§ Mr. Robert McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 1 February,Official Report, column 792, what factors led him not to submit his decision on the choice of a Celtic torc and a Celtic cross as symbols representative of Northern Ireland on the new £1 coin, to his Department's policy appraisal and fair treatment guidelines. 
§ Sir Patrick Mayhew
The PAFT guidelines apply to the formulation of policy and delivery of services to the public. They would not normally be applied in the case of a consultation on the design of coins, where decisions are made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. In any event, the consultation of the new £1 coin preceded the issue of the PAFT guidelines.