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Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Volume 708: debated on Thursday 26 February 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 3 February (WA 111), when the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission became an operational matter for the Commission. [HL1368]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the remit of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission allows the commission to sponsor a member of staff to undertake academic study. [HL1370]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and its functions are defined in that Act. The Commission operates independently of government and decisions regarding staff training and development are an operational matter for the Commission subject to their staff terms and conditions.

The noble Lord may wish to contact the Commission directly should he wish to pursue this matter further.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 29 January (WA 77) concerning the membership of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, on what grounds and in whose judgment the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has complied with the obligation to ensure that every appointment to the Commission represents the entire community. [HL1398]

I have nothing further to add to the Answer given to the noble Lord on 29 January (Official Report, col. WA 77).

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 29 January (WA 78) concerning the status of non-departmental public bodies, whether they have different relationships with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. [HL1399]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is an independent body in Northern Ireland sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent body for England, Scotland and Wales, sponsored by the Government Equalities Office.

The Northern Ireland Office has no direct relationship with the Equality and Human Rights Commission.