§ 23. Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans she has to seek to extend the provisions of the Employment Relations Bill to Northern Ireland, with particular reference to carers. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The Employment Relations Bill introduces a right to time off for domestic incidents, and carers would benefit, for example, by availing themselves of time off to take an elderly parent to hospital following a fall. Replication in Northern Ireland of the provisions in the Bill will be a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly.