§ David Burnside
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the(a) role, (b) composition and (c) budget of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission has been since suspension. 1309W
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
Although the membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission remained unchanged following suspension, the provisions of paragraph 8 of the Schedule to the Northern Ireland Act 2000 prevent the Assembly Commission from meeting and transfer the Assembly Commission's functions to me, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The Assembly Commission has therefore had no role or budget since suspension.