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Northern Ireland: St Louis Order Property

Volume 670: debated on Wednesday 16 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 1 March

(WA 10) concerning the purchase of the St Louis Order's property in Middletown, who are the directors of the two parties of the Middletown Centre for Autism; who appointed them; and after what process. [HL1595]

There is only one party, funded by the Department of Education, in connection with the purchase of property to be developed as the Middletown Centre for Autism and to which directors have been appointed; namely, the Middletown Centre for Autism (Holdings) Limited. The directors of this company are Maire Foley and Ruth Hamilton, appointed by the Department of Education, and Michael Flanagan and Hubert Loftus, appointed by the Irish Department of Education and Science. Nominees for potential candidates for the two Northern Ireland posts were canvassed from within the department and set against criteria to consider those with relevant and specific experience in finance, autism and capital projects. It is not for Her Majesty's Government to comment on how the Irish Government arrived at their directors.