Results 1–20 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Julian Smith

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for the remarks that he has just made, which I think were very responsible. I hope not to have to come back to discuss these matters with him, but I want to put on record my thanks for his comments.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Report pursuant to Sections 3(1), 3(6), 3(7), 3(8), 3(9) and 3(10) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 - regarding Executive formation; transparency of political donations; higher education and a Derry university; presumption of non-prosecution; Troubles prosecution guidance; and abortion law review, which was laid...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: To be fair to the business managers tonight, there has been a major challenge with the number of unexpected and emergency debates, but I am now coming to the issue of HIA that the hon. Lady raises. In doing so, I apologise to the House for the change in business. It in no way diminishes how seriously I am progressing the issues or affects the commitments I have made.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: The victims of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland have shown incredible courage and dignity through their engagement with the Hart inquiry and throughout their campaign for redress. I know that colleagues, as has been shown in the interventions I have just taken, will join me today in restating our collective determination to see progress made in delivering redress to those...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. The EF Act requires new laws in areas including same-sex marriage, opposite-sex civil partnerships, abortion, and victims’ payments. These are sensitive devolved issues, and this Government’s preference is that they are taken forward by a restored Executive. Again, I am sorry that we have not been able to discuss the important issue of...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I am confident that the business managers will look very favourably on such a Bill for the Queen’s Speech. Northern Ireland has been without devolved government since January 2017. In that time, we have seen hospital waiting lists get longer, public services deteriorate, and frustration in Northern Ireland grow. The issue of Brexit has made the need for a reformed Executive ever more...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I agree with the hon. Gentleman, and I pay tribute to the work he has done during his career for the citizens of Northern Ireland, but I would say that two SO24 debates today have given the business managers a major challenge. The issue of transparency of donations to Northern Ireland parties is one which this Government take very seriously. We are rightly proud that we were able to secure...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I am aware that he and his party have strong views on this issue, and we are looking at all elements of this policy. While many in this House have called for retrospection, we must not forget that the last time the parties in Northern Ireland were formally consulted on this, in 2017, there was only consensus for transparency going forward. The...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: On my last visit to Derry/Londonderry, I spoke about the medical campus, and we are working to ensure that we do everything we can in the Northern Ireland Office to support it. Again, however, we need the Executive—Stormont—back up and running to make sure the money flows to that campus. This Government are unequivocal in our admiration of the armed forces, who served with heroism and...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I want to take care about prejudging the work that the Government have put in place, cross-Government. As my right hon. Friend is aware, the Prime Minister has set a new focus on this issue, and I am sure he will be inputting into that. I will be working, along with the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office, to move that issue forward. I absolutely recognise the sentiment and the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I think my right hon. Friend, who has spoken very persuasively on this issue for many years, makes some important points, but I return to the fact that the Government are looking at all these issues in our cross-Whitehall review. In Northern Ireland, just as in England and Wales, prosecutorial decisions are made independently of Government. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I accept the hon. Lady’s point, but I return to the fact that the ways to achieve the sorts of things that she is discussing are much more complex. The Government are committed to finding practical, sustainable and workable solutions to establish an improved system that works better for all and ensures that soldiers and former police officers who risk their lives to maintain peace and order...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I shall return that directness to the hon. Gentleman. If the parties get their act together, there can be a Northern Ireland solution to this issue. The challenge for the Government is that there was a free vote in the House that, under law, we need to respect. As part of that, we have undertaken work to analyse the range of information and examples, both international and domestic, on these...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: I accept that these are highly emotive and sensitive issues. I accept that the House, having spoken, needs, wants and demands that we act. The consultation that my Department will put in place will be extremely sensitive to many of the issues that have been outlined tonight, but I return to the fact that I will do everything that I can in my power to get the Executive up and running because I...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: They will be, but again I want and hope that we can get this issue addressed within Northern Ireland and by Northern Ireland political leaders. I welcome the opportunity to open these issues up for debate in the House. The range of issues, largely on devolved matters, demonstrates how important it is to restore the Executive. That is why I will strive, over the coming days and weeks, to...

Northern Ireland (5 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: First, I thank the hon. Gentleman for his constructive work over the summer on a range of issues, including those relating to Harland and Wolff. Secondly, may I remind Members that I have been held captive in the Whips Office for over three years and that this is therefore my first Dispatch Box appearance? I have to be honest and say that I am very grateful not to be the Government’s...

Northern Ireland (5 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: The hon. Gentleman asks about dangers. I think I have been very honest with the House that powers are needed to ensure, not only in the current situation, where civil servants across Northern Ireland are making difficult decisions without political direction, but obviously in the run-up either to a deal or no deal, that the very tricky decisions can be made, and I am sure that those will have...

Northern Ireland (5 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: It would obviously be inappropriate for me to discuss the details of that legal advice in the House, but suffice it to say that I have indicated that, in order to preserve the rights of citizens in Northern Ireland, we need to get Stormont up and running again or, failing that, ensure that powers are in place to protect those rights, jobs and the economy and the commitments made by the Irish...

Northern Ireland (5 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: On the question of deal versus no deal, my job is to lead the efforts for Northern Ireland to prepare for no deal, but I could not be clearer in my mind that a deal is in the best interests of Northern Ireland. As for the talks, we have issued the report outlining what occurred over the summer. These have been at a differing pace throughout the summer. There have been good talks. The issues...

Northern Ireland (5 Sep 2019)

Julian Smith: May I first pay tribute to my right hon. Friend, who did an exceptional job as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. She will know of the trauma that victims have suffered. It is now three years since the Hart report was published, and the work that she did means that the Bill could now be presented at the earliest opportunity. I hope that we will get that into the Queen’s Speech and...


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