126843 - Northern Ireland Office: Brexit (Answered)

Hywel Williams
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much her Department plans to spend on projects relating to the UK leaving the EU in the next five years; and if she will list the projects to which that funding has been assigned.

Mr Shailesh Vara

HM Treasury has already allocated departments nearly £700 million to prepare for Brexit from the Reserve. The Department received £0.216m of this funding in 17/18 which has been spent on additional resources to deal with Brexit preparations.

126520 - Northern Ireland Office: Child Care Vouchers (Answered)

Stephanie Peacock
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many of her Department's employees make use of childcare vouchers.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Five of the Department’s employees currently make use of childcare vouchers.

903768 - Local Growth Deals: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Vicky Ford
What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on city deals in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

We have made a clear manifesto commitment to work with a restored Executive and other stakeholders towards a comprehensive and ambitious set of city deals across Northern Ireland.

We have announced our intention to open negotiations for a Belfast Region City Deal, and the Secretary of State continues to engage with Cabinet colleagues to progress this vital growth agenda for Northern Ireland.

903764 - Economic Situation: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger
What recent assessment she has made of the strength of the Northern Ireland economy.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The fundamentals of the Northern Ireland economy remain strong. Economic output is up over the year, exports have risen, unemployment has fallen to levels not seen since before the Great Recession of 2008, and 55,000 more people are in work compared to 2010.

Ultimately, though, a key requirement for stronger growth is political stability. That is why it is essential that we see devolution restored.

126067 - Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (Answered)

Nigel Dodds
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment has she made of the implications for her Department of the recommendations in the report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was established by the Northern Ireland Executive, and Sir Anthony Hart’s report was provided to the Northern Ireland Executive. The responsibility for implementing the recommendations remains a devolved matter.

126029 - BBC Northern Ireland: Equal Pay (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121860, if she will make representations to the Northern Ireland Equality Commission on ensuring equal pay for BBC employees in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State intends to meet with the Equality Commission, diary commitments permitting, at which time she would be happy to discuss these issues.

126027 - Marriage: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2018 to Question 120800, if she will take steps to meet with the (a) Northern Ireland Equality Commission and (b) Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to discuss the recognition of same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland intends to meet the Northern Ireland Equality Commission and Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, subject to diary commitments.

126020 - Religion: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120791, for what reasons that answer does not refer to meetings with any of the leaders of the four main churches in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

125865 - Northern Ireland Government (Answered)

Emma Little Pengelly
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans the Government has in place to ensure that any new Assembly and Executive in Northern Ireland is sustainable.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State commenced a short, intensive set of political talks on the 24 January and will be providing Parliament with an update shortly. The Government’s priority is to re-establish a sustainable, fully functioning, inclusive devolved administration that works for everyone in Northern Ireland.

125527 - Trade: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Nigel Dodds
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions she has had with Invest NI about trade and investment in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

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