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Constitutional Conference

Volume 982: debated on Monday 31 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the total cost to public funds of the Northern Ireland constitutional conference.

The total cost is estimated to have been a maximum of £70,000.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the £493 referred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Armagh (Mr. McCusker) Official Report, 18 March, column 188, being the estimated takings in the press bar at the Stormont conference was borne (a) out of public funds and (b) by the press.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how he arrived at the £1,600 referred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Armagh (Mr. McCusker), Official Report, 18 March, column 188, as being the estimated cost of telephones at the Stormont conference; and what proportion of this figure he estimates was spent by participants who were party delegates.

The figure of £1,600 comprises:

  • (a) the installation cost of £590 referred to in my reply to the hon. Member for Armagh (Mr. McCusker) on 29 January.—[Vol. 977, c. 568]; and
  • (b) £1,000 which is the estimated cost of the telephone rent and calls made in January and February.
  • It is estimated that the cost of the telephones used by the participants in January and February was £160.

    asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the £360 referrred to in his answer to the hon. Member for Armagh (Mr. McCusker) Official Report, 18 March, column 188, being the estimated takings in the bar provided for the participants at the Stormont conference was borne out of (a) public funds and (b) by participants; and what is his estimate of the proportion of the £360 that constitutes the takings at the soft drinks bar.

    (a) Nil; (b) 100 per cent.It is estimated that the takings at the soft drinks bar were £20.