Belfast Telegraph

I have no powers to stop MLAs' pay, James Brokenshire admits

By Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said he has no powers to put a stop to MLAs' pay, but that he has "heard the calls" and is considering acting.

The minister was speaking at Northern Ireland questions in the House of Commons.

The lack of a devolved administration was the focus of the session. Mr Brokenshire said the focus was on re-establishing an Executive.

He was asked if Prime Minister Theresa May had a date in her diary to visit Northern Ireland to help resolve the impasse. Mr Brokenshire would only say the Prime Minister was supportive of the process.

Lady Hermon described it as a "scandal" MLAs continued to pick up her salary, asking "why on earth" it was allowed to continue, Mr Brokenshire admitted he had no powers to stop payment, but he had "heard the calls" and would consider stepping in.


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