Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Related Links

Below you can find links to the following websites:

The Northern Ireland Office website

The NIO has responsibility for Northern Ireland's constitutional and security issues, in particular, law and order, political affairs, policing and criminal justice. It also has responsibility for matters relating to the licensing and legislation concerning firearms and explosives, including fireworks.

Economic and social matters are the responsibility of locally elected Northern Ireland ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.

The NIO has a number of agencies; the Northern Ireland Prison Service, the Compensation Agency for Northern Ireland, Forensic Science Northern Ireland and Youth Justice Agency.

The Northern Ireland Assembly website

The Northern Ireland Assembly was established as part of the Belfast Agreement and meets in Parliament Buildings. The Assembly is the prime source of authority for all devolved responsibilities and has full legislative and executive authority.

The Northern Ireland Assembly, elected on the 26 November 2003, was dissolved on 30 January 2007. Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly took place on the 7 March 2007. The Northern Ireland Assembly was suspended on the 14 October 2002. The Northern Ireland Assembly was restored on 8 May 2007.

The Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006 provided for a Transitional Assembly to take part in preparations for the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland in accordance with the St Andrews Agreement. A person who is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly is also a member of the Transitional Assembly. The Transitional Assembly continued to meet until the Northern Ireland Assembly was restored. Restoration took place on 8 May 2007.

The Northern Ireland Executive website

Devolution was restored to the Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday 8 May 2007 following the election of a four-party Executive of 12 ministers.

The Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA is First Minister and Martin McGuinness MP MLA is deputy First Minister.

Details of the structures and other information is available.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland remains responsible for reserved matters.