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Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has cost since its creation; and what measurable changes have occurred to society in Northern Ireland as a result of its existence. [HL2011]

I am advised that the total net expenditure of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since its creation is:

Year

Net expenditure

1999-2000

£583,023

2000-01

£866,395

2001-02

£1,325,980

2002-03

£1,213,911

2003-04

£1,301,292

2004-05

£1,034,056

2005-06

£1,371,378

2006-07

£1,393,279

Total

£9,089,314

I would refer the noble Lord to the commission's annual report which outlines activities undertaken by the commission. Copies of the annual report are available in the Library of the House.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 7 January (WA 171) on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, when they expect the letter from the Chief Commissioner to be sent; and what are the rules as to when such a letter should be sent. [HL2064]

Due to an administrative oversight, there was a delay in communication between the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission regarding the request that the commission write to the noble Lord. This has now been rectified.