Northern Ireland Emergency Legislation

24th October 2018

Speaking in a debate on emergency legislation to enable civil servants to continue to run public services in the absence of a Northern Ireland Assembly, Anne Main makes the point that it would be wrong to use this legislation to make changes to laws such as abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

My right hon. Friend is advancing a powerful defence of the reason she is not becoming involved in this particular case, namely the constitutional settlement. Does she not think that bolting on abortion legislation would have the same impact as someone else bolting on the matters that she has just been discussing, and that we really should not be using the Bill as a vehicle for such matters?

As I said, a number of amendments dealing with several matters have been tabled, including one specifically about the Hart report of the historic institutional abuse inquiry. The Bill is not the vehicle for such measures. This is a Bill to enable civil servants to make the decisions that are necessary to enable public services to continue to be run. Officials will not make major policy decisions as a result of the Bill, but they will act in the public interest, and I think that that is very important.

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