Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (191)

Brian Stanley

Question:

192 Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide a breakdown of the total annual spend, including all grants, by his Department on all structures of local government here for 2011, and also for June 2011 to June 2012. [35677/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department administers and delivers a wide range of programmes and measures, descriptions of which are available on its website, www.ahg.gov.ie. My Department’s gross allocation for this range of programme and measures in 2012 is €268.451 million. The following table provides a breakdown of the 2012 allocation of funding in each of my Department’s programme areas:

Programme Area

2011 provisional out-turn

REV Allocation 2012

Arts, Culture and Film

€147.224 million

€132.379 million

Heritage

€50.351 million

€48.545 million

Irish Language, Gaeltacht and Islands

€50.507 million

€44.780 million

North-South Co-Operation

€46.385 million

€42.747 million

Total

€294.467 million

€268.451 million

In view of the wide range of my Department's schemes and programmes, and the very large volumes of payments and grants thereunder on an ongoing basis, I am not satisfied that the work involved in compiling and collating the breakdown of expenditure sought by the Deputy would be feasible or justified. However, if the Deputy has specific queries relating to a particular programme or grant, I would be glad to seek to provide him with relevant information in that regard.