Following the transfer of responsibility for national security in Northern Ireland to the MI5 in 2007, Lord Carlile was appointed to review annually the operation of the arrangements for national security matters.
Rt Hon Theresa Villiers said:
Lord Carlile’s reports have provided rigorous independent scrutiny of national security arrangements in Northern Ireland. As a highly regarded legal figure, he has developed a great deal of expertise on security matters in Northern Ireland. I very much welcome Lord Carlile’s willingness to continue in his role.
Lord Carlile is due to publish his 2013 report later this month.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Lord Carlile was appointed to the non-statutory role of Independent Reviewer of National Security arrangements in Northern Ireland in January 2007. The appointment was extended in January 2011 for a further three years. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has responsibility for the appointment.
The appointment of the Independent Reviewer of National Security is not regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA).
In accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for an office holder’s political activity in defined categories within the last five years to be made public. No political activity has been declared within the past five years.