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Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 30 March (WA 199–200) concerning funding of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, why the Commission was allocated more money in 2008–09 than its original budget; and whether they will place a copy of the relevant business case in the Library of the House. [HL2764]

As previously stated in the Answer given on 30 March (Official Report, cols. WA 199-200), budgets of all sponsored bodies are reviewed throughout the financial year. Where appropriate, budgets are adjusted to reflect pressures arising throughout the year. A copy of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's August monitoring return and the Northern Ireland Office response has been placed in the Library of the House.

At the end of 2008-09 financial year, the commission raised additional pressures. A copy of the commission's letter and the Northern Ireland Office response has been placed in the Library of the House.

All additional funding provided, on approval during the financial year, is included in the commission's annual expenditure which is published each year in its annual report and accounts. Copies are placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The commission's 2008-09 annual report and accounts will be published in due course.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the murders of two soldiers in Antrim on 7 March and a police constable in Craigavon on 10 March, they have considered the legality of the visit of Professor Monica McWilliams, of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, to detained dissident republican suspects at Antrim police station on 23 March under the powers granted by Sections 69 to 69D of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and whether they have had discussions with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission or the Police Service of Northern Ireland or both regarding the matter. [HL3147]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's visit to Antrim serious crime suite was arranged with the agreement of the chief constable and the commission's formal investigation powers were not invoked. The commission routinely visits places of detention with the agreement of the relevant authorities, as part of its remit under Section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

In line with usual practice, the visit has been discussed at official level with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the murders of two soldiers in Antrim on 7 March and a police constable in Craigavon on 10 March, they have been informed of the nature of the investigation being carried out by Professor Monica McWilliams, of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; whether they have been given the terms of reference of the investigation; whether they were prepared by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and whether they will publish the terms of reference. [HL3148]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's visit to Antrim serious crime suite was arranged with the agreement of the chief constable and the commission's formal investigation powers were not invoked.

The commission routinely visits places of detention with the agreement of the relevant authorities, as part of its remit under Section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, and no formal terms of reference were provided.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the murders of two soldiers in Antrim on 7 March and a police constable in Craigavon on 10 March, Professor Monica McWilliams, of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, waited 15 days from the arrest before visiting the suspects in a police station; and, if not, whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland tested the legality of any visit. [HL3221]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's visit to Antrim serious crime suite was arranged within short notice with the agreement of the chief constable and the commission's formal investigation powers were not invoked. The commission routinely visits places of detention with the agreement of the relevant authorities, as part of its remit under Section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.