Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Questions (536)

Mattie McGrath


536. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of each value for money and policy review conducted by his Department from 1 January 2018 to 1 January 2019; the cost of each exercise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43339/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

In the period in question, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport conducted one Value for Money and Policy Review of the Tourism Marketing Fund.

The review arose from an action included in the Tourism Action Plan 2016-2018 and considered the fund over an eleven-year period from 2006 to 2016 inclusive, evaluating it for its relevance, efficiency and effectiveness and making a number of recommendations around its future implementation. The review has been completed should be published before the end of the year.

Following a competition to secure consultancy services through an OGP framework, a consultancy firm was awarded a contract in July 2017 to assist my Department with the with the review. The total value of this contract was €64,575 (excluding VAT).

Additionally, during early 2018, surveying and baselining analysis was conducted on the Sports Capital Programme, with preliminary findings published as part of the Spending Review that July. This work serves as the basis for a forthcoming review which will be recommenced with another data collection exercise in early 2020.