Northern Ireland Office

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Mawhinney Lord Mawhinney Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Baroness Randerson on 17 July (HL Deb, col 738), when they expect to have in place properly designed systems to ensure that Northern Ireland Office policy has proper lines of responsibility, accountability and safeguards against error.

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

Northern Ireland Office policy continues to be decided by Ministers. The NIO’s Senior Management Board monitors the delivery of all NIO policy, ensures lines of responsibility and accountability are clear, and checks that safeguards against error are sufficiently robust. As a result of significant changes in responsibilities and priorities, the Northern Ireland Office is a very different department from that which existed prior to devolution. The Department will be reflecting carefully on the conclusions and recommendations of the Hallett report, and considering whether there are further steps that need to be taken within the NIO to strengthen existing processes and ensure that appropriate lessons are learned. This work will be led by the Permanent Secretary and the Senior Management Board.

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