Driving: Licensing

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 14th January 2015.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow DUP Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Transport before the decision of that Department to display the Union flag on driving licences only in England, Scotland and Wales.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

My hon Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a range of matters concerning Northern Ireland, and have discussed the issue of proposals for the Union Flag to appear in Great Britain driving licences. However, driving licences are a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and it is for the devolved authorities to decide whether to adopt changes made elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

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