§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will indicate(a) on what date she sought legal advice on possible conflicts between the recommendations of the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights on contract compliance measures and European Union law, (b) on what date advice was received and (c) what were the principal conclusions; and if she will place a copy of the opinion in the Library. 
§ Mr. Ingram
When the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights published its report "Employment Equality: Building for the Future" in June 1997 a working group and number of sub-groups, consisting of senior civil servants and legal advisers, were set up to study and advise Ministers on the Report's recommendations. The working group reported to Ministers on the recommendations on contract compliance in December 1997. Legal advisers were party to that advice but did not provide a specific opinion on the topic.