As devolved government has still not been reestablished in Northern Ireland due to both sides failing to reach agreement. As the last minister to have to intervene and take direct rule of Northern Ireland I welcomed the statement this week noting that direct rule will not yet be implemented.
This is important because the people of Northern Ireland need to be governed by their elected officials, who are currently not operating at Stormont.
However, I wanted more information from the new Secretary of State on the budget for Northern Ireland which will need to be passed soon. If it is not then we will be in the situation where the Civil Service in Northern Ireland will run out of money and be unable to operate. Putting people’s government at risk.
The Secretary of State promised to keep the Commons informed of any progress and changes in the situation.