The UK Government has said the Secretary of State is "redoubling efforts" to restore the Executive in response to a call from business for civil servants to be given extra powers to make decisions here.
A coalition of 12 business groups this week called on Karen Bradley to implement special legislative measures so that decisions could be made by civil servants in the absence of an Executive.
It comes after a judicial review overturned a senior civil servant's decision to grant planning permission for a controversial incinerator in Mallusk.
Asked if she would consider the business groups' proposal, a Government spokesman said: "The Secretary of State's focus remains on redoubling efforts to restore a locally elected, democratically accountable devolved government in Northern Ireland. The UK Government also has a responsibility to ensure good governance and the continued delivery of public services.
"The Secretary of State will continue to keep available a range of options for supporting the process and encouraging the parties to achieve the positive outcome we all deeply want."