Written Answers. - Cross-Border Agencies.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

123 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will provide a breakdown of the total amounts allocated to cross-Border agencies under the aegis of her Department since their inception; the precise details relating to consultancy services that were employed by these agencies since their inception; the manner in which consultants were appointed, including details of tendering systems employed; the manner in which successful consultants were advised of their appointment; the full amounts paid, or payable to date, on consultancy services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19079/03]

My Department has provided the following financial contributions to InterTradeIreland, the Trade and Business Development Body formally established on 2 December 1999:

Inter Trade Ireland

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003(Jan-Jun)

€000

€000

€000

€000

€000

Outturn

86

1,992

3,177

4,646

3,963

The appointment of consultants by the body is a day-to-day operational matter for which the chief executive officer of the body is accountable to the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Northern Ireland Assembly or the United Kingdom Parliament, as appropriate.
For the Deputy's information, consultancy contracts are awarded by InterTradeIreland in accordance with its internal procedures, which are subject to, as appropriate, the procurement procedures of the Northern Ireland Procurement Service and the national and EU public procurement guidelines issued by the Department of Finance.