Government Response to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee's Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Report on the draft Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
The draft Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill was published on 11 February 2013 for pre-legislative scrutiny.
It contained a number of draft measures to effect institutional change in Northern Ireland, including ending dual mandates between the Northern Ireland Assembly and the House of Commons; providing more transparency in party funding; and implementing changes to the arrangements for the appointment and dismissal of the Northern Ireland Justice Minister.
The draft Bill also contained measures which would implement a number of significant improvements to the administration of elections in NI, following recommendations made by the Electoral Commission and Chief Electoral Officer for NI.
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which undertook prelegislative scrutiny, took oral evidence from 15 sets of witnesses at Stormont and Westminster. Its report, containing 24 recommendations, was published on 25 March 2013.
This response addresses each recommendation, following the order of the Committee’s report.