Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Donegal Sanitary Services Allocation.

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asked the Minister for the Environment the percentage of the overall allocation for sanitary services which was granted to Donegal in 1961, 1971 and 1981.

The making of formal capital allocations for sanitary services was not in operation in 1961-62 but was introduced in 1966-67, when the capital allocation to the Donegal region was £204,000 or 7.8 per cent of the overall allocation of £2.6 million.

The corresponding allocations were £373,000 or about 6 per cent of the overall capital provision of £6.26 million in 1971-72 and £1.976 million or about 3 per cent of the overall capital provision of £66.979 million in 1981.

The Minister has indicated that we have seen a reduction from 7.8 per cent of the overall allocation in 1964 to 3 per cent in 1981. Is this an indication of what is to come in 1982 and is the Minister aware that a Deputy in his own party had to raise a question in this House about towns in County Donegal which are still unserviced in many areas?

I did not quote the year 1964. I said 1966 to 1967. There is a fluctuation in the percentage of the total allocation from year to year. Donegal is an example of that, in 1975 the percentage was 7.66 of the total allocation, in 1978 when Fianna Fáil were in office it was 1.17 per cent. That is an indication of how the percentage fluctuates because it depends basically on the number of schemes and a number of other factors.

Could the Minister tell me what the demand is from Donegal County Council for sanitary services?

I am sorry I cannot supply the information requested by the Deputy. If the Deputy puts down a question I will be pleased to supply the information.

The remaining questions will appear on tomorrow's Order Paper.