My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Julian Smith MP) has today made the following statement:
The legislative programme for the Second Session was outlined by Her Majesty on Monday 14 October. This statement provides a summary of the programme and its application to Northern Ireland. It does not include draft bills, Law Commission bills or Finance Bills.
The legislative programme will deliver important reform to domestic issues and deliver benefits across the whole of the United Kingdom. The programme includes a series of ambitious reforms and brings forward measures to support citizens across all the nations of the United Kingdom. The Government believes strongly in upholding the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom - our Union is at its strongest when all four nations work together.
The Government has taken the necessary steps to ensure the UK leaves the EU with certainty, continuity and control by working to deliver an unprecedented programme of legislation to date, preparing for all scenarios. The second session legislative programme will build on this by seizing the opportunities EU exit brings.
The Government’s top priority in Northern Ireland is the restoration of the devolved institutions at the earliest possible opportunity. The Government will continue to work with all of the parties in Northern Ireland, and the Irish Government, as part of the ongoing talks process to support the return of the Executive.
In the absence of an Executive the Government remains steadfastly committed to ensuring good governance in Northern Ireland. We will continue to take action to protect the continued delivery of vital public services where necessary.
The following Bills contained in the programme are likely to apply to Northern Ireland (either in full or in part):
- Agriculture Bill
- Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill
- Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill
- Domestic Abuse Bill
- Environment Bill
- European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
- Extradition (Provisional Arrests) Bill
- Financial Services Bill
- Fisheries Bill
- Foreign National Offenders Bill
- Health Service Safety Investigations Bill
- Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill
- Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
- Medicines and Medical Devices Bill
- Pension Schemes Bill
- Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill
- Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill
- Trade Bill
- Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill
In the absence of a devolved Assembly and Executive we will continue to work constructively with Northern Ireland Departments to deliver legislation which will apply to Northern Ireland.