|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): Under the care and maintenance arrangements of north/south bodies during suspension of the Assembly the budget of the Ulster-Scots Agency was increased by 10.65 per cent to £1,704,000 for 2004. It is up to the agency to prioritise its spending within its budget while recognising that spending must be within the approved budget and associated business plan.
Baroness Amos: As a sponsoring department of the agency, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure supports the Ulster-Scots Agency through funding to enable it to fulfil its remit as defined in the legislation. The agency was set up to promote greater awareness of Ullans and Ulster-Scots cultural issues and to this end has its own media relations strategy.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17 June (WA 79), what impact the decision to remove £600,000 from the Ulster-Scots Agency's requested budget will have on the agency's ability to support community events during the marching season; and what effect this will have on the ability of community leaders to achieve as peaceful a marching season in 2004 as that achieved in 2003. [HL3408]
Baroness Amos: The Government did become aware of the existence of the Official Languages Act on 29 May 2003. The Ulster-Scots Agency was consulted about the Act at a Language Body Facilitation Meeting held on 30 March 2004. It is not the case that action was taken only in March. As indicated in my earlier Answer, to which the noble Lord refers, that was simply the date of the first formal meeting.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 June (WA 1) concerning a reception at 10 Downing Street on 11 May, whether there were any representatives of Ulster Scots culture present; and, if so, how they were selected. [HL3169]
What has been the total number of Northern Ireland Office ministerial and Northern Ireland Civil Service flights, during each of the past three years, between Belfast and London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City airports. [HL3452]
These figures relate only to single sector flights booked through the contracted travel agency services and do not include any journeys undertaken and which were booked through other channels, as to obtain this information would be at disproportionate cost to departments.
22 Jul 2004 : Column WA63
How they organise Northern Ireland ministerial and Civil Service air travel between Belfast and either London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City airports; whether they have fixed price contracts; and which airlines are invited to tender directly to Government to provide this service. [HL3454]
Baroness Amos: Air travel for Ministers and officials between Belfast and the named airports is generally organised through a contracted travel agent. Contracts for these services are awarded following a competitive process.
The agent identifies the best value air fare to meet the business need including consideration of flights by all airlines flying to the required destinations. The contract with the travel agent is currently on a fee per booking basis and there are no direct contractual agreements tendered to airlines for official air travel.
You recently asked Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost per kilometre of providing a dual carriageway between the Toome bypass and the City of Londonderry. I have been asked to reply as the issue raised falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.
Research carried out for the Regional Strategic Transportation Network Transport Plan, indicates that it would cost approximately £5 million per kilometre (at 2004 prices) to construct a dual
22 Jul 2004 : Column WA64
carriageway. This figure contains an element for land costs. The cost of dualling the 66 kilometres of the A6 between the western end of Toome bypass and the City of Londonderry would therefore be in the region of £300 million to £400 million (at 2004 prices).
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17 June (WA 82-83) concerning the Language Implementation Body, on what date, with whom and in what form the sponsor departments agreed the annual budget for 2004 for the Ulster-Scots Agency. [HL3479]
Baroness Amos: I refer the noble Lord to the Answers I gave on 22 March 2004 (WA 73), 21 April 2004 (WA 39), 17 June 2004 (WA 80), 22 June (WA 113) and 12 July 2004 (WA 115). I have nothing further to add to these Answers.
The following tables provide details of exchequer funding from SCNI for the financial year 199899 to 200304 for the four sports of soccer, Gaelic games (excluding camogie), rugby and cricket.
22 Jul 2004 : Column WA63
|1 100,000||1 232,000||1 911,000||1,243,000|
|Gaelic Games (Excluding camogie)||30,000||30,000||30,000||30,000||45,000||129,497||294,497|
Safe Sports Grounds
The money provided by the Safe Sports Ground Programme was made available from financial year 200001 for the three sports of soccer, Gaelic games and rugby. The following table shows the funding that was allocated for these sports for the three-year period 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2003.
As the organisations listed are voluntary organisations, they do not have any statutory duty under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. However, the Sports Council does require all organisations which it funds to have an equity policy in place in their constitution/articles of association. Each of the organisations listed has provided the Sports Council with a copy of their Equity Policy.
|Next Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|