Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

House of Lords written question – answered at on 11 March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the draft Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (Cm 8563) permits dual membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the House of Lords but not of the Assembly and the House of Commons.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The Government are committed to ending double jobbing between the Northern Ireland Assembly and the House of Commons. It was the unusually ingrained nature of that practice which led the Committee on Standards in Public Life, in its 2009 report, to recommend that the practice should be ended, "by the time of the scheduled elections to the three devolved legislatures in May 2011, or failing that by 2015 at the very latest". The committee did not make a similar recommendation in respect of the Lords.

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