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Sport: Rally Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the value of Rally Ireland to Northern Ireland was assessed; by whom it was assessed and when; and whether they will place a copy of the assessment in the Library of the House.[HL6279]

A feasibility study was carried out by TCC International on behalf of the Northern Ireland Events Company and Failte Ireland in May 2005, followed by an economic appraisal in August 2005. An anticipated value to Northern Ireland was included in the report.

An independent evaluation of the event is being carried out on behalf of NIEC. It is expected that a final evaluation report will be completed by the end of July 2006.

A similar evaluation is being completed for the March 2006 event. It is expected to be completed by September 2006.

A decision on the release of these reports will be made when they have been completed. Rally Ireland has also completed its own evaluations of both events.