Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:20 pm on 22nd May 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hain Lord Hain Labour 9:20 pm, 22nd May 2019

I will make a brief point, and I am grateful to the noble Lord for accepting my intervention. It strikes me on Northern Ireland that half of the community is not represented in Parliament. It is not represented in your Lordships’ House and it is not represented in the House of Commons. That is partly because Sinn Féin will not take its seats—we understand that. But can the Government—and whoever is the Prime Minister when the next set of appointments is made—think about this? I would certainly be willing to talk privately. It is really important for balanced debate that this is redressed.