Northern Ireland: Political Developments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 12:43 pm, 28th March 2017

We have been working very closely with the head of the Northern Ireland civil service, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, as he works with his own Departments to ensure that the appropriate resources are in place. As I indicated in my statement, the reserve statutory provisions will be used to ensure that Departments have the money to maintain public services, but that can only be in place for a relatively short period, and the need to have political direction in place to set the priorities remains urgent. That is why the work ahead is such a significant priority for all of us.