London to allocate new North budget
UK ministers have acted with the "utmost reluctance" to bring forward a budget for Northern Ireland in the absence of a power-sharing executive.
Junior Northern Ireland minister Ian Duncan said the Government remained prepared to bring forward legislation to allow an Executive to be formed should the political parties reach an agreement.
The Northern Ireland Budget Bill was being brought before the UK parliament "with the utmost reluctance and only because there is no other choice available".
Without the bill, there were risks the Northern Ireland civil service "would simply begin to run out of resources by the end of this month", Mr Duncan warned.