131416 - Northern Ireland Government (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when the Government plans to place a Minister in the Department of Health in Northern Ireland in the absence of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mr Shailesh Vara

It remains the UK Government’s strong belief that devolved government is in the best interests of all the people of Northern Ireland. Our commitment to devolution under the terms of the Belfast Agreement remains steadfast.

In the continued absence of devolved government, however, the UK Government will take the necessary steps to ensure good governance and the continued delivery of public services in Northern Ireland. That included the step taken last week by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the setting of a budget for 2018-19. This budget position included a real terms boost to health spending to address building pressures in that area.