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Rally Ireland

Volume 685: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 4 July (WA 40) concerning Rally Ireland, what issues will be considered about the decision to release the reports on the Rally Ireland event.[HL6849]

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the business case for the sponsorship of Rally Ireland was supplied; and when the decision to sponsor the event was taken.[HL6890]

A business case/economic appraisal for the Rally Ireland World Rally Championship bid was supplied to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) on 14 September 2005. On 20 September 2005, DCAL made a decision to authorise the Northern Ireland Events Company (NIEC) to provide funding for Rally Ireland's 2005 pilot event.

On 4 January 2006 DCAL received a revised business case/economic appraisal for the World Rally Championship bid and on 20 January 2006 it decided in principle to approve the release of funding for Rally Ireland's 2006 pilot event, subject to the agreement of NIEC and Rally Ireland on a contract for the 2006 event.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much funding the promoters indicated they would put into the event in the business cases for Rally Ireland in 2005 and 2006.[HL7066]

No funding from the promoters was indicated in the business cases for Rally Ireland 2005 and 2006 events.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the grant funding for Rally Ireland was given on the understanding that it would be given back if the event made money in the future.[HL7067]

The grant funding for Rally Ireland was not given on the understanding that it would be given back if the event made money in the future.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What percentage of the sponsorship for Rally Ireland in (a) 2006, and (b) 2005 was spent in Northern Ireland.[HL7113]

Details of expenses for the Rally Ireland 2006 event remain to be finalised. However, Rally Ireland has been accredited World Rally Championship status in the 2007 calendar and this will bring significant economic and social benefits to Northern Ireland, due in part to the success of the 2006 event.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In connection with Rally Ireland 2006, what are the details of the payments to the marshals for accommodation, meals and gifts.[HL7114]

Details of expenses for the Rally Ireland 2006 event remain to be finalised. However, Rally Ireland has been accredited World Rally Championship status in the 2007 calendar and this will bring significant economic and social benefits to Northern Ireland, due in part to the success of the 2006 event.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much public funding was given in 2005 and 2006 to (a) the Circuit of Ireland; and (b) Rally Ireland.[HL7128]

The Northern Ireland Events Company offered the Circuit of Ireland up to £6,000 for its 2005 event and up to £70,000 for its 2006 event.

The Northern Ireland Events Company offered Rally Ireland up to £368,931.13 for its 2005 event and up to £647,953.20 for its 2006 event.