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Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Security (13 Sep 2017)

Chloe Smith: The UK Government have regular discussions with the Irish Government on a range of issues, including cross-border security. We work closely together to tackle security challenges and keep people on both sides of the border safe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Security (13 Sep 2017)

Chloe Smith: Yes—in short, I certainly can. Co-operation with the Irish authorities is already strong. We wish to see that continue. If I may, I will take this opportunity to commend the security services and police on both sides of the border for all that they do to keep individuals safe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Security (13 Sep 2017)

Chloe Smith: Obviously, it is not possible to comment on specific assessments and security matters at this moment, but as I said in my previous response, co-operation is very strong across all security matters. We wish to see it continue that way in order to keep people on both sides of the border safe not only from the scourge of terrorism, but from cross-border crime where that is relevant, too.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Cross-border Security (13 Sep 2017)

Chloe Smith: There has been close co-operation with the Irish Government every step of the way in seeking to re-establish the devolved Government, which is a common and shared priority. As the hon. Gentleman has said, that spirit is shared not only by Members on both sides of the House, but by the Governments. I am clear, however, that the UK Government have the specific responsibility of delivering...

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

Chloe Smith: This Government fully support business groups and civic leaders collaborating across boundaries to grow local economies. We are committed to doing our part to build prosperity right across the United Kingdom. For example, in Northern Ireland our UK industrial strategy will support business growth, employment and innovation, and boost levels of trade and investment.

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

Chloe Smith: I would hope that those on both sides of the House would agree that in every part of the United Kingdom we need to see jobs growth, the growth of key industries and people living a secure and prosperous life. I am pleased to note that this morning it was announced that the Northern Ireland unemployment rate for the May to July quarter of this year has decreased again. I hope that the hon....

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

Chloe Smith: There are two things to say. First, we would like to see additional economic co-operation within Northern Ireland—namely, the possibility of there being city deals. Secondly, the hon. Gentleman’s comments about corporation tax clearly remind us that we need to work towards the restoration of an Executive who can take such decisions for the good of the people of Northern Ireland.

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

Chloe Smith: The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism continues to be severe in Northern Ireland, meaning that an attack is highly likely. Our response to terrorism and paramilitary activity is co-ordinated, effective and fully resourced. This Government remain fully committed to keeping people safe and secure and ensuring that terrorism never succeeds.

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

Chloe Smith: The Government will always give their fullest possible backing to those brave men and women who have done, and continue to do, an outstanding job serving the community. As part of our work to implement the Stormont House agreement, the legacy institutions will be under a duty to behave in a manner that is balanced, proportionate and fair. We also have the aim of taking cases in chronological...

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

Chloe Smith: Yes, I certainly do. I send the Government’s thanks and support to every member of the security services and the police force who keeps people safe in Northern Ireland and here.

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

Chloe Smith: This Government have committed £25 million of funding to support the Northern Ireland Executive’s tackling paramilitarism programme. However, I return to the point that this reminds us why we need an Executive back up and running to keep people safe, on this most acute of issues.

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

Chloe Smith: More broadly, this is a matter being taken forward by the Foreign Office, but I would be happy to meet, or indeed to arrange a meeting, with members of the Government to discuss the issues in more detail.

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

Chloe Smith: Yes, is the principal answer. It is crucial that people have the confidence to come forward to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all parts of the community.

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: I begin my brief closing remarks by thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) for that moving, sombre and timely illustration of exactly the issues we are dealing with today. On behalf of the whole House, I thank him for sharing that piece of his family’s unfortunate experience.

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: My right hon. Friend will be well aware that, at this point, I am not able to deal fully with the issues he raises, except to say in brief that we would all wish to have a way of dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland that is fair, balanced and proportionate. We will have to return to those more fully at a later time. I will do my best to work my way swiftly through the requests that...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: It will be part of David Seymour’s annual review cycle. I think I said that in my earlier remarks, but I am happy to make it clear for the record. My hon. Friend the Member for Tewkesbury (Mr Robertson), the erstwhile Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee—

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: Indeed. No doubt we will see my right hon. Friend serve as the Chairman again. He and a number of hon. Members asked about the mechanisms of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. I can confirm to the House that that Act remains in force. The threshold is different for the provisions— the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon) made those very same points. Obviously, the Justice and Security...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: I am afraid I must press on, as I have only few minutes left in which to answer points raised by quite a few Members. My hon. Friend the Member for Tewkesbury asked how many judges sat on the trials. I can confirm that in a non-jury trial there is a single judge. He and others asked about the trend for the types of trials that use the provisions. As I confirmed earlier to the House, trials...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: I beg to move, That the draft Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2017, which was laid before this House on 22 June, be approved. Under this order, trials without a jury can take place in Northern Ireland for a further two years from 1 August 2017; the current provisions expire on 31 July. Although this is the fifth...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill: Criminal Law (Northern Ireland) (5 Jul 2017)

Chloe Smith: I thank the hon. Lady for her comments. Initially, I want to set out the conditions under which such a trial can be granted, as that will begin to help answer her question. I shall also come on to discuss the numbers of such trials. As she will appreciate, I will not be able to comment on any live cases or give her every single detail she asks for, but I will endeavour to give the House a...


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