16 January 2003
The Committee has resolved to conduct an inquiry into the operation of the Peace II programme in Northern Ireland. Its primary concern is:
(i) to examine whether the implementation of the programme has been effective in pursuing the vision of a "more peaceful, prosperous and stable society in Northern Ireland, through processes of economic renewal and social, economic and political transition", for which the programme was established.
Within this overriding objective, the Committee wishes in the first instance to concentrate upon the following issues:
(a) the role of the programme in supporting initiatives tackling the legacy of the conflict, regeneration, renewal and social inclusion;
(b) the procedures for allocating funding in accordance with the programme's priorities and principles; and
(c) the administration of the scheme.
It may also wish to pursue other matters which are drawn to its attention during 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, Committee Office, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA and should arrive not later than 10.00 am Friday 14 February 2003.
Witnesses are requested to submit memoranda of up to six A4 pages by e-mail or on computer disk in either ASCII, Word or Word Perfect 8 with a single additional hard copy in the post; witnesses 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.