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Council of Ministers: Recommendation by QMV

Lord Shore of Stepney asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: On 12 February, the Council of Ministers, acting on a proposal by the Commission, issued a recommendation to the Irish Government, under Article 99 (ex Article 103) paragraph 4 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community. The Council of Ministers also decided to make its recommendation public.

As provided for under Article 99 (ex Article 103) paragraph 5, Council Regulation (EC) No 1466/97 sets out a framework covering the content, the submission,

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the examination and the monitoring of stability and convergence programmes.

Airports: BTA Recommendations

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their response to the recommendations in the British Tourist Authority report First Impressions that--(a) at least two immigration officers should be on duty at all times at airport terminals so that European Union and non-European Union passengers can be processed separately; (b) the United Kingdom Immigration Service be given more control over Presenters at airports and that Presenters should have more customer care and basic foreign language training in order to provide better assistance to non-European Union passengers; and (c) airports are turned into true transport hubs by integrating onward transport services into the terminal structure rather than relying on transfer services. [HL1024]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Minister for Tourism, Film and Broadcasting, Janet Anderson, has set up a working group of industry representatives and government officials to consider the recommendations in the First Impressions report. The group will determine the priorities and responsibilities for encouraging the implementation of these recommendations, and will report progress to the Minister.

The group, whose first meeting took place on 7 March, is chaired by Veronica Palmer, a board member of the British Tourist Authority and Director-General of the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

Irish Republic: National Lottery Grants

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether any National Lottery grant has been made to any Irish Republic group. [HL880]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: A number of National Lottery grants have been made to organisations based in the Republic of Ireland to provide benefits or services within the United Kingdom. A list of these is in the following table:

List of National Lottery Awards to Organisations Based in the Republic of Ireland

Distributing bodyRecipient nameProject titleAward amount
Arts Council of Northern IrelandLittle Bird LtdFilm Production Funding£100,000
Arts Council of Northern IrelandMoving Still Productions LtdFilm Production Funding£25,000
Arts Council of Northern IrelandMusic NetworkNew Work Music Commission£1,012
Arts Council of Northern IrelandNational Chamber ChoirNew Work Music Commission£3,075
Arts Council of Northern IrelandParallel FilmsFilm Production Funding£50,000
Arts Council of Northern IrelandIgloo Productions LtdDocumentary Film Production£18,416
Arts Council of Northern IrelandIndi FilmsFilm Production Funding£75.000
Arts Council of Northern IrelandFederation of Music CollectivesNorthern Ireland Development Officer£20,326
Arts Council of Northern IrelandArt House LtdNew Work CD Rom Northern File£26,436
Arts Council of Northern IrelandOpera Theatre CompanyNew Work Children's opera£61,550
Arts Council of Northern IrelandThe National Chamber ChoirNew Work Music Commission£2,363
Arts Council of Northern IrelandBandit FilmsFilm Production Funding£200,000
Arts Council of Northern IrelandKids Own Publishing PartnershipNorth/South schools new technology project£67,500
Arts Council of Northern IrelandMusic NetworkNew Work Music Commission£1,800
Arts Council of Northern IrelandFis na Milaoise TeoCinemobile North/South mobile cinema£75,000
Sports Council of Northern IrelandIrish Women's Indoor Bowls AssociationTalented Athlete Programme£1,568
Sports Council of Northern IrelandIrish Women's Bowling AssociationTalented Athlete Programme£14,360
Heritage Lottery FundIrish Landmark TrustBallealy Cottage£129,000
Heritage Lottery FundIrish Landmark TrustBlackhead Lightkeepers' Houses£148,000

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