Northern Ireland business in the Westminster Parliament

Derek Birrell

in Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077579
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701881 | DOI:
Northern Ireland business in the Westminster Parliament

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This chapter examines the impact of direct rule on the parliamentary procedures at Westminster. It suggests that one of the main features of direct rule was the transfer of the functions of the devolved Stormont Parliament to the Westminster Parliament. It describes the special legislative process adopted for transferred legislation, the establishment of specialist Northern Ireland committees, the work imposed on other parliamentary committees and the impact on Northern Ireland business of reform and innovations in parliamentary procedures. This chapter also discusses British statutory instruments on reserved/excepted matters and the provisions of British legislation which covers Northern Ireland.

Keywords: direct rule; parliamentary procedures; Westminster Parliament; Stormont Parliament; special legislative process; transferred legislation; statutory instruments; British legislation

Chapter.  11553 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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