§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ensure the adherence of the national security certificate system to the quality scheme under the Northern Ireland Act 1998. 
§ Mr. Ingram
[holding answer 3 April 2000]: The issue of national security certificates would fall with the Department's assessment of the extent to which each of its current functions, policies or duties has an impact on the promotion of equality of opportunity and the promotion of good relations within the terms of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. On 7 April, the Department published its draft Equality Scheme explaining how it intends to fulfil the duties imposed by section 75 of the 1998 Act.