Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in Northern Ireland

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Richard Hamilton

Dear Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland,

The Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in Northern Ireland as issued in September 2015 indicates at 3.50 that:

"The public announcement should be issued as a press release and should be placed on appropriate websites. The public announcement must also be copied to CPA NI at the time of publication."

I understand Professor O'Reilly was originally appointed as an Independent Member of the DFP Board on 10/08/2010 and that her initial period of appointment was for a period of 3 years. While Professor O'Reilly currently retains her position as Independent Member of the DFP Board Member and is currently Chair of the Departments Audit Committee at this time I am unable to identify any public announcement confirming her reappointment.

This is somewhat concerning however since it is a requirement of the Code of Practice for Ministerial Public Appointments in Northern Ireland that Public Announcements must also be copied to CPA NI I would ask (i)that this communication is treated as a Freedom of Information request and (ii) that you disclose a copy of the documentation CPA NI would /should have received at the time the DFP Minister announced Professor O'Reilly reappointment to the DFP Board?

For the record it maybe helpful if I draw your attention to the fact that on the 6 March 2016 I submitted a Freedom of Information request to Department of Finance and Personnel seeking:

“.. a copy of (a) a Press Release or (b) any other official confirmation issued either (i) by the Minister or (ii) on the Minister's behalf at some point in the summer/autumn of 2013 confirming that Professor O'Reilly term as an Independent Board Member had been extended for a further period of years.”

You may also be interested in knowing that in its response issued "late" on 8 April 2016 under reference FoI 2016-0181 the Department responded:

“I can advise that the Department has carried out a search which has revealed that no information is held.”

A full history of my FOI request to DFP and all correspondence can be found on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Finally please acknowledge receipt of this FoI request and confirm that unlike DFP's responses to FoI 2016-0181 this request if not responded to promptly will at least be responded to within the days allowed by statute.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Hamilton

Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland

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