Northern Ireland: Devolved Government - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:59 pm on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 2:59 pm, 18th March 2019

My Lords, is the Minister aware of the statement made by the secretary of the senior Civil Service union that civil servants in Northern Ireland who are now taking decisions are becoming public figures? It is worrying for them that they are exposed to the normal cut and thrust of politics. It is very important to bring about a situation with the political parties in Northern Ireland so that civil servants do not feel vulnerable through having to take high-profile political decisions.