Press release

Queen's Speech 2013: Impact of legislation on Northern Ireland

A written ministerial statement from the Secretary of State on measures unveiled in the Queen’s Speech which would apply in Northern Ireland.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The following is a summary of the legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech on 8 May 2013 and its impact in Northern Ireland. The list also identifies the lead Government department. It does not include draft Bills.

The following Bills would 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 would 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 would 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 covering transferred matters are included in any Bill, the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly is sought.

Published 9 May 2013