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Passenger Ships: Liverpool

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 142WS, on Liverpool Cruise Terminal, whether he has received a further application from Liverpool City Council for change of use linked to repayment of (a) grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund and (b) funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency. (309982)

No. This would primarily be a matter for the Government Office North West which authorised the European regional development fund grant and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

If repayments were made such that the Liverpool Cruise Terminal could no longer be regarded as having relied on public subsidy there would be no barrier to the proposed change of use on grounds of state aid, ports competition or harbour regulations.