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Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a business plan for 2009–10 for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House. [HL3575]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's 2009-10 draft business plan has been submitted to the sponsor division in the Northern Ireland Office for consideration.

Once the 2009-10 business plan is finalised, a copy will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be their reaction to any request by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for extra funding identified in the August and November monitoring rounds of last year. [HL3576]

As stated in my Answer of 11 May, Official Report (col. WA 164), documentation relating to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's August and November monitoring returns last year, including the Northern Ireland Office's responses to requests for funding, has already been placed in the Library of this House. In summary, the commission was granted an additional £92,000 during the year.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have evaluated the work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since 1999; if not, why; if so, what conclusion they reached about its value for money. [HL3578]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was established by Section 68 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and its statutory functions are set out in Section 69 of that Act. It carries out these functions independently of government. However, as set out in Schedule 7(5) to the Northern Ireland Act, the Commission makes a report to the Secretary of State on the performance of its functions during the year. Copies of this annual report are placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in relation to the seeking and provision of funding of Commission activities by third parties. [HL3738]

Paragraph 25 of the financial memorandum agreed between the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission states:

“The Commission may receive grants from other sources, with the Department's approval, to fund additional work consistent with its statutory function, which would not otherwise have been funded from grant-in-aid. This negative DEL income must be used only for discrete projects approved by the Department”.