HC Deb 05 February 1998 vol 305 cc765-6W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance she has issued to the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights regarding its powers to(a) commission research and (b) propose policy; and what assessment she has made of its effectiveness in dealing with political discrimination. [26736]

Marjorie Mowlam

The Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights was established by the 1973 NI Constitution Act. Its remit is defined by that Act. In order to fulfil that remit, SACHR does commission research and make recommendations on policy. I have not issued any separate guidance. SACHR's role is to advise on the adequacy and effectiveness of the law in preventing discrimination, but not to provide remedies for people who may have been discriminated against. The Government very much welcomes the advice given by SACHR, which they take into account in making policy decisions.

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