Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Questions (645)

Shane Cassells

Question:

645. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of external consultant reports commissioned by her Department in each year from March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the cost of each report; the company involved; and the title and publication date by report in tabular form. [49900/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

With regard to the period 2011 to 2018 I would refer the Deputy to the reply given in response to Parliamentary Question Number 3014 of 23rd July 2019.

I am advised that no expenditure was incurred on external consultancy from my Department's Administrative Budget to date in 2019.

As previously advised to the Deputy in the reply referred to above, my Department commissions engineering, environmental and other experts from time to time to provide technical reports or advice on specific issues. While the providers of these services are consultant engineers, environmental consultants etc., or may describe themselves in other such terms, their work is not classified as consultancy services and is not funded from my Department's Administrative Budget.