165166 - Political Parties: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Layla Moran
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will hold discussions with the Electoral Commission on the adequacy of regulations governing donations to political parties in Northern Ireland in light of BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme broadcast on 26 June 2018; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Government has been clear that following the introduction of the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018, we intend to review the operation of the broader framework for donations and loans in Northern Ireland once the regime has fully bedded in. As a matter of good practice we will engage with the Electoral Commission to review implementation as well as take views from political representatives in Northern Ireland.