HC Deb 16 October 2001 vol 372 cc1147-9W
Liz Blackman

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the members of the Northern Ireland Policing Board; and if he will publish the names of those bodies consulted by him under the provisions of Schedule 1 Part 111 paragraph 8(2)(c) to the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000. [8246]

Jane Kennedy

On 29 September my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced the appointment of the following nine independent members:

  • Denis Bradley
  • Viscount Brookeborough
  • Brian Dougherty
  • Barry Gilligan
  • Tom Kelly
  • Pauline McCabe
  • Rosaleen Moore
  • Professor Desmond Rea
  • Suneil Sharma.

The 10 members nominated by the political parties, drawn from the Assembly are:

  • Alex Attwood MLA
  • Joe Byrne MLA
  • Fred Cobain MLA
  • Ivan Davis MLA
  • William Hay MLA
  • Lord Kilclooney MLA
  • James Leslie MLA
  • Eddie McGrady MP MLA
  • Ian Paisley Junior MLA
  • Sammy Wilson MLA.

The Secretary of State appointed Professor Rea to serve as Chairman and Mr. Denis Bradley to serve as Vice Chairman. A copy of the announcement of 29 September has been placed in the Library of the House.

In line with the requirements of Schedule 1 Part III paragraph 8(2)(c) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, the Secretary of State wrote to the following individuals and bodies at the outset of the process:

  • The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
  • The Chief Police Officers' Staff Association
  • The Church of Ireland
  • The Democratic Unionist Party
  • The Equality Commission
  • The Green Party
  • The Human Rights Commission
  • The Labour Party
  • The Methodist Church in Ireland
  • The Northern Ireland Conservative Party
  • The Northern Ireland Unionist Party
  • The Northern Ireland Women's Coalition
  • The Oversight Commissioner
  • The Police Federation for Northern Ireland
  • The Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • The Progressive Unionist Party
  • The Roman Catholic Church
  • Sinn Fein
  • The Social Democratic and Labour Party
  • The Superintendents' Association for Northern Ireland
  • The Ulster Democratic Party
  • The Ulster Unionist Party
  • The United Kingdom Unionist Party
  • The United Unionist Assembly Party
  • The Workers' Party.

In addition, my right hon. Friend also consulted the First Minister, Deputy First Minister and the 26 district councils. Officials consulted the Commissioner for Public Appointments; approximately 900 other organisations and community groups were also approached by PricewaterhouseCoopers acting on behalf of the Secretary of State.