issues as it prepares its second National Infrastructure Assessment. The Commission’s first National Infrastructure Assessment can be found at https://nic.org.uk/studies-reports/national-infrastructure-assessment/.

1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consult Northern Ireland businesses about legislation on anti-avoidance measures for qualifying Northern Ireland goods being sent to the rest of the UK.

The UK Government has been unequivocal in its commitment to unfettered access for Northern Ireland (NI) goods moving to the rest of the UK market.

After the Transition Period, under the Government’s phased approach, unfettered access will apply to all goods in free circulation in NI moving directly from NI to GB. This will ensure maximum continuity and avoid disruption.

In order to ensure that this special treatment is available only to Northern Ireland businesses, the Government will introduce an anti-avoidance requirement which will prevent businesses from moving goods via Northern Ireland if they do this in order to avoid paying import duties.

The first phase of unfettered access is intended to be a bridge to a longer-term regime that will focus its benefits on Northern Ireland businesses. The second phase will be introduced in 2021 and is being developed as a result of engagement with Northern Ireland businesses and the Northern Ireland Executive.

Ministers and officials are meeting Northern Ireland businesses regularly to provide clarity on approach and to allow for detailed discussion of proposals related to the Northern Ireland Protocol.

24th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have allocated (1) to Northern Ireland, (2) to Wales, and (3) to Scotland, under the Barnett formula for expenditure related to the COVID-19 pandemic to date.

To give the devolved administrations the upfront certainty to plan and deliver their coronavirus response, the UK Government guaranteed they would receive at least £16 billion in additional resource funding this year on top of their Spring Budget 20 funding. This provides at least £2.8 billion of additional funding for the Northern Ireland Executive, £5.0 billion for the Welsh Government, and £8.2 billion for the Scottish Government.

Spending Review 2020 is providing the devolved administrations with £2.6 billion of Covid funding through the Barnett formula in 21-22. This allocates £540 million for the Northern Ireland Executive, £770 million for the Welsh Government, and £1.3 billion for the Scottish Government.

18th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Unexplained Wealth Orders have been issued in each jurisdiction of the UK since their introduction.

Unexplained Wealth Orders have been granted in four cases to date; all of those have been in England and Wales. No Unexplained Wealth Orders have been granted in Scotland.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will be brought into force in Northern Ireland.

It is my intention that the outstanding provisions in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will be commenced on 28 June 2021. This is subject to Parliamentary approval.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of proceeds of crimes which have not been seized in Northern Ireland as a result of the delay in the operation of the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

Law Enforcement in Northern Ireland have a range of appropriate and effective powers available to them to recover criminals’ ill-gotten gains.

No formal assessment has been made as to the value of proceeds of crime which have not been seized as a result of the delay in operation of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 to Northern Ireland.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring arrangements are in place to ensure that the law relating to entry to, and departure from, the UK of non-UK citizens is enforced in the Common Travel Area.

As part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements, the UK does not operate routine immigration controls on journeys from within the CTA, with no immigration checks whatsoever on the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. However, everyone entering the UK, regardless of where they enter from, is required to meet UK immigration framework. The UK does conduct intelligence-led controls on CTA routes, including away from the land border in Northern Ireland. This is to detect those who intend to abuse CTA arrangements. Anyone identified attempting to circumvent UK border controls is liable to be removed, if they are not lawfully present within the UK.

We also work closely with Ireland to secure the external CTA border, including data sharing and operational co-operation.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
18th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to ensure that people who are not permitted to enter the UK are prevented entry when they seek to enter through the Common Travel Area via the Republic of Ireland.

As part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangements, the UK does not operate routine immigration controls on journeys from within the CTA, with no immigration checks whatsoever on the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. However, everyone entering the UK, regardless of where they enter from, is required to meet UK immigration framework. The UK does conduct intelligence-led controls on CTA routes, including away from the land border in Northern Ireland. This is to detect those who intend to abuse CTA arrangements. Anyone identified attempting to circumvent UK border controls is liable to be removed, if they are not lawfully present within the UK.

We also work closely with Ireland to secure the external CTA border, including data sharing and operational co-operation.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what allocations have been made from the Levelling Up Fund, and to which recipients, in Northern Ireland since its creation.

Almost £49 million has been awarded to 11 bids in Northern Ireland through the first round of the Levelling Up Fund. A list of the successful grant recipients along with the amount awarded, has been published on GOV.UK.

The second round of the Fund is currently open. We look forward to receiving high-quality applications from across Northern Ireland.

Lord Harrington of Watford
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impediments that could be faced in extending the Freeports programme to 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.

