§ Mr. McGrady
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been ruled ineligible for reserved posts in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in each of the last five years on the grounds that they are Irish citizens. 
§ Mr. Pearson
The number of candidates rejected because they were not UK citizens is as follows:
Number 1998–99 1 1999–2000 7 2000–01 8 2001–02 12 2002–03 8
Information on Irish citizens is not held and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.