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The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for Northern Ireland affairs. The NIO is led by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, currently The Rt. Hon. Shaun Woodward MP, supported by the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, currently The Rt. Hon. Paul Goggins MP. The NIO, based at Stormont House, has responsibility for the areas which have not been devolved to the direction and control of the Northern Ireland Assembly. These include law and order, political affairs, policing and criminal justice.

If devolution is suspended then the rule of Northern Ireland through the NIO, in lieu of the Northern Ireland Executive, is referred to as Direct Rule.

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Ministerial team

The current ministers (along with their primary responsibilities) at the NIO are: [1]

Overall responsibility for all aspects of the department’s work
Relationships with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Northern Ireland Assembly, on the department’s overall strategy, and on the devolution of policing and justice, the government’s approach to the past (i.e. the Troubles, constitutional issues and budgetary priorities

Separately, Shaun Woodward also provides ministerial support to Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, in the Cabinet Office on the co-ordination of government policy and strategy.

Operational issues associated with security, policing and criminal justice, including prisons
Support for the Secretary of State across the range of the Department’s responsibilities in the House of Commons

The Government's spokeswomen for the NIO in the House of Lords are The Rt. Hon. Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and Baroness Crawley. [2]

The Permanent Secretary is Jonathan Phillips. [3]

The proposed devolution of policing and justice powers would transfer many of the NIO's current responsibilities to the Northern Ireland Assembly and its devolved government, the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Shadow Secretaries

The Conservative Party's Shadow Secretary of State is Owen Paterson MP.[4] The Liberal Democrat spokesman is Alistair Carmichael MP.[5]. Alistair Carmichael also speaks on Scottish affairs.

Executive agencies

The following executive agencies report to ministers within the Northern Ireland Office.

See also

References

  1. ^ "List of Ministerial Responsibiltiies". www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk. Cabinet Office. http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/301888/lmr-oct09.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  
  2. ^ "Government Spokespersons in the House of Lords". www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk. Cabinet Office. http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/ministerial_responsibilities/government_spokespersons.aspx. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  
  3. ^ "Northern Ireland Office Departmental Report 2009". www.nio.gov.uk. Northern Ireland Office. http://www.nio.gov.uk/northern_ireland_office_departmental_report_2009.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-26.  
  4. ^ House of Commons Information Office (8 September 2009). "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". UK Parliament. http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/government_and_opposition/opp.cfm. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  5. ^ House of Commons Information Office (13 July 2009). "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Team". UK Parliament. http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/government_and_opposition/libdems.cfm. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  

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Simple English

The Northern Ireland Office was set up in 1971. It is a ministry in the British Government which looks after the affairs of Northern Ireland.

It head of the Office is called the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

The job of Secretary of State is less important now because the Northern Ireland Assembly and the ministers in the assembly do a lot of the work of the Northern Ireland Office.


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