§ Mr. Trimble
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the occasions on which Northern Ireland constituency boundaries were discussed(a) in the Anglo-Irish intergovernmental conference and (b) in the Anglo-Irish intergovernmental secretariat.
§ Sir Patrick Mayhew
The provisional recommendations on electoral boundaries published by the Northern Ireland Parliamentary Boundary Commission in January 1994 were raised by the Irish side at the Anglo-Irish intergovernmental conference held on 28 January 1994. As the joint communiqué issued after that conference recorded, the British side said that the commission is a body responsible to Parliament, not to Government, and described the statutory procedures for interested parties to make representations with respect to the commission's proposed recommendations.