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Tourism: Northern Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What grant applications are still outstanding from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board for which the application was made more than one year ago; what is the value of each grant; what is the cause of each delay; and what steps they are taking to speed up the process.[HL6827]

There are four outstanding applications for grants, received more than one year ago that are still pending; that is, have not either received a letter of offer, been withdrawn or been rejected.The following table shows the projects involved.

Project

Value of grant

Cause of delay

Steps taken to speed process

Carrick Son et Lumière

£93,750

Project promoters need to address issues raised by economic appraisal in connection with funding of the project.

Correspondence issued to promoter explaining the position and asking them to respond to the issues.

Glenarm Harbour

£155,250

Awaiting business plans and other information from project promoters.

Ongoing communications with project promoters.

Benburb Valley Heritage Centre

£76,600

Project promoter has to provide information regarding the project's viability.

Ongoing communications with the project promoters.

Shankill Local Information Office

£167,202

Delays occurred during economic appraisal and statutory approvals.

Delays now overcome and project should receive letter of offer shortly.