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Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

Volume 700: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 29), how the transport and subsistence cost in the forecast budget for the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum was arrived at; and what amount has been spent to date. [HL2718]

I refer the noble Lord to my Written Answer given on 3 March (Official Report, col. WA 157). At the end of March 2008, expenditure from the transport and travel subsistence budget was £46,085.77.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 30) concerning the appointment process for the chairmanship of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, what skills and experience the officials in the Northern Ireland Office who were responsible for assessing candidates had of human rights and management. [HL2719]

I refer the noble Lord to my previous Answer of 19 March (Official Report, col. WA 30). It is not policy or practice to disclose personal details on the skills and experience of individual officials.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 29), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum's curriculum vitae as presented by him at the time of his appointment. [HL2722]

No curriculum vitae was requested from or presented by Mr Chris Sidoti at the time of his appointment.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 March (WA 97) concerning the expenses of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, what are the details of the headings marked “Hotel/Overnight Accommodation”, “Flights”, “Allowances” and “Misc Travel Costs”. [HL2944]

“Hotel/overnight accommodation” refers to Mr Sidoti's overnight hotel costs when in Northern Ireland. “Flights” refers to his travel to work in Northern Ireland. “Allowances” refers to Mr Sidoti's daily allowance of £25 per diem and “Misc travel costs” refers to train and bus fares.