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Victims Commissioner

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants there were for the post of Victims Commissioner in Northern Ireland, broken down by (a) gender and (b) religious affiliation; and how many applicants were (i) shortlisted and (ii) interviewed in each category. (129778)

Out of the 46 applicants for the post of Commissioner for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland:

(a) There were 24 male and 22 female applicants.

(b) 29 were from a protestant community background, 21 from a Roman Catholic community background and six other.

14 were shortlisted for interview. One candidate (female and from a Roman Catholic community background) withdrew from the competition prior to the interviews being conducted, resulting in 13 candidates being interviewed.

Of those interviewed six were male and seven were female. Eight were from a Protestant community background, four from a Roman Catholic community background and there was one other.