HL Deb 07 September 2004 vol 664 c101WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they arrived at the figure of £516,000 funding for the year 2004–05 for the suspended Northern Ireland Civic Forum. [HL4036]

Baroness Amos

Provision was made in the 2004–05 NI Estimates for a full year's funding for the civic forum on the basis of the forum's business plan prior to suspension. As I explained to the noble Lord during the Grand Committee debate on 20 July this was done to ensure that resources would be available in the event of early restoration. Resources will be reallocated during the year in the event of continuing suspension.