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Northern Ireland governance debated in the Lords

28 February 2024

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On Tuesday 27 February, members of the House of Lords debated the return of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland, the importance of upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement 1998 and the foundational importance of the Acts of Union.

Humble address

This debate took the form of a Motion for Humble Address, a procedure used by Parliament to express opinion and communicate messages with the Crown.

The address in the Lords followed the return of the Northern Ireland executive to Stormont this month and the UK government's policy paper 'Safeguarding the Union', published on 31 January 2024.

Members speaking

Lord Caine (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

During debates, members of the Lords put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns. 

Contributing members included:

Members also considered a 'motion to regret' put forward by Baroness Hoey, which was withdrawn at the conclusion of the debate. Find out more.

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Catch up on  Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript.

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Find out more about the issues discussed in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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