17 January 2018
During Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, DUP Upper Bann MP David Simpson called on the Government to appoint Direct Rule Ministers in the absence of an Executive being formed.
Spokesman on Business Innovation & Skills and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Member of the DEFRA Committee.
Mr Simpson said,
“I am a committed devolutionist. I want to see a local Executive. Local Ministers, accountable to the people who elect them, are best placed to make decisions about Northern Ireland. We have been without a ministerial led government for twelve months. This cannot continue.
In devolved terms, 2017 was a wasted year. Key reforms and decisions impacting on our roads, schools and hospitals could not be made because Sinn Fein would not form an Executive. It would be shameful if much of 2018 was to be similarly wasted.
In recent days, many people and sectors have been outlining how they have been impacted by no Executive being in place. We need decisions made therefore the Government should demonstrate it is prepared to appoint Ministers if devolution is not likely to be restored.
The DUP stands ready to form an Executive today. We have no redlines nor preconditions. It is time for SF to put the issues that matter to everyone in Northern Ireland ahead of their narrow political shopping list.”