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Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman raises a very good point, and I will tell him why. The last time we moved to direct rule, it lasted five years, and the time before that, it lasted 25 years. The move towards direct rule is a lot easier than the move out of direct rule. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, along with the Prime Minister, will therefore leave no stone unturned in trying to get a...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The right hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. I do not know how long, but we are still trying to get the parties involved and we are engaging with them. We have the British-Irish intergovernmental conference coming up soon, and we are liaising with the Irish Government, as is necessary. We are not going to give up on this very easily, as I hope is abundantly clear. He will be aware that...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill (9 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I hope that the commitment that the hon. Gentleman has articulated—others have articulated it—to that devolved Assembly will continue. For the Government’s part, we will continue to speak to other parties to see whether we can get the Assembly up and running. The Government would very much have preferred this legislation to have been taken forward by the restored Executive and a sitting...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Terrorism: Northern Ireland (6 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Counter-terrorism legislation already provides for offences of expressing support for a proscribed organisation, publishing images in such a way as to arouse reasonable suspicion that the person is a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation, and encouragement of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications. Northern Ireland Office officials have worked with the Home Office...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Abortion: Northern Ireland (4 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been taking forward regular discussions with the main political parties in Northern Ireland about restoring devolved government and the pressing devolved issues which need to be addressed by a restored Assembly and Executive, including abortion.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Electronic Voting (2 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: There are no plans to introduce online voting to Northern Ireland. The verification of registration applications received from individuals using the digital registration service is an operational matter for the Chief Electoral Officer and is carried out in accordance with the law.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Flags: Northern Ireland (2 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The flying of flags on Northern Ireland government buildings is regulated by The Flags (Northern Ireland) Order 2000, and The Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, as amended in 2002, which specifies the buildings and the days on which the Union flag can be flown. There are no current plans to review how this legislation operates in regulating flag flying at Northern Ireland government...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland: Buildings (2 Jul 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The structure and makeup of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland are operational matters for the Chief Electoral Officer. Following the recent publication of the response to the joint consultation on the Future Delivery of Electoral Services in Northern Ireland I have every confidence that the Chief Electoral Officer will make the right decisions for the future of her office and the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (28 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has made clear that she is carefully considering all the details and will set out the next steps on this matter in due course.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Official Engagements: Northern Ireland (27 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 26 June 2018. The correct answer should have been: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has had engagements in twelve of the sixteen eighteen parliamentary constituencies since her appointment.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Bridges: Irish Sea (27 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Transport is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and policy issues of this kind would be for a restored Executive and the Scottish Government.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Official Engagements: Northern Ireland (27 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has had engagements in twelve of the sixteen eighteen parliamentary constituencies since her appointment.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Policy (27 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Northern Ireland Office published an updated Single Departmental Plan on 23 May 2018. This set out the Department’s main policy objectives and how it will achieve them. Single Departmental Plans will be revised annually to reflect new priorities or changes in responsibilities.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Integrated Schools: Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: In addition to the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of the allocation of up to £140m to fund the Strule Shared Education Campus and the announcement in March 2016 to support the development of 23 shared and integrated education projects, both the UK government and the Northern Ireland Civil Service are working closely together to bring forward further bids...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Integrated Schools: Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The Secretary of State regularly meets a range of MPs and MLAs on Northern Ireland matters and will continue to do so. A member of the ministerial team would be happy to have a meeting to discuss integrated education with Kellie Armstrong MLA and the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Integrated Schools: Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Funding for integrated education projects will be considered against the policy objective of increasing provision. The allocation of funding for integrated education will be determined once bids are considered and funding is allocated. Both the UK government and Northern Ireland Civil Service are working closely together to bring forward bids for funding as a priority.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Marriage: Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Same-sex marriage is a devolved matter. The Government's priority therefore remains the re-establishment of a fully-functioning devolved government in Northern Ireland, so that decisions on same-sex marriage can be taken by locally elected and locally accountable politicians.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: Clause 43 of the December joint report makes it absolutely clear that there will be no physical infrastructure or related checks and controls on the border. As for the use of technology, the hon. Gentleman will be aware that the details of a potential solution have yet to be worked out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I do not accept the hon. Gentleman’s analysis. The fact is that the Northern Ireland economy is doing very well, with the lowest unemployment rate in the country, and exports are increasing. On the single market and the customs union, let me be absolutely clear: the people of the United Kingdom collectively voted to leave the EU, and that includes the customs union and the single market.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Policing (20 Jun 2018)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. We need to have a comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union. That is possible, and I very much hope that all parties will work towards it.


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