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Shipping: Irish Lights

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government following the publication of the Review of Funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights, what is the current subsidy paid by ships entering United Kingdom ports for maintaining maritime lights in the Republic of Ireland; and what is the estimated subsidy for 2009, 2010 and 2011. [HL347]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much subsidy has been paid to the Government of the Republic of Ireland to operate and maintain navigation aids in the Republic (a) since the creation of the Irish Free State; and (b) since the last agreement was reached in 1985; and whether the ending of this subsidy can be achieved by an even distribution of costs rather than ending the service providing integrated aids to navigation. [HL348]

The approximate contribution from the General Lighthouse Fund to the provision of aids to navigation off and around the coast of the Republic of Ireland in each year since 1985 is set out below. Data prior to 1985 are not readily available.

Year

£ million

1985-86

5.3

1986-87

5.4

1987-88

4.7

1988-89

5.3

1989-90

3.9

1990-91

3.9

1991-92

4.6

1992-93

5.1

1993-94

4.8

1994-95

4.6

1995-96

4.7

1996-97

4.7

1997-98

4.1

1998-99

4.2

1999-00

3.8

2000-01

4.5

2001-02

4.9

2002-03

5.4

2003-04

5.9

2004-05

6.5

2005-06

6.4

2006-07

6.8

2007-08

7.0

2008-09*

8.9

2009-10*

8.2

2010-11*

8.5

* Estimated.

Her Majesty’s Government have undertaken to review the current funding arrangements for the Commissioners of Irish Lights with the Government of the Republic of Ireland. Maintaining an integrated aids-to-navigation service around our coasts benefits both our countries. The two Governments are reviewing the benefits enjoyed by each country from this integrated approach, which will inform our continuing work to ensure that a more sustainable funding solution for Irish Lights is put in place.