Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (501)

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

618 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if he has completed the audit of projects funded under the ACCESS programme; the level of funding drawn down to date under this programme; the number of approved projects that will not go ahead; and the way in which he intends to use the savings that will result. [1175/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

My Department has reviewed the progress of all projects approved for ACCESS funding. Funding drawn down to date amounts to €10.49 million. At this point in time, apart from one relatively small project that will not proceed, and one which will be scaled back from what was originally projected, other variations from initial projections are more by way of slower than expected progress rates than decisions not to proceed at all, and it is not clear what savings, if any, might finally arise across the scheme as a whole.