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Northern Ireland Office: Secretary of State

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has spent in Northern Ireland since his appointment; and what that figure is as a percentage of the total number of days. [HL128]

The Secretary of State has been in Northern Ireland on 147 days since his appointment on 28 June 2007, one month after the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland. The figure given is up to 16 December.

The noble Lord will be aware that the offices of the Secretary of State are in Belfast and in London; Northern Ireland Office business is conducted in both places. As a member of Cabinet my right honourable friend the Secretary of State has duties which require his attendance in London for Cabinet, Cabinet Committees, the National Economic Council as well as additional duties in Westminster.