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Northern Ireland Memorial Fund

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what total amount has been paid out by the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund in each year since it was created; how many people received money from the fund in each year; and how much has been paid out by the fund to people from (a) the Unionist community and (b) the nationalist/republican community. (65327)

The Northern Ireland Memorial Fund was established in 1999 to provide practical support to those bereaved and injured as a result of the troubles.

The total amounts paid out and the number of people benefiting in each year are as follows:

Year ending

Amount (£)

Number of people

2000

491,450.04

1,227

2001

898,141.21

2,309

2002

1,971,244.68

3,619

2003

1,781,356.96

3,421

2004

1,056,444.16

2,174

2005

1,252,397.33

2,377

2006 (January to March)

307,439.08

1,201

Total

7,758,473.46

16,328

Applicants are asked to provide details on how they meet the fund criteria in terms of bereavement or injury. The Northern Ireland Memorial Fund does not require details on community background and therefore cannot provide information relating to money paid in respect of either the Unionist or nationalist/republican community.