North/South Implementation Bodies

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 14 January (WA 84) concerning budgets for Cross-Border Bodies, why there is an increase of 40 per cent in the Waterways Ireland budget for 2004 over 2003.

Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Lords (Privy Council Office)

The increase in Waterways Ireland's budget for 2004 is due to: (a) an allocation of £5.9 million towards building a new headquarters in Enniskillen; (b) increased running costs of £1 million and (c) a change in the euro/sterling exchange rate from £0.65 in 2003 to £0.69 in 2004.

Waterways Ireland, like other cross-border bodies, continues to operate on a care and maintenance basis only while the Northern Ireland Assembly is in suspension. Therefore, while the 2004 budget contains an allocation for a new headquarters, this is still subject to approval to proceed.

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