Programme for Government: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons am ar 24 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

What discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on the development of a programme for government.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

I met the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister last week. We had a constructive discussion about the Executive’s priorities.

Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

The public’s relief at the restoration of the Assembly has given way to frustration at the lack of pace of delivery by the Executive. After a two-year void, they are saying they do not want to be hurried to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland. Pressed healthcare staff, people waiting for special educational needs services, and those watching Lough Neagh face another summer of algal blooms are very much in a hurry for action. Northern Ireland urgently needs a delivery plan, a programme for Government and a budget. Yes, resources are a part of that, so will the Minister update us on any negotiations on the fiscal framework? Will he impress on the Executive the need for urgent action, not just warm words?

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

One thing that I picked up from the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister last week is that they too want to act in all the ways the hon. Lady said. Their priorities include developing a programme for government that will enable them to take forward the vital work of public service transformation. They are only 12 weeks in, and I look forward to good results in the short, medium and long term.