Ulster Grand Prix

Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 am on 11th June 2007.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Jonathan Craig Jonathan Craig DUP 3:45 am, 11th June 2007

10. asked the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether he would consider additional funding for the Ulster Grand Prix, given the additional £150,000 allocated to the North West 200 by the Secretary of State. (AQO 3/07)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

Decisions about funding for motorsports events, including the Ulster Grand Prix and the North West 200, are, in the first instance, a matter for the governing bodies for motorsport, as represented by the 2&4 Wheel Motorsport Steering Group Limited (2&4 Wheel MSG). I understand that, to date, the 2&4 Wheel MSG has received no formal application for additional funding — similar to that received from the organisers of the North West 200 — from the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix.

I should point out that the £150,000 allocated by 2&4 Wheel MSG this year was not exclusively for the North West 200. Approximately £50,000 was spent on venue improvements, and £100,000 was used to purchase safety equipment, which is currently held by 2&4 Wheel MSG and is available for use at other motorsports events including the Ulster Grand Prix.

Photo of Jonathan Craig Jonathan Craig DUP

What measures does the Minister intend to put in place to ensure the long-term future of this event, which is one of the most prestigious in the Province?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

This is first and foremost the responsibility of the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix. However, I can confirm that DCAL, Lisburn City Council, 2&4 Wheel MSG and the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix are discussing securing the long-term future of the event.