Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants applied for the post of senior complaints officer as advertised by the Fair Employment Commission on 15 February; how many of these applicants were(a) Roman Catholics and (b) Protestants; and why it has been necessary to re-advertise this post on 26 February.
§ Mr. Needham
[holding answer 4 March 1991]: When the Commission had received only three applications in response to its first advertisement it decided to re-advertise the position in order to attract more candidates.
The religious affiliation of the applicants will be monitored when the recruitment exercise has been completed.