To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 October (WA 16) concerning the supply of funding by the Atlantic Philanthropies to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, why the funding was considered to be appropriate; and whether they considered the issue of equality. [HL5883]
Correspondence explaining the decision in full has been placed in the Library of the House. As set out in my answer of 12 October 2009, Official Report, Cols WA 16-17, the decision to allow the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to access external funding was permissible under the terms of its management statement and financial memorandum. There is no reason to believe that this decision had a significant impact on equality of opportunity.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many appraisals of the chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have been presented to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since her appointment; and whether they will place copies of such documents in the Library of the House. [HL5885]
Informal appraisals of the chief commissioner's performance have taken place throughout her tenure and informed the Secretary of State's decision on her suitability for reappointment in 2008. Details relating to the performance of any public appointee, whether formal or informal, would generally be regarded as personal information.