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Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland (18 Apr 2018)

Karen Bradley: Justice is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and should be overseen by a restored Executive at Stormont.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: If it is helpful, I can tell the hon. Gentleman the way this will work. Once the Executive are formed, the power to make decisions will move back to the panel, because it can be re-formed, but if the Executive were to collapse again, we in this House would retain the ability to make a determination here without the need for further legislation.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. The first determination does cease at the point that the Executive is re-formed, but we still have the power to make further determinations in this place if the Executive subsequently collapses. This determination will cease, so we may then need to make a separate determination.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I know that this is very technical, but I am trying to resolve this today, rather than have to come back to the hon. Gentleman. The intention is that a determination made in the current period would reapply in any future period, but the sunset clause means that the power cannot be used. Does that make sense?

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: It may be easier if we write to the hon. Gentleman with exactly how it works. The intention as set out is how we intend things to work, but it may be easier if we write to him with the technical details.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: We do intend that to be the case—I recognise that we are going around the houses slightly—and I suggest that the hon. Gentleman speak to my officials. We would be very happy to go through things. If there is confusion or if something needs to be made clear, we can either put something in the Library or say something in the other place when the legislation is debated there.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: Those are extremely good technical points, but I am assured that the determination that would be made to stop the £500 increase and a further determination to reduce pay would apply for the period in which an Executive is not formed. If the Executive is reformed, MLA pay will be at the rate it should be, including the £500 increase.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. This is the third important piece of legislation to be brought before the House this week. The Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill, which the House debated yesterday, and the Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill, on which we have just concluded proceedings, focused on increasing clarity and confidence...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: The right hon. Gentleman has raised that point with me on several occasions and it has been discussed in the House. I know the strength of feeling on the matter, but he will also know that it is a matter for the House, not for the Government. That is why we are dealing with the power to vary the pay and allowances of Members of the Legislative Assembly today.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: At Question Time, we had a question about the transparency of donations and I am pleased that the House has passed the order to start to increase such transparency. I know that the hon. Gentleman is keen to see further work on that, but I ask that we should see how the order works first. If more needs to be done, we will need to look at that.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend always asks helpful questions; he is not known for doing anything other. We are looking to have the power in this House to vary the salaries of Members who serve in the Northern Ireland Assembly—MLAs—in response to the fact that there has been no functioning Assembly for 14 months and the clear public concern about people receiving salaries when the Assembly...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank my hon. Friend, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, for his intervention. He is right that the Bill responds public concern, which has been raised with me and with him as Chair of the Committee, and with its members. I am sure that it has also been raised with Members of Parliament here who represent constituencies in Northern Ireland. The Bill will grant the power to...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Lady is right that I did not set a specific date. I hope that representations will be made and will continue to be made, and that the fact that we have this Bill before us will encourage people to come forward and make representations. I am also clear that the reason for introducing it this week—I will come to this later—is to ensure that the pay rise that would have gone...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: Of course I am happy to publish any representations made to me, although that might not be appropriate for some, for specific reasons, and information might need to be redacted. I cannot envisage any such reasons now, however, and I will of course ensure as much publicity and transparency as possible. One important difference between the panel’s powers and those in the Bill is that,...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I have said in the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and elsewhere that I agree with the point my hon. and gallant Friend makes. The staff, who work extraordinarily hard on behalf of MLAs’ constituents, should not suffer as a result of our being unable to form an Executive and get the Assembly sitting. As Members of this Parliament, we know the work we do in this place and for our...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I give way to the shadow Secretary of State.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: That is exactly what I am saying. As I have said, I know how hard my staff work, and I am sure that the staff of all of us in this place work incredibly hard for our constituents. The position of the staff at Stormont should not be prejudiced by what is happening with their political masters.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: Yes, I am minded to cut the salaries of MLAs in line with the Trevor Reaney recommendation, on the basis that that is the only evidence that I have and the only advice that I have. However, I am open to recommendations and representations from others. I want to put on record my thanks to Mr Reaney for the work that he did, but if others believe that something different should be done, I shall...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: I do not intend to consult the parties explicitly. What I have said is that I would welcome representations from the parties to provide me with the evidence and the views that I need to make a final decision about the level at which we should set MLAs’ salaries. I have spent many hours in the Stormont Parliament building over the last few weeks, along with some Opposition Members. It is...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Karen Bradley: Those are issues that Mr Reaney looked at. He looked at the work that the MLAs are not doing because the Assembly is not sitting, but also at the work they do for their constituents, and tried to find a balance. That is why I would welcome representations from others, so that I can be sure that the decision that is made is a fair decision that reflects properly the contribution that MLAs make...


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