Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2002-2003

3 September 2003

The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998

New Inquiry in the Parades Commission

The Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

In doing so, it will take as its starting point the report of the review by Sir George Quigley, which was published in September 2002.

It will wish to look into the following:

• the response by Government and other interested parties to the Quigley review;

• the case for implementing key recommendations of the Quigley review; and

• the legislative (or other) steps necessary to implement such recommendations, if appropriate.

The Committee may also choose to examine other associated issues which arise in the course of the inquiry.

The Committee wishes to invite any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence.  This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive no later  than 10.00 am on Friday 10 October 2003.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to six A4 pages) in a Word file on computer disk or by e-mail to with a single additional hard copy in the post; those without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.