Political Parties: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require the publication of details of electoral donations received by political parties in Northern Ireland between 2014 and 2017.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 introduced transparency around donations and loans to political parties in Northern Ireland from July 2017. The date set in the legislation for introduction of the transparency regime followed a consultation process and represented a broad consensus across the Northern Ireland political parties.

The Government has no plans in place to legislate to facilitate the publication of pre-2017 data. We are committed to undertaking an operational review to consider all aspects of the operation of the donation and loans systems in Northern Ireland, to review whether there might be a case for further reforms.

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