Shipping: Irish Lights

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made in the past year on transferring the responsibility for funding the Irish lights to the Government of the Irish Republic.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

Consideration of the Irish Government's role in part-funding the Commissioners of Irish Lights' operations needs to reflect the increased reliance in the past year on joint support services for the three general lighthouse authorities, such as the fleet of ships, now reduced in size. A bilateral, official-level meeting this month will assess the scope for progress in the light of that trend and take account of possible impacts on the institutional framework arising from the St Andrews agreement.

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