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Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence which they have had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission since 1 January 2008. [HL3987]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission corresponds regularly with the Northern Ireland Office on a wide range of policy and sponsorship issues, both at ministerial and official level. This correspondence is therefore held across a wide variety of locations throughout the department.

A comprehensive and accurate search would involve a trawl of e-mails, paper and electronic records throughout the department since 1 January 2008. This exercise could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to fund the two Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioners who issued minority reports to allow them to put their case to the general public. [HL4807]

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission receives funding to carry out its functions as set out in Schedule 7(6) to the Northern Ireland Act 1998. It is for the commission collectively to decide on its detailed business plan. All commissioners are remunerated in the same way for their work as commissioners; funding is not provided separately to individual commissioners to carry out particular tasks.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the media, public relations and public affairs programmes of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. [HL4969]

Communications activity by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is an operational matter for the commission. The noble Lord may wish to contact the commission directly to obtain this information.

The commission is currently consulting publicly on its draft strategic plan 2009-11 which includes strategic aims relating to communication. Copies of the draft strategic plan and accompanying equality impact assessment have been placed in the Library of the House.