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Northern Ireland Office: Danger Money

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 December 2008 (WA 72) concerning payments to staff in the Northern Ireland Office, why the Answer referred to allowances which a Northern Ireland Office spokesman was quoted on 8 January in the Daily Mirror on page 9 as saying were not danger money. [HL794]

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) does not pay danger money. An environmental allowance (referred to as “special allowance” (Official Report, 18 December 2008, col. WA 72) is paid to NIO staff working in Northern Ireland and details of that allowance were provided in the Answer given on 18 December 2008.