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Government's Legislative Programme (Northern Ireland)

Volume 563: debated on Thursday 9 May 2013

The legislative programme unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on 8 May 2013 contains measures which will apply to Northern Ireland.

The following is a summary of the legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech and its impact in Northern Ireland. It does not include draft Bills. The list also identifies the lead Government Department.

The following Bills extend to Northern Ireland, in whole or in part, and deal wholly or mainly with excepted or reserved matters:

Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing (Home Office)

Defence Reform (Ministry of Defence)

Immigration (Home Office)

Intellectual Property (Business Innovations and Skills)

National Insurance Contributions (HM Treasury)

Northern Ireland Bill (Northern Ireland Office)

The following Bills may extend to Northern Ireland. They require the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly in relation to provisions in the devolved field:

Care and Support (Department of Health)

Deregulation (Cabinet Office)

Mesothelioma (Department for Work and Pensions)

Pensions (Department for Work and Pensions)

Rehabilitation (Ministry of Justice)

The following Bills will have limited or no application in Northern Ireland:

High Speed Two Hybrid (Department for Transport)

High Speed Paving Two (Department for Transport)

Local Audit and Accountability (Department of Communities and Local Government)

Water Bill (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Discussions will continue between the Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that where provisions that cover transferred matters are included in any Bill, the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly is sought.