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Commissioners of Irish Lights: Finance

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the Review of Funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights in hard copy and electronically. (179005)

I refer the hon. Member to my reply given on 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 843W. The report of the Irish Lights Study will be published in hard copy and in electronic format.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Republic of Ireland (a) have contributed to the funding of the Commissioners of Irish Lights in the last five years, (b) will contribute to the funding of the Commissioners of Irish Lights for 2007-08 and (c) is recommended to contribute towards the funding of the Commissioners of Irish Lights by the recent review of such funding. (179006)

The information requested is set out as follows.

Irish Government supplement (€000)

Light dues collected in ROI (€000)

Sundry income generated in the ROI (€000)

Total contributed by ROI to the GLF (€000)

Average exchange rate for year

Total contributed by ROI to the GLF (£000)

2002-03

3,455

5,279

304

9,038

1.5661

5,771

2003-04

4,113

4,998

717

9,828

1.4382

6,833

2004-05

5,734

4,489

746

10,969

1.4701

7,462

2005-06

5,456

4,754

1,007

11,217

1.4660

7,652

2006-07

5,808

4,614

646

11,068

1.4728

7,515

2007-08 (estimated)

5,800

4,700

980

11,480

1.3900

8,259

Note:

The Irish Lights Evidence Study has not yet been completed. Following its completion there will be negotiations between the two Governments to determine appropriate contributions towards the funding of the Commissioners of Irish Lights.