Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered at on 24 March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the containment of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The UK-wide response to Covid-19 has been a collaboration between the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations. It is important that Ministers and officials continue to cooperate fully and openly regarding the response to Covid-19.

NIO Ministers have been attending COBR meetings alongside the NI Health Minister and the First Minister and deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland. The Department is also speaking regularly to the Northern Ireland party leaders.

NIO officials maintain close regular contact with the NI Civil Service, coordinating the public health response, ensuring provision for Northern Ireland is included in the Coronavirus Bill currently going through Parliament, and establishing a UK-wide approach to Covid-19 preparations.

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