7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in the plan deliver at least one freeport in each of (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland, as set out in The Benefits of Brexit: How the UK is taking advantage of leaving the EU, published on 31 January.

On 25 March 2022 the UK Government and the Scottish Government jointly published the bidding prospectus for two Green Freeports in Scotland, inviting applicants to bid for Green Freeport Status. The bidding period will close on 20 June 2022. We aim to announce winning bids in late summer 2022.

The Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up has discussed establishing a Freeport in Wales with counterparts in the Welsh Government. Good progress is being made towards an agreement that would see a Freeport delivered in Wales as part of a shared endeavour between the UK Government and the Welsh Government.

The UK Government is committed to extending the Freeports programme to Northern Ireland as soon as possible.

31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been (1) allocated to, and (2) spent by, the (a) Community Ownership Fund, and (b) the Community Renewal Fund, in each year since their creation; and which projects have received funding.

The government has so far allocated almost £8m from the Community Ownership Fund and £220m from the one-year Community Renewal Fund to places and projects across the UK. Successful bids for the Community Renewal Fund were announced on 3 November 2021. The first batch of successful projects from round one of the Community Ownership Fund were announced in October 2021 with further announcements made December 2021 and March 2022. To date £125m has been paid to projects from the Community Renewal Fund and over £2.3m from the Community Ownership Fund. Details of all successful bids, from both funds, can be found on gov.uk.

29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been allocated to (1) Scotland, (2) Wales, and (3) Northern Ireland from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in each year since its creation.

Every place in the UK will receive a share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund recognising that even the most affluent parts of the UK contain pockets of deprivation and need support.

UK-wide, funding for the UKSPF will ramp up to £1.5 billion per year by March 2025. Alongside commitments to support regional finance funds across the UK via the British Business Bank, this upholds the UK government's commitment to match EU structural fund receipts for each nation.

The Government will publish a full Prospectus on the fund including allocations shortly.

16th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received from the Northern Ireland Executive regarding allocations under the Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

The UK Government is running a national competition against a fixed national allocation in Northern Ireland, equating to £11 million of funding.  All areas in Northern Ireland are eligible for funding and project applicants should submit bids directly to the UK Government for assessment and approval, by 18 June 2021. The UK Government will issue grant agreements to successful projects in Northern Ireland.

Where appropriate, the UK Government will seek advice from the Devolved Administrations -including Northern Ireland- on shortlisted projects to ensure that the project is deliverable and complementary to other provision.

16th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with (1) the devolved administrations, and (2) local authorities.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers.

The Fund will operate UK-wide. We will continue to engage the devolved administrations and other key stakeholders as we develop the fund's investment framework and in advance of its publication.

To help local areas prepare over 2021-22 for the introduction of the UKSPF, the government will provide additional funding to support our communities to pilot programmes and new approaches. We will work closely with stakeholders on how best to use this additional funding to prepare for the introduction of the UKSPF.

16th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which government departments will fund the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will help to level up and create opportunity across the UK in places most in need such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities, and for people who face labour market barriers. It will operate UK-wide.

The Spending Review recognised that many policy challenges require cooperation across multiple departments. The Government published its Heads of Terms for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund at Spending Review 2020 and to help local areas prepare over 2021-22 for the introduction of the UKSPF, the Government will provide additional funding to support our communities to pilot programmes and new approaches. Further details will be published in the new year.

29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress on the commitments in the New Decade, New Approach agreement on the York Street Interchange scheme.

The New Decade, New Approach deal helped to restore a fully functioning Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive in January 2020. A key priority for the Executive was to begin the urgent task of strengthening public services and delivering essential infrastructure projects, including the York Street Interchange. In 2020, an assurance review into the scheme was commissioned. Following the reporting of the review in 2021, the Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister asked for further work to be undertaken on the project proposals to maximise ambition on what can be delivered for connectivity and communities.

Delivering essential infrastructure projects including York Street Interchange is, of course, primarily a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive. The Government will encourage all parties to form an Executive as soon as possible following the Northern Ireland Assembly elections in May.

The Government’s priority is for a strong, functioning Executive delivering a better, more prosperous, shared future for the people of Northern Ireland. To support this priority, the Government has provided the NI Executive with £15 billion per year over the next three years. This is the largest funding settlement for Northern Ireland since devolution and highlights once again the strength and security that Northern Ireland gains from being an integral part of the world’s fifth largest economy.

Lord Caine
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
15th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) support for, and (2) framing of the debate around, terrorists involved in the Troubles in Northern Ireland; and what steps they are taking to work with (a) communities in Northern Ireland, (b) the political representatives of those communities, and (c) representatives of victims of the Troubles, to reduce tensions and aid reconciliation.

