||<p>In January, I wrote to the Northern Ireland political parties to seek their views
on moving to full transparency for Northern Ireland political donations and loans.
I received a positive response from the parties. The introduction of increased transparency
of donations to Northern Ireland parties was also a Conservative Manifesto commitment
at the recent Parliamentary election. I will make a statement shortly on the steps
needed to ensure that information relating to Northern Ireland political donations
and loans can be published.</p>