Department of Finance and Personnel


Department of Finance and Personnel
Northern Ireland

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The Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP, Irish: An Roinn Airgeadais agus Pearsanra[1], Ulster Scots: Männystrie o Siller an Fowk Guideship[2] or Depairtment o Finance an Personnel[3]) is a devolved Northern Ireland government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister for Finance and Personnel.

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Aim

DFP’s overall aim is to help the Northern Ireland Executive “secure the most appropriate and effective use of resources and services for the benefit of the community”. [4]

The incumbent Minister is Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party).[5]

Responsibilities

The department is responsible for the following policy areas:

Some financial matters are reserved to Westminster and are therefore not devolved: [6]

In addition, some matters are excepted and were not intended for devolution: [7]

DFP’s main counterparts in the United Kingdom Government are:

In the Irish Government, the main counterparts are:

History

Following a referendum on the Belfast Agreement on 23 May 1998 and the granting of Royal Assent to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 on 19 November 1998, a Northern Ireland Assembly and Northern Ireland Executive were established by the United Kingdom government under Prime Minister Tony Blair. The process was known as devolution and was set up to return devolved legislative powers to Northern Ireland. DFP is one of 11 devolved Northern Ireland departments created in December 1999 by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and The Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

A devolved minister first took office on 2 December 1999. Devolution was suspended for four periods, during which the department came under the responsibility of direct rule ministers from the Northern Ireland Office:

Since 8 May 2007, devolution has operated without interruption.

Ministers of Finance and Personnel

Minister Party Took office Left office
    Mark Durkan SDLP 2 December 1999 11 February 2000
Office suspended
    Mark Durkan SDLP 30 May 2000 14 December 2001[25]
    Seán Farren SDLP 14 December 2001 14 October 2002
Office suspended
    Peter Robinson Democratic Unionist 8 May 2007 5 June 2008
    Nigel Dodds Democratic Unionist 9 June 2008 1 July 2009
    Sammy Wilson Democratic Unionist 1 July 2009

Direct rule ministers

During the periods of suspension, the following ministers of the Northern Ireland Office were responsible for the department:

References

  1. ^ Department of Finance and Personnel - Irish Department of Finance and Personnel
  2. ^ Department of Finance and Personnel - Ulster-Scots Department of Finance and Personnel
  3. ^ North-South Ministerial Council: 2010 Annual Report in Ulster Scots
  4. ^ Northern Ireland Budget 2011-15, page 65
  5. ^ Northern Ireland Executive Northern Ireland Executive
  6. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 3
  7. ^ Northern Ireland Act 1998, Schedule 2
  8. ^ HM Treasury: About us
  9. ^ Cabinet Office: About the Cabinet Office
  10. ^ Ministry of Justice: About us
  11. ^ Communities and Local Government: About us
  12. ^ Land Registry: Framework document
  13. ^ Department of Finance: How the Department works
  14. ^ Department of Justice and Equality: Law Reform
  15. ^ Department of Justice, Equality and Defence: Property Registration
  16. ^ Department of Environment, Community and Local Government: Building Standards
  17. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2000
  18. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
  19. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  20. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2001
  21. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  22. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) (No.2) Order 2001
  23. ^ Article 1, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Suspension of Devolved Government) Order 2002
  24. ^ Article 2, Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2007
  25. ^ Office suspended for 24 hours on 11 August 2001 and 22 September 2001

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