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Shipping: Irish Lights

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Department of Transport expects a re-negotiated settlement for the funding of the Republic of Ireland's aids to navigation. [HL5075]

Her Majesty's Government and the Irish Government are actively engaged in discussions to agree a long-term funding arrangement for the provision of marine aids to navigation in the Republic of Ireland.

To enable a more informed consideration of the matter, the two Governments are carrying out an overall assessment of the provision of these aids to all regions in the UK and Ireland, including their financing. While the assessment is being carried out, negotiations between the two Governments will continue.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when the review of the support functions of the three General Lighthouse Authorities will commence; when it will make proposals; and when they will be implemented. [HL5076]

The review of the provision of aids to navigation will commence shortly and is due to report in the spring 2010. The proposals it makes, including the timescale for their implementation, will then be considered by Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Republic of Ireland.