The Northern Irish Assembly has still not reconvened due to disagreements between the parties. But the institutions in Northern Ireland are in need of a budget to continue to operate. We are getting dangerously close to having to impose direct rule once more and pass a budget in the Houses of Parliament for the people in Northern Ireland.
As one of the last direct rule ministers I wanted the Secretary of State to outline her time frame for action and also if she would consider allowing Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to be able to table questions in the UK Parliament and amend legislation if direct rule was imposed. A half-way-house that means that communities are still represented during the passage of legislation.