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British-Irish Council

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce spending on the British-Irish Council.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Conservative

The costs of the British-Irish Council are covered by all eight members of the council through the work of the different work-streams and members' attendance at meetings of officials and ministers. In addition, the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Ireland are currently providing the Secretariat for the British-Irish Council. The council is in the process of establishing a Standing Secretariat which will be based in Edinburgh. Member administrations will each contribute annually to the costs of the Secretariat. The UK Government have no specific plans to reduce spending on the British-Irish Council, to which they continue to attach importance.

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