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Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions he had with the Northern Ireland Executive before 29 May 2020 on who would cover the ongoing cost for the Victims Payment Scheme.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Regulations are clear that the Executive should fund the scheme. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been in regular recent contact with the First and deputy First Ministers to discuss a number of aspects of the scheme, including the ongoing costs. Our position is clear. All costs for this scheme, including ongoing costs, should be funded by the NI Executive. It is a devolved matter and devolved matters are typically funded by the block grant.

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