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Questions for Written Answer

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

Question

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To ask the Leader of the House whether she will ask Ministers to answer parliamentary questions directly and not request questioners write directly to (a) the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and (b) the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. [HL3087]

Non-department public bodies, such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, operate at arm's length from Government and make decisions independently of Ministers. There is a long-standing convention that when a Parliamentary Question about an NDPB relates to an operational matter, the Member can be referred to the relevant NDPB chief executive for a response.