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Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Flood Control: Northern Ireland (22 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: Holding answer received on 11 September 2017 The recent flooding in the north west of Northern Ireland has been devastating for many people and it is important that householders, farmers and businesses are assisted to get back on their feet as soon as possible. Decisions surrounding flood support and mitigation are a devolved matter for the NI Executive. The UK Government stands...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Enterprise Zones: Northern Ireland (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: Holding answer received on 11 September 2017 I was delighted to see the launch of the Enterprise Zone in Coleraine earlier this year which was made possible thanks to legislation taken forward by the UK Government to allow the Enterprise Zone to benefit from Enhanced Capital Allowances. This is a prime example of how the UK Government can support the devolved regions to boost the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: Northern Ireland remains without a fully functioning, power-sharing devolved Government. Our clear and resolute focus is to re-establish devolved government at Stormont. Together with the Irish Government, we are continuing to support the parties’ efforts to find resolution and form an Executive. However, time is short and I urge the parties to continue to work to reach agreement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I agree with my hon. Friend on the intent that we must have and the approach to be taken. Clearly, we will do all that we can to support the parties in the days ahead. The time for action is now. I stress that we are seeing engagement between the DUP and Sinn Féin. I have been encouraged by the nature of the intensive engagement that they have shown, but agreement has not been reached. A...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Lady is right; the Prime Minister has been engaged, and she spoke to the party leaders of the DUP and Sinn Féin last night and underlined the need to be constructive in discussions and to find that resolution. She will remain closely engaged and will play whatever role is needed to support and find that positive outcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I welcome my hon. Friend to his place and to his position as Chair of the Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs. I wish him and members of that Committee positive and fruitful endeavours in their work and I look forward to giving evidence to his Committee soon. He makes an important point about the important role of the Policing Board. I am not going to speculate about other options....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I welcome the statement that the right hon. Gentleman has made on behalf of his party, and indeed the comments that Arlene Foster has made about seeing that desire to get back into an Executive. I would also point to the comments of Michelle O’Neill, who has said that she believes that, while there are difficulties, a deal is still doable. I would certainly encourage the right hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I say to the right hon. Gentleman that there are a number of issues that would clearly benefit from having an Executive with local decision making by locally elected politicians. He highlights the issue of Bombardier. While this is a commercial matter, as he knows, the UK Government are working tirelessly to safeguard Bombardier’s operations and its highly skilled workforce in Belfast....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Executive Accountability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: The people of Northern Ireland need a fully functioning Executive where strategic decisions can be made in the interests of the whole community. That is clearly in line with what they voted for in the Assembly election in March and that is the appropriate means to ensure local accountability and accessibility for all the people of Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Executive Accountability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Gentleman knows that time is running short. There is the lack of a budget in Northern Ireland and that cannot continue for much longer. The more we head into October the bigger the challenges will be. He makes a point about accountability. Obviously, as the UK Government we have a primary responsibility in respect of political stability in Northern Ireland, but I note the point he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Executive Accountability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: My hon. Friend makes an important point. Our priority is to encourage Boeing to drop its case and seek a negotiated settlement. I note that the leaders of both the DUP and Sinn Féin have issued a joint letter to the vice-president underlining the particular circumstances and the real significance of this matter to Northern Ireland, and I would encourage everyone to play their part in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Executive Accountability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Lady fundamentally mischaracterises what the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is about. It is about creating UK-wide frameworks to ensure that we have a smooth transition, and I would have thought that was in the best interests of all of the United Kingdom and that everybody should get behind it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Common Travel Area (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: The Government’s position on Northern Ireland and Ireland affirmed our commitment to maintaining the common travel area. That is supported by the EU, as confirmed in its recent paper on Ireland. I have regular discussions with the Irish Government and know that they, too, are supportive of maintaining the common travel area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Common Travel Area (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I point the hon. Gentleman to the paper that the EU itself issued, which said: “The continued operation of the Common Travel Area is fundamental to facilitating the interaction of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom…Continuation of the Common Travel Area arrangements, in conformity with European Union law, should be recognised.” I encourage the hon. Gentleman to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Common Travel Area (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: My hon. Friend highlights the strong co-operation between the Irish and UK Governments in respect of the common travel area. We want that to continue in the future. It has served us well over many decades, which is why our paper highlights its importance. Indeed, I think that the EU itself recognises that too.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Common Travel Area (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: The Irish Government recognise the particular challenges. We encourage all those involved to engage positively and proactively with the position paper we published to encourage further discussion. It has workable proposals and we need to get down to having a detailed discussion on them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Common Travel Area (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: My hon. Friend makes a very important point about Schengen. Our common framework on the common travel area has operated since the 1920s, and the UK, the Irish Government and the EU recognise its significance. We are determined to find a positive way through, and that can be achieved.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Governance and Political Stability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I have pressed the parties on the urgent need to resolve the current impasse in the interests of the entire community and I believe a deal remains possible. Locally accountable government is essential for the delivery of public services, good governance and political stability in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Governance and Political Stability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I am concerned, because it is not right that we do not have locally elected politicians making decisions and, yes, making sure that civil servants who act to deliver those services are held accountable. That is why we need to see the restoration of the Executive at the earliest possible opportunity, serving all communities, and delivering those public services that people need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Governance and Political Stability (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: I certainly hear that message loud and clear. There is no direct way in which I can intervene; there is no legislation that would authorise me to do so. As I said in a speech in Cambridge on Friday, if we were to be in the situation where the UK Government have to make direct directions, that is certainly an issue that I would have to consider.


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