Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland – dealing with the deficit: Government Response to the Committee’s Third

Fifth Special Report

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee published its Third Report of Session 2017–19 Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland – dealing with the deficit (HC 613), on 22 May 2018. The Government’s response was received on 5 September 2018 and is appended below.

The Committee’s conclusions are shown in bold type and its recommendations in italic type.

Letter from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, 31 August 2018

Thank you for sending me a copy of your report ‘Devolution and Democracy in Northern Ireland – dealing with the deficit’.

I am grateful for the work of the Committee on this valuable report, and have taken time to fully consider its recommendations. As you will see, I agree with many of the recommendations of the Committee, and they have helped to clarify my thinking on how best to make progress in months ahead.

I attach the Government’s response. It highlights in bold each of the Committee’s recommendations (and its paragraph number) as it appears in the report and provides a brief response to each. I am pleased to see that you have updated your report to recognise two measures that have since been progressed since your report’s original publication – namely taking forward legislation to provide for funding for NI departments for 2018/19 and my statement setting out my intention to introduce legislation in the autumn to enable key public appointments in Northern Ireland – including to the Policing Board – to take place.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you and each of the Committee’s members for the work that you do in supporting and protecting the interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Published: 14 September 2018