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Shipping: Light Dues

Volume 688: debated on Monday 22 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the United Kingdom's contribution to the Republic of Ireland's light dues for each of the past five years; and what is the estimate for the contribution for 2006–07, and 2007–08. [HL1108]

The contribution from the General Lighthouse Fund to the provision of aids to navigation in the Republic of Ireland in the past five years and for the years 2006-08 is as follows.

£ million

2001-02

5.9

2002-03

5.4

2003-04

5.9

2004-05

6.6

2005-06

6.4

2006-07 (estimated)

6.8

2007-08 (estimated)

7.0

£ Figures supplied are converted from punts before 1 January 2002 and from euros thereafter, at prevailing daily rate of exchange.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What would be the estimated percentage reduction in light dues paid by ships entering United Kingdom ports if the United Kingdom made no contribution to the costs of operating Irish Lights. [HL1110]

The current contribution from the General Lighthouse Fund to the provision of aids to navigation in the Republic of Ireland is equivalent to the revenue from some 3.5p (10 per cent) of the current 35p per tonne rate of light dues. However, under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, the UK Government have a statutory responsibility to fund the Commissioners of Irish Lights, the general lighthouse authority that provides aids to navigation in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.