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Departmental Responsibility

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which Minister in his Department has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in his Department; whether his Department has established a public sector reform team to implement service reforms; and if he will make a statement. (289735)

My right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland (Paul Goggins) has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in the Northern Ireland Office.

The Northern Ireland Office is committed to reforming public services to improve services for the citizen and the Department has established a Business Performance Review Team (BPRT) to implement reforms. BPRT is working closely with colleagues in the centre of Government on this important agenda.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for which non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies he will continue to have responsibility in circumstances in which responsibility for policing is devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly. (291457)

Those public bodies and their status which will be retained by the NIO at the point of devolution are as set out in the following table. While it is anticipated that parading will not devolve immediately, its future will be determined by the outcome of the Strategic Review of Parades chaired by Lord Ashdown.

Body

Status

Crown Solicitor’s Office

Legal Office

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Executive NDPB

Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

Advisory NDPB

Sentence Review Commissioners

Independent Office Holders

Remission of Sentences Act Commissioners

Independent Office Holders

The Chief Electoral Officer

Independent Office Holder

The Civil Service Commissioners

Independent Office Holder

Independent Monitoring Commission

International Body

Independent International Commission on Decommissioning

International Body

Bloody Sunday Inquiry

Inquiry

Hamill Inquiry

Inquiry

Wright Inquiry

Inquiry

Nelson Inquiry

Inquiry

Office of the Surveillance Commissioner

Misc

Parades Commission

Executive NDPB

Reviewer of police and military powers under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007

Independent Office Holder (NB Not yet appointed)

Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains

International Body