To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his oral answer of 4 July 2012, Official Report, column 900, on welfare reform, what his responsibilities are in respect of welfare and benefit provisions in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
Social Security, child support and pensions are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend Mr Duncan Smith, in Great Britain, and of the Minister for Social Development in Northern Ireland as these are transferred matters.
Section 87 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 provides for arrangements to ensure that there are single systems of social security, child support and pensions across the United Kingdom.
I remain in regular contact with both Ministers in respect of the welfare reform agenda.