Northern Ireland: Funding for Nationalist and Unionist Festivals

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure has requested its agencies to list funding for unionist and nationalist festivals; and, if so, when and what was the result.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

In order to respond to previous Questions on this subject, in 2004 the department inquired of its sponsored bodies involved in providing funds to festivals whether funding awarded was recorded as being apportioned to unionist or nationalist festivals.

None of the bodies provided information regarding the political allegiance or preference of applicants. Perceived community background is not a factor in determining the allocation of funding: assistance is provided on the basis of the merits of the individual festival and the extent to which it meets the objectives of the relevant funding body.

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