165167 - Political Parties: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Layla Moran
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) discussions her Department has held with and (b) representations her Department has received from the Electoral Commission about the adequacy of regulations governing donations to political parties in Northern Ireland since the the approval of the Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 on 7 March 2018.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Northern Ireland Office officials held a number of discussions with the Electoral Commission on a range of electoral issues including donations and loans over this period. In addition, the Electoral Commission has written to the Minister responsible, Lord Duncan of Springbank, on one occasion and a meeting to discuss this and other issues is being arranged.