The Government remains committed to addressing the legacy of the past in a way that focuses on reconciliation and helping society in Northern Ireland look to the future. Since the publication of the Government’s Command Paper in July, we have engaged bilaterally and multilaterally with stakeholders from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland on our legacy proposals - including political parties, victims groups and other representatives from across the Northern Ireland community.

The Government continues to engage and reflect on the many different perspectives we have heard, while being clear that we will never accept any equivalence between those who perpetrated violence in Northern Ireland, and those who sought to uphold the law or abide by it.

The Government also continues to invest in social development across Northern Ireland, strengthening social cohesion and building stronger, safer communities, including through the £730 million PEACE PLUS programme announced in September 2021 to support economic stability, peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
16th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 14 July (HC Deb, cols 389–91) on prosecutions relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, what assessment they have made of the implications of their proposals for (1) Operation Kenova, and (2) any referrals for prosecution to the Public Prosecution Service arising from its investigations.

The Government recognises the positive achievements of Operation Kenova in terms of building relationships with victims and survivors, and helping them to understand the circumstances around what happened to their loved ones.

However, it is clear that with the passage of time, the chances of successful prosecution from even the most robust of investigations is vanishingly small.

That is why, as outlined in the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland’s oral statement of 14 July and in the command paper published afterwards, the Government wants to move away from a focus on criminal justice outcomes - which is delivering for nobody - and instead focus on effective information recovery and reconciliation measures.

The Government’s proposals are intended to inform ongoing intensive engagement with the Irish Government, Northern Ireland parties and other stakeholders with an interest in this issue. All elements of these proposals - including their practical application - are subject to ongoing consideration and discussion.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
12th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government in which areas (1) the European Parliament, or (2) the European Council, are co-legislators for Northern Ireland.

The Government do not recognise the concept of a co-legislator. The legislatures for Northern Ireland are the Assembly and the Houses of Parliament. The Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol gives effect to a limited group of technical EU legal rules considered necessary to facilitate trade and the movement of agrifoods.

The Protocol provides for forums in which forthcoming legislation can be discussed, including whether new areas of law should be applied. New pieces of EU legislation that amend or replace acts referred to in the Protocol are notified to the Joint Consultative Working Group. New EU legislation that is within the scope of the Protocol but does not amend or replace acts listed in the Annexes of the Protocol, does not apply unless there is a Joint Committee decision to add the new act.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations are proscribed under Schedule 2 to the Terrorism Act 2000 due to their association with terrorism in Northern Ireland.

As set out under Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and published on gov.uk, the following groups linked to Northern Ireland Related Terrorism are proscribed:

Continuity Army Council

Cumann na mBan

Fianna na hEireann

Irish National Liberation Army

Irish People's Liberation Organisation

Irish Republican Army

Loyalist Volunteer Force

Orange Volunteers

Red Hand Commando

Red Hand Defenders

Saor Eire

Ulster Defence Association

Ulster Freedom Fighters

Ulster Volunteer Force

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
13th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the National Infrastructure Commission about infrastructure development in Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister announced the Union Connectivity Review on 3 October 2020. The review, which is chaired by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, aims to support the Government's work to build a stronger, fairer economy for the future by establishing how the quality and availability of transport infrastructures can support economic growth and quality of life across the whole of the UK. The review is considering transport connectivity between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland via road, rail and air, and across the Irish Sea.

Sir Peter Hendy is being supported by an advisory panel of experts, which includes a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission. The terms of reference for the review also ask Sir Peter to consult widely with relevant government agencies, including the National Infrastructure Commission, alongside the devolved administrations, local authorities and their infrastructure commissions.

The Union Connectivity Review interim report was published on 10 March 2021 and the final report will be published in the summer. The Government will carefully consider the report and recommendations.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
24th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the provision of support to the aviation industry in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has been working closely with the NI Executive to maintain UK connectivity between Great Britain and Northern Ireland throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thanks to a generous £5.7m financial support package agreed by the Government and the Executive, the air bridge between GB and NI was maintained at the height of disruptions this year, ensuring that critical routes to London from both City of Derry and Belfast City airports remained open to support the movement of key workers within the United Kingdom.

The aviation industry has also been able to draw on the unprecedented package of economic measures the Government has put in place during this time, including a Bank of England scheme for firms to raise capital and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme that facilitates access to finance for businesses affected by the outbreak.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has also been available to support wages during this time. On 5 November, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that workers across the United Kingdom would benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the CJRS until the end of March 2021, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.

The Government continues to work closely with the Executive to ensure critical routes remain open.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)