FOI 6-24: Third level qualifications of Assembly Members

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: FOI 6-24

9 February 2024


Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”)

I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) has processed your request dated 7 February 2024 in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In your request, you asked:

“1) How many executive ministers, including junior ministers, by party have a third level qualification?

2) How many Assembly Members by party have a third level qualification?”

Northern Ireland Ministers and junior Ministers are also Assembly Members.  The Assembly Commission does not hold the information that you have requested in relation to Assembly Members and their qualifications.

You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address. If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF which will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and its official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office.

Yours sincerely


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