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Parades: Northern Ireland

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On what £62,220, listed in section three of the 2006–07 annual report of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission under the sub-heading “Commission's expenses”, was spent. [HL3956]

The figure includes the costs of monitors, courier services, official cars, conferences and catering.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On what £77,339, listed in section three of the annual report of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission under the sub-heading “Professional advisors' service”, was spent; who were the advisors, how they were they selected; and what services they provided. [HL3957]

The Northern Ireland Parades Commission has confirmed professional advisors' services were provided by Stakeholder Communications, which provided media consultancy advice; Moore Stevens UK, which performed the internal audit for 2006-07; and HELM Consultancy, which prepared the commission’s annual accounts for 2005-06. The selection processes for the above services were handled by the NIO procurement unit and were subject to the unit's procurement process.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

On what £68,103 indicated in note 3 to the accounts in the 2006–07 annual report of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission as “travel, subsistence and hospitality” was spent. [HL4112]

I have been informed by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission that the rounded expenditure on “travel, subsistence and hospitality” for 2006-07 was as follows:

£63,000 for travel;

£3,800 for subsistence; and

£1,200 for hospitality.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What equality considerations are used by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission in appointing consultants and sub-contractors. [HL4113]

Parades Commission appointment processes are handled by the NIO procurement unit and are subject to the equality provisions contained in the Central Procurement Directorate's management consultancy framework.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the Northern Ireland Parades Commission processed only 81.1 per cent of payments during 2007 within 30 days in accordance with the Confederation of British Industry Prompt Payers Code, as noted in its annual report 2007; what invoices were not paid within 30 days during that period; and why they were not paid. [HL4240]

The figure of 81.1 per cent relates to the departmental percentage. The Parades Commission paid 94.2 per cent of invoices within 30 days. From a total of 1,153 invoices, 67 (5.8 per cent) were sent to the department’s Financial Services Division after the deadline date.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much was allocated in the Northern Ireland Office budget for the Northern Ireland Parades Commission in each year since its creation; and how much was passed to the commission. [HL4241]

This information has appeared in the Parades Commission’s annual report and financial statements since its inception. Copies of these reports are held in the Library.