Northern Ireland: Victims’ Payment Scheme - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:00 pm on 20th January 2021.

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Photo of Lord Caine Lord Caine Deputy Chairman of Committees 1:00 pm, 20th January 2021

My Lords, what is the current understanding between the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive as to who is responsible for funding this scheme? During my time in the Northern Ireland Office, it was clearly a devolved competence. Does my noble friend agree that, out of a block grant of some £15 billion, it ought to be perfectly realistic to expect the Sinn Féin Finance Minister to find the money for these long-overdue payments?