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Northern Ireland Parades Commission

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance exists about the current or former political activity of members of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; and what is the extent of the previous political activity of its present chairman.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

Appointments to the Parades Commission are made in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. Information relating to a successful candidates political activity is published with the announcement of their appointment. A copy of the press release issued at the time of appointment of the present chairman is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/paterson-appoints-new-parades-commission.

Commissioners are not expected to occupy paid party political posts or hold particularly sensitive or high roles in a political party, and are expected to register any potential conflicts of interest on the Parades Commission register of interests.

Commissioners are expected to inform the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if they intend to accept a prominent position in any political party and should they register as a prospective Parliamentary or Assembly candidate would be expected to immediately tender their resignation.

The Secretary of State has not been made aware of any current political activity by any of the current members of the Commission.

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