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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Louise Haigh (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Lord Bruce of Bennachie (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
Shadow Ministers
Karin Smyth (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Aug 2020, 4:51 p.m.
HAPPENING NOW: today marks the beginning of the #EatOutToHelpOut scheme. Up until 31st August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at any participating restaurants, pubs or cafes. Find registered restaurants near you: i - Link
3 Aug 2020, 4:39 p.m.
Minister of State @WalkerWorcester was delighted to meet with US Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau @USAinNI in Belfast today to discuss the UK-US bilateral relationship 🤝 as we approach the centenary of Northern Ireland in 2021 - Link
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Northern Ireland Office Commons Appearances

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

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

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

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

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jun. 24 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 30 Urgent Questions Wrightbus (Ballymena)
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
16 Jul 2020
In Force
1 Sep 2020
Northern Ireland Office Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations enable same-sex religious marriage in Northern Ireland and provide protections for religious bodies, and persons acting on behalf of or under the auspices of such bodies, who do not wish to facilitate religious marriages between parties who are of the same sex, or ceremonies or events to mark the solemnisation of a same-sex marriage or formation of a civil partnership. The Regulations also make provision in relation to same-sex armed forces marriages overseas, and make minor amendments to the Marriage (Same-sex Couples) and Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/1514).
7 Jul 2020
In Force
30 Oct 2020
Northern Ireland Office Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Destruction, Retention and Use of Biometric Data) (Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order extends by two years the duration of transitional provision for Northern Ireland in connection with the coming into force of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (c. 9) (“the Act”) (destruction, retention and use of biometric data).
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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, 3 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 10 months, 3 weeks ago

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

Petition Closed

Leave the EU now

Gov Responded - 27 Nov 2018 Debated on - 14 Jan 2019
14 Dec 2018
closed 1 year, 7 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
28 Jul 2020, 11:14 a.m. Northern Ireland Office: Renewable Energy Layla Moran


To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2020 to Question 60667 on Renewable energy, what plans his Department has to install solar panels and wind turbines on its buildings in the next five years.

Answer (Mr Robin Walker)

My Department is committed to Greening Government commitments promoting initiatives where possible. The NIO’s offices are based on leased sites in London and Belfast; both buildings are listed as part of the national heritage programme which limits the capacity to adopt features such as wind turbines or solar panels. My officials have explored plans for installing renewable energy sources with the landlords who have advised that they currently have no plans to install solar panels or wind turbines.

Both landlords did however confirm that they seek to reduce their impact on the environment where possible. The Belfast office has now committed to providing sustainable water sourcing as part of their support for clean renewable energy.

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