HC Deb 08 July 1996 vol 281 cc83-4W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amounts and proportion of the cost the Irish Government have agreed to pay toward the all-party talks; and if he will indicate the areas of activity the payments will relate to. [35323]

Mr. Ancram

The British and Irish Governments are sharing in equal proportions from 10 June 1996, the various running costs of the negotiations, excluding strand one. This includes various categories such as expenditure relating to the three independent chairmen and their staff, allowances/grants paid to delegates and parties relating to their attendance for the purpose of the negotiations, press accommodation and catering contract costs. Final figures on costs incurred between 10 and 30 June 1996 are not yet available.