Northern Ireland Office

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

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Secretary of State

Brandon Lewis
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

30 Oct 2020, 12:14 p.m.
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30 Oct 2020, 9:28 a.m.
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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
22 Oct 2020
In Force
7 Dec 2020
Northern Ireland Office Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations enable civil partners to convert their civil partnership into a marriage where the civil partnership was formed under the law of Northern Ireland and the civil partners are of the same sex.
22 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Northern Ireland Office Law Enforcement and Security (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
The Law Enforcement and Security (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/742) are to make amendments addressing deficiencies arising from the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. This instrument makes further amendments, in the fields of explosive precursors and firearms, in order to implement the Northern Ireland/Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement (“the Protocol”).
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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
28 Oct 2020, 4:23 p.m. Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (Non-affiliated - Life peer) Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (Non-affiliated - Life peer)

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have with the Northern Ireland Executive about the preparedness of ports of entry in Northern Ireland for the end of transition period.

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

Northern Ireland Office and Defra Ministers and officials continue to engage regularly with the Northern Ireland Executive as we get on with delivering the Protocol and preparing for the end of the transition period.

The Northern Ireland Executive and its relevant departments are critical partners and our engagement is intended to enhance understanding of approach and ensure appropriate planning.

We continue to support the Northern Ireland Executive on implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in a way that minimises any frictions on the flow of agrifood trade and works for Northern Ireland businesses and citizens. This work includes providing support to deliver the sanitary and phytosanitary operational arrangements necessary post-transition, including all elements relating to the people, processes, IT and facilities at Northern Ireland Points of Entry.

We have already reached an in-principle agreement to fund the costs of implementing agrifood requirements in Northern Ireland, as part of our wider commitment in the New Decade, New Approach agreement to engage with the Executive on the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and the Protocol as we examine funding options to support preparedness.

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