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Sport: Northern Ireland

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What were the criteria used in the selection of the Maze site for a national stadium for Northern Ireland; who drew up the criteria; and what body judged the application of these criteria. [HL3354]

The evaluation criteria used in the selection of the Maze/Long Kesh site were: acceptability to the three tenant sports; deliverability in terms of cost, timescale, planning, infrastructure and clearance; and potential economic benefits (revenue generation). These criteria were developed by the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and were clearly laid out in the original “site selection expressions of interest” advertisement published in May 2004. SIB and DCAL are also responsible for judging the application of these criteria.

This matter is now the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Administration.