The Parades Commission

Under the Public Processions (NI) Act 1998 the Duties and Functions of the Commission are:

  • To promote greater understanding by the general public of issues concerning public processions.

  • To promote and facilitate mediation as a means of resolving disputes concerning public processions.

  • To keep itself generally informed as to the conduct of public processions and protest meetings.

  • To keep under review, and make such recommendations as it thinks fit to the secretary of state concerning the operation of the Act.

To access the full Act, as amended, click here.

Commission Members

Graham Forbes (Chair)
The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes CBE is a retired Anglican clergyman and former Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. His wide variety of public appointments include Chair of Court, Edinburgh Napier University, and Chair of the Scottish Committee of University Chairs. A former member of the Parole Board, he served as HM (Lay) Inspector of Constabulary and then as Chair of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice.  Within health he served on the General Medical Council, chaired the Scottish Parliament’s Expert Group on the safety of the MMR vaccine and chaired the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. He is the Portuguese Hon Consul in Scotland.

Joelle Black (Commissioner)
Derek Wilson (Commissioner)
Marian Cree (Commissioner)
Eimear McAllister (Commissioner)
Billy Gamble (Commissioner)

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