HC Deb 19 March 1998 vol 308 c725W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what factors led to the all-Ireland Institute of Public Health being sited in Dublin; how many jobs are being funded there from UK public funds; at what annual cost; and if she will make a statement. [34616]

Mr. Worthington

The key factor influencing the initial location of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland was the opportunity to work in close proximity to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland which will provide suitable accommodation and essential support for the new body. It is anticipated that the Institute will have seven staff and that the contribution to core funding from UK public funds will be approximately £100,000 per annum.

The Institute will be required to demonstrate that its activities in support of existing public health bodies benefit people throughout both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The location of the Institute in the long-term will be guided by the needs of the body in carrying out its work programme effectively.

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