HC Deb 17 December 2001 vol 377 cc38-9W
Lembit Öpik

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Government intend to respond to the recommendations made in the report on its effectiveness submitted by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to the Secretary of State in February in accordance with section 69(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and if he will make a statement. [22457]

Jane Kennedy

We are pleased to have received the report from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and are currently considering the Commission's recommendations.

The report is 78 pages and contains 25 recommendations. Detailed consideration is at present being given to the recommendations, all of which recommend changes to primary legislation. Given the importance and complexity of the proposals, the Government intend to publish its report in the new year.