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Mike Gapes MP questions First Secretary of State on Northern Ireland deal

On Monday (26th June 2017), Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South) questioned the First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office on the Northern Ireland deal.

Mike Gapes (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): The First Secretary of State said that the funding would go to a restored Northern Ireland Executive. If the Northern Ireland Executive are not restored, will the money still go there, or not until the Executive are restored?

Damian Green (First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office): At this stage, with three days to go before the deadline, the sensible thing for me to point out is that the Conservative party is completely committed to getting the Executive re-established, as is the Democratic Unionist party. We both believe that decisions about the funding of public services in Northern Ireland should be taken by politicians in Northern Ireland. That is the logic of the devolution settlement that we have with the other countries in the United Kingdom, and that is the position we want to get back to in Northern Ireland as well.

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