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Rally Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced the sponsorship of Rally Ireland; and, if so, when and where the announcement was made.[HL6850]

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has not made any announcement regarding the sponsorship of Rally Ireland.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the role of the political adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Philip Taylor, in the sponsorship arrangement for Rally Ireland.[HL6851]

Philip Taylor is one of two special advisers employed within the Northern Ireland Office. His role and relationship with departments and officials is in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Special Advisers issued by the Cabinet Office. The special adviser has never had any contact of any kind with Rally Ireland or anyone acting for it.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether Rally Ireland has been asked to repay funding supplied to it for the 2006 event.[HL6904]

The Northern Ireland Events Company is processing Rally Ireland claims for its 2006 pilot event. Rally Ireland has not been asked to repay any funding given to it for the 2006 event.