163019 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 10 July 2018 to Question 161114, what representations she has received other than in written form from political parties in Northern Ireland on the subject of cutting MLA pay; and if she will publish the substance of such representations.

Mr Shailesh Vara

161117 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which of the Northern Ireland political parties objects to the salaries of MLA's being cut in the continued absence of a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

It would be a matter for the political parties to give their public position on the issue of MLA pay.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is carefully considering all the issues and will set out the next steps on this matter in due course.

161114 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to her oral contribution of 21 March 2018, Official Report, column 337, if she will publish the representations made to her by each of the main political parties on cutting MLA salaries; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

160120 - Terrorism: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will review legislation to ensure that people responsible for threatening paramilitary window displays can be prosecuted effectively.

Mr Shailesh Vara

159698 - Abortion: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Hugh Gaffney
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent discussions the Government has had with politicians in Northern Ireland on access to abortion in that country.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been taking forward regular discussions with the main political parties in Northern Ireland about restoring devolved government and the pressing devolved issues which need to be addressed by a restored Assembly and Executive, including abortion.

157683 - Mr Gregory Campbell - 26-Jun-2018 (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans she has to ensure that regional electoral offices throughout Northern Ireland are retained.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The structure and makeup of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland are operational matters for the Chief Electoral Officer.

157680 - Mr Gregory Campbell - 26-Jun-2018 (Answered)

Mr Gregory Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will undertake a review of the (a) procedures and (b) conditions for designated days on which the Union Flag is flown from Government buildings in Northern Ireland.

Mr Shailesh Vara

157098 - Electronic Voting (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will meet the Chief Electoral Officer to discuss the importance of verifying applicants for online voting; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

There are no plans to introduce online voting to Northern Ireland.

The verification of registration applications received from individuals using the digital registration service is an operational matter for the Chief Electoral Officer and is carried out in accordance with the law.

157063 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Advice to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Salaries, Expenses and Allowances from Trevor Reaney, published on 20 December 2017, for what reasons she has not implemented the recommendations in that advice, and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

156392 - Northern Ireland Office: Policy (Answered)

Philip Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the main policy priority is for her Department for 2018; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office published an updated Single Departmental Plan on 23 May 2018. This set out the Department’s main policy objectives and how it will achieve them. Single Departmental Plans will be revised annually to reflect new priorities or changes in responsibilities.

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