Northern Ireland Office

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

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Oct 2020, 5:27 p.m.
This afternoon, Secretary of State @BrandonLewis held a virtual meeting💻with members of the @UKYP in Northern Ireland. This was an excellent opportunity to hear directly about the issues concerning young people and hear their thoughts on the policies of the UK Government - Link
22 Oct 2020, 4:38 p.m.
Secretary of State @BrandonLewis has welcomed Chancellor @RishiSunak @hmtreasury announcement of extra financial support for businesses in Northern Ireland and across the UK. - Link
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Northern Ireland Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Sep. 30 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 08 Urgent Questions Northern Ireland Protocol: UK Legal Obligations
May. 20 Westminster Hall Immunity for Soldiers
Jul. 15 Adjournment Debate Northern Ireland Motorsport Taskforce Report
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Northern Ireland Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.

Northern Ireland Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
23 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Northern Ireland Office Flags (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
The Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. 2000/347) (“the Flags Regulations”) make provision as to the flying of flags at government buildings in Northern Ireland, in particular on which buildings and on which days flags must be flown. These Regulations amend the Flags Regulations so as to remove the requirement that the Union flag is flown at Churchill House, Victoria Square, Belfast (as this building has been demolished) and to require it to be flown at Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street, Belfast and Clare House, 303 Airport Road West, Belfast. They also add three further days on which the Union flag must be flown (9th January 21st June and 17th July).
7 Sep 2020
In Force
31 Dec 2020
Northern Ireland Office Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends the Adjacent Waters Boundaries (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (S.I 2002/791) (“the 2002 Order”).
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Petitions addressed by Northern Ireland Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Leave the EU without a deal in March 2019.

Gov Responded - 14 Dec 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
17 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

We are wasting Billions of pounds of taxpayers money trying to negotiate in a short space of time. Leaving the EU in March 2019 will allow the UK good time to negotiate more efficiently. The EU will be more eager to accept a deal on our terms having lost a major partner.

Petition Closed

Immunity for soldiers who worked in Northern Ireland.

Gov Responded - 1 Apr 2019 Debated on - 20 May 2019
13 Sep 2019
closed 1 year, 1 month ago

Do not prosecute the military for its work in Northern Ireland. Our military should be excused all criminal investigations after a period of time.

Petition Closed

Leave the EU now

Gov Responded - 27 Nov 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
14 Dec 2018
closed 1 year, 10 months ago

The Government is not going to achieve a satisfactory outcome from its negotiations with the EU.
We should walk away now.
No Deal is better than a bad deal.

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Northern Ireland Office Select Committee

Northern Ireland Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Northern Ireland Office Publications

Northern Ireland Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
21 Oct 2020, 11:10 a.m. Simon Hoare MP (Conservative - North Dorset) Simon Hoare MP (Conservative - North Dorset)

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October to Question 102124 on Terrorism: Northern Ireland, if he will publish the (a) community groups, including victim support groups, (b) religious leaders, (c) academics and (d) representatives of civic society met by Ministers and officials; and on what dates those meetings took place.

Answered by Mr Robin Walker - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)

The Government is committed to publishing details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations, including those listed, on a quarterly basis. Publications for the Northern Ireland Office can be found on Gov.UK.

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