Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money had been received from the Irish Government to cover the costs of the multi-party talks up until the adjournment; and what sums are outstanding. 
§ Marjorie Mowlam
The Irish Government are bearing an equal share of the running costs of the multi-party talks, excluding any in respect of Strand One.
During the period 10 June 1996 to 28 February 1997, under this agreement, the Irish Government have been invoiced for, and has paid, a total of £740,057.30 sterling. The breakdown is as follows:
£ June 1996 67,519.61 July 1996 117,785.19 August 1996 53,009.28 September 1996 57,966.45 October 1996 104,778.07 November 1996 60,556.79 December 1996 118,886.95 Janaury 1997 79,316.29 February 1997 80,238.67 Total 740,057.30
The Irish Government's share of costs for March 1997, for which they are currently being invoiced and will include any outstanding amounts not available for inclusion in previous invoices, is £98,088.85.