Northern Ireland Executive - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 13th July 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lexden Lord Lexden Conservative 11:29 am, 13th July 2017

On Monday of last week, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland told Parliament that there was every prospect of agreement this week. Why did his optimism vanish, literally overnight? After some 10 weeks of abortive talking, is there really any prospect of a breakthrough? Do the Government have contingency plans for some other means of making the Government of Northern Ireland directly accountable to the representatives of the people?