Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (371, 372)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

371. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason additional funding provided to bodies under the auspices of her Department in the cultural and heritage sector is ring-fenced in view of the independent statutory remit of certain bodies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40306/19]

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Timmy Dooley

Question:

372. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of increased funding provided in each case to bodies under the auspices of her Department in the cultural and heritage sector for the past four years; the amount of such funding which was ring-fenced for a specific area or task; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40307/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 371 and 372 together.

Details of funding provided to those bodies under the aegis of my Department are published annually in the Revised Estimates Volumes https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/e20037-revised-estimates, and in the Department's Appropriation Accounts which can be found on my Department's website at https://www.chg.gov.ie/about/finance-evaluation/appropriation-account/.  

All allocations to bodies under the aegis of my Department are allocated for purposes consistent with the remit of the individual bodies and are made in accordance with the relevant public financial procedures. The Deputy will be aware that Individual bodies may also engage in additional non-core activities that are consistent with their remit.  From time to time my Department may also allocate additional funds to a body under its aegis for a specific purpose without prejudice to the independence of the body concerned.  

Details of the income and expenditure of each of these bodies are also available in the published reports and accounts of the individual bodies which are published on their respective websites.  The Deputy may also wish to refer to the annual Performance Delivery Agreements with my Department which are prepared in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. 

I trust that the foregoing is of assistance to the Deputy and can assure him that my officials will be happy to assist him with any specific queries he may wish to put forward in relation to any programme or activity undertaken by any of these bodies during the period in question.