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Northern Ireland: Senior Public Posts

Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What senior public posts in Northern Ireland were filled otherwise than by open competition in 2007. [HL2040]

The term “senior public post” is being interpreted in this instance as a reference to public appointments. With one exception, all first appointments to NIO public bodies in 2007 were filled by open competition. In line with legislation, 10 members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board were appointed following their nomination by the main Northern Ireland political parties.

The NIO also made appointments to three non-statutory ad hoc advisory bodies in 2007: the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, the Strategic Review of Parading and the Consultative Group on the Past. Given the need to establish these bodies without undue delay and considering their ad hoc nature and short duration, it was not considered proportionate to embark on public appointment processes. These non-statutory bodies fall under the Cabinet Office classification of short-term task force, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews.