Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the Flying of the Union Flag at Parliament Buildings

Following the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission’s agreement to review its policy on the flying of the Union flag at Parliament Buildings and to carry out an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) to consider the potential equality of opportunity and good relations impacts of any changes to the policy, a full public consultation was held from 27 October 2014 to 2 February 2015.

Policy Arc, the independent consultancy company facilitating the consultation, has produced a report to assist the Assembly Commission in making its decision on the review of the policy.  This EQIA Final Decision Report was presented to the Commission on 17 June 2015. 

At this meeting, the Commission agreed by majority that the Union flag will now be flown from Parliament Buildings on designated days as defined by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (currently 18 days per annum). This is an increase of three days on the current policy. The days for 2016 are as follows:

  • 9 January            Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge
  • 20 January          Birthday of the Countess of Wessex
  • 6 February          Her Majesty’s Accession
  • 19 February        Birthday of the Duke of York
  • 10 March            Birthday of the Earl of Wessex
  • 14 March            Commonwealth Day
  • 17 March            St. Patrick’s Day
  • 21 April              Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen
  • 9 May                  Europe Day
  • 2 June                  Coronation Day
  • 10 June                Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh
  • 11 June                Official celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday
  • 21 June                Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge
  • 17 July                Birthday of the Duchess of Cornwall
  • 15 August           Birthday of the Princess Royal
  • 13 November      Remembrance Day
  • 14 November      Birthday of the Prince of Wales
  • 20 November      Her Majesty’s Wedding Day

The full report, which contains information on the EQIA process, the consultation and recommendations, can be accessed here: EQIA Final Decision Report

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Equality and Good Relations Unit
Northern Ireland Assembly
Room 23
Parliament Buildings
Ballymiscaw
Stormont
BT4 3XX

Telephone: 028 9041 8377
Textphone: 028 9052 1209
Email: equality@niassembly.co.uk

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