Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Noel Treacy

Question:

87 Mr. N. Treacy asked the Minister for the Environment the reason for the delay in having an inspection carried out on a project (details supplied) in County Galway; the date on which this will be done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9312/97]

As already announced, responsibility for the administration of the group schemes programme has been devolved to the local authorities, subject to existing commitments on foot of approvals issued by my Department. Where schemes have not yet been approved — including the Corbally scheme, an application in respect of which was submitted to my Department in November 1996 — it will in future be a matter for the local authorities to decide on grant applications.