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Northern Ireland

David Hanson Excerpts
Thursday 5th September 2019

(1 year ago)

Commons Chamber
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Julian Smith Portrait Julian Smith - Parliament Live - Hansard

May I first pay tribute to my right hon. Friend, who did an exceptional job as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. She will know of the trauma that victims have suffered. It is now three years since the Hart report was published, and the work that she did means that the Bill could now be presented at the earliest opportunity. I hope that we will get that into the Queen’s Speech and ensure that we solve the issue once and for all.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Sep 2019, 11:25 a.m.

In the absence of a Stormont Government, and in view of the potential difficulties arising from no deal, will the Secretary of State clarify who will make decisions during that period, and tell us what discussions he has had both with the political parties and the Irish Government about the implications of direct rule?

Julian Smith Portrait Julian Smith - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Sep 2019, 11:25 a.m.

I strongly believe that getting the talks up and running, and getting Stormont up and running, is in the best interests of Northern Ireland, and is the best route for decision making. Obviously, along with Cabinet colleagues, I am considering alternatives should that fail, but we have to try to get Stormont up and running.