§ Mr. Jim Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of ACE funds from Twinbrook tenants and community association, with specific reference to(a) the association's right to a hearing on the charges made against them, (b) the association's right of reply, (c) the association's right of appeal to an independent authority and (d) the association's right to re-apply for ACE funds.
§ Mr. Viggers
ACE funding was withdrawn from the association at the direction of the Secretary of State in accordance with the Government's policy as stated in the reply given by the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Hurd), on 27 June 1985. For security reasons the details of any such408W case are not disclosed but the association's attention was drawn to the Government's policy. There is no mechanism within the ACE scheme for appeal to an independent authority. However, a change in the circumstances surrounding a case can lead to a review of the decision taken.