The Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office is ultimately responsible for advising the Secretary of State on the overall performance of the chief commissioner. The role of the chief commissioner is set out in the NIHRC Management Statement and Financial Memorandum, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 30 June (WA 37–8) concerning the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, what is meant by the words “so far as practicable” in connection with the selection of Commissioners. [HL4850]
It is the Northern Ireland Act 1998 that requires the Secretary of State when making appointments to the Human Rights Commission to secure “as far as practicable” that the commissioners, as a group, are representative of the community in Northern Ireland, so the requirement must be read in the context of that legislation.
Atlantic Philanthropies is an independent organisation and the noble Lord may wish to write to it if he wants to know its reasons for making the grant to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
Other public bodies may be able to access external funding where and in the circumstances in which their governing arrangements allow them to do so.