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Northern Ireland written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of his welfare reform proposals in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

I discuss these matters regularly with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend Mr Duncan Smith, and I have met the Minister for Welfare Reform, my noble Friend the Lord Freud, on a number of occasions, both in Northern Ireland and London to discuss the implications of the welfare reform agenda for Northern Ireland. My noble Friend has visited Northern Ireland twice to discuss this agenda with Northern Ireland Ministers and plans to visit again.

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