Results 21–40 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Dunlop

Devolution — Question (2 Jul 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I can only agree with my noble friend that consultation is a key element in any proposals that come forward. Since January, when we tabled the draft clauses for the Scotland Bill, we have been consulting and we will continue to do so.

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2015: Motion to Approve (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, under this order, trials without a jury can take place in Northern Ireland for a further two years from 1 August 2015. Without this order, the current provisions will lapse on 31 July. This is the fourth such extension of these provisions. Noble Lords will understandably want to assure themselves that a further extension is justified. As Northern Ireland continues its progress...

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2015: Motion to Approve (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lords, Lord Bew and Lord McAvoy, for their support. Non-jury trial is an exceptional system used only in very limited circumstances. There is rightly a presumption for jury trial in all cases. The security situation in Northern Ireland has not significantly improved since the 2013 extension. The situation is covered by the conditions in the 2007 Act, which remain relevant...

Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2015: Motion to Approve (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, this statutory instrument makes provision to adopt for the purposes of Northern Ireland Assembly elections the same polling districts and polling stations already in place for parliamentary elections. Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are elected using parliamentary constituencies. However, at previous elections the polling districts, or wards, used were those drawn up for...

Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2015: Motion to Approve (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The parties have been consulted and there is an appeal process. Indeed, an appeal is going on with regard to a polling station in Dungannon, and is currently being considered by the Electoral Commission.

Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2015: Motion to Approve (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord for his support and brevity. Motion agreed.

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will now repeat a Statement by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the other place. “Over recent days I have been involved in a series of discussions with the Prime Minister, the five largest Northern Ireland parties and the Irish Government. On Thursday, we announced a fresh round of intensive cross-party talks....

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: First, I thank the noble Lords, Lord McAvoy and Lord Alderdice, for their remarks and support. I do not think that anybody can doubt the seriousness of the situation or the Government’s commitment to help resolve the current challenges. I am sure that noble Lords in all parts of this House want to see devolved institutions in Northern Ireland that work and deliver for people in Northern...

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend for those comments. I entirely agree that the whole purpose of these talks is to get all the parties round the table and to find a way through this very difficult situation. My noble friend mentioned austerity. I think it is worth putting all this into context. The Northern Ireland block grant is still higher in cash terms than it was in 2010 and is only 1% lower in...

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: As I said in my earlier remarks, the Government share the assessment of the chief constable of the PSNI, and that is why one of the two key focuses of this intensive talks process is to consider the implications of the existence of paramilitary structures —on both sides of the community—as part of this talks process.

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Baroness for her questions. First, this Government are very committed to devolution, which has widespread support in Northern Ireland. The crux of devolution is local elected representatives being responsible for local issues. As I have said, the Stormont House agreement is a package of measures and the UK Government are delivering their responsibilities under that...

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, has drawn attention to quite a number of practical considerations. I can confirm that the Government do regard this as an option that is worthy of consideration and it will certainly form part of the talks that are about to start.

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I very much agree with the noble Baroness that the Police Service of Northern Ireland needs the support of the community in pursuing these investigations. If people have information that will help the police with their inquiry, we would certainly encourage them to come forward.

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord for his question. The first thing that I need to make clear is what I said earlier: that the Government do not think that suspension of the devolved institutions is right in the current circumstances. The noble Lord is absolutely right to say that the budgetary situation is acute. That is why these talks will be intensive, urgent and focused, and will last between three...

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend. I do not think that I have anything to add to what I have already said on that matter.

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord for his question. On the latter point, I have no information to share with the House at this point. I very much agree with what he said about building trust and confidence. The best way to achieve that is to get people round the table to discuss in a very focused way the challenges that face Northern Ireland. There is no doubt that the best route forward for Northern...

Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I echo what my noble friend said about the original architects of the Good Friday agreement. All of us in this House should recognise that the Stormont House agreement of December 2014 was a fantastic achievement by all the parties in Northern Ireland. I hope that the message will go out from this House that we want to build on that achievement. That is what the talks that will start this...

Northern Ireland Assembly — Private Notice Question (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, the question of an adjournment of the Northern Ireland Assembly is a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly. I understand that the Assembly Business Committee is meeting this afternoon to consider this proposal.

Northern Ireland Assembly — Private Notice Question (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The noble Lord brings vast experience of Northern Ireland to these matters. Indeed, when he was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, he went through a period of suspension, and he will appreciate the seriousness of any step to suspend. As the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has already set out, the Government do not think that the time is right to suspend devolved institutions. If...

Northern Ireland Assembly — Private Notice Question (10 Sep 2015)

Lord Dunlop: Just to reiterate, this is an ongoing situation, and the parties will consider the issue of adjournment this afternoon in the Business Committee. While we want to keep Parliament informed as appropriate, it is also worth saying that, in a fast-moving situation, it would not be helpful for the UK Government to give a running commentary on what are very sensitive and serious matters.


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