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Northern Ireland: Parity of Esteem

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 58) concerning parity of esteem for both communities in Northern Ireland, whether the comparative levels of funding of the Ulster Scots community and the Irish Community reflect parity of esteem. [HL3409]

All applications for government funding are assessed on their merits against the relevant criteria for the specific programme, project or initiative under which they are made. This process ensures equal consideration is given in each case regardless of the community or group seeking the support. The Government are therefore confident that funding decisions reflect parity of esteem for all communities in Northern Ireland.