131703 - Northern Ireland Government (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps she is taking to appoint an independent person to chair the next round of talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein and other political parties in order to restore a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland made a statement on 12 March. She has made clear she will rule nothing out which could assist the parties in reaching an agreement. Ultimately, this requires the parties to come together and find an accommodation that restores the Executive.