Restoration of Power Sharing

Part of Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons on 6 September 2023.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

I sincerely welcome the right hon. Gentleman to his place and thank him for his question. Currently, there are issues with one particular political party. We are talking to that party on a very regular basis at this point in time. Those talks have moved forward substantially, but he would have to check in with the DUP leadership to see if I am correct. Just because the right hon. Gentleman cannot see that does not mean that it is not happening. One thing I have learned, as I have said many times from this Dispatch Box, is that just because talks are being held in a confidential manner does not mean that they are not taking place and moving forward.