Peers: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Lord Maginnis of Drumglass Independent Ulster Unionist

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 29 January (HL13010), whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland meets Northern Ireland-based peers as a group; if not, why not; and what assessment they have made of the contribution those peers can make using their collective experience of (1) the period since 1994, and (2) the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

Photo of Lord Duncan of Springbank Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the whole Ministerial team recognise the huge contribution of this group of Peers. Indeed I have paid tribute to them on the floor of this House so it is a matter of record. The Secretary of State holds meetings to hear views and advice from interested peers and those with experience in NI issues, and will continue to do so. Due to the large volume of engagements that the Secretary of State is obliged to undertake, I, as per my ministerial role, lead on the day to day engagement with peers and therefore regularly meet this group of peers.

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