132725 - Northern Ireland Assembly: Members (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her oral contribution of 12 March 2018, Official Report, column 642, if she will set out the timescale to receive full and final representations from the Northern Ireland political parties before she makes a final decision on reducing the salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

As the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland told the House in her statement on 12 March 2018, she will seek to introduce legislation to take a power to vary MLA pay. The UK Government would welcome representations from the Northern Ireland political parties before and during that process, to inform the exercise of that power, and will publish in full any such representations.