Public Appointments: Northern Ireland

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 March (WA 30) concerning appointments by the Northern Ireland Office to three non-statutory ad hoc advisory bodies in 2007, to which Ministers considered that the appointments did not require a public appointment process; when that decision was taken; and when the appointments were made.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

The appointments to the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, the Strategic Review of Parading and the Consultative Group on the Past followed discussions between officials and Ministers and were subject to the Secretary of State's final approval. Following the Secretary of State's decision on each, appointments were given immediate effect from 15 March 2007, 18 April 2007, and 22 June 2007 respectively.

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