I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 48 and 55 together.
The Government have now completed their consideration of the report of the all-party Dáil working group on the method of allocating national lottery funds, and have decided:
(i) that the amenity grants scheme administered by the Department of the Environment and the recreational facilities grant scheme administered by the Department of Education are to be amalgamated into a single scheme; that grants under this scheme are to be allocated by the Minister for the Environment to projects recommended by local authorities, who will be responsible for processing applications;
(ii) that the Minister for Health will allocate block grants to health boards, to be assigned by them to local voluntary bodies; national programmes funded from the lottery allocation for health purposes (e.g. the AIDS prevention programme) will continue to be operated by the Department of Health;
(iii) that grants to voluntary bodies in the welfare area will continue to be administered by the Minister for Social Welfare;
(iv) the grants for the arts will be administered by the Arts Council with the exception of allocations to the arts falling within the areas of responsibility of the Taoiseach (in the case of national arts institutions); the Minister for Education; the Minister for the Environment; the Minister for Foreign Affairs; the Commissioners of Public Works
(v) as recommended by the working group, there will be no change in existing arrangements for administering lottery funds allocated for youth, Irish language projects, and for current sports expenditure, while the Minister for Education will retain responsibility for the national, regional and local sports centres.