My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Shaun Woodward) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
The fifth Session UK legislative programme unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on the 18 November contains measures of relevance to the people of Northern Ireland.
The following is a summary of the legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech and its impact in Northern Ireland. It includes both new Bills that will be introduced in the current Session and Bills carried over from the last Session. 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 mainly with excepted or reserved matters. Discussions will continue between the Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that where provisions that are specifically for a transferred purpose are included in any of these Bills, the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly will be sought for them:
Bribery Bill (MoJ);
Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill (MoD);
Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill (MoJ) (introduced in fourth Session);
Crime and Security Bill (HO); and
Fiscal Responsibility Bill (HMT).
It is intended that the following Bills will extend to Northern Ireland to varying degrees. They require the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly in relation to those provisions in the devolved field:
Child Poverty Bill (Child Poverty Unit) (introduced in fourth Session);
Equality Bill (Government Equalities Office) (introduced in fourth Session);
Digital Economy Bill (DCMS); and
Financial Services Bill (HMT).
Discussions will continue between the Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on Bills that might include provisions that require the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The following Bills will have limited or no impact in Northern Ireland:
Children, Schools and Families Bill;
Flood and Water Management Bill; and
Personal Care at Home Bill.