HL Deb 07 April 2003 vol 647 c3WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the North/South Ministerial Council received copies of the business plans for the implementation bodies; when they were supplied to the appropriate departments; and which are these departments. [HL2137]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The 2003 trade and business development plan was received by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in November 2002.

The Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety received the food safety and promotion board 2003 business plan in January 2003.

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure received the Ulster Scots Agency 2003 business plan in November 2002, and in March 2003 received the 2003 business plans for Foras Na Gaeilge and Waterways Ireland.

In November 2002 the Department of Finance and Personnel received the 2003 business plan for the Special European Union Programmes Body and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development received the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission 2003 business plan.

With the exception of the trade and business plan, which was approved by the two Governments under the exchange of notes of 19 November 2002, on 28 February 2003, none of these plans have yet been received by the North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat.

In addition to the sponsoring departments, finance departments North and South also receive copies of business plans for consideration.